Application FAQs



School transcripts must show the applicant’s final grades from their previous academic year, along with this year’s current courses and first semester grades. If the transcript is written in a language other than English, it may be translated and signed by a school official, then sent to Choate Summer Programs. Transcripts should be sent directly to us at: choatesummer@choate.edu.

Letters of Recommendation

Please note that the applicant’s teacher/school should submit their recommendations to our office directly.  Please be sure they reference the applicant’s name in the subject line of their email.  The applicant should ask their teachers early, as school vacations and other teacher obligations may slow up the process of submitting the recommendations. The Teacher and School Recommendation Form can be filled out online, or hard copies can be sent to us directly at: choatesummer@choate.edu.

Personal Statement

If the applicant did not include the personal statement when submitting the application, please complete the following writing prompt and send to choatesummer@choate.edu with the applicant’s name in the subject line of the email.

Prompt For Academic Programs

On your own, write a 250-350-word essay in English that will help us know you better, using the following questions as prompts: 

  1. What two or three things are most important for us to know about you as we review your application? 
  2. In what ways do you hope to contribute to and benefit from being part of our Choate Summer Programs community? 
  3. And what opportunities have you had working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings?

Prompt For Summer Abroad

On your own, write a 300-word essay in English which addresses the following:

  1. The qualities and interests you have that will enable you to immerse yourself fully in another culture.
  2. An experience in which you lived, worked, or in some way interacted with someone different from yourself. What personal skills did you draw upon and what did you learn about yourself and about others?
  3. What you might find particularly challenging about this kind of experience (please speak to something other than language obstacles).

In addition, please share with us two to three of your short-term goals and two to three of your long-term goals as a participant in our program (100 word minimum). Explain your choice of program and its relation to your academic studies; what short-term goals you expect to achieve while participating in the program; and how our particular program will contribute to achieving your long-term academic and personal goals.

Short term goals can include, but are not limited to: Specific learning goals related to language; learning goals related to other areas of study; becoming more independent and less reliant on others; challenging yourself to make friends outside of the Choate program bubble, etc.
In the long-term, how does our program fit into your plan for the rest of your academic experience in high school? What do you hope to bring to future classes?

Graded Essays

Applicants should send an essay, preferably from an English, History, or Humanities class, that has been graded by their teacher, including the teacher’s comments or an attached grading rubric.  The applicant should email this essay to choatesummer@choate.edu with their name in the subject line.

Please be sure all documents are sent to our office as PDF attachments. The applicant’s file will not be considered complete, or reviewed by our directors, until all documents have been received.

Choate Academic Year Applicants

If the applicant has applied to Choate for the academic year, please note that we can get supporting documentation from the Admission Office (letters of recommendation, graded essays, etc.). However, a Personal Statement and a Summer Programs Financial Aid application with IRS documentation (if applicable) still needs to be submitted to our office. Please send to choatesummer@choate.edu.

Financial Aid

Please be sure to complete the Summer Programs Financial Aid application and submit IRS documentation prior to the deadline: February 14, 2020. If you applied for Financial Aid with Choate Admission for the academic year, please note that you will need to complete the separate Summer Programs Financial Aid application and submit IRS documentation to our office. This information is not shared between the two offices.

TOEFL Scores

For international applicants, the TOEFL or TOEFL Junior Test is strongly recommended for the English Language Institute and required for all other programs. The applicant must have a TOEFL score of 80 or above or a TOEFL Junior score of Level 5. If the applicant does not have a TOEFL score, our Program Director will review transcripts and supporting documents to see if the TOEFL is necessary to take. The TOEFL/TOEFL Junior test is strongly recommended for English Language Institute (ELI) and is required for all other programs.

Health Forms

A health form is required for a student to attend Choate Summer Programs.

If you have any questions regarding the immunizations needed to attend our program, or other health form requirements, please contact our Health Services department at healthservices@choate.edu.


A Tourist Visa (B1/B2) is usually all that is needed to attend Choate Summer Programs. We do not issue I-20’s from our office.


Please note that tuition payments for Choate Summer Programs must be received by May 1, 2020. (Summer Abroad payments are due April 18, 2020.) Once the applicant is accepted, a contract will be emailed to the student/parent with further details regarding tuition payments.

If you would like further information on the following programs, please contact:

Summer Abroad

Anne Armour, Co-Director of Programs in France
Nancy Burress, Co-Director of Programs in Spain
Georges Chahwan, Coordinator of Program in Jordan and Director of Arabic Language Summer Programs

Young Artists

Carol Jones, Director of Young Artists Program

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Choate Summer Programs Office at choatesummer@choate.edu. Thank you.