Houston Academy for International Studies 

Study Abroad 

Narkisse K. in Costa Rica with CIEE, Summer 2021

Trinity K. in Spain with CIEE, Summer 2021

Bianca O. in Costa Rica with AMIGOS, Summer 2021

Kennedy M. with Asia Society Young Leaders Institute, Summer 2021

Landry K. virtual program with NSLI-Y, Summer 2021

Jennifer M., virtual program with The Experiment Digital, Summer 2021

Leslie R.,Sevillie, Spain with CIEE, Summer 2021

Elizabeth H., Italy with CIEE, Summer 2021

Melissa Jacobs ThibautFounding Principal TFA AlumniPeace Corps: Cape Verde and Mozambique 1

Please review our @HAISstudyabroad Night slideshow for more information. If you have issues playing the slideshow below, please contact Ms. Alderete (ealderet@houstonisd.org).  Links to programming and applications can be found on the "Study Abroad Opportunities" page. 

Past Study Abroad Night (virtual) information (below) 


HAIS Community,

It is a privilege to serve you as the principal of the Houston Academy for International Studies.  When I describe our school to community members, they often say, “Wow, where was your school when I was in high school?” or “I wish I could have gone to your school!” 

I could not agree more. When I was in high school I couldn’t wait to get out!  After graduating from college and joining Teach for America, moving to Houston was only the second time I had ever been on a plane.  I taught at Fondren Middle School in Houston for 3 years, and then I decided to follow a life -long dream and I joined the Peace Corps. I lived and worked in 2 different countries in Africa: Cape Verde and Mozambique.  It is thrilling to be able to offer our students some of these same life-changing experiences while they are still in high school.

Since 2005, we have worked together with our Partners at HISD, HCC and the Asia Society to build a phenomenal school: a school that can work with students to help fulfill their dreams of college and learning more about the world.  Our students have traveled around the globe including to Egypt, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Slovenia, Belize, Italy and Spain.  On average, our seniors graduate with 30 hours of college credit.  That is one year of college done and paid for before graduating high school.  In fact, 20 of our seniors last year received their Associates Degree before they received their high school diploma.

Our students never cease to amaze me.  Today they are taking on the challenges of juggling a challenging high school curriculum and the demands of college; tomorrow they will be prepared to take on the problems that challenge our world.

We all look forward to working with you as we create a world of opportunities for our students.