International Programs


  • Cultural Festival Celebrates Diversity

    In a series of events and activities spanning two days, the School took time to reflect on the many cultures that comprise our community.

  • Summer and Gap Year Opportunities Fair

    Each year a number of outside organizations come to speak with our students about summer and gap year programs for international service, language study, and cultural immersion. A number of organizations will be at the Summer & Gap Year Opportunities Fair on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the main hallway.

  • Adjusting to Life and Schoolwork at Hotchkiss

    David L. Thompson

    The first semester of each year is one full of discoveries, challenges and adjustments. Many students will feel like they just arrived in Lakeville "yesterday," and yet will also be surprised by by how much they have grown, learned, and changed in just four months.

  • Community-builder Zubin Sharma helps students to see connections to their service

    Zubin Sharma ’09 returned to campus as the speaker for the Upper Mid class theme dinner. His talk motivated two students to begin a club to bring a more cultural understanding of India to Hotchkiss.

  • "There's no better way to learn about yourself than to travel," says Dan Heyman '05

    Since leaving Hotchkiss, Dan Heyman has earned a degree in math and economics, worked for MIT's Jameel Poverty Action Lab in Sierra Leone, set up and evaluated a micro-credit product for rural farmers, and co-founded a business with West African artisans. More about gaining a global perspective


About the Office

The Office of International Programs was created in 1999 as part of an initiative to "inculcate greater awareness and appreciation of global issues ­ both in and out of the classroom."

The Director of the office serves as the international student advisor, Round Square Coordinator, and summer opportunities advisor, and also supports faculty in the creation of global service, travel, and language-immersion programs.

Since the 2007-08 school year, Hotchkiss has run 21 international service, language and cultural-immersion programs in locations as diverse as Botswana, Chile, China, Germany, Kenya, Peru, Poland, Morocco, Russia, and Zambia. More than 300 grants have been awarded to students since 1999, primarily to support community-based service work in the developing world.

The world comes to Hotchkiss, as well, with international speakers such as Wole Soyenka and Elie Wiesel, an Ambassadors Speakers Series, and students from more than 30 countries being taught by faculty from 15 different nations. 


Hotchkiss & Round Square

RoundsquareAn association of more than 100 schools on five continents, Round Square is founded on a philosophy that embraces a set of six "pillars": internationalism, democracy, environment, adventure, leadership, and service—also known as the Round Square "IDEALS."

Hotchkiss is a Round Square school.
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Please contact David L. Thompson, Director of International Programs, with questions at any time.