The Experiment in International Living provides summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country. Participants explore the host country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme.Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills, college prep skills, and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive — and lead — in diverse, intercultural environments.The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives.
Experimenters are high school students of different races, religions, sexual orientations, physical abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Experiment actively seeks to engage and enroll participants from a diversity of backgrounds — from across the US and abroad.Experiment groups are small, typically comprising 10–15 participants who represent a range of backgrounds: small towns and large cities; urban and rural areas; and public, private, and home-school educational experiences.The diversity of our groups is an important part of what makes The Experiment different. In addition to learning about the host culture, Experimenters should expect to learn about the diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds that exist within the US and around the world.