An independent day school for grades 6-12

Global Initiatives

Understanding the Rapidly Changing World

Whether it’s peering into the depths of a volcano in Nicaragua, leading classes in Namibia, or listening to a human rights expert speak about challenges facing contemporary China, students at CSUS have myriad opportunities for learning about the world beyond its borders.
The Global Initiatives program provides educational and experiential learning opportunities for students both at home and abroad. Through the Global Speaker Series, short-term study trips, bilateral exchange partnerships, international internships, and study away opportunities, students can learn about and experience life in diverse cultures while integrating closely with the academic curriculum.

Upper School Programs

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  • Bilateral Exchanges

    CSUS has robust bilateral exchanges with schools in China, France, and Peru. New partnerships with schools in Africa, Taiwan, and Quebec are on the horizon. Crystal organizes excursions for students to its “sister schools” as well as hosts members of partner schools on the CSUS campus for short and long-term visits. View this video from the 2017 exchange with Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy. Read this student's recollections of her time spent hosting students from China.
  • Global Speaker Series

    The Global Speakers Series brings notable speakers to share ideas and skills related to relevant global topics. This Speakers Series aims to deepen our students' personal connections to the issues of the world and will be featured a few times throughout the school year. Past speakers have included John Roos (former U.S. Ambassador to Japan), Brad Adams (Executive Director of Human Rights Watch's Asia Division), and Scott Sagan (The Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University).
  • International Internships

    To educate future leaders in a “flat” global terrain, Crystal offers its Upper School students opportunities to immerse themselves in international professional environments and to experience life in a different culture during the summer. The rationale is, familiarity with an international work place and living short-term overseas can open minds, deepen awareness, and provide great practical experiences for one’s personal, educational and professional pursuits for now and the future. Currently, we are proud to offer our students substantial internship opportunities with major international firms and high quality NGOs in the areas of investment, arts, interior design, engineering, medicine, poverty alleviation, education, science, and social welfare. Also, high quality home-stay arrangement with responsible families is a key component of this program. Last year, summer internship positions were offered in Peru, Nicaragua, India, Guadeloupe, China and Hong Kong. It is our hope that the same type of meaningful offerings in other parts of the world (i.e. Mexico, Ghana, Japan, Brazil, Spain, France, Argentina, Germany, Switzerland, Korea) will be options for our students in the near future.
  • International Study Away

    CSUS believes that for some students, participation in a study-away program during the student's 10th or 11th grade can offer meaningful opportunities for growth. Crystal supports students who want to pursue a semester or full-year program at partner schools in China, France, and Peru. We also have vetted a number of reputable study-away programs not affiliated with Crystal and deem them to be viable options to provide extended international educational engagements for our students.
  • Short-Term Trips

    Middle School
    All 8th graders participate in a week-long study trip that has a language focus. Students studying French go to Quebec, those studying Spanish visit Nicaragua, and students studying Mandarin travel to Taiwan. In addition to language immersion, 8th graders may engage in service projects and cultural art activities, participate in historical inquiries, and make friends with locals. View this student's video blog about his travels to Taiwan.
    Upper School
    Each year, Crystal offers a handful of global experiential learning opportunities for its students. In recent years, they traveled to China, France, Peru, India, Spain, Morocco, Germany, Zambia, and Botswana. Trips to to Cuba, Costa Rica, and England (for theater) are on the horizon. Many of these excursions are tied to curriculum while others complement courses being taught on campus. For example, students in the Modern Middle East course recently traveled to Spain and Morocco. Many have service components, guided historical inquiries, robust people-to-people exchanges, and cultural activities aimed to fully immerse students in different cultures.

Crystal Springs Uplands School

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Middle School
10 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 342-4175 x1000
Upper School
400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010
(650) 342-4175