The international student experience at Brewster begins with our commitment to an intellectually diverse and balanced representation of cultures, learners, and passions, and continues by transforming the personal experience through inclusive and empowering programs. Our community is home to motivated students from around the world – some come to strengthen their English skills while others, already proficient and fluent in English, come for an academically challenging and supportive environment without standardization.
- I-20 and visa assistance
- Prep-Start New International Student Orientation
- ESL Program (See Academic Support Program)
- Airport transportation during holidays/school breaks
- Brewster-arranged American host families during fall and winter long weekends and Thanksgiving break
- Customized college counseling workshop
- Guidance on TOEFL registration and test-day transportation (Concord and Portsmouth, NH)
- College visits
- Weekend day trips to Boston
- Culture Celebration Night
- Lunar New Year Celebration
- Student internship opportunities in the International Student Programs Office
- What is your international student representation?
- What kind of cultural activities and organizations are there at Brewster?
- How does the visa process work and who is the contact person at Brewster?
- How is housing determined and is storage available?
- What resources available to students near campus?
- What is the process for travel and transportation during school breaks?
- What are cell phone and communciations options at Brewster?
Our current international population is 21 percent with students typically representing 20-25 countries. Our enrollment goal is to balance the number of students from one country across grades and gender to ensure a rich and balanced cultural experience. In the 2018-2019 academic year, international students from the following countries are currently enrolled and will bring different, international and diverse perspectives to the Brewster Community: Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Liberia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.
Annual activities include: Culture Celebration Night, Lunar New Year Celebration, International Food Appreciation Dinner, International Karaoke Coffee House Night, ongoing international recipes sharing with the Dining Hall. Clubs include the International Student Organization (ISO) and One National Ethnicity.
The majority of international students come to Brewster with an F-1 student status. The process for acquiring visa status begins with a Form I-20, which students receive upon acceptance and enrollment to Brewster Academy. Once an enrollment contract with deposit is processed, Brewster’s Primary Designated School Official will process the I-20 form through SEVIS and will mail the original copy to the enrolled student. Susan Crowley coordinates the I-20 process at Brewster. Learn about I-20 requirements
New students are typically assigned an age-appropriate roommate whose native language is English and matched for common interests and compatibility. Returning students have more flexibility over their roommate selection with continued guidance from faculty mentors.
Wolfeboro is a summer resort town and has many storage options available to families at a fee. Brewster will assist in the coordination of storage for returning students each year by dormitory and when students graduate, most facilities will store belongings for the summer and ship directly to the student's college.
Wolfeboro is the oldest summer resort in America! The town is just steps away from campus for all students to enjoy. Amenities include two grocery stores, a pharmacy, four banks, clothing shops, an independent book store, a post office, cafes, and restaurants (Mexican, Asian, American), and even a hospital – all in a breathtaking location and safe town. In addition, weekend activities include trips to larger cities for access to malls, department stores, outlets, cinemas, cultural excursions, and much more!
Brewster has a travel coordinator who arranges transport to and from campus for the five breaks for which students must leave campus as well as transport to campus at the beginning and end of the school year. Families reserve this transport for a nominal fee. Additionally, he can assist when a student needs help coordinating private transport to and from campus for special circumstances when school is in session.
We provide campus-wide Wi-Fi so that students using Whatsapp, Wechat, Skype, Facetime, Kakao Talk and Line, etc. should have fast access to communicate with their families and friends. In addition, Verizon and U.S. Cellular have the strongest signals on campus. International students can bring their own unlocked CDMA system cell phone or buy an U.S. pre-paid cell phone upon their arrival to Brewster.