International Students

Our students come from 17 states and 18 countries including: Australia, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Spain, and Thailand.

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Safety

Located in the quiet rural hamlet of Middlebury, Connecticut, Westover is situated on a quaint New England green, a short walk to a bakery, two pizzerias, a candy store, frozen yogurt café, and a coffee shop. Even though Middlebury is a safe town, we make safety a priority. All campus doors are locked and students use identification cards to swipe to enter buildings. All guest are required to register at our front office, and we have 24-hour security.

College Admissions

Our goal is to help all of our students matriculate at a college or university where they will thrive and from which they will emerge prepared to be leaders and agents of change in the world. Our college counselors help to guide our students through the college process beginning in their sophomore year.

We offer programs during some school vacations, which include college visits in cities such as Boston, and assist in securing additional college visit transportation, either through the school, public transportation, or a local Westover family.

Additionally, we supervise all college placement testing (e.g. PSAT, SAT, ACT, and TOEFL).

Visit our College Counseling page

ESL

We want all of our students to be as engaged as possible in classes, including their written work and class discussions. For those students who have already achieved a high or intermediate level of competence in both spoken and written English, but may need some additional support to be successful in Westover’s rigorous academic curriculum, we offer an English as a Second Language program. Students can seek regular assistance from our ESL director, as well as from their advisors and teachers.

For more information on our courses, click here for the curriculum guide.

Residental Life

Westover is built to maximize the benefits of community living. Our dorms are part of the main building, which is the heart of our campus. Students travel from class, to the dining hall, and to their dorm — all within one building. Our dorm parents take care of the students at night and on the weekends. Boarding students spend time with their dorm parents every night in the dorm parent living room, having snacks, talking about their day and current events, working on homework, or playing games. Dorm parents help to monitor the use of electronics and enforce age-appropriate bedtimes as well. We also have health center staff on call during the evenings. A member of the Global Programs office resides in the dorm and, in addition to their usual proctor (the elected student leader on corridor), each student also has the support of an International Proctor.

For more information, click here


Mentoring Program

We offer support for our students even before they arrive here on campus. After each student enrolls, they will join our online mentoring program with Shearwater International. They are matched with a Westover Alumna and complete a rich curriculum covering important topics related to the transition to an American boarding school. It is a wonderful way for our new girls to connect to our global community, one that goes beyond the 4 years on campus.

For more information, click here

School Break Travel Programs

We know it is important for families to make plans for their daughters during vacations when the dorms close (Thanksgiving, December, and spring break). We offer a number of travel opportunities for students to participate in leadership workshops or service work, visit a new city, enroll in an additional preparation session (e.g. SAT course), or visit a college. We often offer school-organized service, cultural, and art trips over spring break and early summer vacation.

Thanksgiving/Winter Break

Student Cultural Exchange: Travel Programs Inspiring Change

Ivy Leader: Teaching Life Skills That Matter

United Planet: Leadership Through Service

Due West Education

Spring Break

Colibri Boston

Go Abroad

Rustic Pathways

Travel Channel

For more information, please visit:

-Student Cultural Exchange: Travel Programs Inspiring Change

-Ivy Leader: Teaching Life Skills That Matter

-United Planet: Leadership Through Service

Student Visas & I-20 form

In order to study at an American school, international students who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the United States must have a F-1 student visa. After students are enrolled, the School manages students’ immigration status and visas. In order to receive this visa, Westover’s Office of Admission will assist families with this process and send the I-20 form and supporting information for the students to present to officials during their interview appointment at the U.S. embassy or consulate.

For more information, please contact Dawn Curtis, Associate Director of Admission at dcurtis@westoverschool.org and visit the following:

-Applying for a US Student Visa

-Student Exchange & Visitor Program

-Information about the SEVIS fee

Once international students have arrived for the start of the school year, the Global Programs office will hold for safekeeping all international students' passports, I-20 forms, and any airline tickets students may have with them.

Health Insurance

All international students are required to have medical coverage through a US-based insurance company. Westover’s international students are automatically enrolled in the School's International Student Health Insurance Plan (beginning in mid-August and running 10 months through mid-June), the premium for which is billed to the tuition account. If an international student can demonstrate, prior to arrival on campus, coverage through an accepted, US-based insurance provider, participation in the School's plan may be waived.

Travel

Westover is conveniently located roughly two hours by car from both Boston, Massachusetts and New York City, New York. Students can access either city by train or bus. The School can arrange transportation from the following airports:

John F. Kennedy or LaGuardia airport, in New York City

Westchester County, in White Plains, NY

Bradley International, in Windsor Locks, CT

Transportation from Newark Airport, in New Jersey, can be arranged through the school by a private car service.

Each year we welcome new international families to campus one day early in order to provide a special orientation program that helps students transition to life at Westover. This consists of special presentations and activities for both students and parents. The dorms are open for move-in on that day. If a family arrives prior to the orientation date, we recommend the following nearby hotels:

The Wyndham Southbury

Hampton Inn

Courtyard Marriott

Students traveling by themselves may move in to the dorm one day prior to the orientation. For all travel, we ask families to complete an online travel form so that we can welcome you and help, if needed, with transportation. Whenever students request school transportation, a school driver will meet them at the airport; in the case of new students, the driver will have the students’ photo and a sign making it easier for the girl to find the driver. Upon arrival to campus, the Global Programs office will welcome new students.

A note about jet lag: Travelers are often exhausted after long flights. The dorm staff and Global Programs office are here to help. Students should be sure to try to rest, but try to adjust to the current time zone as quickly as possible. Staying hydrated and eating at the scheduled times will also help with the transition. We recommend that students do not nap at odd times and instead discuss going to bed early with their Dorm Parent. Arriving to campus a day before required activities will also help to build in adjustment time.

Communication with home

If necessary, Westover’s Global Programs office can help students get a U.S. cell phone. Alternatively, international students often utilize campus computers to make Skype calls.

Student accounts and spending money

The Business Office will assist students with setting up a Smart Tuition account for school tuition and fees, as well as a MyKidsSpending account for the student's spending money and incidental expenses. Money can be wired to the School through peerTransfer (now known as Flywire) or directly to the School's bank account. Wire instructions will be provided upon request.

Students should bring with them some spending money for meals while traveling or shopping for essentials during Orientation. An ATM or credit card will be helpful as well. Students should utilize their locking closets and keep large amounts of money in their school bank account, not in their dorm rooms.

For more information, please contact the Student Accounts office.

What to bring

Please see our packing list.

Special Programs and scholarships

  • Mandeville Scholarship Application
  • 2016-2017 Mainland China Supplemental Application Process

    1. Due to the high volume of applications from mainland China, applicants whose current residency is mainland China and/or who have Republic of China citizenship are required to interview with Vericant, our affiliate in China. If a student is currently attending school in the United States, they are not required to interview with Vericant.

    2. It is required that Westover receive the applicant’s Vericant interview prior to October 31, 2016. Vericant begins interviewing students in July, so please schedule the Vericant interview in the months of August, September, or October.

    3. Once Westover’s Admission Office has reviewed the applicant’s Vericant interview, a member of Westover’s Admission Office will be in touch with the applicant about scheduling an on-campus visit and interview. Please do not contact the Admission Office regarding scheduling an interview.

    We assure that we will be in touch with the applicant 1-2 weeks after the arrival of their interview in Westover’s Vericant database. Once the applicant schedules an on-campus visit and interview, they can then begin to submit their application materials to Westover. Skype interviews will not be accepted.

    4. If the applicant receives an email or phone call from our admissions team telling them that they may move forward in the application process, the applicant may schedule an on-campus visit and interview at Westover between the following dates:
  • Wednesday, November 2nd – Friday, November 11th

    Tuesday, November 29th – Friday, December 16th

    Thursday, January 5th – Friday, January 13th

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