International Students

Applying for a U.S. Visa

Students attending the Tilton School Summer Institute may enter the United States on a B-2 Tourist Visa. To apply for the B-2 Visa with “Tourist” endorsement, please use this information:

Full Name and Address of Contact Person or Organization in the United States:
Tilton School Summer Institute
℅ Tilton School, Inc
30 School St
Tilton, NH   03276

Ryan Martin, Director of Summer Initiatives

Evidence of Acceptance/Invitation Letter for Program Registered for:
Take your TSSI program acceptance email and a copy of the paid invoice that is available in your parent portal with you for your application.

Instructions from U.S. Dept of State:
There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you apply. Please consult the instructions available on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you will apply.

Important Information

English Proficiency

Since our courses are not designed to accommodate beginning learners of English, international students have some extra requirements to demonstrate their English speaking and writing proficiency. To prepare for this, international students should:

  • Have an English teacher serve as your reference. Forms are available at the time of registration
  • Note that in most cases we may also require an applicant WeChat or SKYPE video interview.

Family Visits and Communication

Parents or friends are invited to visit after the first week of the program. We will have a ceremonial weekend at the conclusion of the program in which parents will be invited to the campus and this would be the best weekend to attend. Other times, we like to see parents visit students, and if it is convenient for both the program and the parents, we will try to facilitate it. Having dinner with us on a weeknight might be such an option. For a boarding student, a request to spend a night off campus with parents must be approved by the Director.

Weekends - Students enjoy participating in our weekend activities, so please call or email the Director in advance to arrange visits and to confirm the best times when your child will be on campus from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening.

Communication - TSSI students are given their own email address for the program duration, have access to the campus wide WiFi network continuously, and can be reached by cell phone or cell phone with some prior arrangement. Please refer to our Electronic Device Policy as you ask your student how and when to contact you or vice versa.

Health Services

Tilton School’s health staff are on campus each day to provide routine and emergency care. All lead staff and camp administrators are CPR and First Aid certified. If your child will be taking medication at TSSI, please but sure contact the program office

All students participating in TSSI must be examined by a licensed physician within the 13 months leading up to the start of the program.

Consistent with U.S. Department of Public Health requirements, all students must be fully immunized prior to attending the TSSI Program. It is the responsibility of the family to submit proof of all immunizations (in English), with all documents signed by a licensed physician, before the student arrives. Without this proof, your child cannot attend the program.

If you are having difficulty obtaining certain immunizations prior to the start of the program, we can send you a link to a local clinic that may be able to assist. All students must have proof of all the required immunizations before arriving on campus. Please contact the Tilton School Health Office for more information at 603.286.1761

NOTE: All Health Forms automatically become accessible to you in your TSSI registered account portal once your student is accepted to the program.

For international students, health insurance is included in the cost of your boarding fee and your student is automatically enrolled at the time of registration. Policy coverage is provided through Aetna Preferred Provider network in the United States. 

Download a copy of the policy >

Teacher Recommendation

Teachers should submit this completed form to the Summer Institute within 5 days of receipt. Admission to the TSSI program is dependent on our receipt and review. Please send this link to the teacher of your choosing for a recommendation.

Teacher Recommendation Form


We can arrange transportation to and from TSSI from Boston–Logan Airport or Manchester Airport in New Hampshire. If you are traveling internationally, we will assist you in the registering of your child to travel with the airline, and/or provide you with dates & times that our chaperons are traveling to the campus so they may accompany your student. We will send transportation to the arrival airports and then take over guidance from the airline for all minors traveling unaccompanied.

Any airport travel fees will be added to and paid using the families card on file. Details regarding this are included in the registration packet and the TSSI Parent Handbook that is shared upon registration with the TSSI program.