Jesuit Dallas Latin students will have the opportunity to experience Italian culture and immerse themselves in the history and monuments of ancient Rome by participating in the Jesuit Italy Exchange Program (“JIEP”) with students from the Jesuit school in Milan, Istituto Leone XIII. For two weeks in November, the Italian students will join us to experience life here at Jesuit. Each visiting student will stay with one of our Latin students and spend two weeks as a “member of the family,” participating in their host student’s classes, Ranger Day, Homecoming and other activities. Then, in the Spring, our students will spend their first week in Italy in Milan with their host families, attending Latin class in Italy, helping their host students with English conversations and seeing sights around Milan. For our second week in Italy, we will travel to Florence and Rome to see and experience the culture of the ancient Romans. While traveling, we will see the Colosseum, the Vatican and St. Peter’s, Ignatius’ Apartments, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and many other monuments and sights. During the first week in Milan, the boys will stay with their host families, and for the second week we will stay in hotels in Florence and Rome. Below are several details – feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions!


  • The Jesuit Language department strives towards fully engaging students in the “Five C’s” of language learning: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities. Students in this program will experience these in new and exciting ways through cultural and academic immersion. They will see how the Romans communicated among themselves and with other peoples, including the modern world; they will see the culture of ancient Rome first hand; they will connect translations and concepts learned in the classroom with what they see and experience in Italy; they will compare ancient Rome with their contemporary experience in the United States and in Italy; finally, they will be a part of the community of Latin language learners and fellow Jesuit students in Milan.
  • Students will see the linguistic, historical and cultural connections between the Roman world they’ve studied in Latin class and the ancient sites, Catholic sites and modern Italian culture and language.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the historical, cultural and religious significance of several cities in Italy.
  • Students will be provided experiences that help them in their formation by developing their openness to growth, spirituality, physical fitness, and intellectual competence, all through experiencing the culture, history and beauty of Italy.


  • This program is available only to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are currently enrolled in or have taken Latin at Jesuit. Students will have learned Latin vocabulary and grammar to help them as we travel and see ancient sites. Additionally, their theology classes and World History class sophomore year will help them appreciate and contextualize much of what they see throughout our travels. Students will board with students at Instituto Leone XIII in Milan, Italy for one week. They will attend school and classes in the Classical Lyceum (focuses on Latin and Greek curricula and translations).
  • Students will be responsible for activities during their travel, including translations of historical landmarks and relevant stories/documents
  • Students will be provided a 1-2 hour study hall per day when Jesuit classes are in-session. Students will be expected to present their experiences, as they relates to the 5 C’s, to peers upon their return.
  • Program coordinator: Lisa Druebert – Latin Instructor at Jesuit Dallas.

Typical Schedule:

  • Week One (Istituto Leone XIII in Milan, Italy): The students will arrive in Milan and connect with their host families. The boys will attend classes, with a special consideration for the English Conversation Class that all Istituto Leone XIII students take. For one week, our Jesuit students will be an integral part of the English immersion experience of the Italian Jesuit students. During this week, the boys will experience an Italian Jesuit school and its attendant activities, along with local outings in Milan and surrounding areas (Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Milan’s Duomo Cathedral and its baptistery where St. Ambrose baptized St. Augustine, Lake Como). The boys will also be actively participate in the Latin and Greek classes offered by the Classical Lyceum that is one part of Istituto Leone XIII. They will learn and experience Latin classes with the Italian Jesuit students. Through these activities the boys will be able to see the Latin and Classical legacy in Italian language and culture.
  • Week Two: Travel within in Italy to experience the cultural and historical roots of their language of study, Latin. ACIS – travel agency for educational groups – is assisting in the coordination; however, Jesuit determines all needs that relate to how this experience contributes to the mission of Jesuit and the goals of the Language department.
    • Day 1: Florence, Italy: visit Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David; climb Brunelleschi’s dome at Santa Croce; experience the Renaissance art and sights that were a renewal of classical culture that began in Italy. Florence is where students will be able to see how the culture and language of the Romans continued through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance.
    • Day 2: Florence – Rome, Italy: walk around the eternal city to see the place that was the center of the West for 2,000 years. Visit Via Appia and its catacombs, aquaducts and ancient Roman road.
    • Day 3: Rome, Italy: Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican museums. Here we will see not only Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, but also ancient Greek and Roman sculpture we have seen and discussed in class. In the afternoon we will visit the Pantheon, the best preserved of all ancient Roman buildings, with its famous dome. For dinner, we will visit and walk around the Piazza Navona, a famous “square” built on an ancient Roman horse racing track.
    • Day 4: Rome, Italy: Ignatian sights in Rome: the Gesu, Sant’Ignazio and Ignatius’ Apartments. In the afternoon, we will visit San Clemente, a 12th century church that sits atop an early 4th century church and, below that, a first century Roman street. Here we will see the “layer cake” that is the city of Rome and its history.
    • Day 5: Rome, Italy: We will experience the Colosseum and Roman Forum, both of which the boys will have studied in class. We will see where Julius Caesar and Augustus attended meetings and made speeches. We will see the buildings that became the pattern for our church basilicas, monuments and government.
    • Day 6: We will take a train ride to Ostia Antica, Rome’s ancient port that is the subject of a chapter of our book. Here we will see the ruins of a city similar is preservation to Pompeii. There is an intact Roman theater, excellent remains of a temple and the famous “piazza of the corporations,” where Romans whose business was sea trade had their headquarters.
    • Day 7: We will visit the Galleria Borghese, where we will see incredible statues by Bernini that depict different mythological scenes. The gallery is also home to a huge floor mosaic of gladiators. Later we will walk to the nearby Aurelian walls that once surrounded ancient Rome to tie in what we’ve learned in class about Roman defense and soldiery. To cap off our day, we will visit the Santa Maria degli Angeli ei dei Martiri church whose interior was designed by Michelangelo within one building of the ancient Diocletian bath complex covering 32 acres. Here we will see the true scale of Roman engineering and understand the importance of these public structures to everyday Roman life.
    • Day 8: Depart for Dallas.