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PIA Welcomes You
Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 12:33 PM


Dear Students,

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our international and regional students on behalf of Pennsylvania International Academy.  We are here to help you and your family adjust to campus life in Erie, Pennsylvania and we will assist you in understanding the regulations governing your stay in the United States.

Mercyhurst Preparatory is a prestigious school and we are happy that you have the discipline, dedication, and drive needed to succeed. 

As a high school student, you have the unique opportunity to have a challenging academic experience with the goal of being accepted into the top colleges and universities, learn the American culture and expand and share your cultural with the local community.

We encourage you to participate in the various club and cultural events that are offered so you will enhance your English speaking skills. Becoming involved will help you become familiar with the American culture and prepare you for college/university life.

Leaving home for an academic experience is an exciting, but sometimes intimidating, process.  We wish to facilitate your adjustment as much as possible and wish you an enjoyable and successful year. 



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We would like to extend a special welcome to all students on behalf of Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA). 

PIA serves as administrators for the international student and boarding program for Mercyhurst Preparatory School which remains open during all school breaks and holidays.
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Mercyhurst Prep is a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence founded in 1926.  In addition, the school is the only private school in Northwest Pennsylvania offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) program with over 30 years of (IB) experience. 

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Our Residence Hall, with clean fresh air, is open all year (24/7), which makes us stand out as one of the top residential facilities in the United States.  We have organized activities scheduled every day. Our Student Ambassadors provide nurturing, stability and concern for each individual. We seek to show kindness and make sure each student's needs are met every day.  Our staff work very hard to make sure students are safe, academically challenged, active and are also happy. In addition our Ambassadors attend and encourage students at activities and sports done weekly to give them an understanding of America.  They also teach American and Western Culture to all students.  Our goal is guiding international and U.S. coed students, grades 9-12, on a journey that starts with their high school education and is completed with their ultimate acceptance into many of the top universities and colleges around the United States.
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PIA is located in Erie, Pennsylvania, which is in the northeast of America.  Most Ivy League schools are located in the northeast as well.  Good academics has always been one of the top primary goals at PIA for both studnets and parents.  One of Erie's big benefits for student academic is it has fewer distractions.  It gives students more focus for studies and school club activities. We believe, compared to other big cities across America, people in Erie are nicer, more traditional, unlike other big cities in "the daily life".  Erie is a great place for kids to adapt to America culture/life as it gives young men and woman more opportunities to experience. We believe Erie is safer than most cities and has great various outdoor activities.  It helps students to get more involved into the community and help the kids to obtain a healthier lifestyle.
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