Padua Academy cultivates global leaders through international trips and exchanges.
Teacher-led trips to international destinations enable juniors and seniors to explore class curriculum on a deeper level and become engaged global citizens. From studying Irish history in Dublin to practicing language skills in the South of Spain, Padua students gain a deeper appreciation for other cultures, an integral part of a transformational college preparatory experience.

Past trips include Ecuador and Galapagos Islands, Spain, France, Ireland, and Peru.

Recently Announced Study Abroad Trips

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  • Walking In The Footsteps of St. Francis: Annecy, Padua, Assisi, and Rome - Summer 2019

    This trip occurs in odd years to coincide with the Two Men Named Francis course. Participants travel to France and Italy, beginning with the life of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal in Annecy, France. Travels continue in Padua, Assisi, and Rome to study the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi. 

    Itinerary highlights include a tour of Lake Annecy in France, a visit to the University of Padua (notable Alumni include St. Francis de Sales and Galileo), and mass at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. Attendance at a Papal Audience is also planned.

    The course entitled Two Men Named Francis includes a general history of the life, work, and spiritualities of Padua’s patron saints, Francis de Sales and Francis of Assisi.  Students gain insight into the respective charisms of the Saints and the impact and appeal they had for the people of their time as well as those who follow them today. The class provides a foundation for this optional pilgrimage.
  • Spain (Malaga, Granada, Madrid, and Barcelona) and Italy (Rome and Florence) - Spring 2019

    This trip takes place during Easter Break 2019 to enhance the Art History curriculum. The itinerary is specifically designed to allow students to see first-hand, engage in, and better appreciate and understand the art and culture of Spain and Italy. Students in the Art History class and/or in upper level Spanish or Italian classes are eligible for the trip.  

    Itinerary highlights include viewing many of the works in the AP Art History curriculum and beyond, such as the Alhambra, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Prado, Gaudi's Sagrada Famiglia, the Colosseum, Trajan's Forum and Column, the Pantheon, the Galleria Borghese, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Bernini's Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, Caravaggio's Calling of Saint Matthew, Brunelleschi's Duomo, and David's Michelangelo.
  • Greece (Athens and the Islands) - Summer 2020

    This trip occurs in odd years to coincide with the Life of St. Paul course, which studies early Catholic Church history, the writings of St. Paul, and how each of these affects us as modern day disciples of Christ. The class provides a foundation for this optional pilgrimage.

    Itinerary highlights include a four-day cruise to Greek Islands such as Santorini and Mykonos, a visit to the Olympic Stadium where the first Olympics were held, a tour of the Acropolis of Athens to see the famous Parthenon, and the opportunity to learn and engage in Greek food and culture through a cooking class.

Salesian Exchange

Padua Academy is honored to carry on the tradition of participating in the Salesian Exchange Program. This program affords juniors and seniors the opportunity to travel to schools in Austria, France, and Uruguay that are similarly rooted in the values of St. Francis de Sales. Through home stay arrangements, students gain exposure to different cultures while connecting with international students who share Salesian values.

International Students

Padua Academy welcomes international students to apply for admission. Beginning in 10th grade, international students matriculate through Padua’s rigorous academic program in preparation for advanced study at the university level. International students are assigned a college advisement and guidance counselor who is adept at international student college placement. Padua’s World Languages Department offers ESL (English as a Second Language) support at least twice per week during the school day.

Padua families serve as hosts, allowing international students to fully experience life in the United States. International students develop long-lasting friendships with Padua students, families, and faculty and acquire the necessary skill and insight to become members of a global community.
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