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Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in our school. We are situated on 54 beautiful acres of forest, fields, and streams in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 20 minutes from downtown Durham, the Research Triangle area, and RDU Airport. We are also neighbors to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University in Durham, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh, to name a few.

The Waldorf education system itself is international, and can be found all over the world and on each continent. The Emerson Waldorf School welcomes international students, whether they come on their own or they participate in our 10th grade exchange program. Our school population overall is very diverse, and our faculty is of a high caliber. Our wonderful community encourages the international students to fully participate in the abundant academic and social life of our school, while allowing them to increase their English knowledge and making connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. In turn, they enrich our school environment with their different experiences, perspectives and cultures.

*Of note- “Housing” is not provided in a boarding facility. Students are matched with sponsor families. EWS strives to accommodate housing, but we are not able to guarantee housing. For details regarding the process please contact our International Program Coordinator, Véronique Geenens, at international@emersonwaldorf.org


There are three ways to participate in the international program:

→ Short-Term International Student

  • 30-90 Day Minimum - Must be in Grades 9-12

  • 90 Day Minimum - Must be in Grades 1-8

  • Student Tourist Visa

  • EWS can strive to accommodate housing, but we are not able to guarantee housing.

  • Application Fee = $125.00 [for application consideration, send payment via Paypal to finance@emersonwaldorf.org be sure to include the name of the applicant in the Paypal notes.]

  • Tuition Rate = $395.00/week [+ housing fee $250.00/week (if EWS provides housing)]

    Click Here to complete the Short - Term Online Application  (Grade 1-5) 
    Click Here to complete the Short - Term Online Application (Grade 6-12)

→ Long-Term International Student

  • 1 + year enrollment

  • Must be in grades Preschool to 11th Grade

  • Requires I-20 Form, provided by EWS

  • Start date must be in August (Fall) to start the school year and attend for a full year

    Admissions Process…

    • TADS Online Application and submit $125.00 fee - Click Here

    • Submit a copy in English of the passport, transcripts, teacher reference forms, proof of International Health Insurance, Immunization Records

    • Schedule a Skype interview with admissions

  • EWS can strive to accommodate housing, but we are not able to guarantee housing. Housing fee is extra $1000/month.

  • Annual Tuition = $27000 (includes extra-curricular sports, class trips, yearbook, books, 1-2 school lunches per week, and ESL). Tuition payments via TADS.

→ Exchange Students

  • Our cultural exchange program is only offered with students from other Waldorf schools around the world. Ideally, an EWS 10th grader exchanges with another Waldorf 10th grader at an international or domestic Waldorf School. Students live with their matching student’s family. Most of the exchanges are with countries where their second language is spoken, but there are other possibilities. Students will not pay extra tuition or housing, but they will be responsible for their own airfare and pocket money.

Requirements & Information regarding the Student Exchange Program:

  1. Exchanges are only offered for students from other Waldorf schools

  2. Students are not required to take the TOEFL exam, but a working knowledge of the English language is strongly recommended to be able to participate in the daily classes and activities.

  3. A recommendation letter from the student’s English teacher is required.

  4. Typically, the exchange takes place during 10th grade.

  5. If accepted, the student would typically continue to pay tuition in his/her own school, and our exchange student would continue to pay tuition here.

  6. Complete the Short-Term Application listed above. Include a student photo and teacher reference from the student’s English teacher (an upload button is provided within the online application),

  7. Once the application and reference have been received, the student/parents will be contacted with information on possible exchange partners.

  8. Once an exchange partner is established, the final arrangements can be made.

Questions?

Please contact our International Program Coordinator, Véronique Geenens, at international@emersonwaldorf.org