Webb Intensive English Summer Institute

The Webb School Intensive English Summer Institute is an intensive 4-week English language summer program for students ages 14-18 to study academic English while experiencing American culture and adventure on a beautiful boarding school campus in the rolling hills of Tennessee just outside of Music City, Nashville, TN.  

The Institute offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of English language instruction. The curriculum focuses on integrated coursework in American Culture and intensive language instruction in spoken as well as written English. The program blends academic, practical, and cultural language skills focused on improving pronunciation, listening comprehension, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary expansion.

2015 Summer ELL Institute BROCHURE.pdf

International Students



International students provide a vibrant addition to Webb’s student body. Presently, students from 10 countries help make Webb a culturally diverse environment. These students study and live side-by-side with American students creating a globally aware, yet home-like community.

Student Support

Webb understands that international students, thousands of miles from home, need additional support. Our international student coordinator works closely with international students as they adjust to Webb’s culture and also helps arrange home stays for school breaks and other needs that come up during the year. International students will also benefit from the academic guidance of their individual advisor. The residential program, led by our residential faculty, provides the structure and personal support students need to excel at Webb. They will also work closely with our college counselor when it is time to apply to a university. Personal relationships are key in our small school setting, and no students benefit more than those far away from home.

Social Experience

Webb is located in the Southeastern United States, an area well known for its friendly people. International students encounter friendly faces from students and faculty on campus as well as from people they meet in nearby towns. Webb is located in Bell Buckle, Tenn., a small, safe town, but is only 50 minutes from Nashville, a major city. Weekend activities take advantage of this location and offer trips for shopping, entertainment, sporting events, and restaurants in Nashville.

International students also take advantage of our small student body by getting involved in athletics, fine arts, or one of our many clubs. They become leaders on campus by taking roles on our student council or becoming prefects for the residential program.

How to Apply

Applying to The Webb School can be done online. We recommend international students to apply by our priority deadline of February 15. Our Notification Date for Priority Applications is March 10.   Please be sure to carefully review our application procedures, or contact the Admis sions Office for more information at 931-389-6003 or admissions@webbschool.com. 

English Language Learners (ELL) Program

Webb offers an ELL program for international students who are not yet ready to take all of Webb’s mainstream courses. ELL includes a survey course in United States history from early exploration to the present; and classes in English conversation, vocabulary, grammar, composition, and literature. Students in this program attend regular math classes appropriate to their grade levels. ELL students are mainstreamed into regular Webb classes after one or two years of study in the ELL program. There are three levels in our ELL program. International students are placed in the level appropriate to their abilities.

ELL Admissions Placement Guidelines 
The Webb School ELL Curriculum

Student Visas (I-20)

International students attend The Webb School on a F-1 visa.  An I-20 will be issued to a student once the student has been accepted by our admissions committee and has signed the enrollment contract.  as well as paid the initial deposit. International students will need to provide this I-20, all acceptance paperwork, and financial evidence that your family can pay the required tuition and fees when interviewing for your visa.   The U.S. State Department provides more information about preparing for a visa interview . We encourage you to contact the U.S. consulate to schedule a visa interview as soon as you are accepted and to make sure you have all necessary information. 

Head of School Ray Broadhead and his wife, Webb science teacher Dr. Leone Broadhead, traveled in Asia and visited Webb families, consultants and others. The Broadheads with Ray and Leone Broadhead with students, left to right, Alston Zhang, Charles Li, Bill Cao, David Han, Legend Zhou, Sara Ma, Corrina Zhang, Jenny Wang, Iris Wang, Medusa Qu, and Diane Wang.

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Head of School Ray Broadhead and his wife, Webb science teacher Dr. Leone Broadhead, traveled in Asia and visited Webb families, consultants and others. In Shanghai they joined Mrs. Shi Yongping (mother of Webb junior Lily Li), 10 grader Amber Jared, and Mrs. Yan Yuan, Amber’s mother, for dinner.

Vivian Wu '14 and her brother, Daniel, took them to the Chendu Panda Park.  


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Jenny Wang, of Beijing, China, with Chinese Spring Festival favor


Legend Zhou, 10th grade boarding student from Harbin, China, takes a break during the Webb vs. St. Andrews-Sewanee football game on Aug. 23.