International Students

An Immersion Experience!

Eastern Mennonite School has a long history of admitting international students from other such countries as Albania, China, Germany, Korea, Paraguay, Nigeria, Saudia Arabia and Uganda. Our school is located 2 hours by car from Washington, D.C., and is near several colleges and universities, including several top-ranked universities (University of Virginia and James Madison University). Our international program is intentionally designed to foster a student’s English proficiency with individualized instruction and excellent academics. Our creative teachers make learning meaningful and enjoyable. We also provide international students an opportunity to live in a host family’s home, deepening the student’s immersion experience and English proficiency. Recent graduates of our program are well prepared to enter college or university in the United States and have attended Boston University, Pennsylvania State University, University of California-San Diego, University of Maryland, 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 Cambridge Institute of International Education 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.



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 to one hour.


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 also suggest parents accompany their student to the orientation and make arrangements to stay in a local hotel for several days as their student adjusts. The 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. Essential information will be provided, school tours will be conducted, and placement tests will be given to ensure the student is appropriately supported at EMS. Throughout the school year, international students will continue to receive support from our faculty as well as our boarding coordinator. Mrs. Weaver will assist students with needs throughout the year and will answer questions that arise. She will also plan special activities for international students and host families as well as offer once-per-year transportation to a TOEFL testing center. She will also work with students as they schedule travel arrangements for Christmas and summer breaks.