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Student Exchanges

Introduction

A key part of our St George’s education is our desire to form global citizens and the student exchanges programme is an exciting part of this. The exchanges programme provides great benefits for our students:

  • Living and studying outside Argentina means exposure to different cultures, customs and ways of doing things
  • Studying abroad they are immersed in the English language.
  • Living away from home for at least a month fosters self-reliance and independence.
  • Hosting an exchange student in their homes promotes many important values.
  • In general, they learn to be “ambassadors” for their own country, both when they travel abroad and when they host visiting students.

We work with various schools around the world and you can see the details elsewhere in this exchanges section. The programme is open to students in ES4 and ES5 of College.

International School

Below is the list of schools that currently share the Exchange Programme with St George’s College and the corresponding period of stay.

School
City/Area
Country
IB Programme
Genders
Approximate dates of stay

Durban
South Africa
No
Girls
Last week of January to end of February

Wahroonga, NSW
Australia
No
Boys
February

Edinburgh
Scotland
No
Boys
2nd Week of January to mid-February

Near Birmingham
England
No
Boys (boarding)
Girls (day school)
1st week January to 1st week February

Brooklandville, Baltimore
USA
Yes
Girls
To be confirmed

Toronto
Canada
No
Girls
1st week January to 1st week February

Auckland
New Zealand
Yes
Co-ed
End of January to end of February

Near Norwich
England
No
Co-ed
1st week January to 1st week February

Hampton Roads, Virginia
USA
No
Co-ed
1st week January to 1st week February

Durban
South Africa
No
Boys
Last week of January to end of February

Pennington
USA
No
Co-ed
Jan 7th to mid February

Ontario
Canada
No
Co-ed
To be confirmed

Travelling abroud

Advice for St George’s pupils travelling abroad

Pupils interested in travelling abroad first have to produce a written request signed by their parents and then approach both the Exchange Coordinator and the Headmaster to begin the necessary formalities for the exchange trip.

Pupils’ parents have to obtain the following documentation:

  • Valid Passport with the necessary validity
  • Return ticket: bought at the agency and/or firm of your choice.
  • Tourist Visa: if required. St George’s College will provide all the necessary information regarding the host family. You must not obtain the visa as an exchange student.
  • Authorization to leave the country signed by parents and certified by a notary. – Travel insurance and medical assistance abroad.

Other items to be taken

  • St George’s uniform including sport clothes (the blazer is not necessary).
  • Personal medicines.
  • Money in cash, debit card or travel cheques (suggested amount: US$ 300 monthly).
  • Multimedia material to present any topic related with Argentina/South America/St George’s College.
  • Small gifts. – Camera.

Application procedure

If you would like to become an Exchange Student candidate, please write a letter addressed to the Headmaster, in which you explain the reasons why you would like to participate in this programme and why you would be a good “ambassador” for St George’s and Argentina. You also need to include three countries among the places listed for exchanges, so in case you are not selected for one of them, you might be chosen for another. Please note that:

  • You must be prepared to travel in the month of January (so you will not be able to spend a lot of time on holiday with your family).
  • You need to go for a minimum of 4 weeks.
  • You must be in St George’s at the latest by the end of February.
  • All students who go on exchanges, are expected to act as hosts here in Argentina, for at least some of the time when we have exchange students coming to us.

If you are not able to meet all 4 of these conditions, you should not be applying.

Please remember that this letter must be signed by you and your parents giving their consent. All applicants will be interviewed by the Headmaster and the Head of College. All Exchange Student Candidates should see the Exchange Coordinator about any queries.

The deadline to hand in your letter to the Exchange Coordinator is May 15th. The names of the selected Exchange Students will be announced just before the winter holidays.

Visiting St George’s College

Advice for Pupils from abroad visiting St George’s

  • Send your profile and the course / subjects you are studying by email.
  • Bring travel insurance and your complete medical history with any special recommendations to inform our Sanatorium.
  • Prepare a short report about your country and/or school to be presented to your peers at St George’s.
  • Uniform: exchange students do not need to wear our complete uniform (all the clothes are mentioned below), but we suggest you bring shirts, socks, shorts, swimming trunks/costume, towels, sports shoes, and other personal items, especially toiletries ones. Other clothes if needed will be provided by St George’s College.

Our school uniform consists of:

  • Girls: kilt, white blouse, navy blue pullover, laced black shoes and blue socks.
  • Boys: grey trousers, white shirt, school tie, laced black shoes, navy blue pullover and grey socks.
  • Sports uniform: blue tracksuit, blue or white trunks, red or white sport shirt, blue or white socks, white sports shoes and black boots. Swimming trunks. Towel.

Life at St George’s

Timetable: Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 16.30

Between March and June the principal sport activities practised by the girls are: gym, swimming, and hockey. As an alternative they can also play: handball, tennis, golf or cricket or participate in aerobics.

Boys practise the same sports but play rugby and basketball instead of hockey.

Between August and November girls practise hockey, tennis, athletics, handball, softball and diving and the boys practise rugby, basketball, football and cricket.

Three times a week pupils have 60 minutes classes of Physical Education and sports.

Once a week they have an hour of activities, and they can choose from different creative classes such as theatre, music and art, sports or Community service.

Special Events

Once a month, normally on Saturdays, a sports tournament or festival is held with the participation of all pupils and parents.

In addition the College has a large theatre where school plays and other cultural and artistic exhibitions are presented.

The Weather

Our weather is fairly unpredictable. In March we generally have temperatures of 30º degrees and between April and June they go down to 5ºC.

Between August and November the temperature goes up again from 10ºC to 25ºC.

We suggest bringing a thin raincoat, as students have to walk long distances in the open air from one building to another. For example, the dining room is 250 metres from the College classrooms.