The International Experience

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Saint Mary’s School is pleased to welcome international students from around the world to share our beautiful campus in Raleigh, North Carolina.

As we fulfill our mission to educate young women for college and life, we recognize the need to include the global perspectives our international students bring. Just as you can learn more about the U.S. educational system and culture, our U.S. students will learn about you, your culture, and your beliefs. What you might be most surprised by is not how many differences there are, but how much all Saint Mary’s girls have in common - a love for learning, a commitment to their communities, and a desire to succeed.

Saint Mary’s recognizes that coming to a new school in a different country can present unique challenges. That's why we an established support system to help you navigate your first year here and make you feel at home quickly. Our Global Ambassador Program (GAP) Prefects, are selected student leaders who live in each dormitory and are focused on the needs of our international students. They are here to answer questions, help with homesickness, and offer advice and friendship. In addition, you will have a faculty advisor with whom you will meet at least three days each week. Your advisor will guide you through your academic program at Saint Mary's, as well as oversee all aspects of your student life at Saint Mary's.

When you arrive on campus, you will enjoy several days of orientation prior to the first day of school. During this time you will meet adults on campus who will be helpful resources for you right away and throughout your time at Saint Mary's; we will help you get a U.S. cell phone, issue you your laptop computer, and take you shopping for personal items and things you might need for your room. Additionally, you will take academic placement tests so we can create your class schedule and get you your textbooks for the school year. New international students do not know their schedule prior to the opening of school. While we know this may be stressful for you as you prepare for our academic program, it is best for you to focus your time on completing your summer reading requirement and finding opportunities to use your English language skills.

Contact Us

To schedule a visit and learn more about our curriculum, extracurricular activities and campus calendar, or for more admission information, please contact:

Admission Office

Saint Mary’s School
900 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603-1689

919-424-4100
919-424-4122

Saint Mary's School will be visiting Hong Kong, Vietnam, and China again this year. Check back for upcoming fall dates.


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