SPIRAL International is an educational organization based in Vermont, USA. Our mission is to promote
cross-cultural learning and understanding through international education and exchange.
Since 2010, SPIRAL has offered a variety of programs that support this mission by building education partnerships across the world. We help U.S. schools develop partner-school relationships in other countries, offer U.S. teachers professional development opportunities in international education, and organize study abroad and cross-cultural learning trips in many countries of the world. We offer online Chinese language classes for schools and individuals. We also recruit international students into U.S. schools and colleges through dual diploma and joint-degree programs and host international students for education exchange programs throughout the school year.
We are a collaborative, multilingual and culturally fluent team that would love to help you implement a successful program for your academic community.
Whether you are looking for a school-based program, or you are an individual, let us know what your goals are for cross-cultural learning. We can design a solution that fits your needs.
Our educational exchange programs are memorable learning experiences that help prepare students for success in the 21st century. They also provide a global perspective and an enriching cultural experience.
We have hosted more than 3000 international students on exchanges since 2010. Many go on to attend U.S. universities and colleges after studying at a U.S. high school.
“I’ve learned so much from this course. It’s not only about the language and cultural aspects, it (the course) has helped me to think outside of the box. It’s like I’m traveling around the world, just remotely.”A.G. – High School Student from NLPS – Learn Chinese and Travel to China I & II
“My husband and I recently completed Have Fun with Chinese level 1 and have really enjoyed our weekly Zoom classes with our teacher! As older ‘students’, we were nervous about learning a new language, but found the lessons to be fun and our teacher to be very supportive, patient, and encouraging. We appreciated the flexibility to choose a class time that worked for our schedules and the virtual live lessons allowed us to get immediate feedback and to get help with our pronunciation and tone as we learned. Each week began with a review of what we learned last week, and then we dove into a new subject such as greetings, family, food, transportation etc., practicing individual words and sentences that built on the prior learning. We are so glad we took the course and look forward to learning more!”Sharon and Steve K. – Adult Learners – Online Chinese Language Program
“I’ve been looking at colleges that offer Chinese and have study abroad programs. I want to go to China and utilize the language we have learned.”S.R. – High School Student from NLPS – Learn Chinese and Travel to China I & II
“SPIRAL International has been paramount in our district’s focus on developing international and multi-cultural education. SPIRAL has facilitated our high school dual-enrollment IB/AP program with our sister school in Suzhou, China which has graduated over thirty students with both Chinese and US high school diplomas; SPIRAL continues to be the “bridge” connecting our two schools. As our district continues to grow our Chinese Language and Culture programming and based on the success we have had in our interactions with SPIRAL International, it was a hand-to-glove fit to work with them on developing multiple levels of Chinese Language and Culture programming at our high school. SPIRAL was able to develop a program catered to our specific student’s needs including measurable outcomes, a curriculum, various resources, and SPIRAL staff to teach the courses. As we move into next year, we are now developing a Language and Cultural exchange trip through SPIRAL International to bring up to twenty students to China for a two-week experience that they will never forget. SPIRAL International has been helpful, reliable, and central to our district being able to provide more robust programming for our students.”Timothy Enos – Asst. Dir. Of Magnet Pathways, IB Programming and Operations – NLPS, CT
“I can understand and read all the lyrics from ‘我要你的爱’ (theme song from Crazy Rich Asians)!”E.D. – High School Student from NLPS – Learn Chinese and Travel to China I & II
“Rice Memorial High School has embarked in a partnership with SPIRAL International by providing students with enrichment opportunities in beginner and intermediate Chinese language programs. We are delighted with the quality of courses provided!”Heatherly Allard – International Admissions Specialist from Vermont – Online Chinese Language Program
“I love language because is interesting how humans can create a whole new language and other people can learn it. Knowing more than one or two languages is a big opportunity to be successful in life. That is personally the reason why I joined this new class, and I do not regret it because I feel like I have learned a lot in less than one or two months taking this new class. Every teacher is nice and understanding on how difficult can be learn a whole new language. My goal is to learn more every day to be able to travel to China someday. I love the language and cultural class because I learn new things every day and is fun to listen to. I would love to take this class again next year and have the same teachers. Thank you, a lot, for this opportunity.”Stacey R. – High School Student from Connecticut – Online Chinese Language Program
“SPIRAL International offers great help with learning Chinese. I decided to try out their pilot program in the summer and it really helped me know where to start learning the language and now I continue to learn through their program. The teachers are friendly and very knowledgeable whether it be in regard to the language or culture! Learning with them is an opportunity that is worth it!”Bridget H. – High School Student from Connecticut – Online Chinese Language Program
Michael Susi – High School Principal – East Lyme High School, CT
This past summer I was an ambassador for our school’s cultural exchange program and I went to China through your program… I had an amazing time in China. I still wish I was there. The trip made me want to look into Asian studies as a future college major and potentially become an English teacher in another country like China.Lauren Samson – High School Student from Vermont – Summer Adventure Learning Camp & China Trip