International/Boarding Students

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Mercyhurst Preparatory School (MPS), an International Baccalaureate (IB) and Blue Ribbon School of Excellence located in Erie, Pennsylvania, offers boarding school options for both regional and international students.  Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) serves as administrators for the international student and boarding program for MPS, which remains open during all school breaks and holidays.  In our program, students feel at home and can often have conversations with their peers that share the same culture and also learn about others from around the world. The students feel a sense of understanding from one another as well as sense of support.

Erie is in a very peaceful and convenient location with very few distractions, which allows students to feel safe and focus on their education, as they strive to gain acceptance into the top colleges and universities.

MPS offers 49 courses in the performing and visual arts taught by a faculty of active award-winning artists. The performing arts department at MPS has long been recognized as the #1 high school theater program in the region. The Hirt DREAM Labs (Design, Research, Engineering, Arts and Math) offer a one-of-a kind experience for the students as well.

To apply to our boarding program, please complete the online application.

Welcome to Erie, Pennsylvania!

Our regional elected officials have written letters welcoming our international students and their families to Mercyhurst Prep and the Erie area. Each letter includes a translation on page two of the PDF.

Joe Schember, mayor of the City of Erie

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Mercyhurst Prep’s caring and dedicated faculty and staff educate the whole student, challenging and inspiring students to be positive leaders in the world. MPS graduates are extremely successful at the college level based on their strong knowledge base of content, skills, tools, and critical thinking. I know this to be true because two of my children graduated from MPS and are leading successful, fulfilling lives! They remember their time on Mercyhurst’s charming campus fondly as it helped to develop their character, confidence, and compassion.

Senator Pat Toomey, U.S. Senate

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As one of Pennsylvania’s largest cities and its only Great Lake Port, Erie is strategically located within 600 miles of half the nation’s population and easily accessible by plane from Detroit, Chicago and numerous other airports around the country. We are proud to have Mercyhurst Preparatory School (MPS) in Erie County, the only private school within 600 miles of Erie to offer the prestigious IB program.

Representative Mike Kelly, U.S. House of Representatives

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Our community has a lot to offer. We sit on beautiful Lake Erie, which you will find enjoyable during different seasons of the year. We have professional baseball and basketball teams along with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey league. You can also visit the Flagship Niagara and take advantage of a number of opportunities in our thriving arts community.

We are also home to Presque Isle State Park, one of the most visited state parks in the country. With miles of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and other four-season recreational opportunities, Presque Isle is a must-visit location while you are with us.