Hargrave welcomes international diversity.

International students, or non-U.S. Residents, are a large and established community at the Academy. Hargrave’s international students come from diverse locations and provide different heritages and experiences that greatly add to the value of our community. Hargrave Cadets represent more than 20 countries and 30 states each year.

International Program Highlights

  • International Student Matriculation and Orientation to facilitate transition
  • On-campus testing for SAT, PSAT, and ACT and TOEFL
  • Postgraduate Academic Program
  • English speaking roomates to promote English proficiency
  • Advisory groups for mentoring and relationship building
  • Multiple levels of ESOL classes offered to individualize instruction
  • 100% acceptance into at least one college or university

College Placement for International Students

Hargrave has a college counselor along with academic advisers that assist Cadets in finding the right college or university for them. Hargrave has a 100 percent acceptance into at least one college or university over the last ten years.

Notable international college acceptances to top universities, including: Boston University, Catholic University, Drexel University, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, The Citadel, University of Virginia, University of California, Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech.

Apply & Enroll


Once your son has been accepted to Hargrave, the following steps need to be accomplished for him to attend Hargrave. There are several requirements involving health, safety and U.S. Immigration law.

I-20 Application/Enrollment


Once accepted, we require a $2,000 USD deposit in order to receive the I-20 application. We also need the following items with the completed I-20 application sent to

  • I-20 Worksheet
  • Copy of Passport
  • Proof of Payment

Once received all information will be entered into SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System) once approved we will mail the final I-20 documents through UPS. Once received you will need to schedule your son's interview with the US Embassy to obtain his visa.



Medical Information

During the Summer School session and academic year our infirmary is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week when our students are on campus. We require an up-to-date physical and immunization records. We offer medical insurance to our international students when we are in session through IMG. The cost of this insurance is included in our tuition. 

International Orientation

Hargrave hosts a mandatory International student orientation in August. The goal of the orientation is to welcome our new students to Hargrave and provide personalized attention to facilitate a smooth transition.


  • ESL Placement Testing
  • Shopping for school supplies and other essentials
  • Review academic scheduling
  • Team building activities


Throughout the orientation, new international students will be introduced to life at boarding school, the rest of the Corps of Cadets, learn the foundations of our military customs and courtesies and many other daily functions that cadets will perform. 

ESL Program

English as a Second Language

Hargrave offers three levels of ESL plus Toefl preparation. ESL is offered as a combination of an intensive language based program fused with the mainstream Hargrave academic curriculum. Class sizes are kept small, so each student can be given individualized attention.

Course Offerings
ESL I - Reading, Writing and Vocabulary
ESL I - Pronunciation, Listening and Conversation
ESL II - Reading, Writing and Vocabulary
ESL II - Pronunciation, Listening and Conversation
ESL III - Advanced
Introduction to English Literature
TOEFL Preparation

Intensive Summer ESL Program

Spend a month of your summer with us in our intensive ESL and cultural experience program. Four weeks are spent attending ESL classes in the mornings and then using those skills while visiting historical and cultural venues in and around the area. A further unique mix of military structure, sports and leadership provide additional opportunities for a well-rounded and successful summer school experience.

How to Apply



Documents needed:

  • Transcripts
  • Principal recommendation
  • Math teacher recommendation
  • English teacher recommendation
  • Discipline record
  • Skype interview

All documents can be found in our printable application and need to be submitted to