International Program

2018 International Program Options:

  • 2-week session one: July 8 - July 21
  • 2-week session two: July 22 - Aug. 4
  • 4-week option July 8 - Aug. 4

Our International Program targets international learners, who want to improve their English skills, participate in fun and educational activities, and immerse themselves in a friendly camp environment. Participants will study English each morning in the classroom, and integrate with native-speaking American campers in the afternoon, evenings and weekends. Nothing improves language acquisition faster than being immersed with English-speaking friends.

Every weekday morning, participants attend English Language Learning classes taught by skilled, experienced teachers.Classes are designed to give participants an opportunity to improve their overall communication skills, English writing & reading and TOEFL test prep. Because class sizes are small, participants experience the benefits of individual attention and focused English practice.

During the afternoons and evenings, participants will use their English Language skills to when they join in on traditional camp activities with American campers. Typical afternoon activities like soccer, tennis, flag football, arts and crafts, basketball, ping pong, and swimming and weekend trips to local museums, parks, and historical sites are a large part of the immersion process.

We will give all international participants a placement test and evaluation when they arrive to determine the program track for each student/camper. Hillside faculty and staff will place participants in the appropriate level – from beginners to advanced.

Have an International Group? Please contact the Camp Office for special pricing. One-week sessions are available, but two- and four- week sessions are recommended as the ELL curriculum is planned on two-week and four-week modules.

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international students at summer camp

Boarding at Hillside Summer

Hillside provides a warm “home away from home” for campers attending the overnight program. Living at Hillside offers campers a wealth of possibilities for learning responsibility and cooperation. Many quickly learn that whether their housemates are from Boston or Beijing, they have much to offer each other and the friendships they make can last a lifetime. Having many faculty members and administrators living on campus forms a neighborhood in which adults, skilled in interacting with young boys and in tune with their interests and concerns, are a consistently nurturing presence.

Each weekend, campers will take part in a series of fun and educational field trips and on campus programming. Taking advantage of all that the New England area offers is a big part of the Hillside Summer experience.

Any student who is a non-U.S. citizen, who has an international address, or who is not yet fluent in English, must register as an International Camper.