International Students

An Immersion Experience!

Eastern Mennonite School has a long history of welcoming international students from many countries including Albania, China, Colombia, Germany, Iran, Israel, Korea, Paraguay, Nigeria, Saudia Arabia and Uganda.
We are located two hours by car from Washington, D.C., and are near several colleges and universities, including the highly selective University of Virginia and the top-ranked James Madison University.
Our international program is intentionally designed to foster a student’s English proficiency with individualized instruction and excellent academics. EMS offers a wide variety of courses in math and science, technology, the humanities, and the creative and performing arts to prepare international students for success at university. Students are offered the opportunity to work one-to-one with our creative faculty and with our College and Career Counselor for a transcript that is well suited for college admissions.
To further deepen the student's English immersion experience and proficiency in the language, EMS provides international students an opportunity to live in a host family’s home in preparation for independent living in the U.S. during university. We also offer students a yearly trip to a TOEFL testing center for continued practice and measurement of their [progress in English. Recent graduates have attended Boston University, Pennsylvania State University, University of California-San Diego, University of Maryland, University of Miami, Virginia Tech, Washington & Lee University, and Washington University in St. Louis. 
Eastern Mennonite School accepts international applications for grades 9-12. Interested students from China and Korea may contact the The Cambridge Network for admission to EMS. All other students may contact our Admissions Office for further information at or +540-236-6021. 
International Application Requirements
  • Online application - Click here to begin. Please select “international” as the application.  
  • Three references - parent reference, references from 2 current teachers.
  • School records with an explanation of the grading system, translated into English.
  • TOEFL iBT® or iTEP® SLATE test for English proficiency.
  • School entrance physical, completed by a physician, and copy of immunizations.
  • Copy of passport.
  • Skype interview with the Admissions Counselor.
  • $100 application fee, payable online when submitting the application.
  • Application deadline:  May 1 for Fall Semester admission. Cost for applications after May 1 is $400.
Eastern Mennonite School requires a TOEFL iBT® score of 57 and an iTEP® SLATE score of 4.5 for admission. 
A Skype interview with the EMS Admissions Counselor will be arranged during the admissions process. Students can expect this interview to last approximately 45 minutes. 
Aquiring a Visa
Once admitted and enrolled, international students will be sent an I-20 form in order to apply for an F-1 visa from the U.S. Embassy in the their home country.  
In order to have a successful academic experience at Eastern Mennonite School and an enjoyable stay in a local family's home, all new international students are required to attend an orientation before classes begin. We strongly encourage parents to accompany their student to orientation and make arrangements to stay in a local hotel for several days as their student adjusts. We are happy to assist parents with lodging.
Orientation week offers students time to settle into their new home and offers parents an opportunity to meet our boarding coordinator, Michelle Weaver, the student's host family, and other school personnel. During orientation, information about EMS will be provided, school tours will be conducted, and placement tests will be given to ensure the student is appropriately supported.
Throughout the school year, international students will continue to receive support from EMS faculty, staff and the boarding coordinator who is available to assist students with needs and answer questions that arise. Special activities for international students and yearly transportation to a TOEFL testing center will be planned. The boarding coordinator will also assist students as they schedule travel arrangements for Christmas and summer breaks.