FAQs


No. Boston University Academy only accepts applications for entry into grades 9, 10 and 11.


No. Boston University Academy only accepts applications for entry into grades 9, 10 and 11.
 

No. BUA’s academic program is designed across the full year and therefore students are unable to only enroll for one semester. Moreover, it is the Admission Committee’s expectation that a student would enroll through grade 12 and graduate from BUA unless the family were to move from Boston to find a more suitable academic program.


International applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if their first language or the primary language spoken in their home is not English.

The TOEFL is the only test that Boston University Academy will accept as evidence of English proficiency. BUA requires a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT). Test results should be submitted prior to scheduling an interview and an official score report needs to be received by January 31. Please designate Boston University Academy as an official score report recipient on the TOEFL registration form.

Boston University Academy’s TOEFL code is 4622. More information can be found here or by emailing
toefl@ets.org.



Yes. Boston University Academy is authorized to issue the documentation necessary to obtain an F-1 Student Visa.


Boston University Academy is not a boarding school. We do not provide housing for students nor do we help students find homestays or local housing. We have found that these kinds of boarding arrangements are not well suited to our program, therefore it is rare that we are able to accept international applicants whose families are not planning a move to Boston.


In addition to the credentials required of all domestic applicants, international applicants must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if their first language or the primary language spoken in their home is not English. English is the language of instruction at BUA therefore students must be able to understand rapid, idiomatic English and express themselves clearly in speech and writing. Test results should be submitted prior to scheduling an interview and an official score report needs to be received by January 31. International applicants will sit for a timed writing assessment on the day of their interview.


No. The Secondary Level English Proficiency (SLEP) test and the TOEFL Junior test will not be accepted in place of the TOEFL.


Less than 5% of BUA’s current community are non-US citizens; however the BUA community is comprised of families from many different countries and ethnicities. More than one third of all BUA students speak a language other than English at home.


Boston University Academy welcomes applications from individual families and discourages applications submitted by consulting companies on behalf of applicants. In the case of the latter, all applicants must fully complete the application themselves including the admission interview.


No. International applicants do not qualify for Boston University Academy’s need-based financial aid.


No. The cost of tuition and fees are the same for domestic and international families.


No. Boston University Academy does not offer any ESL or ELL courses. All courses are taught in English and at an honors level.