The DeLaSalle Global Advantage program is inspired by the vision of St. John Baptist de La Salle, who sought to educate poor, working class French children so they could become productive, moral members of society.

More than 300 years later, this fundamental Lasallian mission has not changed. Today, DeLaSalle High School recognizes that participating in, and learning about, the global community prepares students to become successful citizens in the 21st century world.

The Global Advantage Program creates relationships between students and the larger global community. The program puts DeLaSalle on the map as an institution of innovation, offers DeLaSalle students opportunities for international study, and welcomes international students who choose to spend a semester, a year or their entire high school career at DeLaSalle. Through collaborative relationships with universities, DeLaSalle offers students the opportunity to earn college credit through rigorous international travel courses in a variety of subjects and locations throughout the world. In short, the program offers a variety of relevant locations and academic topics and aims to produce student learners with the motto “Curiosity and civility, preparation and participation.”

Areas of Emphasis

Since the program’s inception in 2006, DeLaSalle students, alumni and staff have traveled extensively throughout the world, with trips to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Germany, Kenya, India, Ireland, and Italy. Through collaborative partnerships with schools like Hamline University, St. Catherine University, and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, students can earn academic college credit for their study abroad experience. DeLaSalle teachers and professors who are experts in their subject field – from art to history to the natural sciences – develop rigorous coursework that meets the highest academic standards.

Recent Academic Trips

  • Costa Rica (July-August 2019); Two dozen students explored the rich culture and biological diversity of Costa Rica during the “Biological and Cultural Studies” academic trip led by DeLaSalle teachers Mary Lenz, Lucienne Nagel, and Paul Sczepanski. Students experienced overnight stays in San Jose, the Osa Peninsula, Dominical, and the Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Italy (June-July 2018): Two dozen students earned DeLaSalle credit through an “Art and Lasallian Leadership” course. Islanders explored some of Italy’s most significant art and architecture, visited and completed a service project with the De La Salle Christian Brothers, and attended a general audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
  • Bolivia (July-August 2017): DeLaSalle partnered with St. Catherine’s University to offer students college credit for a 15-day international academic trip in the Andes Mountains, Madidi National Park, Lake Titicaca, and LaPaz. St. Catherine Professor Meghan Mason joined DeLaSalle faculty Brad Casey, Martin Marrin, and Keely Wojda in co-teaching this unique topic and guiding students to some of the most geographically interesting places on earth.
  • Ecuador (June 2016); DeLaSalle students earned four semester hours of Hamline University credit through this program, an interdisciplinary study of art and biology. During the trip, DeLaSalle students visited and spent time with students from Colegio Hermano Miguel, a Lasallian school in Cuenca.
  • Costa Rica (June & July 2016): DeLaSalle sent two groups of students to Costa Rica in the summer of 2016. One group participated in a monthlong Spanish and science immersion, during which they lived with host families and worked with English teachers at CEDES Don Bosco and CTA Santa Ana High Schools to assess students on their conversational and written English. A separate group of students spent a shorter period of time in country, discovering Costa Rica from an anthropological, economical, and biological lens, visiting several parks and natural ecological areas.

Past opportunities have also included trips to India (March 2014), Ireland (June 2014), Costa Rica (July 2014), Costa Rica (April 2015), Italy (June 2015), and Brazil (August 2015).

Our continued close relationships with our partnering schools has brought many benefits to our students and our schools.  Because we share students, there is no tuition to pay to the host school, keeping our costs to the price of a ticket and spending money. We also often share host families between students which can help grow life-long relationships, family to family.  Our faculty and staff benefit from the connections made between schools by learning from each other’s practice and even connecting our schools’ curricula with activities done virtually between schools.  Our faculty has visited our partner schools and they have personally visited our school, giving us real hands-on knowledge and understanding for what and where our students will be learning and spending time.  A trust has been built between us, and that is priceless when we place our students in their hands.

Students interested in applying should first understand and meet the following qualifying criteria;

  1. Students must be in good academic standing with no outstanding credits needing recovery.  
  2. Students must be in good financial standing with DeLaSalle High School.
  3. Students should have a generally positive behavioral record.
  4. Students/families should have the financial ability to pay for a student’s emergency return and/or any medical treatment needed if necessary while in the host country.
  5. Students must consider how the exchange could affect a student’s participation in co-curricular activities.

Exchanges last between four and eight weeks – depending on the location and time of year.

All costs include round trip airfare from Minneapolis (airport code MSP) to the host country. Airfare costs to all exchange destinations can vary from one day to the next. The Travel Advantage travel agency will work with students and families to find the most affordable ticket with the best travel itinerary. Generally, families can plan that airfare to Buenos Aires, Argentina will cost $1,300; to San Jose, Costa Rica will cost $1,000; to Torino, Italy will cost $1,300; to La Paz, Bolivia will cost $1,300; and to Munich, Germany will cost between $900-$1,300.

Students do not pay tuition, academic fees for uniforms or technology or room and board. Students who are accepted for an exchange will pay a $350 fee. Students should plan to have between $500,$1,000 for spending money for each destination. Passports, spending money and optional activities are the responsibility of the student.

A review committee will determine whether a student is eligible to continue with the interview phase of the application process.

The DeLaSalle community welcomes high school students from all over the world to study for a semester or an academic year on Nicollet Island. International students receive academic and social support from teachers, administrators, staff, and most importantly, their fellow classmates.

International students are enriched by their experiences in the classroom and beyond. In turn, international students provide students and other members of the DeLaSalle community with a global perspective and wealth of opportunities for learning and understanding.

International students can learn more by contacting the Office of Admission.