Close Up Programs

Close Up is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic education organization created to inform, inspire, and empower participants to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. Close Up was created by Stephen A. Janger in 1971 to bring high school students and teachers from across the country to experience American democracy close up in the nation’s capital. Belen Jesuit first participated in the week-long Close Up program in 1975 with then Social Studies Department Chairman Patrick Collins as the first moderator. The opportunity to attend the Close Up program is available to qualified students in their junior or senior year at Belen. For additional information, view the online Close Up brochure and video

Close Up’s Middle School Programs are designed to give students hands-on opportunities to interact with government and history in Washington, DC. Close Up is more than just a tour. It is a fast-paced, fun-filled, and educational experience in one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Belen Jesuit first participated in this program in the fall of 2016. 

Click here to view historical timeline of the Close Up program at Belen Jesuit.


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Overseas Study Program

The Overseas Study Program (OSP) was created in 1994 to broaden the cultural, political, spiritual, and personal perspective of students by traveling to distant lands in the summer. Through exploration, experience and reflection, participants encounter insights into God’s good Earth and people that are instrumental in the formation of Christian men. 

Through the Jesuit paradigm of experience, reflection and action, the participants of OSP encounter insights into God’s good Earth and people from around the globe that are instrumental in the formation of Christians. Developing a sense of the world community is an established mission of the Society of Jesus. That goal is enhanced with each OSP trip.

Click here to read the locations where OSP has traveled since 1994.


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Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain.  The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline.  In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty.  The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow.  Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.