International students provide a vibrant addition to Webb’s student body. Presently, students from 12 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.
English Language Learner (ELL)
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 2013
The Webb School ELL Curriculum 2013
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.
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.
Student Visa (I-20)
International students attend Webb with an F-1 student visa. An I-20 will be issued once a family has signed an enrollment contract and 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.
Applying to Webb can be done online. We recommend international students to apply by our priority deadline of February 15th. Please be sure to carefully review our application procedures, but feel free to contact the Office of Admissions by phone (931-389-6003) or e-mail with any questions.