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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.

  • 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.

  • TUE

    12

    DEC 2017

    Faneuil Hall

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    Faneuil Hall

    Time: 4PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Go see the beautifully decorated Christmas tree at Faneuil Hall and learn more about the tree and its location!

  • WED

    13

    DEC 2017

    MFA

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    MFA

    Time: 4PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Visit this beautiful museum and learn more about "The Festival of Lights", an important part of the Jewish tradition Hanukkah, with fun activities!

  • THU

    14

    DEC 2017

    MIT museum

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    MIT museum

    Time: 2PM | Price: $5

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Learn more about robotics, check out some holograms and experiment with mechanical artwork in this small but interesting museum!

  • FRI

    15

    DEC 2017

    Gingerbread Houses

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    Gingerbread Houses

    Time: 1PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Let out your creative side and get ready for Christmas with this super fun activity! Build your own gingerbread house and decorate it with candy!

  • SAT

    16

    DEC 2017

    Ski/Snowboard

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    Ski/Snowboard

    Time: 7.30AM | Price: $119

    Meeting point: 700 Boylston Street

    Why go? Go to Wachusett mountain and learn how to ski or snowboard with ISX!

  • SUN

    17

    DEC 2017

    Jingle Ride

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    Jingle Ride

    Time: 10.30AM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Kickstand Cafe, 595 Mass Ave, Arlington

    Why go? A great Boston tradition! Take out your bicycles and crazy Christmas sweater and join this bike ride through the city!

  • MON

    18

    DEC 2017

    Harvard Campus Tour

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    Harvard Campus Tour

    Time: 2PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Discover Boston's Ivy League university and learn about important alumni and its wonderful architecture!

  • TUE

    19

    DEC 2017

    Trivia

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    Trivia

    Time: 3PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Test your knowledge of the school, Boston, sports or movies in this quick and fun trivia! Sign up on your student portal and maybe win a great prize!

  • WED

    20

    DEC 2017

    Aquarium

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    Aquarium

    Time: 2PM | Price: $24

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Go see the penguins in the aquarium and see how the seals are trained! You can also pet sharks and rays!

  • WED

    20

    DEC 2017

    Celtics

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    Celtics

    Time: 6PM | Price: $40

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? See the Boston Celtics play against the Miami Hurricanes and cheer them on to victory!

  • THU

    21

    DEC 2017

    Winter Holiday Market

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    Winter Holiday Market

    Time: 2PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Do some last minute Christmas shopping and explore the Winter Holiday Market on City Hall Plaza!

  • FRI

    22

    DEC 2017

    Christmas movie

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    Christmas movie

    Time: 1PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Get ready for the long weekend with some popcorn, hot chocolate and the best Christmas movies we have to offer!

  • SAT

    23

    DEC 2017

    Disney on Ice

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    Disney on Ice

    Time: 3PM | Price: Starts at $10

    Meeting point: Agganis Arena at Boston University

    Why go? See some amazing ice skating from your favorite Disney characters! Watch Cinderella do pirouettes and Snow White jump in the air!

  • SUN

    24

    DEC 2017

    International Night

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    International Night

    Time: 9PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Minibar, 51 Huntington Avenue, Boston

    Why go? Go out with your friends on this international dance night! Click RSVP on time to make sure you can go! Check student news for more information!

  • MON

    25

    DEC 2017

    Christmas

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    Christmas

    Time:

    Why go? Enjoy this wonderful holiday with your friends and family at home!

  • TUE

    26

    DEC 2017

    Boxing Day

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    Boxing Day

    Time:

    Why go? Relax and enjoy an extra day off!

  • WED

    27

    DEC 2017

    Bowling

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    Bowling

    Time: 3PM | Price: $7

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Test out your bowling skills and see if you can get the highest score!

  • THU

    28

    DEC 2017

    ICA

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    ICA

    Time: 4PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Visit this architectural masterpiece in the harbor and see interesting exhibitions by Mark Dion and Steve McQueen!

  • FRI

    29

    DEC 2017

    New Year's Games

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    New Year's Games

    Time: 1PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Get ready for 2018 with these great games! Play the celebrity hunt, the grouping game, and charades of the past!

  • SAT

    30

    DEC 2017

    New York City

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    New York City

    Time: 1PM | Price: $299

    Meeting point: 700 Boylston Street

    Why go? See the Empire State Building, visit Times Square and Central Park and enjoy New Year's eve with your friends!

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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.

  • Ana

    Ana

    Panama

    The staff and teachers were very helpful and nice. You made my days very easy and fun!

  • 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