International Students

Every summer, dozens of students from all across the world participate in our programs. We love the cultural diversity and opportunities for international exchange that these students bring to our programs.

We consider international students to be any student:

  • without a U.S. passport who lives outside the United States.
  • or a student who is attending school in the United States on a visa.

International students are welcome to apply to any of our programs. We have the same application for both domestic and international applicants, though we do require proof of English proficiency for international students.

Requirements

English Proficiency

We require that international students provide documentation of their ability to complete coursework in English preferably in the form of a TOEFL score. This requirement does not apply to students living in countries where English is the native language. An IELTS score of at least 6.5 may be substitute for the TOEFL.

  • For students applying to High School Summer Scholars Program we require a TOEFL minimum score of 90, IELTS minimum score of 6.5, or Duolingo minimum score of 115.
  • For students applying to High School Summer Academy, Middle School Summer Challenge, or a High School Summer Institute, we require documentation of English proficiency which may include any of the above listed tests or letter of recommendation from instructor or school counselor that speaks to your ability to complete course work in English.

After you submit your completed application, you will receive information on how to submit your proof of English proficiency to our office. We may also require a Skype interview from applicants.

Student Visas

We only offer student visas to our High School Summer Scholars Program. For students applying to any of our High School Summer Institutes, High School Summer Academy, or Middle School Summer Challenge, they will need to contact the United States consulate in their home country to determine if they need a visa, and what type of visa needs to be issued to participate in these programs. We can provide students with a formal invitation letter if needed.  

Standardized Test Scores

We only require an SAT or ACT score for our High School Summer Scholars Program. We will also accept PSAT or ACT Aspire if you have not taken the SAT or ACT or students can submit an additional teacher recommendation.

Scholarship Assistance

We do offer scholarship assistance for international students. Students applying for a scholarship need to provide official documentation, in English, of their parents' total income. Scholarships are determined by considering several factors, including family income, family size, number of siblings in college, and housing expenses. Scholarships do not cover travel to and from the program, personal expenses, or textbooks. 

Health Insurance

All international students are required to have health insurance written by a company in the United States. Check any health insurance very carefully to be sure that it meets the criteria. One online option we recommend is Travel Insure. Be sure to purchase short-term medical insurance, not to be confused with “travel insurance.” Please note that, whatever company students use it must have a U.S. mailing address and phone number.

Cell Phones

We require that all residential students have a cell phone with a United States phone number. This includes international students.

Tuberculosis (TB) Test

We require one tuberculosis test (PPD skin test or blood test such as T-spot or Quantiferon gold) in the past six months for students at high risk of tuberculosis. High risk for tuberculosis includes: foreign born from a high-prevalence country; travel for more than two months to a high-prevalence country; contact with active tuberculosis; HIV positive; suppressed immune system from illness or medication (e.g., organ transplant, prednisone treatment); medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer or kidney failure; body weight 10% or more below ideal body weight; work in prison, nursing home, homeless shelter or hospital; work in lab with mycobacteria; history of abnormal chest X-ray.

The U.S. Department of Health does not recognize the BCG vaccine as being an effective vaccine for TB. Therefore, we do not accept the BCG as proof that a student is free of TB. Unfortunately, the BCG vaccine causes individuals to test positive on a TB skin test. If a student has had the BCG vaccine, students will need to have a chest x-ray, and then indicate on their medical form that the x-ray shows no signs of TB.