Global Studies Program

Our Global Programs introduce students to the world beyond our campus, fostering cultural awareness and preparing them to be responsible citizens and leaders.

The School offers numerous cultural and curricular trips abroad each year, often incorporating community service opportunities into the excursion. In recent years, Morristown-Beard School has sponsored trips to Greece, Turkey, Spain, Peru, England, France, Costa Rica, Thailand, and Japan.

The School also sponsors an exchange program through ASSIST, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for outstanding international students to attend the finest American independent secondary schools on one-year scholarships.

Morristown-Beard also partners with SYA (School Year Abroad), an academic program which places American high school juniors, seniors, and post-graduates in foreign countries including China, Italy, France, and Spain.

If you are interested in learning more about the ASSIST or SYA program, please contact MBS Global Studies Coordinator Aline de la Torre at (973) 539-3032 ext. 518.

New trips announced for the 2016-2017 school year!

Please note that the trips will be open to all Upper School students (except the Quebec trip, which is open to 7th and 8th grade students), and sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a limit of 20 students per trip.

If you would like to sign up for a trip, please speak with the faculty chaperones.


October 20–23, 2016

MBS 7th and 8th graders are invited to embark on an exciting trip to “La Belle Province” this coming fall. Students will tour Quebec City, discover the magnificent Parc de la Chute Montmorency (with falls higher than those of Niagara Falls!), take a mysterious ghost walk through the old city, stroll through the enchanting Quartier Petit Champlain — the oldest shopping district in North America — and much more! In Montreal, students will discover the city’s Paris-inspired metro system, explore Place Jacques Cartier in Old Montreal, and enter the fabulous world of the Biodome. Contact: chaperone Jennifer Larson ( in the Middle School, MS204, to register.


March 11-19, 2017

MBS is excited to announce a trip to China over spring break 2017! In nine days, students will experience the country's rich culture and history, which spans more than 5,000 years. They will walk through China's vast Tiananmen Square, view the Forbidden Palace, travel to the Great Wall of China, see the life-size Terra Cotta soldiers in Xi'an, and wander through the 16th century Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai. The best part of traveling is experiencing something new and different, and China promises to be an unforgettable destination. Contact: chaperone Zoe Jameson ( in the History Department, BH 204, to register.


March 17–24, 2017

This March, Morristown-Beard School will sponsor an exciting spring break trip to Hawaii. Upper School students will get a chance to explore Volcano National Park, see green sand beaches, surf, tour scientific facilities on Mauna Loa, hike Kilauea Ik, shop at the Hilo Market, and marvel at the Valley of the Kings. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity! Contact: chaperone Jeffrey Yuhas ( in the Science Department, SB05 and SB06, to register.


June 17-24, 2017

“A bad day in London, is better than a good day anywhere else.” Planned for June of 2107, the MBS London Theater Trip will allow students see how the modern cosmopolitan city converges with the ancient city founded by the Romans. They'll tour the British Museum, see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, shop at Harrods', and dine on authentic fish and chips. In the evening, they'll explore the dazzling West End theater scene by attending at least three, and possibly four, productions. Add in an acting workshop at the Globe Theater and a few excursions out of the city to Stratford on Avon and Windsor Castle, and you have an unforgettable opportunity to explore the life and culture of one of the world's great cities. Contact: chaperone Dr. Susan Speidel ( in the Performing Arts Department, FH123, to register.


June, 2017

In the summer of 2017, the 11th annual community service trip will be traveling to East Africa to the country of Tanzania. While staying in a small village outside of Arusha, the student volunteers will undertake a building project designed to enhance the capacity of the school. Students will also work within the school, tutoring English, and helping with classroom activities or sporting events. The second part of the trip will be camping in The Serengeti National Park. While there, students will learn about the wildlife and their environment from experienced guides, go on a safari, and spend the day at Ngorongoro Crater. Contact: chaperone Andrea Deventer ( in the MBS Dance Studio, FH129, to register.

Past Trips


June 14 – 22, 2016

Rome is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture, and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire.

Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, boasts St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes. The group will also visit Pompeii, once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city which was buried in ash and pumice after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

The MBS trip will be led by World Languages teacher Michael McGrann as well as Dr. Gorica Hadzic, and Dr. Owen Boynton.

Service Trip to Panama

June 24 – July 3, 2016

Morristown-Beard School will be partnering with alumnus Neil Christiansen ’02 to offer a student service trip to Panama, where Christiansen runs Give & Surf, a non-profit educational and community development program there.

With the support of a team of volunteers, Give & Surf has been able to provide substantive, hands-on assistance programs to the indigenous Ngobe people of Bocas del Toro. Some of the initiatives include a preschool, after-school program, surf outreach mentorship program, and English program, music program, summer school, and various community development projects such as the construction of a new school, library, playground, bathroom/septic tank, and water catchment system.

The trip begins with two days and nights in Panama City, where students will learn about the history of Panama, as well as appreciate the culture and diversity of the city. Upon arriving in Bocas del Toro, the group will be housed in local cabins. During the week, they will spend the mornings volunteering with various programs and projects. Students will also have the chance to participate in a varsity of activities including a jungle hike and cave tour, visits to local beaches, sailing, surfing, and more.

Global Studies News


Non-MBS Sponsored Trips

Preferred Vendor List:

Putney Travel/National Geographic Student Travel and Expedition

Where there be Dragons

School Year Abroad (SYA)

Rustic Pathways

Give & Surf

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Oxbridge Academic Programs

Alzar School

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