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 US and prepare you to apply to US colleges and universities. All students complete a personal statement as part of the program, which can be used for applications to US colleges. You will also meet many students from the US 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
Health Insurance
Total
$2995
$1215
$920
$77
$5207

Honors Residential Hall

The first of its kind at UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community (CHCRC) sits in the heart of campus, close to classrooms, the main library, and the Recreation Center. CHCRC creates a place for honors students to call home and for all of the campus to enjoy. With space for 1,379 residents, CHCRC is designed to accommodate 572 first-year honors students and offers 807 suites and apartments for multi-year students.

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.

To apply for Summer Pre-College Programs, we require a written statement of interest: a brief, one-page statement describing why you want to attend the EducationUSA Academy at UMass Amherst. We also require an unofficial high school transcript (PDF) including grades from fall 2016, and a letter of recommendation written by a teacher or guidance counselor who can speak to your skills, abilities, maturity level and academic accomplishments that make you a suitable candidate for the program you are applying to. Letters of recommendation should be obtained by the applicant and uploaded into the online application system.

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