International Students

Each year, Thetford Academy’s International Student Program (ISP) enrolls up to 10 international students in our academic program. While studying at TA, ISP students live with local families in homestays, and have access to a wide range of academic, athletic, and social opportunities in our community and beyond.

Thetford is an historic New England town that looks out over the mountains of the Connecticut River Valley. Located 15 minutes north of Dartmouth College and Hanover, N.H., TA students have the best of both worlds: living in a small, tight-knit community–within easy driving distance to a vibrant Ivy League college town.

Our program offers students the opportunity to study English for Speakers of Foreign Languages as part of their TA curriculum. Students enrolled at TA may also apply to take college-level classes at Dartmouth and apply those credits toward their graduation requirements.

Homestay families welcome international students into their homes and support them throughout their stay in Vermont. Each student is treated as a family member, often building connections that last long after the homestay has ended. These strong relationships are important as students transition into TA, and also as they move on to their post-secondary endeavors.

2023-2024 Tuition and Fees

Commuting Day Student Tuition
$22,430 USD Tuition only.

Room and Board
$20,471 USD

This fee includes: Room and Board with a host family for 10 months (excluding December recess) and daily school lunch.

International Student Program Fee
$8,111 USD
This fee is required of all international students. It covers the intensive and specialized support provided by TA’s International Student Program; administrative assistance required for passport, I-20, and visa management; iTEP or TOEFL preparation and testing twice annually; college counseling; college writing instruction; and when applicable, ELL study. It also covers transportation to and from Boston Logan International Airport at the time of arrival and departure, and International Student Program excursions and events.

These fees do not include:

  • Mandatory health insurance
  • Personal travel during the two weeks of December recess when students are required to return home or make alternate plans.

Total International Student Tuition and Fees
$51,012 USD

International Post-Graduate Program (PG) at Thetford Academy

Thetford Academy’s PG program offers international students an opportunity to enhance their academic English skills, strengthen their résumé, and prepare for a successful college experience in the U.S. Contact International Student Program Coordinator, Susan Essex-Luce, for more information.

Admissions Requirements

  • High School Diploma.
  • Demonstration of intermediate English proficiency.
  • Minimum test scores and GPA depend on individual focus and desired outcomes.
    Admissions decisions and course schedule based on individual’s goals for the semester or year.

Required Courses

    • One English course to address areas of greatest language need (reading, writing, speaking, or listening).
    • One U.S. History class. See online Course Guide for more information.
Download our Post-graduate Flyer

HomeStay Program

TA’s international students live with American families who are committed to sharing their lives with students from abroad. Living with a local family is the best way for international students to become immersed in American language and culture.

The goal of TA’s homestay program is to support students through their academic and social transition into American life. Most students forge strong personal relationships with their host family and benefit from having a safe, welcoming home environment while attending Thetford Academy. Though only some of TA’s host families have children attending TA, all are rooted in the local community and eager to share their knowledge and love of the area.

Students who live with host families have their own bedroom and share their meals with the family. In addition to learning about American family life, living with host families allows international students to make rapid progress mastering the English language. This helps students with their studies and prepares them for the next step of living and learning at an American university.

Host Family Information

Interested in hosting an international student? Download our brochure and contact International Student Program Coordinator, Susan Essex-Luce.

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