List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Do you offer early orientation for international students?

    Yes! We provide a weeklong, comprehensive Jumpstart Orientation for new international students that gives them a chance to get to know each other, find out about academics at VA, and settle in before the start of the school year.
  • Q. Do you offer English as a Second Language?

    Yes. Students can study English at the intermediate ESL level, at the advanced level (titled English for International Students), or at the mainstream English level. We give an English placement test (online, written, and oral) in order to place each student at the proper level of English instruction. International students can also take History for International Students in the History department.
  • Q. How do I know what English class I will be in?

    Non-native English speakers take an English placement test, either online during the summer or when they arrive, which will determine the appropriate English course for them.
  • Q. Will my roommate speak English?

    Students coming from non-English-speaking countries are placed with English-speaking roommates during their first year. All of our dormitories have a mix of international and American students so that everyone can learn about different cultures and lifestyles. Our dorm parents have their apartment right in the dormitory with the students and participate with them in dorm activities.
  • Q. What about sports and activities?

    All of our students participate in sports and activities in the afternoons after classes. International students have the opportunity to learn sports that are not common in their countries, such as lacrosse, golf, equestrian, and American football. Snow sports are quite popular on our campus, as Vermont is known for its beautiful winters and skiing/snowboarding. We even have a ski hill on campus!

    Other activities include technical theater, silversmithing, yoga, and community service, along with various clubs. On the weekends, activities include shopping, dinner, and movie trips; outings to local plays, concerts, and sporting events; and on-campus activities such as pizza parties and dances.

    Additionally, Vermont Academy has an exceptional music, fine arts, and performing arts program that includes a jazz ensemble, vocal ensemble, voice and music lessons, theater productions and classes, drawing and painting, pottery, photography, and filmmaking.
  • Q. Are international cultures recognized at Vermont Academy?

    During the year, we celebrate the global community on our campus by recognizing important holidays from different nations, trying food from different countries in our dining hall, having musicians from different parts of the world perform for us, and hosting speakers who address global issues. In addition, Global Programs hosts an annual Flag Ceremony to recognize the diverse student and faculty population on our campus.
  • Q. Where will I go on breaks and vacations if I can't go home?

    Dorms are open for students who cannot return home for a long weekend (shorter than a holiday break). Day trips are sometimes scheduled, depending on the number of students who remain on campus. For longer vacations, most students return home or travel; some arrange local homestays with the help of our Global Programs staff. To accommodate long flights and time-zone changes, students may leave the day before a scheduled break as long as this is cleared with the academic dean. Students arriving after a break from outside the U.S. may arrive on campus a day early.
  • Q. Which airport should I fly to?

    The closest airport is Bradley International, in Hartford, Connecticut (less than 2 hours from campus by car). Logan International in Boston is a 2.5-hour drive. Some students also fly into JFK in New York City, which is about 4.5 hours from campus by car.
  • Q. Is there transportation to Vermont Academy from the airport?

    Absolutely! Please contact Ms. Caitlin Holton in the Dean's Office with your travel information, and she will help you set up transportation. Her e-mail is cholton@vermontacademy.org

International Student Program

Vermont Academy is a global community with students coming from many countries and states across the U.S. Our international students, which make up 25 percent of our population, help us promote the interconnectivity of cultures and people of the world. We come together to create a diverse community with rich traditions, and indispensable experiences.

The following services are provided to our International Students:

  • I-20 and Visa Assistance 
  • International Resource Center Peer Tutoring Program
  • ESL and Math Placement Tests
  • ESL Programs
  • TOFEL Test Registration and Test-Day Transportation 
  • Local Family Placements for Holidays
  • Airport Transportation 
In the days before her graduation from Vermont Academy, Jiwoo '18 of Seoul, South Korea, wrote this reflection. Jiwoo's next step after VA is the University of Rhode Island.

"The one thing I will miss the most about my current community is the feeling that I belong. 'Family' is the word that perfectly describes Vermont Academy. In a small
school, there are no walls that divide us into two worlds, but love and support that creates an unbreakable bond.

"Going to a boarding school, I am far from the basic support system I am used to having. However, I have never doubted the love the school has for the students and the amount of warmth that was comparable to what I am used to. I am always welcome to talk about anything
with my teachers, and they give me the best advice anyone could give. They are very understanding and demonstrate great maturity the students can look up to. Everyone is there for each other and nobody questions it. While we are all away from our family, we are with another one here supporting, loving and belonging. The community is a set of puzzles that everyone had their own place in; nobody is left behind.
"I love VA with all my heart. I met amazing people here and I am able to see how much I have grown compared to my first year here. From moving around so much since I was young, I was never able to feel like I had a home. Whenever someone asked me 'Where are you from?' it was extremely hard for me to say an address without hesitating. When there was an address line on a sheet of paper, I always had to think about what my home was.

"But once I got here, I knew exactly what to write on my address line: 10 Long Walk, Saxtons River, VT. This is the one place I felt comfortable enough to call my home. VA truly proved to me that home doesn’t have an address, and it does not have to be where I was born, but it is where I can be my true self."