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International Travel

Lausanne opens doors to the world through varied study-abroad opportunities offered throughout the year, including summer, fall and spring break travel. Faculty plan detailed schedules that immerse students in different cultures and specific studies such as fine arts, language, humanities, ecology and history. Several programs include preparatory classes and offer class credits.

  • Vision: To integrate global involvement with each student’s Lausanne experience.
  • Mission: The Lausanne Way emphasizes seven critical ideals contributing to a comprehensive education. International travel assumes all of these attributes as standard.
  • Purpose: To expand a student’s understanding of living in a global society through the diversity of new experiences, relationships and cultural contrast.

For more information about Lausanne's overseas study program, contact Nancy Graham.

MS International Trip for Spring Break 2016: ¡Viva Cuba!

CUBA has been announced as the destination for the Spring Break 2016 middle school trip!

Middle School students (rising grades 5-9) and parents will get the opportunity to visit little Havana in Miami and then the real Havana in Cuba. We will visit Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and more!

To register or find more information click on the Explorica website:

You can also email or call Joshua Savage for more details, (901) 210-5104

Upper School Language Immersion Trips: Summer 2015

Lausanne has two Upper School language immersion trips scheduled for the summer of 2015. These 3-week programs consist of intensive language instruction Monday through Friday and organized trips and activities in the afternoons. The accommodations are with local host families who are responsible for evenings and weekends.

French Group: June 29 - July 18

The French group will travel to Quebec City this year on the campus of Merici College. The approximate cost for this trip is $4000, all inclusive. The chaperones are Lausanne teachers Terrance Wilson and Tara West.

Spanish Group: July 6-July 26

The Spanish group will travel again to Madrid marking our third year in this excellent program on the Madrid campus of Boston's Suffolk University. Lausanne teachers Brenda Robinette and Chase Kearl will serve as chaperones. The cost for this trip is approximately $5600.

Totals for both trips are high-end estimates based on number of participants and airfare. Passports are necessary and the process should be started as soon as possible. Please see any of our Modern Language teachers or Dr. Nancy Graham for more specific information and registration forms. A $500 deposit is due by Friday, November 14, and we need at least eight students per trip. Trips will be cancelled on December 1 should registrations be low.

Please talk with French/Spain teacher for application. For more information about Lausanne's overseas study program, contact Nancy Graham.

Past Trip Descriptions

Josh Savage, Lausanne's 5th and 6th grade Spanish teacher, and Greg Graber, Head of Middle School, will be chaperoning a 10-day European cultural excursion to London, Paris and Barcelona for Middle School students in grades 5-8 and their parents during Spring Break. Much like Mr. Savage’s Costa Rica trip last spring, we expect the 40 available spots to fill quickly.


Students, parents and teachers from the Middle School at Lausanne traveled to Belize in March of 2013. On this tour, students experienced new cultures, explored two different ecosystems (jungle and coastline), hiked through the forest, witnessed the Lamanai Ruins and learned of the fascinating history of the indigenous people.


Global awareness is more essential than ever for our children, and the best way to become globally aware is by traveling abroad. Experiencing new cultures not only opens students’ eyes to the world, it also prepares them for the future. With that in mind, we are excited to announce that a group of students and teachers from the Middle School at Lausanne are traveling on an educational service learning tour to Peru. Our visit to Lima and Machu Picchu is complemented by a two-day service learning program in the Sacred Valley, where we will volunteer at a local school, interact with the community and participate in a seasonal agricultural project.


Upper School faculty members Annette Teepe and Mavis Negroni-Foosaner will take students on a summer exploration of the Galapagos Islands. The trip will include inquiry-based science lessons, service projects that promote conservation, field research in Galapagos wildlife conservation and a cultural/educational exchange with students at a local school. Through inquiry-based science lessons and experiential course work students will conceive, develop, analyze and present field-based research projects. Students will keep blogs and journals of their daily activities and research.

In addition to scientific discovery, Lausanne students will have the opportunity to expand their cultural understanding of South America by communicating in English and Spanish with local students and exploring and comparing customs, education, lifestyles, diet, dress and other ideas with local students.

  • Painting in the French Countryside: Loches, France

Students will learn en plein air painting in Loches, France, in the Touraine countryside, with Kate Manzo, our Michelangelo Project teacher. They will take art classes in the morning and have excursions through the countryside in the afternoon. Participants gain one semester fine arts class credit.

  • St.Denis L'eocle Internationale, Loches, France

Students will attend the St. Denis School in Loches, France to learn French. They will be immersed in French language classes in the morning and have excursions around the Touraine countryside in the afternoon. Rising 9th grade students will stay in the dormitory, while the rising 10th to 12th grade students will stay with a host family.


This summer course, taught for the 7th year by Lausanne faculty member Brenda Robinette, is an opportunity to visit the major cities, art museums and historical sites of Italy for credit in either art or humanities as students explore various types of art, architecture and literature through museum visits, sketchbooks, response journals, lectures, short readings and daily discussions. The class is open to rising freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The course will consist of a few days of concentrated classroom time at Lausanne prior to the trip, two weeks of study in Italy and then final project/review meetings in September. The trip includes visits to Rome, Siena, Florence, Fiesole, Ravenna and Venice.


During Spring Break 2013, Lausanne students expanded their understanding of living in a global society through the diversity of new experiences, relationships and cultural contrast in Ghana. Lausanne students visted Accra and Elmina, where they toured the Cape Coast Castle, the primary prison for the Atlantic Slave Trade and the UNESCO World Heritage site. During their stay they attended a choral performance and drumming workshop and took a guided tour of the Kakum National Park. Students met with Chiefs, Elders and Queen mothers in a Ghanian village in the Suhum area. They also participated in a “naming” ceremony and shared folksongs with villagers. The goal of these visits was to foster sensitivity to the effects of language, religion and politics in any given destination.