International Students: Boarding School Benefits

Updated June 21, 2016 |
International Students: Boarding School Benefits
Boarding school is appealing to both U.S. and international students. Learn why boarding school is a popular option for international students around the world.
Boarding school is appealing to both U.S. and international students. This is why boarding school is a popular option for international students around the world.
 
Who are International Students
 
An international student is a student that holds a foreign (non-U.S.) passport. There are many reasons why boarding school is a popular option for international students around the world.
 
Why Boarding School for International Students?
 
Many international students would like to attend college or university in the United States, but find it difficult to do so. International students may lack the proper guidance when choosing between the thousands of colleges in the United States. Their English skills may also be a problem when applying to an American university. Boarding school helps international students:
  • Improve their English proficiency
  • Help them learn about and gain acceptance to appropriate U.S. universities
  • Adjust to a new culture by providing a smaller, structured environment designed to support non-native English speakers
English Immersion & ESL (English as a Second Language) Courses
 
 It can be difficult to learn English if it is not spoken regularly. In boarding school, international students attend class, play sports, and live with English-speaking students. This creates a helpful environment for learning English. This gives them the chance to make friends and communicate in English on a regular basis.
 
ESL (English as a Second Language) classes offered in boarding schools also help international students learn English more quickly. These classes are generally very small. ESL courses are designed to improve an international student's speaking, reading and writing ability. Boarding schools provide international students an excellent opportunity to improve their English skills.
 
College Preparation
 
Boarding schools offer international students access to well-trained college counselors. These advisors can help you choose schools and prepare you for the application process. Many boarding schools also offer special classes to help you prepare for the TOEFL or TOEIC exams, which are often required for international students. Boarding school helps international students get into and succeed in American universities.
 
International Friendships
 
Boarding schools offer a unique opportunity for international students to meet and make friends with students from other cultures. You will be exposed to people from different religious, geographic, and linguistic backgrounds. You will make friends with people that you would usually not have a chance to meet. Being part of a boarding school community can help you overcome cultural barriers associated with living outside your country.
 
If you have more specific questions about attending boarding school as an international student (e.g., visa questions), please research and contact boarding schools which interest you. They will have the most up-to-date information you need and would look forward to assisting you!

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