International Students

Harrisburg Academy has a proud tradition of enrolling students from across the globe, many of whom graduate from the Academy to pursue a post-secondary education at a United States college or university.  During the past ten years, more than 70 international students have studied at Harrisburg Academy from countries including Brazil, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Poland, South Korea, and Taiwan.  As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School with a multitude of opportunities for international students, we see continued strong enrollment of international and globally minded students in our Upper School.

 

Harrisburg Academy admits qualified international students in grades 9 through 11.  To obtain a Harrisburg Academy diploma, students must spend a minimum of two years at the Academy and complete the required number of credits to graduate.  Qualified non-diploma applicants may apply for admission to the senior class.

 

To be considered for admission, students must have a successful academic record, superior TOEFL scores, and proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English (we do not offer ESL).

 

For more information about Harrisburg Academy, please fill out the International Student Admission Inquiry.

 

Homestay Program

Most international students who join Harrisburg Academy’s high school program do so through a CSIET-certified program.  Whether through a local program coordinator or through Harrisburg Academy’s international student support staff, each international student will be placed in an approved, English-speaking American host family.  Students will also have health insurance and abide by the code of conduct for international students and in accordance with the school and community handbook.  Harrisburg Academy does work directly with overseas agents and consultants in order to enroll qualified applicants in our program.  Independent homestays can only be arranged with prior approval of Harrisburg Academy and if the student is living with a primary (natural) parent for the duration of his or her enrollment.  Homestay families, whether through CSIET-certified programs, Academy placement, or with natural parents, must also be aware of and comply with homestay rules and requirements.

 

Application Materials

Application for Admission:  All applicants are required to complete the Harrisburg Academy International Student Application for Admission.

 

Homestay Program Application:  Homestay program must submit the student's current application to the Admission Office.

 

TOEFL Score:  We accept test scores directly from TOEFL and IELTS.  The TOEFL code for Harrisburg Academy is #B410.  Please note, English skills must be very strong. Admitted students typically score in the 80-100 range.  Admitted students typically score in the 80-100 range for TOEFL, and the minimum IELTS band score requirement is 5.5.  SLEP and the TOEFL Jr. are not accepted.

SKYPE Interview:  Based upon your application materials and TOEFL score, the Admission office will then contact select students to continue the application with a Skype interview. Skype interviews are granted by invitation only.

 

Certified Transcripts and Records, Confidential Teacher Recommendations, and English Writing Sample:  These supporting documents will be required as necessary.  

 

Upon receipt of all materials, the student file will be reviewed by the Admission committee.

 

Final Steps

Upon admission, enrollment documents will be sent via email to the family and the agency.  The signed enrollment contract should be returned with a $1,000 deposit and documents showing financial support.  Upon review of the financial documents, Harrisburg Academy will process and mail the I-20 along with required summer homework.  Tuition is due in full by Aug. 1.  Orientation and classes are the last week of August.

 



 
Kate Rill

Assistant Director of Admission for International Students

717-763-7811 x1378

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