International Admission

Students from more than 30 nations around the world are represented at The Putney School. Most years, about 20 percent of students come from outside the U.S., contributing to a diverse international community bound by understanding and respect.

International Applications

How to Apply

Applicants who live outside the United States should follow the same process as US residents, with only a few differences.

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TOEFL or SLEP Scores

If English is not your first language, TOEFL or SLEP scores are required as part of your application. TOEFL scores can be sent directly to The Putney School using school code 8079.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

Video or Phone Interview

If visiting Putney’s campus is not possible, we will arrange the required interview via video or phone after you have submitted your application. On-campus interviews can be scheduled anytime.

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Student Visa

Once you have been accepted to The Putney School and have signed your enrollment contract, we will issue you an I-20 form that will assist you in getting your student Visa.

How to Obtain a Visa

You must be accepted by The Putney School before you can apply for an F-1 Visa. We will issue an I-20 for each year the student is enrolled at Putney. When you arrive, we’ll store your immigration documents in a safe place, and keep copies in case they are ever lost or damaged.

Step 1

Submit your signed enrollment contract and pay the enrollment deposit (5% of tuition). You must also send financial documentation that demonstrates your family’s ability to pay the costs of your US education.

Step 2

Return to us the completed I-20 Information Form and a photocopy of your passport. We will issue you an I-20 form, to use when you apply for your Visa at the United States Consulate or Embassy in your country.

Step 3

Make an appointment to apply for the Visa at the United States consulate nearest to you. There is an application form, a fee, and an interview as part of this process.

Step 4

If for some reason your Visa application is denied, please contact us immediately. We can often provide additional documentation or support when you re-apply.

International Admission FAQs

Of 232 Putney students, about 40 come from outside the US. Most of these students are citizens of other countries; some are dual citizens, and some are Americans living overseas. Definitions of “international student” vary, but any student living outside the US offers experiences and insights we value for our “world at Putney.”

Yes. We have a two-level ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programs — intermediate and advanced –- for students who need additional language training.

The school enrolls about 80 new students each year, from the US and around the world. Our ESOL program is small, however, and is limited to 8-10 new students each year.

International students whose first language is not English are not required to take the SSAT. As a measure of English ability, TOEFL or SLEP scores are required.

Please submit your TOEFL score directly to Putney by using school code 8079 when you take the test.

Most students apply for the same grade they would enter in their home country. However, it is sometimes a good idea to apply for the same grade you are finishing at home, to give you one more year of education in English before applying for college. Repeating one grade when moving to an American school has many benefits. Each situation is different, and you should discuss this with our Admission office.

We accept applicants for all grades, although these spaces are more competitive. If you apply as an 11th grader, you need to demonstrate a readiness for our advanced ESOL class or higher. If you apply as a 12th grader, you will need to include with your application a statement of intent on what courses and activities you wish to take during your year Putney. If you are applying for 11th or 12th grade you will need a high command of English. A TOEFL score of 95 (IBT) generally shows this readiness, as does prior experience in a mainstream program at another American school.

We rarely enroll international students mid year. Our academic year unfolds in such a structured way that entering midway does not provide the orientation and adjustment time we feel our international students need.

Yes. We offer some aid for qualified students. Typically, maximum grants are 50% of total costs. Families who wish to receive financial aid, must apply.

Yes, international student orientation begins a few days before new US students arrive. This allows international students to recover from jet lag, get to know the campus, meet our International Ambassadors, shop for dorm room supplies, and more. New international students are encouraged to participate in our Summer Skype program, which matches them with a current student to help them know what to expect upon their arrival to Putney.

Putney’s educational program considers that learning should be creative, collaborative, and flexible. Students should learn to ask good questions, to research and analyze, and to share their ideas clearly and powerfully. These skills cannot be measured by standardized tests such as the APs, which are designed to teach students how to answer questions that others have asked. Putney has never had an AP curriculum, and we are now being joined by many of the top schools in the country. It is clear to us that colleges understand our program, because our students do well in today’s competitive college-admission process.

Each year, Putney’s seniors apply to a great variety of colleges; this variety represents the individuality of our students. Here is a list of some of the great schools where our recent graduates are studying.

Yes, The Putney School has a summer program for students learning English, as well as programs in the arts, writing, and on the farm. We strongly urge new Putney international students to attend our summer English program for three or six weeks. Please read more about our summer programs, or request an application.  Students who are accepted into our academic-year program do not need to complete a full application for summer.

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