Overnight Programs

English Immersion


2022 Program Information

One Four-Week Session
July 10 - August 5, 2022
International Students, Ages 10-15
Tuition - $7,900

English Immersion - Program Overview

Every summer, students age 10 to 15 come from all over the world to take part in the FaySummer English Immersion Program. Offered as a four-week concentrated summer program for international students, our program offers a combination of academics, cultural interactions, summer camp activities with our domestic day campers, travel experiences, and total English language immersion. The FaySummer English Immersion Program is an ideal setting for students to improve their English skills through daily classroom instruction, with opportunities to put their English language skills to work in activities with American students who are enrolled in other summer programs.

The Program

At the beginning of the session, teachers assess each student’s skill level and place him or her into one of three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced. At each level, students focus on improving fluency and developing the necessary skills to become a successful language learner.

Students enrolled in the FaySummer English Immersion Program take key academic classes each morning, with electives and camp activities scheduled in the afternoons. In addition to daily coursework, students have an activity block scheduled after dinner and are expected to complete approximately one hour of homework each night.

Throughout the summer, teachers continually assess student progress and send home regular program updates. Teachers also provide an end-of-summer written report on each student’s progress, along with a summary from the student’s advisor. All English Immersion students may choose to take the TOEFL, Jr. at the end of the session.

Our Campus

English Immersion takes place on Fay School’s 66-acre campus in Southborough, Massachusetts, 25 miles from Boston and 190 miles from New York City. Students have access to all of the school’s state-of-the-art facilities, including two pools, athletic fields, tennis courts, gyms, indoor rock climbing wall, outdoor adventure course, theater, visual arts center, and Innovation Lab for our “makers."

Application Information

FaySummer welcomes international students who are ages 10 – 15 to apply to our English Immersion Program. FaySummer seeks the best candidates from a variety of backgrounds to enhance the cultural diversity of our camp. Early submission is important as space for the program is limited. Once your application has been received, you will receive notification of your admission decision within two weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Where do students live?

    Students stay in double or triple rooms in our dorms in an intimate, home-style setting with a common room and shared bathrooms. All rooms are air-conditioned. Teachers and counselors live in the dorms with the students, providing 24-hour supervision and care. 

    For English Immersion students, since the program is language immersion based, it is important that students have every opportunity to speak English to practice their skills. Therefore, we strive to match each student with a roommate who speaks a different language so that all are encouraged to speak English.
  • What type of visa do students need?

    International students attending our overnight programs are able to enter the United States on a B-2 visitor visa. A visitor visa (B-2) is sufficient to participate in our program because, according to the U.S. government, a person is allowed to enroll in a recreational enrichment course of 18 hours or less. Please contact Sam Renshaw for more details at srenshaw@fayschool.org or 508-490-8247.

    Click here for information about the United States' visa waiver program
    In the unfortunate event that your child is denied a visa and unable to enter the United States, you will receive a full refund for any tuition/expenses paid.
  • Is there transportation from the airport to campus?

    We can arrange transportation to and from Fay School from Boston–Logan Airport and New York–JFK Aiport. It is recommended that you travel to Boston-Logan. All airport travel fees will be paid using the student’s incidental account. 
  • Which immunizations and exams are required to attend?

    All students participating in our overnight programs must be examined by a licensed physician within the 13 months leading up to the start of the program. All students will be required to submit, accurately completed in English and signed by a physician, a health record, a permission to treat form, a record of physical exam, and a record of immunization.

    All overnight campers must be fully immunized under U.S. Department of Public Health requirements prior to attending FaySummer. All overnight campers must be fulled vaccinated for COVID-19.

    If you are having difficulty obtaining certain immunizations prior to the start of the program, we can send you a link to a local clinic that may be able to assist. All students must have proof of all the required immunizations before arriving on campus. Please contact the Fay Health Office for more information at 508-490-8228.
  • Can family members visit campus?

    If parents wish to take students off campus, they must make the appropriate arrangements with the School. It is important that students become fully integrated into our programs, develop relationships with their peers and dorm parents, and also immerse themselves fully in the programs; we ask that families respect our visitation policy. We ask all students to participate in all our activities; however, we allow for visits on the following occasions:
    Weekdays: Monday through Thursday between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Please call or email to arrange visits with the Director.
    Weekends: Students enjoy participating in our weekend activities, so please call or email the Director in advance to arrange visits and to confirm the best times when your child will be on campus from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening.
"When our son came back from English Immersion, he had so much to tell us about his life at Fay, from classroom discussions, to sports in the afternoons, to fun activities on the weekends, to new friends from around the world."  -parent of English Immersion student

English Immersion Leadership Team

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  • Paul Abeln - English Immersion Coordinator

    Paul has worked in several of Fay's Academic Camps abroad and has served as English Department Chair for eight years before beginning his newer position as Director of Alumni and International Relations.  He has taught English from grades six through nine at Fay, and has helped coordinate the English Language Program. Paul is excited to work with international students to help them build their academic skills and fluency while experiencing all FaySummer has to offer!
  • Andrew Barker - Summer Residential Life Coordinator

    Andrew is excited to be joining the FaySummer team this year! This will be his sixth summer working at a residential independent school summer camp. Andrew is an Upper School history teacher, dorm parent, and coaches wrestling and boys lacrosse at Fay during the school year. His focus is on making Fay a second home for all campers by creating a welcoming, accepting, and safe environment. He is eager for all the FaySummer campers to try a plethora of activities and meet new people! Andrew holds a bachelor's from the University of Minnesota in sports management and a bachelor's and master's from Bridgewater State University in history and educational leadership.

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