International Students

Harrisburg Academy has a proud tradition of enrolling students from across the globe, many of whom graduate from the Academy to pursue a post-secondary education at a United States college or university.  During the past ten years, more than 70 international students have studied at Harrisburg Academy from countries including Brazil, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Poland, South Korea, and Taiwan.  As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School with a multitude of opportunities for international students, we see continued strong enrollment of international and globally minded students in our Upper School.


Harrisburg Academy admits qualified international students in grades 9 through 11.  To obtain a Harrisburg Academy diploma, students must spend a minimum of two years at the Academy and complete the required number of credits to graduate.  Qualified non-diploma applicants may apply for admission to the senior class.


To be considered for admission, students must have a successful academic record, superior TOEFL scores, and proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English (we do not offer ESL).


For more information about Harrisburg Academy, please fill out the International Student Admission Inquiry.


Homestay Program

All international students wishing to join Harrisburg Academy's high school program must be sponsored by a CSIET-certified program.  The local program or agency will arrange for a coordinator (living within 50 miles of the school) to secure an American host family for the student, arrange for health insurance, and provide support for the duration of the enrollment.  Harrisburg Academy does not work directly with overseas agents or consultants and does not permit independent homestays.


Application Materials

Application for Admission:  All applicants are required to complete the Harrisburg Academy International Student Application for Admission.


Homestay Program Application:  Homestay program must submit the student's current application to the Admission office.


TOEFL Score:  We accept test scores directly from TOEFL.  The TOEFL code for Harrisburg Academy is #B410.  Please note, English skills must be very strong. Admitted students typically score in the 80-100 range.  SLEP, TOEFL Jr., and IELTS are not accepted.


SKYPE Interview:  Based upon your application materials and TOEFL score, the Admission office will then contact select students to continue the application with a Skype interview. Skype interviews are granted by invitation only.


Certified Transcripts and Records, Confidential Teacher Recommendations, and English Writing Sample:  These supporting documents will be required as necessary.  


Upon receipt of all materials, the student file will be reviewed by the Admission committee.


Final Steps

Upon admission, enrollment documents will be sent via email to the family and the agency.  The signed enrollment contract should be returned with a $1,000 deposit and documents showing financial support.  Upon review of the financial documents, Harrisburg Academy will process and mail the I-20 along with required summer homework.  Tuition is due in full by Aug. 1.  Orientation and classes are the last week of August.


Miranda Connelly
Communications Associate and
International Student Coordinator
717-763-7811 x1315

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