Global Education

The world is our house.

In the late 1500s, Jerome Nadal S. J. expressed this, and today, we share the same vision and mission as the founding Jesuits before us. 

Mosquera Family Testimony

We had the pleasure of hosting Danny, a foreign exchange student from Taiwan, for approximately one month.  It was a wonderful experience as we shared the traditions and customs of America as well as learning about those of Taiwan.  We celebrate diversity, especially exposure to different cultures, and sincerely hope that Danny left our country with fond memories because the time we spent with him positively impacted our family. The Mosquera Family

Testimony Peru Delker

I think I genuinely felt all emotions on this trip as I met my Peruvian family, went to a Peruvian Jesuit School, and got to know the land. I felt solidarity after seeing a lot need around both countries. Teddy Delker ‘19, Peru

Testimony Puerto Rico Ficken

We experienced how Jesuit education is done in Puerto Rico. The students in Puerto Rico take most of the same classes that we take here, but just in a different language. I could really see that there was indeed a lot of similarities in the way that they learned material in school. To me this seems like a huge connection that truly makes us brothers. Andrew Ficken ‘18, Puerto Rico

Testimony Italy Higgins

With our Vatican visit I came to understand religion was a course for change in society values. John Higgins ‘18, Italy

Testimony Ireland Dolan

My father’s ancestors immigrated from Ireland to the US, and his side of the family loves their Irish heritage. Paul and his life stories from Letterkenny, Ireland allowed me to deeper understand my father, and deeply appreciate my own view of home as I represented it while Paul was here. Sean Dolan ‘18, Host to Irish exchange student

St. Louis Mosaic Project Ambassador School

De Smet Jesuit is a St. Louis Mosaic Project Ambassador School, committed to investing in global citizenship education and partnering with the International Institute and other community groups so that together we can continue to recognize, celebrate, and embrace diversity within our school and in the broader international community of St. Louis.


Typically spanning three weeks, immersion programs increase awareness of different cultures. Students hosting at home and those traveling abroad spend time visiting classes, experiencing day-to-day activities, assimilating to cross-cultural content, and sharing invaluable cultural lessons.

group stands in front of Colosseum

Cultural Engagement

Students visits key cities around the world, see firsthand what they have been learning in the classroom, and build long-lasting experiences through travel and intentional exploration. These trips often serve as a pilgrimage to important Ignatian sites that highlight our origins as Jesuit community.


In partnership with other Jesuit schools, students spend daytime hours working at service sites, then in fellowship and reflection during evening activities.  Service opportunities may include Habitat for Humanity, natural disasters relief/support, service for and with others, and community involvement.