Trip leaders will provide applications directly to eligible students.
Late September – Informational sessions held for individual trips
October 1 – late October Application period for global trips
Late October – early November Applications and financial aid applications due (FA aid applications sent to Mary Medley)
November Acceptance decisions and financial aid awards announced to students and families
December 1 Families commit to trip and first deposit billed
Families are encouraged to begin saving funds for their child's global travel as early as possible. Every year, around 25% of students in MS and US travel on global trips. We make every effort to accurately predict the cost of trips so families can plan for future travel. However, many cost factors are unpredictable, and trip expenses can vary from our projections. Trips can range in cost from around $2,000 to $4,000. The estimated cost of the trip will be billed out in three or four installments, prior to the trip departure date.
The school’s goal is to make it possible for each student to participate in at least one international trip during their Middle School and Upper School years. To achieve this goal, we provide a limited amount of financial aid for trips, which will be available to all students. When a student applies for their first international trip in their division, we will consider the need for financial aid. A financial aid application will accompany applications for all trips. Families must be current on their tuition payment plan for a student to participate in a major trip.
• Gender balance
• Good academic standing and/or potential
• Good standing as a community member and/or potential
• Emotional health and maturity and/or potential
• Grade level of student
• Modern language level
Passports should be current within three months of departure and return dates.
Parents should keep a copy of passport at home.
Students should contact a travel clinic at least eight weeks before departure.
The Traveler's Clinic at St. Vincent's (503-216-7000) gives CG travelers a discount. Find other options here.
Bring immunization records if possible.
Students should bring extra medicine or eye wear that may be critical if lost to their destination country.
Parents are responsible for verifying that their family insurance covers their child while abroad.
Notes on Travel
For reasons of safety, Catlin Gabel requires that all members in a group depart from, and return to, Portland International Airport. Coordinating connecting flights or alternate travel plans for individuals creates undue risk for the entire group and is not permitted, except under unique circumstances.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to use air miles in collaboration with our group tickets. It disconnects students from the group itinerary and is often difficult in situations of cancelled flights or changing itineraries.
Contact the global education coordinators: Dave Whitson (US) and Barbara Ostos (MS)