Language & Culture

The Singapore: Chinese Language & Culture travel program provides an excellent opportunity for students to improve their Chinese-language skills while participating in a 10-day program based in Singapore. In the mornings, students will take Chinese classes, and in the afternoons, they will visit cultural and historical sites throughout Singapore. Students will learn about Singapore’s culture from a historic perspective along with its vibrant present-day culture and society, it’s government system, multiracial and multicultural society, safe and secure environment, healthcare, public services, and industrial connections. 

Program Notes

  • Please note: This trip conflicts with the June 3 SAT and the June 10 ACT test dates.
  • There is a potential for a homestay throughout the trip.
  • There will be an optional extension at the end of the trip to travel to China. We will know more by the Spring.
  • During this trip students will stay in hotels and eat meals at the hotel and at local restaurants, and if a homestay is possible meals will be shared with a homestay family. 
  • Students and faculty leaders will update families and friends at home through our Notes From The Field blog. 
  • Families are responsible for transporting their students to join the start of the program at a New England or NY -based airport, as campus closes Monday, May 29, and also to their home destination for the remainder of the summer at the end of the trip.

Program Dates

June 3 – 12, 2023

program eligibility

This program is open to all current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students with a preference towards those currently enrolled in Chinese II or above and who plan to continue their study of Chinese when they return. All interested students are encouraged to apply by November 6. Financial aid is available to all qualifying students.

Faculty Trip Leaders

Xiaofeng Kelly; Cindy Feng

Approx. trip cost: $7,000 (*includes estimated roundtrip airfare from NE/NY based airport)

Deerfield Academy’s Center for Service and Global Citizenship strives to make all of our travel programs affordable and accessible for all students while ensuring a high quality global education experience. While the costs of travel around the world have been rising steadily over the past several years, all of our trips are subsidized, and thanks to the generosity of many we are able to provide robust financial aid for qualifying students.

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2023 Itinerary

*This itinerary is subject to change.

June 3: Travel to Singapore from New England/NY based airport

June 4 – 11: Singapore Experience 

  • Take morning language classes with CIEE and participate in community conversations with locals.
  • Afternoons will be spent touring museums, participating in workshops, lectures related to Chinese immigrants, visiting markets, restaurants and shops. In addition, we will explore Singapore’s great landmarks, such as the Sentosa S.E.A. Aquarium, Science Center Singapore, Marina Barrage,  and Gardens by Bay.

June 12: Fly out of Singapore and return to the U.S.**

**Families are responsible for transporting their students to and from a U.S. based airport to begin the trip and to their home destination for the remainder of the summer.