The Academy's International Program

The Academy of Notre Dame's International Program provides a one-of-a-kind study abroad experience for students who live outside of the United States. While our pristine 200+ acre campus offers a beautiful natural in which to study, our location is also in close proximity to the cultural and historical landmarks of the cities of Lowell and Boston. 

We accept boys and girls for our Middle School's 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes and young women for grades 9 through 12 in our Upper School, which is the only all-girls high school in the vicinity. At the Academy we provide a full-time support person to assist International students, on-site tutoring, school-college guidance, a hot lunch program, transportation along two routes, after school clubs and activities, athletics, and field trip opportunities.

Click the tabs below to read more about the student experience, benefits for host families, agency information, and how to apply. For international program tuition, please contact the International Program Office at

Would you like to study in America?

The international program at the Academy of Notre Dame is unlike others. We offer international students the opportunity to immerse themselves in American culture by attending our Upper School or Lower School. International students of high school age are offered classes in our private, all-girls Catholic Upper School setting that ranges from college preparatory, to honors to advanced placement courses, and even virtual high school classrooms. The Lower School experience is similar, but is offered to both boys and girls in our private, co-ed Catholic Lower School with rigorous academic programs. There is also a vast array of athletic offerings and extra-curricular clubs that international students can participate in.

international students 4Our beautiful 200+ acre campus features a main school building, separate gymnasium, tennis courts, softball and soccer fields, an outdoor track, and scenic woodlands that even include several ponds.   

Our International Student Program Manager will see to it that all the needs of international students are met, whether it be obtaining tutoring services, providing assistance in finding a host family, college planning and preparation, or arranging fun outings and activities. All students must apply to the Academy through an agency (click here for a partial list), and a host family is not required if the student will be living with a parent in the local area.

If you are interested in studying at the Academy of Notre Dame, please contact us for more information.

Click here to read about our Lower School international students.

Become a Host Family
for an International Student

Consider offering an international student the educational experience of a lifetime! International students are ordinary students who are ready to immerse themselves in American culture, and experience the day-to-day life of the typical American family.

Being a host family is rich and rewarding for both the international student and for your entire family! The educational possibilities are endless; you will make a lifelong friend while you learn all about another country’s customs and culture. It’s a win-win for everyone!

What are the benefits of
Becoming a Host Family?

  • Families of students at the Academy of Notre Dame receive a discount on tuition.
  • Your family receives a monthly stipend.
  • All of your questions about a foreign country, its customs and culture will be answered.
  • International students are fully insured, and have their own health insurance and spending money.

If you are interested in making a dream come true for an international student, please contact us for more information.

How Do I Host an International Student?

The International Program at the Academy works with many partner agencies all of whom are responsible for finding host families for the students that are enrolled with us. Click the buttons below to read more about hosting specific agencies or contact the Academy's International Program Manager LiHsi Chen at who can advise you on the process.

International Agencies

All international students, even if age 18, are required to apply to the Academy through an agency. Here is a partial list of the agencies we work with: 

AnB Education
290 Pennbrook Parkway
Lansdale, PA  19446

Apex International Education Partners
51 Depot Street, Suite #211
Watertown, CT  06795
203.992.2437 or 1.800.921.4378

EA Education Consulting & Services LLC
100 Trade Center, Suite G700
Woburn, MA  01801

Globle Students Service Ltd
503 Almond Ave
Monrovia, CA 91016

IET - International Education and Traveling Group
IET Consulting, INC
707 Mountain View Ave
Monrovia, CA 91016

IMX Education Group LLC
100 Trade Center Suite G700
Woburn MA 01801
Tel: 617-906-1966 or 508-397-3178

INTO University Partnerships
1610 Medical Drive, Suite 305
Pottstown, PA 19464
610-718-5594; 877-822-7999

Ivy International Group
1500 District Avenue
Burlington, MA  01803

USAEDU International Consulting Group LLC
550 Liberty Street, #3802
Braintree, MA  02184

WZ Group
15911 Red Hill Ave. #210
Tustin, CA  92780

International Student Application Process

The Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. International student applicants are always welcome at the Academy of Notre Dame. Only girls are accepted in our Upper School, while the Lower School is co-ed. Although in-school tutoring services are offered, all students are expected to be fluent in English. Applications are accepted for fall entry. Our Upper School's International Program is designed to be long-term, leading to an earned diploma. It is not a short-term exchange program. For international program tuition, please contact the International Program office at

All international students, even those who are 18, are required to apply to the Academy through an agency, and may reside either with a host family or with a parent or adult family member living in the local area. Arranging for an accommodation is the responsibility of the student’s placement agency, though the Academy will provide assistance in identifying potential host families. Living arrangements are to be coordinated among the host family, placement agency and student's parents.

All international students/agencies should take the following steps in order to be considered for admission to the Academy of Notre Dame:

  • Complete online NDA or agency application together with corresponding documents
  • Submit $150 application fee (check only)
  • Furnish two letters of recommendation from current teachers in both English and Math
  • Enclose TOEFL score report (test must be taken within a year of the date of application). SLEP is no longer accepted.
  • Provide transcripts for all education completed (must be in English with official seal)
  • Include copy of passport

Once all the above items have been received, a Skype interview will be scheduled. The Admissions Committee will then review the required documents, discuss the interview, and make a decision. Upon acceptance to the Academy, the student must submit updated health records showing all immunizations and physical exams as well as US$5,000 deposit (refundable only if visa is unattainable). Shortly after the receipt of the full deposit, an I-20 will be issued.

Payment of full tuition and fees is due on August 1st each year. Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate dress code clothing and paying any applicable bus transportation fees.

If at any time a student decides to withdraw from enrollment, parents or agents must notify the Admissions Office in writing. No refund will be provided after January 1st.

For tuition details or further information, please contact the International Program office at or 978-649-7611, Ext. 339.

The International Experience

Meet Sieun "Olivia" Lee '17

Olivia is from South Korea, but spent her high school years at the Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) as an International Program student. While here she was active in Glee Club, Piano, and Damie's Digest (school newspaper). After graduating in June 2017, she enrolled at New York University (NYU) where she is studying applied psychology. She intends to work towards a Phd and would like to pursue a career in research and counseling. 

The NDA Experience

"If it wasn't for NDA, I would not be the person I am today," says Olivia. "NDA is a small, family-like environment which really helped me to thrive. I had many teachers who played a significant role in my academic development, but my math teacher was the most influential helping me dispell my phobia of math."

International Program

‚Äč"My years at NDA provided a true cultural immersion experience for me. I was one of only three international students in the senior class and I was able to quickly build friendships. My friends taught me note taking skills which became invaluable."

"I received support from NDA's International Program coordinators particularly with regards to essay writing and grammar. I really appreciated the frequent check-ins to make sure I was doing well."

College Transition

"I was anxious about college level work, but found that I was really prepared academically and NDA did that for me."