World Exchange - Creating International Connections

As part of the larger worldwide network of Waldorf schools, the Chicago Waldorf School offers a distinctive language exchange program that sets our school apart from many other institutions. Chicago Waldorf School has offered student exchanges for 16 years, placing students primarily in German and Spanish speaking countries. Exchanges have included destinations such as Columbia, Chile, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Argentina and Peru.

The Language Exchange Program

Our High School students have the opportunity to spend part of a semester abroad- usually for the duration of one academic block (approx. 6-10 weeks). They are free to choose from any of the Spanish- or German-speaking Waldorf schools from around the world. While living with a host family from that school, they are able to immerse themselves in another language and culture while continuing their education at a local Waldorf school in a foreign country. Completing the exchange program upon their return, they also accommodate a member of their host family for a reciprocal experience at the Chicago Waldorf School. Students curently enrolled in the Chicago Waldorf High School may apply to the program with this World Exchange Application Form. Students interested in applying to Chicago Waldorf School from abroad for the exchange program are welcomed. We currently receive such a high volume of requests from Germany that we cannot accomodate all those exchange requests, but students who would like to apply for a Spanish Language Exchange, please contact Sr. Alberto Correa, World Exchange Coordinator, at


Full-time Applications from International Students

Applications from students living abroad are warmly welcomed

We value the enrichment of our own community⎯and the beneficial expansion to classroom curriculum⎯by the variety of experiences, cultures and viewpoints that our international students bring with them. Because we have limited openings for direct exchange of international students, and because the exchange program is only for partial segments of the school year, some students prefer to apply for enrollment for a complete semester or for a full academic year. Interested international applicants are encouraged to contact Lisa Payton, Director of Admissions, at to determine if there are any openings available for your preferred academic year. If accepted, an I-20 visa petition will be sent to the applicant along with details on proceeding with the American consulate for U.S. admission for study.