International Students

International Students

Cushing welcomes students from all over the world, with approximately 30% of our students hailing from over 30 different countries.

International Student Support

At Cushing, we take great care to welcome, guide, and support our international students so that they adjust to a new home and new culture.

Services to support international students include:

  • Transport from the airport to Cushing for international students traveling without a parent
  • International orientation and an international advisor
  • Assistance with travel and visa arrangements
  • Guidance with college applications

Entry into the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security approves Cushing to provide an I-20 to newly enrolled students to enable them to apply for an F-1 (or student) visa. This visa is a requirement for students with a foreign passport to enroll in a school in the U.S.

More information is available on the U.S. State Department website.

International Student Orientation

International students new to Cushing participate in a three-day orientation upon arrival to ease their transition into their new cultural and academic environment. As part of your orientation, students tour Boston and visit local stores to purchase supplies to make your dormitory feel like home. 

Placement Testing

International students take a series of listening, speaking, reading, and writing tests during their orientation. These aim to determine their English language proficiency.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Cushing’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program helps improve international students’ fluency in the English language. Students take Advanced Intermediate and Advanced ESL classes depending on their placement test results.


Students from Mainland China

Cushing Academy has partnered with Vericant to facilitate the interview process for students from Mainland China. Vericant conducts video interviews with our applicants who live in and attend school in Mainland China. They then post the video interviews to our Admissions team. A group of students will be invited to interview with a member of the Cushing Admissions Team team after we have reviewed the interview videos.

Cushing Academy requires all applicants from Mainland China to interview with Vericant before we schedule an interview with an Admissions Officer.

  • The deadline for your Vericant application is December 1
  • Applicants may wait up to three weeks after their Vericant interview before hearing from Cushing Academy
  • If you have already studied at a school in the U.S., you are not required to interview with Vericant.


Any questions?

Our Admissions Team is ready to help with your questions and provide any assistance during your application process. Get in touch: [email protected]978-827-7300, or live online chat.

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