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:


New international students arrive to campus early to allow for extra time to adjust to the St. Margaret's culture. During this time, students take placement tests to determine their courses. Additionally, Culture Shock Workshops occur throughout the year and are lead by international student ambassadors.

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.

School Breaks

Residence halls will close for the following school breaks: Thanksgiving Vacation, Christmas Vacation, and Spring Break. Our homestay partnership with eNKouraged Homestays, allows students to spend holiday breaks in a relaxed environment with adult supervision and a flexible schedule.

Click here for more information on vacation dates and transportation.

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


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.

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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