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International Opportunities

Herron-Riverside High School's long-standing student exchange program is an excellent way for our scholars to experience life in a new culture. Scholars travel to Tlaxcala, Mexico, studying at Instituto Independencia, immersed in the Spanish language, living with host families, and attending school with their host student. 

As a result of participating in these exchange programs, Herron-Riverside High School scholars gain confidence and proficiency in another language, and get a taste of the world beyond Indiana and the United States. Ten to 14 students are chosen each year to travel to Tlaxcala for two weeks and then have the opportunity to host their foreign exchange student for two weeks at their own homes. 

Students who want to further study the Spanish language can also apply to participate in a semester exchange through Instituto Independencia. All coursework is in Spanish, and scholars are expected to keep up with their coursework at Herron-Riverside High School in addition to their other Mexican classes.

Semester Exchange Requirements

  • Write a letter of intent to the Herron HS Leadership
  • Currently study Spanish

Monthly Exchange Requirements

  • Participate and pass a home visit
  • Pass a family background check
  • Attend information meetings