International Student Program

Preparing students for the globally oriented world requires community-wide, culturally relevant engagement. Our international student program is a vital part of our students’ exposure to other cultures.A 75-year partnership with AFS (American Field Service) helps facilitate the year-long program allowing students to have a meaningful exchange, develop intercultural skills and cultivate life-long relationships with visiting students from other countries. The ongoing success of the international program is reliant upon the JBS community’s willingness to host students. Every member of our community may not be able to host, but we hope EVERYONE (current parents, past parents, faculty, staff and alums) consider hosting. Click here for more information on hosting.

Over the last 20 years, we've hosted 16 students, and each has brought something different to Burroughs…. Our hope moving forward is to be able to host two or three students each year. To that end, I'm hoping that every family at Burroughs will consider hosting an AFS student.

Host families are vital to the program's success, and we want to develop a good host pipeline. There is no "typical" family, and a host can be a grandparent, a parent of a student in any grade, an alum, a past parent or faculty member.

Cultural and global competency serve as one of the pillars of our school's program. We hope that every student will learn another language, as well as learn a great deal about world cultures in our curriculum. Through a grade 7-10 sequence of seminars that focus on diversity, equity and inclusivity, we believe students' understanding deepens year-by-year. But some of the greatest parts of our program are beyond the classroom, where we engage in the global world — through the International Model United Nations program in The Hague and Qatar, through the Global Youth Leadership Institute each summer, and through travel to Italy, France, Spain, Guatemala, Germany, Costa Rica, China, Greece and other countries. Our AFS program is an even deeper extension of this work, and I hope that you and your families will consider hosting in the future.


— Andy Abbott, Head of School 
October 2020