International Residential Boarding

International students attend Worcester Academy for many reasons. Our rigorous academic curriculum is excellent preparation for matriculation at top American and International universities. WA's unpretentious and inclusive culture offers an ideal introduction to life in the United States. We thoughtfully blend challenge and care — helping students understand themselves and what they have to contribute to the world around them. Academic excellence is expected and a strong work ethic and sense of purpose are nurtured in an environment with filled with guidance and options.
  • 525 students in Grades 9–12 from 25 countries
  • 180 courses including 40 honors and Advance Placement (AP) options
  • Top ranked Mathematics Team in New England
  • Over 50 clubs in the Upper School
  • 36 athletic teams for girls and boys in the Upper School
  • Performing Arts opportunities each term
  • Over 250 positions of student-leadership
Our campus is conveniently located in Worcester, Massachusetts – New England’s second largest city less than 1 hour from Boston and 2.5 hours from NYC. Our students experience the vitality, diversity and excitement of this city rich in heritage, culture and the arts. Additionally, our proximity to world-renowned educational institutions provide learning opportunities beyond the classroom that challenge young minds and nurture academic success.
International students have been warmly welcomed for over 175 years. Our community embraces the rich diversity of individual thought, experience and voice, and imparts a global awareness and international perspective to its students.

Community Tapestry

Worcester Academy students come from a vast variety of cultural backgrounds. Studying alongside day and boarding students from the United States, our International students comprise roughly 20% of our student body. Countries typically represented in our student body are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Somaliland, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela and Vietnam.  When a student joins us from a country that is new to our community, we hang the flag of that student’s country in Adams Hall. Will you add your country’s flag to our tapestry?

From the moment you arrive on campus, you’ll be immersed in American culture, language and way of life. You’ll significantly strengthen your written and oral English language skills and we’ll make sure that, upon graduation, you’ll enroll at a competitive American college or university.

International Programs and Services

We recognize that for many international students, English is a second language. For those who need to improve their English proficiency, we offer EFL (English as a Foreign Language) courses, as well as history courses designed for non-native English speakers. The EFL program is designed to improve English language literacy and preparation to join regular classes in English and is offered at no additional charge.

Our International Student Advisor helps students smooth their transition into the Worcester Academy community, providing assistance with academics, immigration, student visas, and travel arrangements. International students are often welcomed into the homes of their fellow students during holidays and vacation breaks.

How it Works

Our beautiful campus has four residential dormitories – two each for boys and girls – with two students living in each room. Each dorm has a common gathering space, washrooms, and a kitchen. There are residential faculty members and student leaders always available to you. They’ll help you out in everyday living situations and they’ll support you in understanding those core community values that are important to us.
  • Academic evenings (Sunday through Thursday) always include two hours of quiet, supervised study time in the dorm or in the library if you want of need a bit of faculty-tutored study.
  • You’ll be part of a small “dorm family” led by one of our wonderful residential faculty members. “Dorm family" members, just like your family members, get to know each other very well and always meet weekly to share dinner, discuss the week’s events and plan social outings.
  • Our historic campus is centrally located in the heart of Worcester, Massachusetts, New England’s second largest city. We’ve got an exciting, vital and diverse urban landscape just outside our doors, offering you access to museums, theaters, parks and several prominent institutions of higher learning. We’re also a quick 40 miles from Boston and plan frequent activities there and throughout eastern Massachusetts. We promise: You’ll never be bored!
WORCESTER ACADEMY® is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and innovative curriculum provide each student with unique opportunities for self-discovery, academic achievement, and personal empowerment.

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