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Global Opportunities via the Sacred Heart Network

Start Here. Go Anywhere.

Since Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in France in 1801, Sacred Heart has grown and expanded across the world. The Sacred Heart network now includes 25 schools across North America and nearly 160 schools internationally

Our partnerships with Sacred Heart sister schools along with other domestic and international initiatives mean Duchesne students and alumnae are instantly part of an expansive, diverse network of of women.

Sacred Heart Exchange

Students may apply to spend from two to four weeks attending another Sacred Heart school in Europe, Asia, North America, or Australia during the school year or over the summer.

Students consider their time as an exchange student as a transformative experience in their lives. Living with a host family from another Sacred Heart school allows them the unique opportunity to broaden their perspectives, experience life as a teenager in another country, and create lifelong friendships.

Annually, Duchesne Academy welcomes 10-15 Sacred Heart students from around the world. Duchesne students and their families can serve as hosts, fostering international friendships that last a lifetime.

Service Trips

Service is an integral component of Sacred Heart education and is actively promoted through Goal 3 “a social awareness that impels to action.” Service trips are an excellent way to integrate service and education while allowing students to gain real-world and travel experience. Duchesne offers a variety of school-sponsored service trips throughout the academic year and summer. Assistance for the costs associated with service trips is available through the Sr. Shirley Miller Travel Scholarship.

Sister Shirley Miller, RSCJ, Travel Scholarship:
The Sr. Shirley Miller Travel Scholarship is made available every January to assist students who want to participate in the many travel programs offered at Duchesne. Awards are given in early February and available for use on any school trip during the student’s years at Duchesne.
If you have questions about this travel scholarship contact Laura Hickman, Principal, at

Domestic Service Trips 

International Service Trips

International Travel

Duchesne Academy offers educational international travel opportunities. Every other summer, a trip to France and Italy is available to students. This exciting trip, affectionately known by students as the “Fritaly” trip, is a two-week journey through Italy and France tracing the heritage and history of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Students travel to the birthplaces of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne in France and visit the fresco of “Mater Admirabilis” in Rome. Along the way, they also see some of the world’s most beloved art, enjoy delicious cuisine, and explore the famous landmarks and historical sites of Rome, Florence, and Paris. Click here to learn more about Fritaly >>>

Examples of other recent international school-sponsored trips include French immersion trips to Quebec City, Canada, and Vichy, France.

*There may be an academic requirement if a student will miss classes.