Padua Academy cultivates global leaders through international trips and exchanges.
Global Education with Padua
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.

Most recent trip - Spain and Italy / Spring 2024 (pictured)
Over spring break we explored Italy, taking in Rome's Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and Colosseum, then marveled at Florence's Gates of Paradise, the Basilica of Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, and the Piazza della Signoria. Next, in Madrid, we soaked in Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and the Royal Palace, with a side trip to Toledo, known as the "city of three cultures." Wrapping up in Barcelona, we admired Antoni Gaudí's masterpieces, including the Sagrada Familia and savored a flamenco dinner before heading home.

Past trips include:
Paris, Strasbourg, & Lyon 2023 (pictured), Spain and Italy 2019, London 2019, France and Italy 2018, and Ireland 2018

Upcoming Student Travel Opportunities

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  • Summer 2024: France and Italy


    Trip leader: Mr. Anthony Stopyra astopyra@paduaacademy.org

    Dates:
    June 10 to June 21, 2024

    Itinerary:
    Students will travel to France and Italy to see sites associated with Padua’s patron saints. Highlights of the trip include visits to Annecy, France at beautiful Lake Annecy, a brief visit to Turin, and stays at our namesake city of Padua, the captivating medieval town of Assisi, the historically-rich city of Rome, and Vatican City, with a papal audience in Saint Peter’s Square. At each stop, we will visit beautiful churches, museums, and other important historical sites that are connected to the lives of Padua's patron saints; we will also visit major attractions such as the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican museum.
  • Summer 2025: Iceland

    Trip leader: Mrs. Christine Campbell ccampbell@paduaacademy.org

    Take advantage of round-the-clock daylight during the summer in this otherworldly place of dramatic beauty. Revel in the geothermal wonders of Iceland—Blue Lagoon hot springs, volcanic craters and subarctic fauna. From the capital Reykjavik you will travel the popular Golden Circle and see Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area. From there, continue on to the famous black-sand beaches of Vik and the Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur.

    Dates:
    June 16 to June 22, 2025

    Itinerary:
    As environmental stuarts, we will be visiting glaciers and geysers. Students will first travel to Reykjavik where we will explore Viking World and take a tour of Reykjavik.  Notable sites include Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Geothermal area.  We then travel on to the Hvolsvöllur area and visit the Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls and explore the famous black sand beaches of Vik Glacier Walk. We then visit the state-of-the-art Lava Centre and return to Reykjavík with a stop at a geothermal power plant.  Finally we take an excursion to Alftanes peninsula and visit the Blue Lagoon before heading back home.  More information about the trip we're planning with EF Tours HERE.

    More Information:
    Students or parents can reach out to Mrs. Christine Campbell at ccampbell@paduaacademy.org for additional information
  • Summer 2025: Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic

    Trip leader: Mr. Anthony Stopyra
    astopyra@paduaacademy.org

    Dates:
    June 16 to June 25, 2025

    Itinerary:
    This European trip will take us to locations full of history, culture and meaning. We begin in Berlin, Germany, with the impressive architecture of the Brandenburg Gate. Walk along the Kurfürstendamm, a beautiful and elegant avenue full of stores, restaurants and people; there will be time for shopping and eating.  Some of the twentieth centuries most important events will come alive at Berlin’s museums and memorials, such as at the Topography of Terror, Checkpoint Charlie, and the remains of the Berlin Wall. After a train ride to Warsaw, Poland, we will see some of this capital city’s sites, including the POLIN Museum, with its amazing use of technology. A guided tour of the site of the Warsaw Ghetto will unfold more of the history of 20th century Europe. We will then travel to Krakow in Poland, where Pope John Paul II served as archbishop. Krakow was spared destruction in World War II and so much of the original medieval town remains. It is a beautiful place to explore. A very different experience awaits us at the site of the Auschwitz - Birkenau death camp; it is a serious and somber memorial site that helps us to understand the reality of the Holocaust. The final stage of the trip moves us to the Czech Republic and the city of Prague. Here we will sample some of its most memorable sites, such as Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Jewish Quarter. Throughout the trip, we will benefit from expert local guides, who will help us understand and appreciate the sites that we’ll visit. Great food will be available everywhere on the trip. More importantly, the culture and history that we’ll experience can help open the world to us.

    More Information:
    Students or parents can reach out to Mr. Stopyra at astopyra@paduaacademy.org for additional information

Exchange Program

Padua Academy currently has an exchange partnership with our sister schools in France and Germany. Through homestay arrangements, students gain exposure to different cultures while connecting with international students who share our Catholic values. Groups of both male and female students typically visit for a 2 week period in October and are placed with host families from Padua and Salesianum. Host families provide room and board and the exchange students attend classes and participate in any extracurricular activities at Padua and Salesianum with their host. Weekends are spent with host families and both host and exchange students will spend a day together in New York City. For more information about this incredible opportunity which fosters life-long friendships and global awareness, please contact Jennifer Vintigni at jvintigni@paduaacademy.org.
 
Gymnasium Haus Overbach in Jülich, Germany 
École Collège Lycée privé Saint-Michel in Annecy, France 
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