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International Admission

"What surprised me the most is how open people are, open to accept you, to accept your culture and to listen to you."
- Cathy Bi, '18, a W+H international student from Beijing, China

Wardlaw+Hartridge is proud of its long history of welcoming international students to our academic community. Our school's mission is to be “globally interconnected.”  We currently host more than 50 international students from China, Oman, Albania, Singapore, India and Nigeria.  In addition, we have welcomed families from Ghana, Germany and Canada as well as other diplomat families from the United Nations. If you are ready to take on an exciting academic challenge, please read the information in the International Student section carefully, to learn about our admission process and understand how to submit an application.



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International College Acceptances for the Class of 2021


Meet Lisa Li ’21, who is matriculating to Cornell University after earning early decision admission in December. Lisa has developed a passion for bioresearch and neuroscience and plans to major in Human Development in the College of Human Ecology.



Meet George Zhong ’21, who will matriculate to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall. George was seeking a university offering a top-notch program within the field of aeronautic and mechanical engineering, which he intends to focus on at RPI.


New York University

Meet Scarlett Ying ’21, who will be enrolling at New York University in the fall.


Boston University

Frank was looking to study in a big community and found a great setting in Boston.


University of Rochester

Meet Mandy Fan ’21, an international student who will matriculate to the University of Rochester after receiving early decision admission. She plans to major in biology and biomedical science.

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Learn more about our International Program and meet students

All newly enrolled international students must attend the required summer SEED Program. This required six-week summer course, held at the school, includes room, board, activities, and summer tuition. International students must be on campus prior to the start of the program. Students should plan to arrive in the United States by July 2, as the program begins on July 5, 2021. Please share your flight information with

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International Blog

Greetings from China
Gerard Gonnella

Gerard Gonnella travels to China each year to visit with international families -- both current parents and prospective families. His blog followed his recent trip there in 2019.

E-Mentoring Empowers Global Engagement
Gerard Gonnella

At Wardlaw+Hartridge, a multicultural community of life-long learners, we strive to keep abreast of innovative practical approaches to meaningful global engagement.

Ni Hao from the Flight Deck
Gerard Gonnella

Taking the time to meet with current international parents is crucial to cultural understanding besides the obvious opportunity to exchange ideas and thoughts about the school experience for both the parents and students who are currently attending. Learning and understanding how international families look, view, and see issues is so important in level-setting expectations for all parties.

Guest Blog - It Takes a Village
Gerard Gonnella

With the focus on the “whole student” that includes attending to the social, emotional, cultural, academic, and linguistic needs of every learner, the ELL Mentorship is based on the school values that are carefully examined and meaningfully incorporated into all summer activities and throughout the academic year.

Connections & Understanding
Gerard Gonnella

It has become an October tradition for me to journey to China for recruitment and to visit with our international families.