EducationUSA Academy

a summer program for international high school students
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July 9 to August 5, 2017

Our EducationUSA Academy program will help you understand more about higher education in the U.S. and prepare you to apply to U.S. colleges and universities. All students complete a personal statement as part of the program, which can be used for applications to U.S. colleges. You will also meet many students from the U.S. and around the world.

great location

Amherst, Massachusetts offers the perfect blend of New England charm and cosmopolitan culture and energy – that’s why it’s been named one of the “top college towns in North America.” As a large, bustling university in the heart of a small town, UMass Amherst has the best of both worlds, and summer is the best time to visit. Amherst is home to the Emily Dickinson museum, the Eric Carle Museum, the Yiddish Book Center, and a host of restaurants, independent bookstores and cinemas.

awesome activities

Our experienced Program Assistants will create weekly schedules of fun & inclusive evening activities – leaving room for impromptu soccer games or dance parties, of course. Sample activities include: T-shirt tie-dying, Frisbee, Karaoke, Visit to downtown Amherst, Talent show, Pizza party, Board game night, Movie night

academic courses

After two weeks, students who have adequate English-language ability will choose from a list of exciting academic courses, such as 3D Animation, Entrepreneurship, and Forensic Chemistry. Courses carry pass/fail college credit. Other students will continue to improve their academic and social English ability, while investigating a variety of topics.

the program

EducationUSA Academy is a short-term academic program that provides English language courses, college preparatory content, tours of diverse colleges and universities, and cross-cultural activities to 15- to 17-year-old students from around the world. EducationUSA is a network of hundreds of advising centers in more than 170 countries, supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. EducationUSA Advising Centers actively promote U.S. higher education around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about accredited educational institutions in the United States.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an approved host site for the EducationUSA Academy.

Our program has two major academic components:

ESL and college prep

Through ESL programming, students become more adept at English usage in formal and informal settings. A major goal of the program is to prepare students to apply to US institutions of higher education. Some of the ESL content will revolve around crafting a personal statement for use when applying to colleges and universities.

academic topics

Students who possess adequate English proficiency after two weeks will continue on into one of several academic pre-college topics, such as 3D Animation, Entrepreneurship, and Forensic Chemistry. Other students will continue to work toward English proficiency adequate for post-secondary study in the US.

program details

Cost of Program

Tuition and Fees
Housing
Meals
Total
$3089
$1080
$872
$5041

Honors Residential Hall

EducationUSA Academy students will stay in a modern, fully air-conditioned residence hall in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community, located close to classrooms, the library, and the Recreation Center. You'll join hundreds of other high school students from the U.S. and around the world attending pre-college programs. To help you get to know other students, you'll be paired with an American student in a double-occupancy room. Each floor is single-sex. Our experienced live-in staff will organize fun co-curricular activities and act as mentors to students.

Dining
Your meal plan consists of 3 meals a day in the UMass Amherst dining commons, ranked #1 in the U.S. for campus food. A wide variety of healthy, delicious options is available (including vegetarian and vegan options). It’s not unusual at one meal to have a choice between sushi, pho noodles, create-your own stir-fry, pizza, a pasta bar, or the deli station.

We invite applications from international students who are interested in studying in the US, while learning more about the higher education system. If you have a certified CEFR level of B1 or greater (or equivalent), no language verification is needed. Others require verification through online interview.

EducationUSA Academy is part of Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst. Applications are done using the Summer Pre-College Program Online Application. Please select “EducationUSA Academy” from the list of program choices.

To apply for EducationUSA Academy at UMass Amherst, we require

  • a written statement of interest: a brief, one-page statement describing why you want to attend EducationUSA Academy at UMass Amherst.
  • an unofficial high school transcript (PDF) along with a copy of your most recent report card. Please include at least one year's worth of grades. In particular, we are interested in information about completion of English language courses.
  • a letter of recommendation written by an English teacher or guidance counselor who can speak to your potential for success in EducationUSA Academy as well as your English proficiency. Letters of recommendation should be obtained by the applicant and uploaded into the online application system. If your reference prefers to submit their letter of recommendation directly, please upload a brief statement, in PDF format, indicating that your letter of recommendation is being sent directly, and instruct your reference to email the letter to: summercollege@provost.umass.edu.
  • a $35 non-refundable application fee. Interested students who cannot pay the application fee may email summercollege@provost.umass.edu to request a waiver.

If you have taken an English proficiency exam such as TOEFL, IELTS or CAE, you may include a score report. If you do not have English certification, we will schedule a Skype interview after receiving your application.