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Pre-College Summer Focus

International Students | June 28 - July 10 & July 13 - July 24

International Admissions Deadlines

🐤March 9, 2020 | Early Bird Deposit Deadline*

📝April 15, 2020 | Application Deadline

🗳️April 22, 2020 | Deposit Deadline

🚑April 27, 2020 | Health Record Submissions Due

📥April 27, 2020 | Consent Forms Due

💵June 1, 2020 | Full Tuition Balance Due


*Early Bird Discount: Receive $250 off the program cost if you commit and pay the $500 program deposit by March 1, 2020

International Fees

Processing Fee

International students will be assessed an incremental  processing fee of $100 on their student account.

Health Insurance Fee 

All participants who reside outside of the United States are required to purchase the Wellesley Summer Accident and Sickness Insurance Program. Students will be automatically enrolled and the fee assessed on their student account.  Learn More.

International Requirements

Since the Summer Focus is a short-term non-credit program designed for high school students, the program does not qualify for F-1 Immigration student sponsorship. Therefore, international students are encouraged to enter the United States in a temporary visitor status that allows for participation in a short course of study for which no academic credit is granted. For citizens of countries requiring a visa to enter the U.S., participants should obtain a B-2 "Visitor for Tourism" visa. Citizens of countries who enjoy the benefits of the Visa Waiver Program should obtain ESTA clearance and enter the U.S. in WT "Waiver Tourist" status.


Steps to obtain a Visa

Please note that the Summer Focus Program give participants the experience of living on an American college campus and getting a better understanding of the American college environment. The program does NOT provide you with college credit and is not considered a full-time program under Wellesley College enrollment standards. Consequently, the program does not qualify for an I-20 or for the F-1 student visa.

Instead, the program meets the standards outlined at 9 FAM 402.5-5(i)(3)(e), which identifies non-degree summer activity programs as eligible for the B-2 visa. Therefore, we recommend that you apply for the B-1/B-2 visitor’s visa if you need a visa to enter the US. You can apply for a B-1/B-2 visa at a US consulate near you; you will need to follow all instructions provided by the State Department for applying for a visa. Alternatively, if you are from a country participating in the Visa Waiver Program (, you may be able to enter the US as a WT (tourist) visitor without obtaining a visa. Please note that visa waiver program participants must have an ESTA clearance prior to departing for the US (

Helpful Links

Homeland Security - Study in the States

Wellesley College - Slater International Center

U.S. Visas - Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times