Center for International Studies

Fort Worth Country Day is committed to preparing young people to make a difference in a complex and changing world. We strive to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary to understand and act responsibly and creatively to resolve local and global issues. While many schools simply offer their students opportunities to travel, FWCD seeks to cultivate global competence in all JK-12 students by weaving global perspectives into the curriculum, working with local partners to contribute to our Fort Worth community, and providing meaningful international travel and hosting exchanges.

Our Mission

The mission of the FWCD Center for International Studies is to provide programs and experiences that build students’ capacity to thrive in an ever-changing global community. 

Center initiatives include overseas summer expeditions, exchange opportunities and cultural programs meant to ensure that all FWCD graduates gain an understanding of the following global competencies:

  • Experience in and ability to investigate the world beyond their immediate environment.
  • Ability to recognize and appreciate perspectives other than their own.
  • Ability to engage in open, appropriate, and effective interactions across cultures.
  • Ability to take action for collective well-being and sustainable development.

The Center at a Glance

Summer Travel Opportunities
 to Europe, Australia, South America and Asia.  Review the list of travel opportunities for 2020 and 2021.

One of 11 schools in the prestigious service learning program. FWCD students and teachers have volunteered in Detroit, New Orleans, Pine Ridge Reservation, Panama, Tibet and Cambodia.
International youth trips and exchanges intended to develop deeper cross-cultural mindsets and understanding.
Short-term hosting opportunities
in collaboration with Fort Worth Sister Cities Ambassador Middle School Program and Language & Friendship, Inc. FWCD has hosted students from Japan and France.
Campus-Based Initiatives
World Heritage Day, Multiple Service Learning Activities, On-going Development of Global Competency Curriculum and Alumni Travel

Center for International Studies News

Travel Programs and Opportunities

FWCD Programs

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  • Ecuador and the Galápagos

    For students who have completed grades 7-8
    Date: May 30 - June 7, 2022
    Grades: Completed grades 7-8
    Approximately $4,500
    Learn More
  • France

    French Culture and Language Immersion in Nice, Annecy, Chamonix, Genève and Paris France. Falcons will earn an interdisciplinary credit from FWCD.
    Dates: June 2022 (approx. 3 weeks)
  • Iceland

    Students in grades 8-10 are invited to join this trip to Iceland. This study abroad course is presented through the American Council for International Studies, led by Dr. Heather Peace. On the trip, we will study topics including the geothermal environment of Iceland, its people, its geologic foundations, and global change. Learn More
    Dates: Mid-June 2022
    Grades: 8-10
    Cost: $5,520
  • Panama

    FWCD Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder Service Learning and Ethical Leadership Custom Course for Upper School students
    Service hours credit offered; 7 days
    Dates: Spring Break
    Grades: Upper School students
    $3,000 - $3,500
  • Peru

    This trip offers an experience of Spanish culture, language immersion, and service learning for Upper School students. Academic and service credit offered. It will involve working with Shoulder to Shoulder non-profit partner Llama Pack Project.
    Date: June 2022 (3 weeks)
    Grades: Upper School students
    Cost: Approximately $6,400-6,700 
  • Trier, Germany

    1:1 Exchange for Upper School students: You host someone for 2 weeks in October 2021, and that person hosts you in early June 2022
    Dates: October 2021 and June 2022
    Grades: Upper School students
    Approximately $3,000

Students Shoulder to Shoulder

Ethical leadership development through experiential courses. Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder (SStS) courses offer unique opportunities to work alongside local NGOs in nine different locations as they seek to improve conditions in their communities. FWCD is one of 15 schools in North America in the Shoulder to Shoulder Global Coalition of Schools. Costs and specific dates announced in November.
1. Detroit, Michigan
2. Pine Ridge, South Dakota
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
4. Panama
5. Peru
6. Bolivia
7. Kenya
8. Nepal
9. Tibet
10. Cambodia
11. U.S. Mexico Border -Upperclassmen only
12. Dallas, Texas

 Learn more about Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder.

Fort Worth Sister Cities - Cultural Exchange

Cultural immersion, Spring Break, and Summer trips for students in grades 8-12. Approximate costs range from $350 - $4000.  Limited financial aid is available. Learn more about the Fort Worth Sister Cities Program.

Spring Break Opportunities
1. Budapest, Hungary - $2500
2. Reggio Emilia, Italy - $2500
3. Nî​mes, France - $2500
4. Toluca, Mexico - $1700

Cultural Exchanges
1. Nagaoka, Japan - $2700
2. Nagaoka, Japan - $350 (Harashin Scholar Program)
3. Guiyang, China - $3800

Travel Shifts Perspectives

“We live in a global economy and it is imperative that FWCD students are prepared to work and live in this global society. We want our students to feel the freedom of travel and not be intimidated by the unknown. If our kids think the world is a small place, they will be much more likely to venture out into the world and do amazing things.”
-MS Parent
“International experiences, whether cultural or academic, give students a look into the broad spectrum of the world and does not limit their learning to the United States.”
-US Parent
“While language immersion is at the top of my list, I also feel that the experience of traveling and seeing different cultures, different life perspectives is critical for raising a global citizen able to communicate with all people and to destroy stereotypes.”
-US Parent

Meet the Director

“A global perspective is not developed in one class, one department or division. It takes a JK-12 commitment. The center seeks to develop our students’ capacity to thrive in an ever-changing global community. We plan to do this through assisting teachers in weaving global perspectives into their curriculum and providing students with meaningful travel and hosting exchange opportunities.” 

Stephen Blan, 
Director of the Center for International Studies
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.