International Education

Preparing Girls for a Global Future through International Education

We want our students to take their place in the world as effective and responsible global citizens. Our international curriculum takes a variety of forms to broaden students’ cultural awareness, develop their linguistic proficiency and promote greater self-awareness and independence.

British Council’s International School Award (2021-2024)

St George's has been awarded by the British Council the prestigious International School Award for the fourth time running. The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding and innovative work in international education through links with partner schools overseas.

International School Award Logo
International School Award Logo

International Education is split into three sections within St George’s:

  • Digital exchanges are offered throughout Junior School, Lower School and Upper School. These enhance the learning within curriculum areas.
  • A unique Global Perspectives course in Upper 4.
  • International student exchange programmes for Upper 4, Sixth Form and staff.

Student Exchange Schools for Upper 4


Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia

Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth


Branksome Hall, Toronto

Havergal College, Toronto

St Clement's School, Toronto

Student Exchange Schools for Sixth Form


Ascham School, Sydney

Presbyterian ladies College, Sydney

Seymour College, Adelaide

Goulburn Valley Grammar School, Victoria

Ruyton Girls School, Melbourne

South Africa

Durban Girls College, Durban

New Zealand

St Andrew's College, Christchurch


Southern Oxford School, Chile


“Edinburgh’s only all-girls school with a tradition of excellence and an international take on things.”
Good Schools Guide 2023

International Education Curriculum

  • Digital exchange for P5 students with a partner school in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Pen pal programme with a partner school in Spain

  • Digital Exchange for Remove students through Health classes with partner schools in India.
  • Pen pal programme for Lower 4 students with partner schools in Toronto, Canada.

  • An opportunity for students in Upper 4 to apply for a reciprocal exchange to our partner schools in Toronto, Canada and Philadelphia and Fort Worth in America. The duration of the programme ranges from 2- 4 weeks.
  • Pen pal programmes through Languages for students in U4 – U5 with partner schools in China, France and Spain.
  • Opportunities for International trips such as a Classic trip to Italy, a Geography trip to Iceland, Sports tour to Holland to enhance curriculum and experience different cultures.
  • Previously the school has participated in two Erasmus projects with the most recent focusing on culture in European countries. The process is commencing to apply for a Turing Award.

Global Perspective course delivered in the Upper 4 Curriculum

  • Develops learners’ ability to consider significant global issues from different perspectives
  • Encourages learners to work collaboratively and individually and to apply their knowledge in different contexts
  • Develops transferable skills to complement learning in other curricular areas and prepare learners to be active global citizens in life beyond school
  • Encourage critical thinking.

  • An opportunity for students in U5 and L6 to apply for a reciprocal exchange to our partner schools in Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa. The duration of the exchange is 4 – 6 weeks.
  • Pen pal programme with a partner school in Argentina.
  • Opportunity for expeditions with Global Action to Nepal and Costa Rica. This happens every 2 years.

Student International Exchange to Canada

Emily reflects on her school exchange in Toronto

Emily: School Exchange to Canada
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