The Bergen County Academies Global Studies Initiative seeks to prepare students for success in a global economy and workforce; to provide students with an opportunity to interact with their peers in a global environment; to engender increased respect for values and traditions other than one's own; and to give students real-world exposure to, and experience with, students from another part of the world. The following is a sampling of past and future projects of the BCA Global Studies Initiative.
In spring of 2020 over 160 BCA students and 20 teachers were preparing to travel on eight global studies programs to seven countries. Sadly their plans were cut short just a few weeks before the first program was set to depart. We look forward to resuming our ever-growing and popular Global Studies programs in 2022 if conditions allow.
BCA Global Programs in the 2018-2019 School Year
In March 2019 students who were enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program were for the fifth consecutive year offered an international educational experience. London was chosen as the inaugural destination for this program in 2014 for its global prominence in business and economics and we returned to London for the third time this year. Once again the program was designed from the ground up around four themes - Business and Economics, CAS (Creative, Active, Service), Global Studies, and Cultural Experiences. Students visited businesses such as Vodafone and the London Metal Exchange, participated in a student exchange program with Bexley Grammar IB School, visited Oxford University and toured UK Parliament among many other notable experiences.
Our first Global Studies Program in an Arab Nation was completed in April 2019 as BCA became one of the first high schools from the USA to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The program started in Abu Dhabi where students attended a presentation at NYU Abu Dhabi and visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and brand-new Louvre Abu Dhabi. In Dubai students attended a presentation with Nakheel (developer of man-made islands such as The Palm Jumeirah), visited a local high school, toured the old souks as well as ascended to the top of the tallest building in the world.
Our Art History students traveled to Florence and Rome for a week of exploring the most iconic museums and cultural sights of central Italy with their Art History teachers. In Florence students toured the Uffizi Galleries, Palazzo Vecchio , Piazza della Signoria, and Piazzale Michelangelo among others. In Rome students visited the Pantheon, San Luigi dei Francesi, The Colosseum, Roman Forum/Basilica of Maxentius, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Vatican City. Enjoying pizza, pasta, and gelato were also frequent occurrences as they soaked up the culture of this amazing country.