World Exchange - Creating International Connections

As part of the extensive and growing global network of Waldorf schools, the Chicago Waldorf School offers a distinctive exchange program that places our High School students in Waldorf Schools across the world and welcomes exchange students and international students to visit and enroll in our school. Exchange students come to our school from diverse countries including Columbia, Chile, Austria, Switzerland, Korea, Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Kyrgyzstan, France, and Peru, among others.

The Language Exchange Program

Chicago Waldorf School has offered student language exchanges since the 1990s. The program is over 17 years old and growing. Currently approximately 30% of our enrolled High School students participate in the Language Exchange program. In the program High School sophomores and juniors have the opportunity to spend part of a semester abroad⎯usually for the duration of three to four academic blocks (approx. 6-12 weeks). They are free to choose from any of the Spanish- or German-speaking Waldorf schools from around the world and initiate a relationship with a host family from that school. On exchange they live with that family and are able to immerse themselves in daily life in another language and culture while continuing their education at their host's local Waldorf school. Completing the exchange program: upon their return, they also accommodate their partner exchange student for a reciprocal experience at the Chicago Waldorf School.

On exchange they live with that family and immerse themselves in daily life in another language and culture...

Students currently enrolled in the Chicago Waldorf High School may apply to the Language Exchange program with this 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

Some international students prefer to attend our school full time for a year, or for the full course of our Grade School, Middle School and High School programs. We value the diversity of our own community⎯and the beneficial expansion in the classroom experience⎯that our international students bring with their rich cultural experiences, histories and viewpoints. Because we have limited openings for direct exchange of international students, and because the Lauguage Exchange program is only for partial segments of the school year, we also offer international students the option for enrollment for a complete semester, for a full academic year or for longer. Interested international applicants are encouraged to contact Lisa Payton, Enrollment Director, at to determine if there are openings available for entering your preferred academic year. If accepted for enrollment, 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.