International/Exchange Programs

International/Exchange Programs

(Grade 6 to 12)

Each year, Hawthorn welcomes international students into our school, larger groups come from Fomento schools in Spain and Aspaen Gimnasio Iragua in Bogota, Colombia. The students live with a host family and attend Hawthorn for a full immersion experience that could be  3, 4 or 6 months, or a full academic year.

Fomento and Iragua Schools have an educational philosophy similar to Hawthorn’s, combining academic excellence, character development, and faith education.

Likewise we offer our students a Spanish Exchange, a great opportunity for Hawthorn girls to discover all that Spain has to offer: whether it’s lying on the beach in Santander, enjoying Picasso’s paintings in Barcelona, or even catching the running of the bulls in Pamplona!

Participating students live with a local family and attend a FOMENTO school.

Please contact to inquire about homestay programs

Applying to Hawthorn

To apply to Hawthorn School, please complete the Application Form (PDF above). Submit the completed application to:

Also required with your application are:

  • a non-refundable fee of $130 (contact admissions for funds transfer)
  • a teacher recommendation
  • a recent photograph
  • copies of the last two years of report cards
  • a copy of birth certificate or passport
  • candidates applying to Grade 4 and above should also submit two pieces of written work, marked and graded by the current school

As part of the admission process, students take part in a written assessment (via e-mail), followed by a parent skype interview with the Admissions Commitee, and finally a skype interview with candidate and Director of Accademics.

We take in consideration all aspects of a candidate’s potential for success at our school when making an admission decision.