Cathedral Preparatory School
Villa Maria Academy
Cathedral Preparatory School
Villa Maria Academy


Residential Life in Erie, Pennsylvania

Erie is located in the Northwest corner of Pennsylvania, right on beautiful Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania’s only Great Lake city, Erie provides a unique experience to visitors from across the world. Erie offers a rich legacy in the history of America. As the homeport to the U.S. Brig Niagara, Pennsylvania’s official flagship, Erie recognizes the prominent role it played in the War of 1812. In fact, this re-constructed tall ship is one of the largest sailing the Great Lakes today.

Recreational opportunities abound whether it is winter, spring, summer, or fall. The area’s great natural beauty and abundant water are stunning backdrops in each of the seasons throughout the year. Erie has an unbeatable combination of small-town charm and security with large-city energy and attractions.

To know more about Erie, please visit the Visit Erie, PA Website

Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy offer the international student a host family living environment that allows them to fully experience everything that America has to offer through the confines of a home setting. Advantages of living with a host family include:

• Loving home
• Family-like atmosphere
• Make life-long international friendships
• Use English in an authentic family environment
• Students gain experience in the American way of life.

All of our Host Families are hand-picked and carefully screened with all necessary clearances. Your home is a non-smoking home where you have your own bedroom.