NDP Offers New Summer Experiential Learning Course Europe Trip in 2018!


Notre Dame Prep is proud to offer an exciting new opportunity for current sophomores and juniors— a guided tour of Italy combined with an interdisciplinary summer elective course! Experience a foreign culture as you are immersed in the rich heritage of art, architecture, history, and the theology that shaped our world and Western civilization!

After spending the first two class days of summer session here at Notre Dame Prep, we will travel overseas for 11 days. We fly from Phoenix to Milan. From there we will travel to Venice and visit the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s square and a glass-blowing factory. Then we will travel to Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and take in all the sights of Florence including the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio.

From there we will visit St. Francis’ medieval town of Assisi and then travel to Rome. You will have 2.5 days to take in the grandeurs of classical Rome including the Forum, the Coliseum, and the beauty of Christian Rome including Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. From there we will travel to the Sorrento region of Italy to see the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii and the island of Capri. You will experience the great works of faith and beauty that have moved people throughout the centuries, and enjoy the people, food, and culture of Mediterranean Europe at the same time!

The tour is fully integrated into an academic course that counts as a 1/2 elective credit at NDP. This is a different kind of course that is reflective and project-based (rather than tests), designed for personal growth and faith formation, as well as introducing new interdisciplinary thinking. Questions? Contact Dr. Matuszak at the e-mail address above, or Dr. Shuler at eshuler@ndpsaints.org for more information.

Basic Information

Who: Any current sophomore or junior with a good disciplinary record and a desire to experience a foreign culture and its rich heritage!

Tour Company & Itinerary: We are contracting with EF Tours (“Education First”) for logistics, insurance, and tour guides. Our full itinerary can be found on the website at the top of the page.

Cost: In addition to normal summer school tuition, the tour will cost approximately $4,115 (all-inclusive with 2 meals per day;extra cost for tips and spending). Price increases by $175 after Sept. 30. All payments except regular summer tuition will be made through the tour website.

When: Summer school coursework begins Tues. May 29. We will leave for Milan on Thurs. May 31, and fly home from Rome on Sunday. June 10. Class will continue June 12-15.

Contact: Dr. Stephen Matuszak, smatuszak@ndpsaints.org, (480) 634-8350

Trip Website: http://www.eftours.com/2032777FA


Key Deadlines

Sun, Oct. 1: Price goes up by $175.

Wed, Oct. 4: E-mail Dr. Matuszak to confirm your interest; parents of any interested student who does meet the good disciplinary record requirement will be informed by afternoon.

TBD: Next Parent Meeting. In the meantime, download and print information flyer.


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