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Boston

Boston is one of the most historic, wealthy and influential cities in the USA. A unique waterfront city that you’ll fall in love with the very first time you visit. Filled with historical sights, a plethora of museums, sports fan-fare and lively marketplaces, your inner culture vulture is waiting to be unleashed in Boston. Boston is home to over 50 colleges and universities and has a strong tradition of learning. With world-ranked universities such as MIT, Harvard and Boston College, it is an education destination in America. The city is popular with students from all over the world who are met with a warm welcome to this beautiful and friendly city.

Top 5 things to see in Boston

  • The Freedom Trail

    The Freedom Trail

  • Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox)

    Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox)

  • Harvard University

    Harvard University

  • Boston Common

    Boston Common

  • Whale watching

    Whale watching

The School

Over 250,000 students from all over the world help give Boston the title of 'America's College Town' and with Harvard and MIT close by it’s easy to see why. Stafford House Boston's central downtown school is just moments from the green space of Boston Common, historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace and even Macy’s which is over the road. Our ultra-modern school includes all the facilities you need for that all American adventure.

Capacity
240
Classrooms
15
Student Computers
15
Lessons
45 minutes long
Students in class
Average 11 (max 15)

School Facilities

  • Student lounge
  • IT lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Interactive whiteboards

Accommodation

Where you live is key to your happiness and academic success. Whether you prefer the independence of a student residence or the familiarity of homestay, our accommodation options are chosen to offer you the flexibility of choice and quality you deserve.

Stafford House Student Residence

Offering you more space to yourself, our student residence provides the chance to live more independently within Stafford House student community, with like-minded people from all over the world.
Just steps away from neighborhood restaurants and shops, the location of West Roxbury residence provides our students a safe and suburban environment with easy access to our school and downtown Boston.

WEST ROXBURY STUDENT RESIDENCE
 

Boston Homestay

Students opting for a more family-oriented and cultural experience can choose a Homestay in the metro-Boston area. This provides an opportunity for a student to practice their English throughout the evening with their American families, and will help them to avoid speaking their native languages with other students.

BOSTON HOMESTAY

ESL Townhouse

Situated in the Fenway park area, these apartments are located directly across the street from a beautiful park with a river and sports facilities. There are many shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance.

The apartments have 2 bedrooms and are shared between 2 to 3 people. Sharing with other students allows you to practice your English and meet people from around the world.

ESL TOWNHOUSE

International Guest House

Located In Back Bay; Boston’s most stylish neighborhood. Nestled between quaint shops, cafes and some of Boston’s most celebrated attractions — including Fenway Park, the Boston Public Library and the Charles River Esplanade — International Guest House provides its guests with ample access to a wide variety of activities.

This is Boston’s best area for nightlife.

International Guest House

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Meet our team

All of our teachers hold teaching qualifications ranging from certificate to diploma level and are committed to continuous development and share our passion for learning with our students.

  • Aaron Sisson

    Center Director                                            

    Studying abroad is such an exciting experience. After college, I spent nearly 7 years living and teaching in Asia. My time there gave me many of the best experiences in my life. Now, my goal is to help our students to have a similar experience in the USA. My staff and I are dedicated to doing everything that we can to help you make the most of your time in Boston. Come find me in the Director's office if there is anything that I can do to you. I look forward to helping you.

  • Ishmael Johnson

    Academic Coordinator                                

    I began my career in education at an early age; drawn in by a childhood dream to become a university professor. My experience working as an Instructional Assistant in a Sylvan Learning Center prior to attending university enabled an easy transition to the position of Peer Mentor in the Student Services Department of my university. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Philosophy and Russian Area Studies, I applied myself to the greatest opportunity I believe available to our generation: the teaching of English as a Second or Foreign language. My love for the City of Boston and its atmosphere of education nourishes my desire to become a better teacher and administator; allowing for the continued and extraordinary success of every student in our hallways.

  • Jon Link

    Director of Studies                                             

    Hello! I've been living in Boston for about three years and I love it. I've lived in New York, Seattle, Tokyo and a few other cities. Boston is one of my favorite places to live. I've been working in education for over 15 years now. I've taught classes in almost every grade from middle school to university. In Boston I have taught English, written a English Teacher certificate program, and run academic programs. I love education and helping people work to achieve their goals and dreams.

  • Natalia Radziejewska

    Activities Coordinator

    I've been a teacher of English at Boston Academy of English for five years. I came to Stafford House in 2009 to do get TEFL certificate and have stayed on since. I've enjoyed not only experiencing teaching students from different cultures but of different ages and backgrounds. The good experience of teaching at Stafford House also motivated me to get my Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Boston, which I will complete in the fall of 2015. I am a native New Yorker and now a proud Bostonian. In addition to being a teacher, I am the activities coordinator for the school. Activities allow the students to interact with their environment in Boston, to get to know an important historic city in America. I get to see Boston's many attractions during the four seasons, with different groups of people. I notice that activities give the students a chance to start interesting and education dialogues and to get to know new students.

  • Robert Davis

    Teacher Development Coordinator

    I have been teaching ESL for over ten years. Before taking the position of Teacher Development Coordinator at the Stafford House in Boston, I was the former director of a highly regarded TEFL Certificate Program at another institution. In addition to the TEFL Certificate Program, I was the lead instructor for an English for Foreign-Born Professionals Program and co-lead instructor of an MBA Preparation Program for International Students, a pre-requisite at MIT's Sloan School of Management. I have also provided private and group instruction along with curriculum development to companies, business executives, doctors, university professors and graduate students. Prior to teaching English, I owned a photography business, which served an international clientele in the profit and nonprofit sectors. When not in the classroom, I enjoy working out, cooking, travel and photography.

  • Tessa Mediano

    Student Services Advisor                                   

    After studying Spanish and teaching English for a year in Spain, I knew I wanted to get involved in the field of international education. Joining Stafford House Boston in August of 2014 as a Student Services Advisor has allowed me to help students fulfill their dreams of learning a new culture and language. I'm happy to assist prospective and current students with questions about their courses, and foreign agents with choosing the best programs for their students. Please feel free to reach out to me with any queries!

 
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Social Programme

Speak English as much as possible - including at break time, lunch time, in the evening and at weekends! There are social activities arranged every week, an opportunity to make friends and practise your speaking skills.

  • WED

    24

    MAY 2017

    Museum of Fine Arts

    Museum of Fine Arts

    Time: 4PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Take a free tour of the museum's highlights with Meliena and enjoy this amazing museum for free!

  • THU

    25

    MAY 2017

    Ramadan decorating

    Ramadan decorating

    Time: 3PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Help decorate the school for Ramadan and learn more about this Islamic tradition!

  • FRI

    26

    MAY 2017

    Sam Adams

    Sam Adams

    Time: 1PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Enjoy a free tour of the Sam Adams brewery and if you're older than 21, taste some free beer! Remember to bring a copy of your passport!

  • SAT

    27

    MAY 2017

    New York City

    New York City

    Time: 10AM | Price: $299

    Meeting point: 700 Boylston Street

    Why go? Visit Times Square and Central Park and enjoy a free tour of Manhattan! Return is on Memorial Day.

  • SUN

    28

    MAY 2017

    New York

    New York

    Time: | Price: $299

    Meeting point: 700 Boylston Street

    Why go? Visit Times Square and Central Park and enjoy a free tour of Manhattan! Return is on Memorial Day.

  • MON

    29

    MAY 2017

    Memorial Day

    Memorial Day

    Time: | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Boston Common

    Why go? Visit Boston Common and see the thousands of flags planted in honor of all American soldiers who have died in battle.

  • TUE

    30

    MAY 2017

    Trivia Tuesday

    Trivia Tuesday

    Time: 4PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Make a team and see how much you know about anything! There are a lot of amazing prices to win!

  • WED

    31

    MAY 2017

    Whale Watching

    Whale Watching

    Time: 2PM | Price: $30

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Go whale watching with Meliena! Bring your coat and scarf and enjoy a three hour trip where we will see different types of whales!

  • THU

    01

    JUN 2017

    UWS fundraiser

    UWS fundraiser

    Time:

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Support the Project Management class in their fundraiser for United World Schools!

  • FRI

    02

    JUN 2017

    Taza Chocolate Tour

    Taza Chocolate Tour

    Time: 2PM | Price: $10

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Join on a private tour of this amazing chocolate factory and taste a lot of free chocolate! Sign up on your student portal to secure a spot!

  • SAT

    03

    JUN 2017

    Six Flags

    Six Flags

    Time: 8.30AM | Price: $89

    Meeting point: 700 Boylston Street, Boston

    Why go? Enjoy a full day pass to more than 45 rides and rollercoasters as well as transportation!

  • SUN

    04

    JUN 2017

    Beacon Hill Art Walk

    Beacon Hill Art Walk

    Time: Noon | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Corner of Cambridge St and West Cedar Street

    Why go? Take a walk in Beacon Hill and admire paintings and artwork in the narrow streets of this famous neighborhood as well as people's backyards!

  • MON

    05

    JUN 2017

    Harvard University Tour

    Harvard University Tour

    Time: 3PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Join Meliena on a tour of Harvard University and learn more about this legendary university!

  • TUE

    06

    JUN 2017

    Fenway Park

    Fenway Park

    Time: 14:15 | Price: $12 with student ID

    Meeting point: School Lobby

    Why go? Visit the world famous Fenway Park. See the entire stadium and find out about the history of the Red Sox. Sign up on your student portal!

  • WED

    07

    JUN 2017

    Scooper Bowl

    Scooper Bowl

    Time: 3PM | Price: $10

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Eat as much as cream as you can and support cancer research!

  • THU

    08

    JUN 2017

    Blue Planet: Ocean World

    Blue Planet: Ocean World

    Time: 4PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Learn more about the influence of the ocean and the amazing creatures that live in it on World's Ocean Day!

  • FRI

    09

    JUN 2017

    Boston Harbor Tour

    Boston Harbor Tour

    Time: 3PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House lounge

    Why go? Enjoy the sunshine and take a walk along the beautiful Boston Harbor. Stop at interesting points and shoot some beautiful pictures!

  • SAT

    10

    JUN 2017

    Washington DC/Philly

    Washington DC/Philly

    Time: 7AM | Price: $299

    Meeting point: 700 Boylston Street

    Why go? Visit Independence Hall, the White House and all the wonderful free museums in our country's capitol! Leaves Friday morning.

  • SAT

    10

    JUN 2017

    Charity Soccer Tournament

    Charity Soccer Tournament

    Time: 1PM | Price: $5

    Meeting point: LoPresti Park, East Boston

    Why go? Help raise money to build a school in Cambodia by playing soccer or come and cheer on your friends! Don't forget to sign up on your portal!

  • SUN

    11

    JUN 2017

    Charity Soccer Tournament

    Charity Soccer Tournament

    Time: 1PM | Price: $5

    Meeting point: LoPresti Park, East Boston

    Why go? Help raise money to build a school in Cambodia by playing soccer or come and cheer on your friends! Don't forget to sign up on your portal!

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Nationality Mix

A healthy mix is key to students progression in English language and at Stafford House we are proud of a wide nationality mix across all our centres.

Top 5 Nationalities

  • Saudi Arabian
  • Brazilian
  • Colombian
  • Italian
  • Chinese

Meet our students

To browse our student stories, click on their profile image below to read detailed student profiles.

  • Carolina

    Carolina

    Colombia

    There was so much to enjoy about studying here - the teachers and people who work here who are really fun, there are a lot of activities – skiing was my favourite. Our teachers are very good at knowing exactly where we needed to grow, in what areas we might have doubts or specific questions and in getting us to speak in English without realising we were speaking. The location here in Boston is perfect because you can go anywhere as you’re right in the centre of the city.

  • Johanne

    Johanne

    Gabon

    It is a great location, because after class you can just cross the street and go do something in downtown. It’s a great environment for learning, you have the possibility to see native Bostonians living and working, Boston is a very comfortable city. I live in homestay with other students, we all go out to eat together - the students and the family – we travel to school on the subway together and often do our activities after school together.

  • Sofya

    Sofya

    Russia

    I would recommend this school to my friends. I love everything about the school, I love how the teachers teach, they explain everything and if I don’t understand they will explain it until I understand, all the people are friendly. I love this school so much. I will take TOEFL when I’m finished studying here, I will go to Virginia to study in university. The course has helped me with my future goals; you can’t go to university and not speak English!

    The school is great – I enjoy the classes and we have a nice student lounge and cafe where we can spend time with our friends, have lunch, watch TV! I enjoy exploring the city and find interesting hidden galleries, shops and pubs.

 
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Our Courses

We have a range of programmes to suit all english levels. You can count on our experienced teachers to empower and guide you through your journey in English, they go the extra mile to immerse you in their language and culture.

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Sample Timetables

The Essential programme consists of the Core Course in the morning.

Morning
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
9.00 - 10.30 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.40-12.10 CORE COURSE

The Standard programme consists of the Core Course in the morning plus one module. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated one afternoon module class
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
9.00 - 10.30 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.40-12.10 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
13.50-14.50                                                        MODULE 2 FREE AFTERNOON

The Intensive programme consists of the Core Course in the morning plus two modules. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated two afternoon module classes
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
9.00 - 10.30 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.40-12.10 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
12.40-13.40                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
13.50-14.50                                                        MODULE 2

The Super Intensive programme consists of the Core Course in the morning plus three modules. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated three afternoon module classes
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
9.00 - 10.30 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.40-12.10 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
12.40-13.40                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
13.50-14.50                                                        MODULE 2
                                                         BREAK
15.00-16.00                                                        MODULE 3