Wilson Language Travel Grants

Wilson Language Travel Grant Eligibility: 

1. At least two years of language study at Montgomery Bell Academy.
2. Open to modern language students in 10th and 11th grades who have participated in a Wilson Grant Immersion program and who have not participated in a travel program for this language.
3. Open to Latin students currently enrolled in Latin 3 Honors / Latin 4 Honors (or higher) and who have not already participated in a Latin in Rome program in the High School.

Criteria for selection:
  1. The student has an established track record of excellence as confirmed by his language teachers and other teachers both in and outside the classroom. The student has shown exceptional improvement and/or maintained superior performance in the language and has demonstrated keen interest in both the language and the culture of the country whose language he is studying and demonstrates such interest consistently in class.
  2. The student has demonstrated sufficient fluency in the language to be able to interact effectively with native speakers.  Latin students should be able to sight read intermediate passages.
  3. The student has demonstrated positive contributions to the MBA and wider community through service to others.
  4. The student commits to use the target language throughout the travel.
  5. The student commits to a program of four weeks provided by one of the approved travel companies (or three weeks for Colombia exchange).
  6. For Modern language students: student commits to continuing his language study at MBA the following academic year by enrolling in the AP level course (or higher) and taking the AP exam unless special permission is granted by the Department Chair for another pathway. For Latin students: student commits to continuing his study of Latin at MBA the following academic year by enrolling in the AP level course and taking the AP exam (or enrolling in Latin V if he is currently enrolled in AP Latin).
  7. The student commits to use this use this experience and language skills to continue to enhance academic and extracurricular life at MBA and in the larger community.
Other considerations:
  1. Students who do not already have a valid passport should begin the application process before submitting an application.
  2. Students should be aware that some programs may not be all-inclusive and may require additional fees. Any costs beyond those listed on the application will not be covered by this grant.
  3. Payments and arrangements are made through Montgomery Bell Academy in association with its travel agent and in communication with the programs selected.
Students are expected to research their programs of choice listed below before completing the application. In rare cases, other programs may be considered if a student finds one of particular interest that meets the criteria as established by the Montgomery Bell Academy Foreign Languages Department.

Students on international travel programs may not delay or extend their in-country stay. All students must travel together as a group to and from the country.

Students need to be aware of additional costs in case quoted prices are not all inclusive. If any doubt exists, please contact the program before submitting the grant application, since the requested amount in the application will not be increased.

Wilson Language Travel Programs

The following links are for informational purposes only. Do not apply directly to the program. Applicants need to indicate on their Wilson Grant Application up to two programs for which they want to be considered. Unless otherwise noted, the expected program duration is four weeks. Dates of the program can be found on the program website unless stated otherwise in the description of the program.

Chinese
Beijing No.4 High School & World Leading School Association 
  • Travel dates set by MBA. Generally travel is from mid June to mid July. Official dates will be confirmed by early April by Ms. Zhang
French
Bordeaux Exchange
  • Travel dates set by MBA. Generally travel is from early June to early July. Official dates will be confirmed by mid to late March by Mr. Trotter.
German
Wiesbaden Exchange
  • Travel dates set by MBA. Generally travel is from mid June to mid July. Official dates will be confirmed by early March by Mr. Dougherty.

Latin – For students in Latin 3 / 4 Honors or higher
Paideia Institute 
  • Travel dates set by Paideia. Please consult their website for more information regarding dates of travel.
  • Grant recipients must also apply and be accepted by the Paideia Institute for this grant to take effect. Please consult Ms. Ellery for more information.
 
Spanish Study in Spain:
Estudio Sampere – Salamanca, Spain 
  • Three week study program followed by one week travel with an MBA teacher. Travel dates set by MBA. Generally travel is from late May / early June to early July. Official dates will be confirmed by late January by Sr. Paolicchi.
  • Travel dates set by LITA. Please consult their website for more information regarding dates of travel.
Spanish Study in Latin America:
Amigos de las Américas 
  • Only four-week programs are considered, Travel dates set by Amigos de las Américas. Please consult their website for more information regarding dates of travel.
Colombia Exchange 
  • Travel dates set by MBA. Generally travel is from late May to mid June. Official dates will be confirmed by mid February by Mrs. Victoria.
The Experiment in International Living 
  • Only four-week programs to Spanish-speaking countries will be considered. Travel dates are set by the Experiment in International Living. Please consult their website for more information regarding dates of travel.

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