International Travel

Opportunities for expanding global education exist for students through the school’s travel abroad programs. Students immerse themselves in the language of the country in addition to learning about the country’s history and culture.

The World Languages Department travels to Spain, Italy, and France during alternate summer breaks. The History Department consistently travels to England and France, and visited China during the summer of 2016.

A student exchange program with our sister school, Saint Joseph Joshi Gakuen, in Tsu, Japan, has brought students to live with STA families and attend school for a year. During the summer of 2016, STA students traveled to Tsu, Japan, for two weeks to learn more about Japanese culture and education.

Destination Paris: March 2017

French teacher Alice Amick is offering a self-guided trip to Paris through Passports Educational Travel for Spring Break 2017. This flexible program provides a supportive framework (flights, centrally-located accommodations, breakfast, some pre-arranged dinners, Metro passes, a boat ride on the Seine, etc.), leaving participants free to experience Paris “through the back door” as Rick Steves would say. We will use public transportation and design our own itinerary to explore the museums, cathedrals, monuments and distinctive neighborhoods of Paris, including the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Latin Quarter, Montmartre and much more. The trip is open to French students and their family members. Current freshmen are now eligible. Please contact Ms. Amick at for further information. Merci!

Guatemala Mission Trip: March 2017

This service trip takes us to the community of San Andres Itzapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. A group of indigenous religious women in the community host our volunteer team at the Carmelo de Nazareth convent, providing meals and lodging. They also help us identify service projects that will have a positive impact within the community. Our primary work so far in Guatemala has been building ventilated stoves for families in the community. Many people cook with open fires inside their home, breathing in toxic fumes and becoming ill. By building simple, cement block stoves that carry smoke outside of the home, we can improve community health in a substantial way. We're also serving the San Bartolomé school in the community, and will be completing repair projects that are desperately needed there. Click here for further details on the trip
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Le Puy France: June 2017

St. Teresa’s Academy students and faculty will travel to Le Puy, En Velay (France), to visit our sister school, St. Joseph School (founded in 1850), during the summer of 2017. STA will partner with students and families of Saint Joseph School to provide home stays for students, visits to local attractions, and a day trip in Paris and Lyon. Students and chaperones from Rockhurst High School will also be traveling with this group. The total cost of the trip, including flight, ground transportation, food, medical/accidental insurance, and housing, is $3,000. A $350 deposit will hold your daughter's registration. Informational meetings will be held for both students and parents (dates/times to come). Learn more about our sister school by visiting their website by clicking here. Seats are limited so click here now to register for the trip. Questions, contact: Barbara McCormick, Academic Affairs Principal, at

Italy: June 2017

Latin teacher Ms. Sue Marquis is offering a trip to Italy in June 2017 through Passports Educational Travel. The trip is open to all current Latin students and their family members, including current freshmen. If students of other languages are interested, please see Ms. Marquis for availability. The Venezia, Firenze, Roma trip will explore the cities of Venice, Padua, Florence, Pisa, Assisi, Rome, Pompeii, and Herculaneum. The tour will include paid visits to sites such as the Duomo in Florence, the Vatican, St. Peter's, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum in Rome, all led by local tour guides. Accommodations will be in centrally located three-star or four-star hotels with two meals a day provided. A specially-trained courier will accompany the group throughout the tour. All questions including the itinerary and total costs may be addressed to Ms. Marquis at

England and France: June 2017

Student Trip Opportunity: STA history teacher, Mr. Mike Egner, has finished scheduling and planning his fourth student trip to England and France, which will take place June 13-22 in the summer of 2017. Students in all grade levels are eligible to take part in the trip. This 10 day trip to London-area England and France includes visits to historical and cultural sites in London and day trips to Cambridge, Oxford, Stonehenge, Canterbury, Dover, and Greenwich.  Paris sites include the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Latin Quarter, Montmartre District, Sacre Couer, Versailles Palace and Gardens, and the Catacombs. Trip roster limited to 30, and as of September 1, the roster is filled.

Italy: Literature & Pilgrimage: June 24th-July 6th, 2017

Students enrolled in Literature & Pilgrimage spent two weeks in Italy studying the works of Dante's Devine Comedy. Led by Kelly Fast and Michael Sanem, students traveled to locations associated with Dante's works, creating a cross-curricular, interdisciplinary experience to ponder how the essential questions of vocation, pilgrimage, and faith affect their own lives.

Spain - Easter 2018

Experience Holy Week/Easter in Spain, one of the most relevant cultural traditions of the holy season. Hosted by Dr. Liz Baker and Spanish teachers Julia Amigo, Julia Gargallo, Maria Angeles Garcia and Maria Laura Lopez, this tour will give students the opportunity to be safely immersed in the language and the culture of Spain. On this eight day trip, students will have a chance to explore the cities of Madrid, Avila, Segovia, and Toledo. They will tour world famous sites such as the Museums  of El  Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen, the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia, the Avila Medieval Walls, and the birth house of Saint Teresa.

London and Paris: "A Tale of Two Cities" Study Abroad - Summer 2018

The "A Tale of Two Cities Study Abroad" course is an actual study abroad:  Ten days in London and Paris, engaging in learning activities at places like the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Library, the Charles Dickens Museum, and Shakespeare's Globe.  We will learn from these scholars to create primary research, which the student will turn into multimedia presentations for course credit.


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