No. Any student serious about language learning can take an OISE course.
This depends on the student’s learning goals. If the goal are specific (for example, using English for a particular field of work or study) or require strictly intensive language study, a Tutorial or Quatorial Masterclass course would be ideal. If the student interested in learning about American culture and history as well as studying English, the course for teenagers would be a great choice.
While OISE is not a testing center, most standardized tests can be taken in authorized centers around Boston. OISE staff are available to assist students with their test reservations, but the students are ultimately responsible for their reservations. Depending on the demand for the test and how many times it is offered in a year, places may fill up quickly, so it is best to book as soon as possible. This is especially likely for popular tests such as the TOEFL, IELTS, and TOEIC. With that said, for most tests, it is not possible to book over 6 months in advance of the test date. Please check the test website for more information.
Use the "Get a Quote" or "Contact" links on any page, or call the number displayed. For course fee payment, OISE accepts all major credit and debit cards, as well as international bank transfers.
No. To ensure that all students pay the same amount for the same value and to preserve the integrity of its courses, OISE does not offer discounts.
For Teenagers: Everything but the flight is included in the course fee.
For Masterclass: OISE Boston is open 52 weeks a year, so course dates are very flexible. Ideally, bookings should be made at least one month before the course start date, but the staff do their best to accommodate any requests, according to availability.
For Teenagers: It is recommended to book as early as possible for the summer period, as the courses may sell out, but the staff try to accommodate all requests, according to availability.
Changes in bookings will be processed according OISE’s Terms and Conditions. The relevant sections of that document are written below.Changes to Booking
If you wish to change your Booking by switching to another Course, you must provide at least 10 days’ notice of such change to Us in writing, otherwise you will be expected to attend the Course originally booked or cancel your Booking under clause 7.
Cancellations and refunds will be processed according to OISE’s terms and conditions. The relevant sections of that document are written below.Your rights to cancel and applicable refund
A course at least 18 hours per week requires an F1 student visa. OISE will issue an I-20 form to assist in this process. For more information on getting an F1 visa, see the Visiting America page. Please contact OISE with any questions.
Yes. For students who require it, OISE issues an I-20 form for an F1 student visa. See the Visiting America page for more information.
It is recommended that students requiring a visa apply as soon as possible, ideally 3 months in advance. This will help ensure that they receive their visa before their planned OISE start date even if there are delays. F1 visas can be issued up to 120 before the course start date. See the Visiting America page for more information. Students are also advised to contact or check the website of the embassy or consulate where the student intends to submit the application for any unique requirements.
Students may be asked for the following documents when they arrive in the United States and should have them ready on arrival at the airport
Yes. In order for to tailor the course to the student’s needs, OISE staff need as much information as possible before the student’s arrival. The student will be sent a link to the online pre-arrival English test, and a time will be arranged to speak on the phone in order to assess the student's spoken English level.
Yes. Students need to bring information about their health insurance on their first day at OISE. It is the responsibility of the student to pay for any medical services received in the United States. Purchasing medical insurance can offset the risk of having to pay high medical bills if the student happens to need treatment during the visit to the U.S. One company that offers medical insurance for visitors to the US is:Gateway Visit America
Users must enroll within 7 days of arrival in the US. Proof of arrival date may be required. When purchasing a medical insurance policy, it is advised to review the types of coverage the plan offers. For example, some policies will not cover accidents from sports activities such as skiing or boating.
Address: 31 St. James Ave Boston, MA, 02116, USA
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (GMT-5).
For Masterclass: Groups are selected according to a number of factors including the language level of the scholars, what they want to learn, their age, their occupation, and their nationality or native language.
For Teenagers: This depends on the number of students enrolled at the time. When possible, students of the same proficiency level are placed together, while students of the same nationality are split up in order to encourage them to use English for all communication.
Yes, the school has a free WiFi network students may connect to.
Students stay with a local family in their home, eating together in the mornings and evenings for a culturally and linguistically enriching experience.
There are several gyms close by to the school offering short-term membership.
The school is closed on the following national holidays: