Extended Trips

Learning outside the classroom is a key feature of the OIS education. Each year we venture out on residential visits that will make you wish you were there.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

We have been to CERN in Switzerland, the world’s centre of particle physics research and the place where the World Wide Web was developed. We’ve also hit the slopes on an action-packed ski trip to Spain and soaked up the cultural past and present of Berlin.

Trip to London

The trip to London, where William Caxton became England’s first publisher at Westminster Abbey, and the first performance of Romeo and Juliet likely occurred, is open to diploma students in Higher level English.

Trip to Paris

Trip to Paris

Students in French Language and Literature from Y9 and Y10 went to the City of Light, the backdrop of works like Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast.


Trip to Azores

A yearly trip for students in Y12 to the dramatic landscape of the Azores. The archipelago was awarded Europe’s Safest Destination 2020. It is also one of the top 100 sustainable travel destinations.

Ski Trip to Sierra Nevada

Our ski trip to the Andalusian mountains is an annual excursion open to all MYP & DP students. Students get to enjoy the snow, sun and starry skies, while the city of Granada is just 27km away.

Extended trips at OIS relate to our curriculum and enrich students by allowing them to experience learning from a different perspective. Students get to see the world through their own eyes.


For TOK (Theory of Knowledge), students have the opportunity to go on a trip to Berlin. By visiting some of the most significant historical, cultural and artistic sites in modern European history, students reflect on what they see and experience and how these sites and the events that they represent have impacted world history. Students visit museums like the German Bundestag, the Jewish Museum and the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. This trip gives students the opportunity to experience another culture and see the real-world application of what they have learned in TOK at school.


Students in the Diploma Programme, studying Physics and Chemistry, travel to Geneva in Switzerland to visit the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). It’s the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. There, students see first-hand the research studied in lessons, such as the CLOUD experiment, where a link between galactic cosmic rays and cloud formation is considered. They also visit the famous UN Palace, headquarters of the United Nations.

Residential visit to St Louis
Trip to St. Louis

Our exchange trip to St. Louis, home of the amazing Missouri Botanical Garden and popular St. Louis Zoo, is open to all year groups and is an opportunity to visit and experience another culture. Students stay in the family homes of students from Chaminade College.

Residential visit to Madrid
Trip to Madrid

The trip to Madrid is linked to our arts curriculum and is open to students in Y12. Madrid is home to the Museo del Prado, which boasts work by greats like Francisco Goya and Diego Velázquez. The Reina Sofía is there too, where you can see La Guernica by Pablo Picasso.