International Student Program
One of the Sisters of Mercy’s core values is Global Interests. We strive to connect students with people from different cultures so our students are prepared for our increasingly globalized world and so that they deepen respect and care for people who are different from them. Mercy students have opportunities to:
- Host students from our partner Catholic school in Barcelona and, in turn, visit their “sisters” in Barcelona.
- Learn about their membership in the global network of Mercy schools and participate in global social justice initiatives of the Sisters of Mercy. In 2013-14, proceeds from an award won by Mercy funded leadership development workshops for young women in South Sudan.
- Participate in summer overseas educational trips organized by Mercy teachers.
- Learn French or Spanish in Mercy classrooms. Students also have access to quality online courses in Italian and Arabic.
- Tutor refugees from conflicts in Africa who gather weekly at a nearby parish.
- Make friends with international students who enroll at Mercy.
- Live and work with Mexican immigrants in south Texas.
- Skype with scholars in other countries. For example, chemistry students Skyped with a scientist at the Vatican Observatory, who showed them his experiments on samples from the Vatican’s collection of meteorites.
We plan to continually and aggressively expand opportunities for students to connect with people from different cultures.
International students interested in studying at Mother of Mercy High School should visit our Why Mercy
page to learn more about the outstanding academic and extracurricular programs Mercy offers and to read testimonials from current students, graduates and parents.
Collegi Casp in Barcelona, Spain
Mercy has a partnership with Collegi Casp, a Jesuit coed K-12 college prep school in Barcelona, Spain (http://www.casp.fje.edu/).
- Each year three to seven Casp students arrive around Labor Day for a three-week stay during which they live with a Mercy host family and attend Mercy classes.
- The Barcelona families welcome the Mercy “sister” to visit them in Barcelona, usually during Christmas vacation or Easter vacation and a few additional days before or after Mercy’s vacation.
- The trips by Mercy students to Barcelona are family-to-family arrangements facilitated by Mercy and Casp staff; they are not official Mercy trips. Faculty members from Casp accompany the Spanish students to Cincinnati and are available to assist host families with any concerns.
- Mercy provides an orientation for Mercy host parents and students before the Casp students arrive.
- The girls from Casp are selected from among many high-quality applicants interested in learning about life in Cincinnati and sharpening their English. The students speak English well enough for at least basic communication.
- The students take a full schedule of courses at Mercy.
Here is what the parent of one prior participant had to say about the experience...
“I can’t say enough about what a fabulous experience it was for all of us in the family (myself included). My daughter and her Barcelona sister clicked from day one and I think will remain very good friends. Plus my daughter and one of the other Mercy host students have become good friends because of this shared experience. It was a win/win all the way around. I hope this is something Mercy continues to do in the future so other girls can have the same experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone.”
If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact Dave Mueller at email@example.com.
Liceo Classico D. Morea near Bari, Italy
Mercy students are invited to participate in a student exchange program with Liceo Classico D. Morea, a public coed college prep school near Bari, Italy (http://www.iissmoreadelilla.gov.it).
- This exchange program is organized by parents affiliated with McAuley High School.
- The girls from Bari are with us for about ten days in October.
- They usually attend the same classes that their host “sisters” attend.
- Host students have an opportunity to participate in a ten-day group trip to Rome (about two days) and the school in Bari (about eight days) in February.
- In Bari, the Mercy/McAuley students stay with their Bari “sister’s” family. Two adults from McAuley, usually a teacher and a parent, accompany the Mercy/McAuley students to Italy. Parents affiliated with McAuley make the arrangements for both the Cincinnati and Bari sides of the exchange.
- A Mercy/McAuley student and her family may host a Bari student without participating in the trip to Bari.
For contact information for the McAuley organizers, please contact Dave Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mother of Mercy has partnered with The Cambridge Institute of International Education to ensure the best possible international program. The Cambridge Institute’s international student program prepares students for life abroad prior to arriving at Mercy and continues to provide international students with on-going support throughout the school year. International students coming from China must work with The Cambridge Institute to apply.
Mercy is proud to partner with gphomestay for all of our international students’ residential needs. Gphomestay is a residential service and homestay provider that specializes in matching international students with committed, American host families in the Mercy community and providing ongoing, local support to both students and hosts. and we are searching for caring families to open their home to an international student. This is a great opportunity for your family to learn more about a different culture and way of life.
Finding Host Families
Want to learn about a different culture and broaden your horizons without leaving your home? Become a host today and welcome a new member to your family!
You are welcome to host a student for one or two semesters, but there is also the possibility of choosing to host again the following year. The students typically study in the United States with the intention of graduating from an American high school. Host families receive a monthly stipend of $800 per month for 10 months to cover any costs that arise with having an extra person in their home. Host families also have access to ongoing support from a local Residential Coordinator. Gphomestay also provides orientation and training for each host family. The Residential Coordinator also conducts monthly check-ins and facilitates quarterly events.
If you are interested in becoming a host or would like more information, please contact Heather Wagner email@example.com, visit their website, www.gphomestay.com, or fill out a Host Inquiry Form here. You can also contact gphomestay directly at (781)996-0429, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Students from China, Korea and Vietnam:
International students coming from China, Korea and Vietnam should work through the Cambridge Institute to apply to Mother of Mercy High School. Through an exclusive agency arrangement, we have partnered with the Institute to help Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese students work through the admission process and be properly placed. All applicants from China, Korea and Vietnam should direct their inquiries to the Cambridge Institute at email@example.com. More information about Mother of Mercy and The Cambridge Institute can be found here.
Barcelona Exchange Program:
Mother of Mercy students interested in taking part in our exchange
program with Casp Collegi in Barcelona, Spain, should contact principal Dave Mueller at (513) 661-2740 ext. 321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hosting an International Student
International Students from China, Korea and Vietnam:
Mother of Mercy is working with the homestay service company, Green Planet
. Green Planet will provide a dedicated support staff, host family training and 24-7 emergency support throughout the school year, as well as regular group activities to share with other participating families. Those wishing to take advantage of this unique opportunity to make a difference in a young person’s life should visit www.gphomestay.com
. Note there is a $150 referral bonus for every approved host.
Barcelona Exchange Program:
Be a host family for three weeks in September for a senior girl from
Collegi Casp, our partner Catholic school in Barcelona, Spain. The
students usually arrive around Labor Day. Faculty members from Casp
accompany the students to Cincinnati and are available to assist host
families with any concerns. Teachers in Mercy’s World Languages
department will also be available to assist. Mercy will provide an
orientation for Mercy host parents and students before the Casp students
arrive. The three-week duration means that the burden on the host
families is not excessive. The students bring their own spending
money. Host families are not expected to provide any special
entertainment for the students. In fact, the goal is to treat them as
much as possible like members of the family so that they get a taste of
typical American life. The girls from Casp are selected from among many
high-quality applicants interested in learning about life in Cincinnati
and sharpening their English. The students speak English well enough
for at least basic communication. They also speak Spanish and Catalan,
and most will also have at least some French. The students will take a
full schedule of courses at Mercy. Collegi Casp reciprocates by
inviting Mercy students to stay with a Casp host family in Barcelona
during Christmas vacation or Easter vacation. Collegi Casp is a K-12
coed Jesuit college prep school. Students come from families similar in
many ways to Mercy families. If you are interested in finding out more
about this opportunity, please contact principal Dave Mueller at
661-2740, ext. 321 or at email@example.com