Cultural Exchange

Dates: July 22-Aug 2 

Instructors: Limei Xu and Jennifer Pan

The Overlake Cultural Exchange Program helps international students to learn the intricacies of American culture. Students spend the morning (9-12) practicing vocabulary and carrying basic conversation in various settings of a typical day in the United States. The second half of the day (1-4) will be dedicated to integration and having students participate in afternoon camps with all the other students.

The English language learning curriculum is based on key national standards and will help students practice reading, writing, and speaking in English. Students will then be challenged to take what they’ve learned and implement the skills in the real world. They will be prepared to communicate and interview faculty and staff on campus, navigate markets and ask for help, read and follow recipes, use literary devices to write a poem, and many other hands-on activities.

Age: The Cultural Exchange is open to 11-15 year olds (students who will enter grades 6-10 in the 2019-20 school year).

Cost: The Cultural Exchange costs $1300 per student, which includes the price of the afternoon camps. Please note that—due to the unique nature of this program—there are no coupons available for the Cultural Exchange.

Application Process:  Overlake requires that families complete an application to apply for the Cultural Exchange program. In order to be considered for the program, please complete and submit the application online via Click on the “Register Now” link above to begin that process. There is no charge to apply for the program.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to include a Skype username and available times for a short interview by one of the two program leaders, Limei Xu or Jennifer Pan. During this interview, we hope to learn more about the applicant and the applicant’s interest in the Exchange Program. Please allow us one week to process your application. We will contact you to confirm the date and time for the Skype interview.

Applications and decisions are reviewed on a rolling basis based on the date in which they arrive. As soon as an application is complete, we will begin reviewing the application and will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Once both the application and interview are complete, we will send a notification to inform you of our decision in 7-10 days. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Limei Xu ( or Jennifer Pan (


Nate Edmunds
Summer Program Director
425-868-6191 x424

Jennifer Pan
Summer Program Assistant Director
425-868-6191 x651