An International Preschool-Grade 12 Academy 

Cultural Exchange

Leveraging International Connections

GEMS World Academy Chicago is one of five World Academies in the GEMS Education global network of schools. In keeping with our core value of global citizenship, we leverage our relationship with overseas GEMS schools to provide authentic learning experiences away from school.

The cornerstone of this effort is an exchange program with GEMS World Academy Dubai, in which a group of students from one school spends time living with families and studying with peers in the other. 

The program was launched during the 2017-2018 school year, with groups of eighth-graders from each school making the exchange. The program is part of a broader GEMS Education initiative called GWA Connect, which provides both teachers and students with opportunities to travel and learn with peers at other World Academies. 

Other Travel Opportunities

The Dubai exchange is just one of the travel experiences our students experience. Our students have also traveled to Nepal and Spain during the school year. Each spring, our Upper School students embark on trips to key locations in the United States, as well.

GEMS leaders believe that authentic travel experiences can have a profound impact on a student's worldview, creating the kind of nuanced, empathetic and problem-solving mindset necessary to become transformative global leaders in the future. 

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