International Students

For over 175 years Worcester Academy has warmly and proudly welcomed students from all over the world. We embrace the rich diversity of thought, experience, and voice that our international students bring to our community. In fact, we’re exceptionally proud of the global awareness and international perspective that our international students bring to campus.

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.

Course Work

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.
"The international student experience is a great way to expose all our students, domestic and international, to the kind of global community they will invariably be a part of when they graduate from Worcester Academy."

How it Works

As an immersive experience, you’ll live on campus seven days a week. You’ll experience rigorous academic weeks that will finish with fun, busy, and engaging weekends. Our Student Activities Director uses student input and knowledge of the area to plan activities on and off campus. These activities routinely include visits to area attractions, theatrical performances, shopping malls, and, of course, Boston – a short 40 miles away. You might occasionally leave campus to visit family or friends, but most of your weekends will be spent on and around campus forming new and enduring friendships with fellow students from around the world. The campus does close for academic breaks and vacations and, during those times, you’ll be expected to return home or participate in a local 'home-stay' opportunity.

Features

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!

Important Dates

Upper School Curriculum

  • 2017-2018 Upper School Course Catalog
    Learn about Worcester Academy's academic requirements, course selection policy and procedure, and course offerings for the 2017-2018 academic year.
    (Current as of 2/16/2017)
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