Welcome to the International Students website at Loomis Chaffee!
Since its opening in 1914, Loomis Chaffee has offered educational opportunities for boys and girls regardless of religious or political beliefs, national origin, or financial resources. Part of the mission of the school is to attract students “from diverse cultural and social backgrounds” and to educate them “for service in the nation and today’s global civilization.” It did not take long before Loomis Chaffee welcomed its first international student, Tom Dunnachie Taylor '31 from Stirling, Scotland onto campus in the fall of 1929. Today, Loomis Chaffee is a truly global community and is home to students from over thirty countries.
As Director of International Students, I am responsible for supporting our international students and families. Recognizing the challenge of studying abroad, I help students acclimate not only to the United States, but also to the Loomis Chaffee community. International students gain an education at one of the top US secondary schools, and domestic students benefit from the presence of students from around the world. A class discussion, dorm meeting, or team practice can be transformed when students from different backgrounds share their perspectives and exchange stories from home.
Some of the special events and programs for our international students:
- The International Student Ambassador program provides avenues for student leadership on campus. Selected students help with fall orientation and also play an integral role in planning and implementing international events on campus and updating our blog throughout the academic year. (Please follow us on Tumblr and explore the student blog!)
- Cultural Outburst is a hugely popular annual event at which students create booths representing their country/culture and entertain peers with traditional food, activities, and performances ranging from Latin dancing to sushi making to drawing Henna tattoos.
- International student dinners and cultural celebrations allow students to gather informally to enjoy a hearty meal and share some of their traditions with their peers.
- Local outings to Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Korean restaurants and shopping trips to the Asian Market give students a taste of home away from home.
- Homestays with local families when students are unable to travel home for a long weekend or vacation allow international students to connect with other members in the Loomis Chaffee community and to experience American cultures and holidays first-hand.
I welcome both current and prospective international students and families to share in the Loomis Chaffee experience by exploring our website and learning more about our international students and global initiatives on campus.
Director of International Students