Collegiate Around the World

Louisville Collegiate School inspires academic excellence, extraordinary character and global citizenship.

5 Continents

2 Service Trips

Cultural Immersion

Language Immersion

The chance to explore the world and become a global citizen is an opportunity that will give our students new perspectives not only on themselves, but also on the world around them. Having an international experience is a unique way to expand education beyond the classroom, experience a new culture, a new lifestyle, and a new way of thinking.
Two global trips will be offered each summer to students completing grades 8-12. These trips are open to all students regardless of the world language course they are enrolled in. The trips will be priced in the range of $3,500 - $4,500, depending on the location and service component. A four-year travel rotation has been established so families can plan ahead. Collegiate is committed to providing financial assistance for global travel and the amount of aid will be determined based on the family’s financial need and the number of families that apply for financial assistance for global travel. For more information about financial assistance for global travel please contact our Director of Financial Aid, Austin Anderton at 502.479.0377.

Global Trips

Summer 2018
The Peru trip is designed to take us from ancient Inca cities to Lima’s sprawling landscape, and from lush Amazonian jungles to the snow-capped Andes, Peru’s culture and countryside offer no shortage of diversity. We will take a journey into the southern region of Peru, where we will explore archeological treasures like Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu. Then, venture south to one of the highest lakes in the world, Lake Titicaca, where we will be in the indigenous cultures of villages surrounding the scenic lake. Working together with locals, we will participate in meaningful service projects focused on eco-tourism, community development and cultural immersion. Visit our website for more information.

Chaperones: Diego Ojeda, Darcy Cleaver, Steven Sowell

The Tanzania trip will expose students to the extraordinary sights, sounds, and local culture of northern Tanzania.  Following a full travel day to Africa, students will begin their adventure in Arusha. From there, we embark on a three day safari which includes visits to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park. Upon returning to Arusha, students will tour and explore the city, visit craft markets and an indigenous coffee farm, as well as venture out into the country side to visit a Maasai Boma. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to visit a government school. While at The School of St. Jude, Collegiate's partner school, the group will experience Art, Music, Physical Education classes, and community assemblies. While tourism is a significant component of this trip, students will have firsthand experiences interacting with the people of Tanzania and learning about a new culture. Click here for more information.

Chaperones: Ariana Shah, Lori Hendrix, James Calleroz White, Jon Arnold
Summer 2019

(Spring Break)

Summer 2020 - TBD

Global Trips Independent Study Opportunities

Independent Study in World Language Immersion

The Independent Study in World Language Immersion credit is a unique way to expand education beyond the classroom, and to engage in meaningful cultural interactions. World language students that participate in a Chinese, French or Spanish language trip have the opportunity to receive credit for an independent study in World Language Immersion on their Collegiate transcript. The trips offer a distinctive experience involving elements of cultural immersion, study of language, social services, art, family life, economics and everyday life. Students expand and deepen their knowledge of a topic through collaborative learning and an exploration of the diverse intellectual and cultural resources offered through this immersion experience. Students that would like to enroll in this course  must complete an independent study application and submit to the Head of Upper School for approval.

Independent Study in Cultural Immersion
This independent study supports global citizenship and is a unique way to expand education beyond the classroom, experience a new culture, a new lifestyle, and a new way of thinking. This experience can be in the form of a Collegiate global trip or another type of cultural immersion experience that meets the independent study requirements. The independent study offers an opportunity to study components (geographical, social, political, economic, government, religious and technological) of the culture and explore the diverse resources of other countries. This independent study takes places outside the school and home for 8-14 days and is supported by a faculty member. Students that would like to enroll in this course outside of Collegiate’s global trips must complete an independent study application and submit to the Head of Upper School for approval.

2017 Summer Trips

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • France

    The France trip is designed to be a true cultural and language immersion experience for students. Our 15-day trip will include four days in Paris to see the capital's infamous sights. We will cruise the Seine river in a bateau mouche, see Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, discover the artwork in the Louvre and visit the historic île de la cité and Notre Dame. Students will also be able to spend time getting to know Paris's lesser-known quarters and get a glimpse into Parisian life. Relying on the Metro, students will take time to visit a bustling market place, the student neighborhood of the Quartier Latine and Paris's Sorbonne University, and the art district of Montmartre. On day 5, we will leave the city and travel to the Loire Valley and discover the beautiful chateaux of Chambord and Clemenceux. For lunch, we might choose to stop at a boulangerie to grab a sandwich to eat on the castle grounds or perhaps visit a local cafe. On day 6, we continue our journey to the pittoresque village of Bayeux. Students will view the ancient tapestry depicting the story of William the Conqueror. In the afternoon, we will visit the D-day beaches and the World War II museum. Day 7 we move on to the walled City of Saint-Malo and visit the extraordinary Mont St Michel. Day 8 marks perhaps the most exciting part of the trip. Students will meet their host family. Families will fill the student's days with exciting adventures, perhaps a visit to Monet's garden in Giverny, a day at the beach, or a shopping experience at the local centre commercial. Students will have a chance to really experience French culture while practicing their language skills in a truly authentic setting. Day 14 after a goodbye to the French families, students will head to the Palace of Versailles to discover King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette 's lavish lifestyles before heading to a French chocolaterie for some last minute souvenirs. Click here for more information.
    Chaperones: Jennifer Hoban and Jim McGuire                 

  • Cuba

    The Cuba trip is designed for students to become immersed in the community and culture of Cuba. Students will begin their adventure in Miami by touring little Havana and learning about Cuba's history. On day two and three, students will explore Havana by visiting a Children's Community Project and Community Day Care Center. Students will enjoy a traditional Cuban meal, while meeting a local artist dedicated to teaching neighborhood children. On days four and five, students have the opportunity to visit local beaches, visit the studio of local artist, discover the Zapata National Park, and enjoy a local performance of the Cienfuegos Orchestra. The adventure continues as students travel to Trinidad and explore the El Cubano Park and meet with a local horse whisperer. Students will travel to Santa Clara on days seven and eight to interact with various businesses throughout the community, in addition to learning about the sugar industry and playing a game with a local sports team. This trip emphasizes interaction with local around the country of Cuba. Students will come away with a true sense of the culture  and diversity Cuba has to offer. Click here for more information.

    Chaperones: Meghann Scharfenberger, Cecilia Long, Molly Prince 

2016 Summer Trips

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

    Switzerland & Italy

    Students traveled to Zurich, Switzerland before traveling to Lucerne to visit the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge. On day three students travelled by boat across Lake Como and spent two days in Venice where they visited Doge’s Palace and participated in a glass blowing demonstration. Students travelled to Florence and Rome for the final days to see Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Chiesa di Santa Croce, Gate of Paradise, the Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Colosseum and the Roman Forum. This 10-day trip departed Louisville on June 14.

    Chaperones: Tracie Catlett, Teresa Koester and Carey Goldstein
  • China

    Students spent the first four days in Beijing where they visited the Summer Palace, took a dragon boat ride, participated in a Taiji lesson, visited the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, Great Wall of China, and enjoyed a Peking Duck dinner, tea ceremony, and a Kung Fu show. On day five students flew to Xi’an to enjoy the Drum Tower, Bell Tower, Muslim Quarter and to visit the Terracotta Warriors. On the seventh day students flew to Shanghai to see the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Yuan Garden and Nanjing Lu before spending several days in our sister city Jiujiang as part of our Global Exchange Program (see information to the left). This 13-day trip departed on June 14.
    Chaperones: David Long and Lisa Podbilski

School Information

2427 Glenmary Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204
P: 502.479.0340
F: 502.454.8549
Louisville Collegiate School is a JK-12, co-ed independent day school located in the historic Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.