The University of Massachusetts Amherst

EducationUSA Academy

July 6, - August 3, 2019

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.

UMass Amherst’s 4-week EducationUSA Academy merges intensive English language instruction with cultural and experiential learning at one of the top research institutions in the U.S. Join a diverse group of international and American high school students, learn from each other, and form lasting friendships.

College preparation is a key component of the EducationUSA Academy program at UMass. Regular workshops will focus on topics including essay writing, TOEFL, and SAT preparation. STEM focused content will encourage student communication using academic language, preparing participants for undergraduate level classroom discussion.

  • 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. STEM FOCUS The EducationUSA Academy at UMass will feature STEM themes which students will explore during the 4-week program. Learn what it's like to attend a major research institution in the U.S., tour cutting edge facilities and life sciences laboratories, meet the faculty and scientists shaping research and discovery at UMass, and enjoy specially designed STEM classes taught by guest lecturers.

  • Academic Topics

    Alongside daily English class, EducationUSA Academy Students will join UMass faculty and graduate students in hands-on workshops and weekly STEM modules in the following fields:

    • Prototyping, 3-d printing, and the basics of fabrication
    • Biomechanics, kinesiology
    • Engineering facilities tours and discussions
    • Biology and life sciences lectures

    Sample of Digital Modeling and Design week: 
    Learning the fundamentals of 3D printing scanning
    Location: Digital Media Lab (DML)
    3D Modeling with Fusion 360
    Learning the fundamentals of video capture: best practices for composition and audio capture; introduction to iMovie and equipment available for checkout/field work
    Workshop: video storyboarding, capture and production
    Visit and tour of MIT / Workshop at private makerspace facility 


  • Application Requirements

    • Must be an international high school student age 15-17
    • Statement of Interest
    • Completed online application
    • Letter of recommendation

    • Unofficial high school transcript (PDF)
    • TOEFL, IELTS or CAE score report. If unavailable, we will schedule a Skype interview

  • Program Fees

    Tuition and Fees: $2,320

    Housing and Meal Plan: $2,500

    Activities: $175

    Total: $4,995

    EducationUSA Academy Program Fees include tuition, housing & meals, activities, health insurance, and ground transportation.



Marco Bittencourt

Teaching Associate of Spanish and Portuguese/Instructor of ESL