International Learning Opportunities

The British School of Geneva is part of International Schools Partnership (ISP). At ISP, learning is at the heart of everything we do and we aim to provide the best learning opportunities possible.

As part of the student’s journey, we genuinely believe that it is essential they can experience learning outside of the classroom and connect with other ISP students worldwide. As a global group of schools, our students have access to a broader international community, providing additional learning and cultural opportunities within a safe and secure environment.

All of the programmes share several main objectives and aim to provide memorable experiences that enable our students to:

  • Develop their language and communication skills
  • Experience different cultures
  • Cultivate long-term friendships with students from other countries
  • Offer students the chance to come together and interact digitally

During the 2021-2022 academic year, we will run six ISP International Learning Opportunities for students covering a wide range of topics, so there is something for every student, no matter where their passions or interests lie.

Virtual Buddy Exchange

Students will embark on a round-the-world online journey, reach out beyond their own school community, and meet other ISP students from across the globe, virtually.

Maths Challenge

Participants will go head-to-head with students from other ISP schools in this week-long online maths competition using the award-winning Mathletics platform.


Committed to building a more environmentally sustainable world, a team of students will deliver their own student-led environmental project in the school.

Chess Tournament

This international competition brings teams of ISP students together to play fast chess in an online tournament, competing in regional heats leading to the finals. The best players will have the opportunity to play against a chess grandmaster.

Street Child United (SCU)

SCU is the official charity partner of ISP. Through this partnership, our students will have the opportunity to connect with and support some of the most vulnerable young people in the world.

ISP TEDxYouth@ClaremontSchool

Students from participating ISP schools across Europe shared short talks and served as a source of knowledge and inspiration for young people around the globe. One student from BSG was selected as a “TEDx Youth Speaker” and attended an event at Claremont School in East Sussex, UK.

The theme of this event is “Young voices, Big ideas”.

We are also dedicated to providing our students with the best learning experiences possible and all of our International Learning Opportunities focus on several of the key learning outcomes listed below:

To gain more knowledge of:

  • Foreign education systems and new subjects
  • Geography, History, Digital Media, STEAM
  • Different lifestyles, cultures and traditions

To develop their:

  • Language and communication skills
  • Soft skills including independence, organisation, responsibility, confidence, teamwork, leadership
  • Critical thinking

To improve their understanding of:

  • Education and learning in a broader context
  • Awareness of their capabilities, strengths and weaknesses
  • Cultural differences, sensitivity and awareness
  • Social responsibility, human rights and sustainability
  • Becoming a global citizen

We are delighted to be able to offer the following International Learning Opportunities:

ProgrammeAge Range
ISP Buddy Exchange Programme14 - 17
ISP Virtual Buddy Exchange Programme 12 - 17
ISP Model United Nations13 - 18
ISP International Summer Camp12 - 14
ISP Maths Challenge5 - 18
ISP English Language Challenge5 - 18
ISP Film Festival13 - 18
I am an ISP Scientist8 - 14
ISP Futures5 - 18
ISP Chess Tournament5 - 18
Street Child United Charity Partnership5 - 18
ISP Buddy Exchange Programme

One-month reciprocal exchanges across the world between paired students to experience the life of another student; culturally, educationally and socially.

  • 14 to 17 years
  • Up to 4 students per school
  • Once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Application Process: TBC
  • Exchanges: TBC
  • No participation fee. Travel costs (flights, insurances, visa, etc.)
ISP Virtual Buddy Exchange Programme

Students participate in an 8-week programme of weekly video calls of 45 minutes with a student from another ISP school.

  • 12 to 17 years
  • Up to 8 students per school per intake
  • 2 Intakes
  • Intake 1: October to November 2021
  • Intake 2:  April to May 2022
  • Final Learning Reflection Task
  • No participation fee
ISP Model United Nations

ISP students from around the world come virtually together to experience an educational simulation of a real UN conference. Students are tasked to debate and solve an international issue in a diplomatic manner following the ideals from the Charter of the United Nations.

  • Virtual MUN IN 2021
  • 13 to 18 years
  • 3 days of debates
  • 10 weeks of training
  • Launch: November 2021
ISP International Summer Camp

An opportunity for students to experience a US-style Summer Camp with a variety of learning-focused, team building and outdoor activities, whilst having fun and making new friends in a fully immersive English environment.

  • 12 to 14 years
  • 40 campers
  • Kehoe-France Southshore School & Baton Rouge International School
  • Summer Camp fee + Travel Costs (flights, insurances, visa, etc.)
  • Launch: TBC
  • Summer Camp: TBC
ISP Maths Challenge

Students complete maths activities on a games-based platform, competing on points (not like for like activities). Students can participate at school or at home. Individuals and schools that earn the most points will win educational prizes.

  • 5 to 18 years
  • Between 5 and 1000 students per school
  • Online competition. 2 warm-up weeks + 1-week competitioN
  • Launch: November 2021
  • No participation fee
ISP English Language Challenge
British School of Geneva International Learning Opportunities

Students complete English language questions and activities on a games-based platform, competing on points (not like for like activities). Students can participate at school or at home. Individuals and schools that earn the most points will win educational prizes.

  • 5 to 18 years
  • Between 5 and 1000 students per school
  • Online competition. 2 warm-up weeks + 1-week competition
  • No participation fee
  • Launch: March 2022
ISP Film Festival

Students complete a 4-month filmmaking programme from planning to production and submit the film to a voting poll. The best films will be awarded.

  • 13 to 17 years
  • Groups of 8 students per school
  • Webinars and sessions with film industry professionals across 4 modules
  • Online Screening and Award Ceremony
  • No participation fee
  • 4-month programme and webinars: January to April 2022
  • Film screening & Award ceremony: May 2022
I am an ISP Scientist

Students contribute to a real-world STEM project through citizen science and have opportunities to engage with STEM professionals through ‘Ask a Scientist’ Q&A sessions.

  • 8 to 14 years
  • Between 4 and 30 students per school
  • Mix of teacher-led in-school workshops and online Q&A sessions
  • No participation fee
  • Launch: January 2022
  • Workshops: February to May 2022
  • Ask a Scientist Q&A sessions: February / May / June 2022
ISP Futures

An ISP-wide campaign around the theme of ‘What do we want our organisation to be like in 10, 20 and 50 years’ time’. Creating a more sustainable organisation and leaving a better ISP for future students.

  • 5 to 18 years
  • Between 5 and 1000 students per school
  • ISP Forest: Tree-planting projects worldwide and in-school activities
  • ISP Change Makers: 3 Year-round activities – environmental calls to action
  • No participation fee
  • ISP Forest Launch: October 2021
ISP Chess Tournament

Students to compete in teams against other ISP schools in an Online Chess Tournament.

  • 5 to 18 years
  • School teams up to 20 players per category
  • Two categories (under 12 & under 18)
  • Online regional tournaments + Semi-finals + Final
  • No participation fee
  • Masterclasses with Grandmasters
  • Launch: March 2022
Street Child United Charity Partnership

Partnership to support the work of SCU in improving the lives of street connected young people around the world. Young Leader visits to ISP schools, fundraising, awareness- raising and other activities.

  • 5 to 18 years
  • Between 5 and 1000 students per school
  • School visits, in-school raise awareness month and ISP funded project delivered by SCU
  • No participation fee
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