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International Students

Program Overview

Manlius Pebble Hill School has a long history of welcoming students from around the globe into our Upper School and has recently hosted students from China, Korea, Africa, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Chile and India.  Our program is family-centered and values full cultural and academic immersion. Students live with host families, adapting to the lifestyle and expectations of an American household while maintaining a full-time course load at MPH.

International students who attend MPH will be challenged academically and will leave our School well prepared for study at an American college or university. In addition, they will gain a strong understanding of American culture and will have opportunities to pursue interests in the performing/fine arts, athletics and other extracurricular activities.

The dual nature of our program (academic and cultural) makes it a unique and fulfilling experience which will broaden students’ horizons and set them up for future success.  For full program information, please read the MPH International Student Handbook,a resource manual given to all students accepted into the program.

Language Requirements

Students must be proficient in the English language to be eligible for admission and must submit a TOEFL score as part of their application to MPH.

TOEFL Score:

MPH does not set a minimum TOEFL score for admission.  We review each applicant’s portfolio in its entirety before making an admissions decision (please refer to the Application Requirements section below for the complete list of application items). It may be helpful to know that students admitted to MPH have had an average TOEFL score of 55 or higher (Grade 9), 65 or higher (Grade 10) and 75 or higher (Grade 11).

ELL (English Language Learners) Program:

To support academic success, students are enrolled in an English Language Learner (ELL) program instructed by Certified ELL Faculty.  The ELL courses are intended to improve proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  We offer courses of intermediate and advanced levels to support academics in other content areas. International students remain in the ELL program while enrolled at MPH unless it is determined that their proficiency level is sufficient for Upper School course work. Click here for more detailed information on the ELL courses offered at MPH.

Housing Arrangements: The Host Family Program

MPH is proud to partner with gphomestay for all of our international students’ residential needs.  Gphomestay is a residential services and homestay provider that specializes in matching international students with committed, American host families in the MPH community and providing ongoing, local support to both students and hosts. Gphomestay is recognized as a CSIET-listed organization.

Visa Requirements

International students must obtain an F-1 student visa to attend MPH.  Students admitted into the program will be issued an I-20 form upon receipt of all required enrollment paperwork and payment in full for MPH tuition and fees.  The I-20 must be submitted to the American Consulate in the student’s home country as part of their visa application.

Tuition and Fees – 2015/2016 Academic Year

The following tuition rate applies to new international students enrolling Fall 2015 and after.  International students who enrolled prior to 2015 should refer to their Reenrollment Agreement for tuition and fee information.

  • Tuition and Fees = $50,840 (includes Tuition, all applicable Fees and Housing)


MPH partners with The Cambridge Institute of International Education to ensure the best possible international program. The Cambridge Institute’s international student program prepares students for life abroad prior to arriving at MPH and continues to provide international students with ongoing support throughout the school year. International students coming from China and Korea must work with The Cambridge Institute to apply to MPH.

To begin an application for admission, please contact The Cambridge Institute directly by emailing or calling: 781-996-0814.

Final Decision and Enrollment

Admission Decisions are made on a rolling basis and are communicated via email.  Students offered admission will be given instructions regarding enrollment in their acceptance email.