FEATURED PROGRAM: PORTUGAL
With castles and cobblestones on the mainland and jungles and volcanoes on the horizon, Portugal offers visitors the perfect juxtaposition of old-world European culture and outdoor adventure.
The first stop is Porto, a coastal city with over 2,000 years of European history. Located along steep hills overlooking the Douro River, the city’s centre is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The multicoloured 14th-century homes that give the city its charm are filled with vibrant shops and cafes. Porto’s mix of history and modern living make it a renowned global city, and the perfect jumping off point for the rest of the program.
Hop aboard a river cruise down the spectacular Douro Valley where students will spend some time exploring the vast mountainous landscapes and the medieval towns in-between. Ride canoes and kayaks between the hillside vineyards, and enjoy a visit in the ancient Alpendurada Monastery before heading north to Lisbon. On route, stop in Coimbra to visit the 10th century Coimbra University, one of the oldest universities in Europe and one-time medieval fortress.
WHY BLYTH ACADEMY
We are the most trusted educational organization offering study abroad programs for students from the US and Canada. More than 50,000 students have experienced our International Summer and Community Service programs since we opened in 1977.
Our alumni include men and women from every field of endeavour: entrepreneurs, artists, homemakers, politicians, journalists, as well as business, government and social sector leaders. Today, we are entrusted to educate their children and many more first-generation Blyth Academy graduates. All of them share a learned curiosity about the world at large that serves them well in an age when diversity and a global outlook count more than ever.
OUR MANDATE IS OUR DIFFERENCE
We provide an exceptional study abroad summer experience, delivered in small classes by skilled and personable faculty, in the most remarkable locations around the world. We do this by offering a structured and empathetic environment where young people can thrive personally and academically in storied places that offer boundless opportunities for the eager and curious.