Teresa, 11th and 12th grade boarding schools in the United States, New England

Borja Pérez-Mínguez | Testimonials North America

Studying abroad in the United States was always a dream of mine, and even I was a little scared when I left Spain since I was traveling to a new place, ready to meet new people but very far away from home.

Now that I think about it after studying my last 2 high school years there I’m not sure what I was afraid of. As soon as I arrived, the school was waiting for me at the airport with some other students. Since day one, everybody was really nice to me and helped me every time I needed anything.

When I arrived I was concerned with the usual preoccupations like making new friends, adapting to the new academic system, not understanding every class in English … but after a couple of days, all my worries were gone and I made a lot of friends right away.

This experience is very different from any other I have lived since the American culture and what the students are used in the United States is totally different from I was used to in Spain all other countries I had visited before.

The academic system is totally different so it takes a while to get used to it, but as it encourages effort, participation, getting involved in classes and debating different subjects, and not only based in one big exam, soon you start seeing your grades improving.

My school has a lot of great opportunities, both in academics and sports.

You even get to practice 3 different sports during the year, one each season, and my favourite was skiing in winter. This sport was not competitive, but you had the opportunity to practice it during the weekends with friends from the school and it has been a lot of fun.

During the weekends there are plenty of activities and trips like going to the mall, visiting cities like Boston or Portland… Boston is a really nice city and the school arranges a trip every month so you get to visit it many times during the year.

Every weekend activity is very fun and you get to choose the ones you like so you can also stay at the dorms if you want to or if you have a lot of homework those days.

Studying one or two academic years in a boarding school in the United States is an experience you can’t miss since it teaches you a lot about real life and the small world you are used to have at your home country.

I started as an 11th grader, but I liked it so much I stayed one more year and graduated here!

Teresa, 11th and 12th grade boarding schools in the United States, New England

Zhen, 10th grade boarding schools in the United States, New England

Borja Pérez-Mínguez | Testimonials North America

After my arrival I was suprised to see where the school was located since it was in a mountain area with just a few houses in the town. The school entire campus is actually most of the town. 

At the beginning I wasn’t used to it since in Spain I live in a big city, but once you are shettled, you realize the school is the perfect place for quiet students and ideal to study and gain the best possible results since there are no distractions around the campus.

The school arranges all kinds of nature activities like going kayaking on the Androscoggin river on Maine Day or hiking to a close island at the Acadia National Park, among many others.

During the weekends you have also lots of options and trips available like going to the movies with friends, to the mall, karting, visit art galleries or even community service options.

Regarding sports there are also many different nature related ones like mountain biking or cross country, but for the first term I have chosen soccer.

Acedemically the school is very demanding since we are only 250 students and the teachers give you a very personalized treatment, so you get all the help you need.

I’m very excited about the upcoming winter season so we can go skiing and for the release of the first term grades!

My dream is studying in an Ivy League University when I graduate and I have to work very hard to achive it.

Zhen, 10th grade boarding schools in the United States, New England.  

At the following link you will find all the details about the program of boarding schools in the united states: https://www.internationalacademicprograms.es/en/usa-boarding/

Teresa, 11th grade boarding schools in the United States, Florida

Borja Pérez-Mínguez | Testimonials North America

There are many international students at my school so I have friends from all over the world. Everybody is very friendly and even though the first days everybody is kind of shy, after a little while you start making lots of friends. It’s very important to have a good relation since you live with them at the dorms.

We oftenly go to the movies since the school arranges all kind of activities during the weekends and drive you anywhere you want to go if you gather a small group of friends to join. It can be to the movies, the mall, restaurants or trips to the beach, about 15 minutes from the school.

My favourite is of course Deerfield beach since there is always young people and lots of things to do like surfing, playing volleyball , going to restaurants and shopping at the stores.

Regarding sports, this season I have joined the cheerleader squad and I love it. Joining sports and clubs is one of the best ways to make friends and get involved with the school. We always cheer at every game and the crowd loves it.

One the American traditions I liked the most is the Honor Pining Day, since that day every new student receives a school pin and there is even a ceremony at the chapel. For those days everybody is dressed up.

Also, every single year, each sport team celebrates a ceremony in honor of the Senior students (12th grade students graduating that year) at the Senior Night party.

Another weekend activity I love to do is visiting the Wynwood Walls, an urban art gallery located in downton Miami. The school arranged a field trip there where we spent the day enjoying the city, which I love.

About the classes, we always have 10 minute periods between them which are great to catch up with friends and see how they are doing academically.

Other American tradtion I also loved was the Homecoming week. Every day there is a new theme and you have to dress in a certain way. We where the Jungle Juniors and being part of the Pep Rally is also a lot of fun since you meet a lot of new people.

We have just finished playing the last two games of the season and now it’s time to start a new one and choose a different sport!

Teresa, 11th grade internados en Estados Unidos, Florida. 

At the following link you will find all the details of the program of boarding schools in the United States: https://www.internationalacademicprograms.es/en/usa-boarding/

 

María, 10th grade private schools with host family in New York

Borja Pérez-Mínguez | Testimonials North America

I was very nervous when I arrived at the school since I didn’t know what to expect, but at the same time I was excited about how the experience was going to be and the very first day of school I met lots of people I’m still friends with today

Everybody helped me shettling in since day one, the American students, and the international students. They all showed me the school and really helped me regarding schedules, classes, teachers, etc.

What I love most about my school was how fun the classes were and also that they were all only 40 minutes long so you never get bored. Also, every day you have free periods, which mean free hours during the school day you can use to study, eat and hang out with friends.

My school has a library and it’s very useful since you can borrow books anytime you want as long as you return them of course. They also have many computers if you need to do some project, essay or even to print your homework.

Regarding activities and clubs, my school offers many options. I highly recommend it to make new friends, practice English and getting involved with the Americans. You also live a new experience since the sports in the United States are taken very seriously and many students receive important scholarships for athletes.

There are many American traditions I loved like Homecoming. It was in October and it’s crazy! They put a lot of time and effort to prepare it and there are parties, dances, lots of food, and the biggest American Football match of the year! I had a great time during Homecoming and made lots of friends.

They also celebrate Halloween big time and it’s by far one of my favourite experiences since they prepare it for months and everybody loves the spirit of the holidays, they decorate the houses, dress up in costumes and you get a lot of free food! I loved all the different candy you can get! I highly recommend you make the most of it since is one of the most fun American traditions. 

Regarding the host families, I think they really help you mature and grow as a person. The American families are always there for you and help you with anything you need. They are your family for an entire year! My experience has been very positive. My host sisters were a year older and a year younger than me and they have really helped me with the school and everyhing I needed. They are always going to be there for you and help you getting involved in every aspect.

I highly recommend the experience of studying one year at the United States since even though at the beginning is hard to be away from family and friends, it really helps you to open your mind, get to know many cultures and people from different countries you will be friends for all your life, from China to Italy, and of course you learn English, crucial aspect for our work future.

I have grown very much as a person this year because it’s like living alone without your own family and you learn to do things on your own, which is hard at the beginning, but very fulfilling at the end and you really enjoy the experience.

About the weather at the United States it’s really different from one area to another. I have lived in New York (Long Island) and winter here is very cold since you are close to the ocean, so you get plenty of snow.

I have also travelled a lot during my academic year and I have visited Florida and Los Angeles (California). I really loved both states and they are very different from New York so you get to compare different environments. I really recommend it if you get the chance to travel to other areas.

New York is one of the most outstanding states in America since you get everything you want like mountains to ski, beaches to hang out, and of course the city of New York, Manhattan and Times Square. 

For me New York city is one of the best since there are always things to do like visit the Empire State, walk through Central Park, go shopping at the Soho and Chelsea Market, having lunch at Little Italy…

If you have the chance to live this experience go ahead and live it!

Maria, 10th grade: Private school in the United States with host family, New York. 

At the following link you will find all the details of the program of boarding schools in the United States: https://www.internationalacademicprograms.es/en/usa-family/

Mateo, 10th grade boarding schools in the United States, New England

Borja Pérez-Mínguez | Testimonials North America

I arrived at the school on August 17th, very tired and missing Spain already. I went straight to my room to sleep for the jet lag and I couldn’t really see the campus.

The next day I was able to see the entire school and I was impressed by the facilities and how big it is. The people here is very nice and as soon as you start to get to know everybody you become like a family. Each day you forget about your life in your own country and enjoy more your life in the United States. Sometimes you miss the food in Spain, but you get used to the American food.  My school is very friendly specially with people from Spain or South America.

When the classes start you have to choose your subjects. I always recommend piano or guitar since you learn to play new instruments and it’s a very easy A.

Once the academic year begins, you start to make more American friends who live in the area with their families, and they invite you to their houses, drive you around, invite you to their parties (without alcohol of course), take you to the movies, etc.

The teachers are also very nice with international students and they are always intrigued by our different cultures since each country is unique in it’s own way.

I have really improved my English compared to the level I had in Spain and once you have a solid base, the rest will be easy.

One of the other thinks I like the most about my school is that is located in a town with everything you need so you get to go to restaurants, supermarkets, shops and anything you need.

The weekend activities are also great with trips to Boston and Portland, amusement parks, going to the movies, good restaurantes, rafiting, etc. Many different options to join.

About the dorms and roomates, for me the most important thing was making friends at my dorm since you go to their room, they visit yours, you play together board games, Playsitation, ping pong… You meet people from other countries and they eventually become your family.

My favourite dorm is the most modern, but the others are also great.

The roomates are also very important to improve your English and help you with your homework and if you share similar interests you become friends very fast.

Studying away for one year or longer is an incredible experience that makes you more mature, responsible, neat and helps you keep your room tidy.

The more important thing you will learn is to appreciate your home since you never appreciate something until you lose it (for one year!).

Mateo, 10th grade boarding schools in the United States, New England. 

At the following link you will find all the details of the program of boarding schools in the United States: https://www.internationalacademicprograms.es/en/usa-boarding/