Off-Campus Programs

Many Thacher students choose to take on additional educational challenges by spending a semester or a year studying at other programs in the U.S. or abroad.

Our world has never been in greater need of ethical, informed citizens who are able to move with purpose and compassion across cultural, political, and linguistic boundaries.

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  • School Year Abroad (SYA)

    Operated by Phillips Academy (Andover), SYA sends students to live and study abroad for a year in France, China, Italy, or Spain. Fully immersed in their host culture, students hone language skills, gain a fresh perspective on the world, and learn to adapt to a new culture.
  • Maine Coast Semester

    Thacher is a founding school for the Maine Coast Semester (MCS) at Chewonki, in Wiscasset, Maine, a unique program emphasizing the study of ecology and environmental science. While living on a 400-acre peninsula, students learn while exploring rocky intertidal zones, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and engaging with a variety of other local ecosystems inside the classroom and out.
  • Other Opportunities

    Rounding out the off-campus study opportunities are annual faculty-led educational trips to places around the world through our Global Studies program including most recently China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Japan, Korea, and Spain.


Spending a semester at Chewonki was an invaluable part of my Thacher experience. I was able to spend four months with another set of bright, motivated individuals and I returned to Thacher with an increased understanding of my interests, values, and goals. It was a great opportunity for a change in perspective, and it was amazing to be able to shape the remainder of my time at Thacher to fit these new ideals.

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