International Program

St. Margaret’s offers one of the oldest and best-established international programs among American boarding schools. In a typical year, approximately 30% of students represent as many as 14 different countries. Here, international students strengthen their English skills, take challenging academic courses, and immerse themselves into American culture. Our international students are active participants in every area of school life, from playing sports to serving on the Honor Council. They also enjoy trips to shopping malls, festivals, amusement parks, and museums in their free time. On our beautiful campus, conveniently located near Washington, D.C., sits a global representation of bright, young women who want to not only better themselves but, in turn, make a better world. Our program highlights are outlined below:


Students take a placement test to determine which ESL level is appropriate, if any. Our program serves ESL students by offering intensive courses covering writing, grammar, reading, conversation skills, history, and science. Advanced students enroll in Advanced ESL to support their other mainstream classes.

Click here to see all ESL course offerings.


St. Margaret's offers a test preparation course as well as individual training sessions with an experienced TOEFL instructor.


Each school year starts with orientation for new international families. New international students arrive to campus before returning students or new domestic students (unless attending preseason) to allow for extra time to adjust to the St. Margaret's School culture. During this time, international students also take placement tests to determine their courses. Student International Guides assist new students during orientation and help to organize Culture Shock Workshops throughout the year.

Global Enrichment

The entire school community celebrates our diversity through global enrichment events and experiences. Together, we are educated about the history, cuisine, spiritual beliefs, and culture from our international students' home countries. International students also particulate in community outreach by expanding global enrichment beyond campus.

One-Year Students

St. Margaret's is a great educational option for students looking to enroll for one or more years and in any grade level. We also welcome mid-year students.

I've never had so much fun and met so many amazing people.
Living in another country was a unique experience, and I would
repeat it again and again. Last year was the best year of my life!
- Ana Garcia, one-year international student at St. Margaret's

School Breaks

Click here for more information on vacation dates and transportation. Please note the residence halls will close for the following school breaks: Thanksgiving Vacation (November 19 - 27), Christmas Vacation (December 17 - January 1), and Spring Break (March 2 - 18). Our partnership with homestay programs, such as eNKouraged Homestays, allows students to spend school breaks as well as open weekends sightseeing in our nation's capital, hanging out with friends, or getting some much needed rest. The relaxed environment offers adult supervision and a flexible schedule.

Admission on the Road

The Office of Admission travels internationally and would love to meet up with you along the way. Please contact them at if they are heading to an area near you Dubai, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam.

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