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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
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

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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.

  • MON

    23

    JAN 2017

    Bowling

    Bowling

    Time: 3PM | Price: $8

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Come bowling with Stafford House and see who gets the highest score!

  • TUE

    24

    JAN 2017

    Aquarium

    Aquarium

    Time: 2PM | Price: $20

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Learn what the slowest fish in the world is and pet sharks and rays at the New England Aquarium!

  • WED

    25

    JAN 2017

    Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year

    Time: 2PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House lobby

    Why go? Chinese New Year is coming! Help decorate the school for this wonderful festival and celebrate the year of the Fire Rooster.

  • WED

    25

    JAN 2017

    Boston Celtics

    Boston Celtics

    Time: 6.30 | Price: $50

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Stafford House is going to the Celtics! Join us on what is going to be an evening of fun and excitement.

  • THU

    26

    JAN 2017

    ICA

    ICA

    Time: 4.15PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House lobby

    Why go? Discover the contemporary art collection of the ICA and learn more about the architecture of this impressing building!

  • FRI

    27

    JAN 2017

    Harpoon Brewery

    Harpoon Brewery

    Time: 1PM | Price: $5

    Meeting point: Stafford House lobby

    Why go? Ring in the weekend with a tour at Harpoon brewery! Enjoy some free samples if you're older than 21 and bring your passport!

  • FRI

    27

    JAN 2017

    Faneuil Hall

    Faneuil Hall

    Time: 12.30 | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Enjoy a real Bostonian lobster roll or warm up with some New England clam chowder while enjoying a free tour of Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market!

  • SAT

    28

    JAN 2017

    Boda Borg

    Boda Borg

    Time: 4PM | Price: $20

    Meeting point: Stafford House Residence - Student Lounge

    Why go? The residence is going on a crazy activity! Join us for an afternoon of teambuilding and fun! Sign up with the RA on duty or with Meliena at school.

  • SAT

    28

    JAN 2017

    New York City

    New York City

    Time: 1PM | Price: $299

    Meeting point: 700 Boylston Street

    Why go? Travel to the Big Apple with ISX and see the sites of the city that never sleeps! Visit Central Park, Times Square, Fifth Avenue and so much more!

  • SUN

    29

    JAN 2017

    New York City

    New York City

    Time: 1PM | Price: $299

    Meeting point: 700 Boylston Street

    Why go? Travel to the Big Apple with ISX and see the sites of the city that never sleeps! Visit Central Park, Times Square, Fifth Avenue and so much more!

  • MON

    30

    JAN 2017

    WGBH tour

    WGBH tour

    Time: 2PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Get a free walking tour at WGBH, one of the largest TV and radio network stations in Boston!

  • TUE

    31

    JAN 2017

    Boston Public Library

    Boston Public Library

    Time: 2.30 | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Enjoy a free tour of the amazing Boston Public Library and see the magnificent art and architecture!

  • WED

    01

    FEB 2017

    Natural History Museum

    Natural History Museum

    Time: 2PM | Price: $9

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? See mounted animals from South-America, dinosaur fossils and skeletons as well as flowers and sea animals made out of glass.

  • THU

    02

    FEB 2017

    Talent Show

    Talent Show

    Time: 3PM | Price: free

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lounge

    Why go? Have a special talent nobody knows about? Ready to show your skills to the other students? Sign up for our very first Stafford House talent show!

  • FRI

    03

    FEB 2017

    Old State House

    Old State House

    Time: 1PM | Price: $5

    Meeting point: Stafford House Lobby

    Why go? Come with Stafford House to the Old State House and learn more about the history of this important building as well as the people that worked in it!

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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