International Students

International students just like you have been warmly welcomed here at Worcester Academy for over 175 years. We embrace and seek out the rich diversity of thought, experience, and voice that you bring to our community. While we’re learning about you, you’ll be improving your written and oral English skills, immersing yourself in an American way of life, and making friends that will last a lifetime. When you graduate, we’ll see to it that you have the opportunity to enroll in a competitive American college or university. This year, students from more than 20 countries outside of the United States are here with us, learning and growing, and comprising 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.

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  • Residential Life for International Boarders

    Our beautiful campus has four residential dormitories – two for boys and two for girls – with two students living in each room. Each dormitory has a common gathering space, bathrooms, and a kitchen. Residential faculty members and student leaders live with you in these dormitories and are always available to you. They’ll help you in everyday living situations and support you in understanding our core community values. 

    Academic evenings (Sunday through Thursday) always include two hours of quiet, supervised study time in the dormitory. You may also opt to study in the library where faculty members are always available for help. 

    You’ll be part of a small "dorm family" led by one of our residential faculty members. "Dorm family" members get to know each other well and meet weekly to share dinner, discuss current events, and plan social outings.
  • International Programs and Services

    Our International Student Advisor is with you every step of the way, helping you make a smooth transition into the Worcester Academy community. The advisor provides assistance with academics, immigration, student visas, and travel arrangements.

    Not enough time to fly home? During some holidays and vacation breaks, our international students are often welcomed into the homes of their fellow students who live locally.
  • ESL Courses

    English may be a second language for you. To improve your English proficiency, we offer EFL (English as a Foreign Language) courses, as well as history courses designed for non-native English speakers. Our EFL program is specifically designed to improve your English language literacy and to prepare you to join regular classes in English. This service is offered at no additional charge.

    Interested in getting a head start? Our Summer Program for International Students offers three weeks of fun while you improve your English skills and get to know your new environment.

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Application Process for International Students

Applying to an independent school in the United States may seem a little daunting, but we’re here to make it as easy as possible! It really all comes down to just 5 steps:

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  • Step 1: Inquire.

    Complete our online Inquiry Form. This tells us that you’re interested in exploring Worcester Academy. As soon as we have your information, we’ll send you some helpful printed materials in the mail and set up a myHILLTOP account for you –an online space that makes it easy for you to track your application progress.
  • Step 2: Arrange An Interview.

    Email Meghan Bennett in our Admission Office to arrange an interview.
  • Step 3: Register For Exams.

    Register for both the SSAT and the TOEFL exams. Worcester Academy’s SSAT School Code is 8320 and our TOEFL School Code is 8018.
  • Step 4: Send Recommendations and Transcripts.

    Ask for recommendations and arrange for your school to send transcripts.

    RECOMMENDATIONS
    We’d like a recommendation from your English teacher and from your Math teacher. If you’d like to add another teacher, you may do so. The forms are available from both your myHILLTOP account and on this page.

    TRANSCRIPTS
    Ask your school’s administrator to send along the School Report and your transcript. The transcript form is available from both your myHILLTOP account and on this page.
  • Step 5: Apply.

    Complete your application by January 15th.

    APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY JANUARY 15
    Decisions will be available on your myHILLTOP  account on March 10.

    APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER JANUARY 15
    Decisions will be available on your myHILLTOP  account after April 1.