Spend two weeks in scenic Lyon, France. Brush up on your French language skills, explore the city’s rich culture and history, and sample the finest in French cuisine at the co-ed Lycée Saint-Marc.
BC High is unique among secondary schools in that we offer extensive travel and immersion opportunities starting as early as 7th grade. The Lawrence H. Hyde ’42 Center for Global Education offers international experiences in 18 countries across the globe, from Argentina to Zimbabwe, while the urban experience places you in communities around the United States where you can make a tangible difference in effecting social, environmental, or economic change.
Through exploration of other countries, cultures, and communities, we encourage you to develop a deep understanding of humanity as a whole—because understanding breeds compassion, and compassion helps make us the strong, wise, and kind leaders we strive to be.
Established through a generous gift from BC High alumnus Mr. Lawrence H. Hyde ’42 in 2012, the Hyde Center for Global Education offers one-of-a-kind educational, retreat, and service experiences across six continents. No matter your level of experience and comfort with international travel, we encourage you to apply to our unique Hyde Center programs, and discover the many ways that immersing yourself into the world’s cultures can inspire you to change it.
In this one-of-a-kind adventure program for Arrupe students, you can get to know Costa Rica’s famous coast-to-jungle ecosystem through nine days of kayaking, zip-lining, and treks to volcanos and hot springs. You’ll round out your nine-day adventure with a visit to a local school.
During this week-long service trip, you’ll work directly with a local community to improve access to quality water, visit an orphanage, assist Jesuit ministries at the Haitian border, and stay with a host family to truly experience life in this beautiful islandcountry. This experience is open to juniors only.
Students studying Greek can spend one week visiting iconic sites such as the Athenian Agora, the Acropolis, and the archaeological site of Delphi. You’ll even get the opportunity to declaim Homer in a Greek theater, see where the apostle Paul delivered a sermon, and walk through the ancient ruins of the Parthenon.
This two-week collaborative retreat experience with students of Loyola High School, SJ in Dar Es Salaam focuses on spiritual, academic, and personal growth. You’ll stay with a host family to truly experience the customs of this vibrant culture—and the experience culminates with a thrilling safari!
In this ten-day program in Hanoi and Hue, you’ll work alongside Blue Dragon, a local foundation working with street children around issues of human trafficking. You’ll also explore Hue by bicycle, experiment with traditional fishing on bamboo canoes, and learn about Vietnamese farming and cooking.
In this unique two-week program, you have the opportunity to welcome a student from St. George’s College in Harare, Zimbabwe, into your home and school. While this program does not include a visit to Zimbabwe, it is traditionally rated among the most meaningful exchange programs we offer.
Focusing on our common Jesuit roots, traditions and relationships, we expect this program to introduce participants to the transformative nature of global experiences through building strong relationships within the Jesuit network. During this program, students will stay with host families, participate in a daylong retreat, attend classes, explore both Glasgow and Edinburgh, and engage in St. Aloysius’ outdoor educational program!
Whether you’re eating authentic chimichurri sauce or visiting a local ranch with real gauchos, you’ll get the full Argentinian experience in this month-long introduction to the rich history and thriving culture of Buenos Aires.
The Buenos Aires program includes Spanish classes and language immersion, Argentinian history and culture classes, and weekly excursions both in and around the incredible city. As an exchange student staying with a host family, you’ll get a true inside look at day-to-day life in this stunning city at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in southernmost South America. You’ll learn the language and customs, eat home-cooked food, and discover just how much two very seemingly different cultures can have in common.
As we offer this program as a true exchange, families are encouraged to host a student from Buenos Aires prior to travel. BC High students have an amazing opportunity to develop a strong friendship with the student they with then stay with in Argentina. While the Hyde Center makes an incredible effort to provide life-changing experiences for students, most will agree that staying with a host family becomes the most transformational element of this program.
It is a global path through BC High. By participating in international travel, showing a commitment to a second language, and expanding concrete knowledge on global issues, Hyde Scholars will codify their learning by completing a cohort research project, leading on-campus and community events, and reflecting on their personal journey of what it means to be citizens of the world.
¿ Hablas español? The Peretti Scholars are a group of students committed to studying conversational Spanish for three academic years, beginning with the summer prior to freshman year at BC High.
While there will be differences in the way that these students develop their skills, the ultimate outcome is for them to exhibit advanced linguistic proficiency and heightened cultural awareness by the time they begin senior year. Through their enthusiasm and commitment to the study of the language, these students provide critical leadership and serve as role models for their peers in their language classes.
As we looked out onto the diminished wetlands, we no longer felt like tourists, but like informed servants for justice in a better society.Patrick Keohane ‘15