International Students

The American Hebrew Academy is an international school which serves students from across the United States and around the world. Our campus is a “home away from home” for Jewish teenagers of all backgrounds from 35 countries and growing.

Joining together in one of the most dynamic Jewish learning environments ever created, Academy students grow, explore, and develop as young adults. The Academy prides itself on the diversity of the Jewish student body.
International students can attend the Academy for a minimum of one year up to four years. All international students participate in a full immersion program allowing them to concentrate on improving their English speaking, reading and writing skills as needed, while preparing for admission to U.S. universities. The Academy assists families in obtaining a U.S. student visa once accepted for admission to the Academy. For more information about making the American Hebrew Academy the key to an extraordinary life, check out How to Apply.

We are the only international Jewish college prep boarding school in the world.

International Students from 36 countries make up 45% of the total student population.

International students can attend the Academy for a minimum of one year up to four years and participate in a full immersion program allowing them to concentrate on improving their English speaking, reading and writing skills as needed, and preparing for admission to U.S. universities.

“I came to the American Hebrew Academy to improve my English, learn about American culture, get a great education, and make friends from all over the world. I gained all those things, and so much more. The opportunities provided here are so much more than just learning to be a good student. We learn to be leaders.” – Jose, Mexico

Options for International Students

Diploma Program

Earn a U.S. High School Diploma from the American Hebrew Academy which is accepted at any U.S. university or college and many universities outside the U.S. Typically, two years minimum study required

One Year International Program

International students may enroll at the Academy for one year of study and then return to their home school. Students earn a certificate of completion. In some instances, a student entering the 12th grade may be eligible for a full diploma.

Postgraduate Program

A student who has already graduated from their home school may enroll in a postgraduate 13th year of high school which will include ESOL, A.P. and university level courses. This program is very popular for those students wishing to attend university in the U.S. and seek a strong English language immersion program.

Short Term Program

Students wishing to enroll at the Academy for a half-year program are welcome to apply. Students will be granted admission as space is available. No scholarships or financial aid are available for short term program participants. Students receive all other benefits as full term students.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

All international students will be enrolled in our ESOL program which provides intensive English language instruction for non-native English speakers as well as cultural, history and experiential learning opportunities specifically designed to fully immerse our international students in the English language and American culture. The ESOL program is provided at no additional charge.

International students joining the Academy community are provided with the support they need to be successful. International students quickly gain confidence to participate fully in an English language environment.