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LSI Boston-Academic English (30 Lessons per week)

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Academic English combines general English with a focus on key academic skills and exam English. The programme includes regular, focussed grammar and vocabulary reviews, which allows students to target their individual language needs while developing their academic reading and writing skills. This is all supported by specialised, targeted, online resources through our online learning system, E-LSI.
Duration: 30* x 50 minutes
15 students max. per class
Intermediate to Advanced levels
Course length: 4-48 weeks
Age 16+
Hours per week: 25 hours

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105 Beach Street MA 02111 Boston United States

One of the oldest cities in the USA, Boston is rich in cultural heritage and offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do. From the Museum of Fine Arts to skating on Boston Common to taking in a baseball game at Fenway Park, Boston has something for everyone – the ideal destination if you want to learn English in the United States.

LSI Boston is located on the borders of Chinatown and the Theatre and Financial Districts, close to subway, bus and commuter train stations. Our language school offers excellent facilities to assist you in studying English, including a student resource library, a computer room with internet access and a student lounge. We offer TOEFL exam preparation courses, as well as more general ESL programmes.

Boston is located along the coast of Massachusetts. Many people visit throughout the year because of the rich history, diverse neighborhoods, top-ranked professional sports teams (such as the the Red Sox baseball team, Celtics basketball team, Bruins hockey team, and Patriots American football team), and elite academics. Boston is home to about 60 colleges and universities, including Harvard and MIT, so it is the perfect city for studying abroad. Whether it is winter, spring, summer, or fall, Boston offers a wide range of activities all year round. In the warmer months, you can take in a baseball game at Fenway Park, walk the historical Freedom Trail, enjoy free concerts in the Hatch Shell, or go kayaking along the Charles River. In the fall and spring, you can see the beautiful colors of the changing leaves (fall) or new flowers (spring) while walking through the Boston Common & Public Gardens. In the winter, you can enjoy an evening of ice skating at the Frog Pond, one the oldest public ice skating rinks in the country, or tour one of the many museums, like the Museum of Fine Arts or the Museum of Science. And these suggestions are only a small sample of the countless options for visitors. Boston truly offers something for everyone. We hope you take advantage of everything the city has to offer!

The LSI Boston school occupies an historic five-story building that it shares with a few local tenants, including a deli on the first floor. The building has an elevator and traditional architecture. The classrooms feature large windows with exposed red brick walls and exposed wood beam ceilings. Classes are held on the fourth and fifth floors, and the reception/administrative office is located on the fourth floor.
The LSI school building address is 105 Beach Street, which is less than a 5-minute walk from South Station, the major public transportation hub for the downtown area, connecting many bus, subway, and commuter rail lines. The building is also within walking distance of several other bus and subway stops. The area in which the building is located is called the Leather District. Nearby neighborhoods include Chinatown, Little Italy, the Financial District, the Downtown Crossing shopping area, and the Boston Common & Garden--all within short walking distance from the school!

What facilities are available to students?
The 4th and 5th floors each have a student lounge where students can hang out before and after class and on breaks. The 4th floor lounge has a chalkboard graffiti wall for students to draw fun art and write messages. The 4th floor also has a second lounge, a computer lounge, with 15 computers with Internet access that are free for students to use. Free wireless is also available at the school. LSI also keeps many board games for students to play in the computer lounge. Finally, the building has a roof deck with beautiful views of downtown Boston, which is furnished with tables and chairs so that students can sit outside and enjoy the weather when it is warm.

How many classrooms are there?
We currently have about 10 classrooms available.

Do you have a cafeteria?
No, but we are very close to many affordable cafes, restaurants, sandwich shops, and markets, where students may purchase breakfast or lunch for around USD $5-$15. Inside the building, there is a deli on the first floor where students can buy breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks if they choose. Students may also bring lunch and eat in one of the student lounges. The lounge on the 5th floor has a microwave and refrigerator for students to use.

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Terms & Conditions

Payment conditions
All course fees must be paid in full no later than 30 days before the course starts. If a booking is made less than 30 days before the course starts, the fees are immediately payable. If payment in full has not been received, you will not be allowed to start your course.

Bank charges
LSI reserves the right to charge up to an additional 2.75% processing fee for all credit card payments. For payments made via bank transfer, LSI reserves the right to charge an additional fee to cover bank charges. In both these cases, students will be informed of any such fees at the time of purchase.

Visa information
Once we have received your application, we will send a Proof of Funds form, which must be completed in order for LSI to issue you a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20), which is required in order to apply for a student visa at the US Consulate.

Courier fees
If you enrol on a course in the USA less than 30 days before the course start date and require an I-20, a courier fee of US$65 will be charged to cover the expedition of visa documentation. If you enrol more than 30 days before the course start date, documentation will be sent by normal postal service, unless you request and pay for the courier service.

Travel and medical insurance
Travel and medical insurance is strongly recommended at all LSI schools for the duration of your stay, regardless of your course length or course/visa type. For some programme or visa types, insurance is compulsory (please check with the school for further details). It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate cover before departure and for the duration of your stay. Students may be required to show proof of medical insurance at the school upon arrival and may not be allowed to commence a course until satisfactory medical insurance has been obtained. Travel and medical insurance can be purchased from a third party through LSI when booking. Details of what this covers are available from your LSI representative. You are responsible for the belongings which you bring with you to LSI schools or accommodation and for taking out insurance for your own possessions.

Additional services
Any additional services (transfers, travel, laundry, telephone costs, excursions, medical costs, special diet, exam fees, change of accommodation and enrolment amendments) are not included in any fees unless specifically stated on a valid invoice.

Under 18 year olds (19 in Vancouver)
LSI delivers adult courses (except for programmes advertised as being for Juniors). Therefore, students aged 16 and 17 will be attending classes and sharing facilities with students aged 18 and over. Under 18 year olds may be required to pay a guardian fee, provide custodianship documents, live in LSI-approved accommodation, book LSI’s airport transfer service and purchase insurance. All students under 18 (19 in Vancouver) must provide a signed Parental Consent form prior to arrival, and for Canada they must also provide a signed Health Declaration and excursion waiver form.

Cancellation before the course start date
For cancellations made 7 days or more prior to the course start date, all tuition fees are refunded. For cancellations made within 7 days of the student enrolling in a course, defined as the school having received the enrolment form and registration fee, 100% of tuition fees are refunded (regardless of whether or not the course has started). All students attending an LSI school in the USA will be subject to the applicable, location-specific State Enrolment & Refund policies. Should LSI's refund policies differ from state regulations, refunds will be processed according to the state policies, available upon request from each school.

Termination Policy – Cancellation after the course has started
For cancellations made within 7 days of the student enrolling in a course, defined as the school having received the enrolment form and registration fee, including courses that have started, 100% of tuition fees are refundable. If the student terminates after having completed more than 60% of the program, there is no refund. In all other cases, unused weeks tuition are refundable.

Registration fee* 150
Courier fee 65
Health insurance (p/wk) 25
Airport transfers (one way) 160
* 10% if your tuition fees are below $1000

Placement fee 90
HOMESTAY (Single room p/wk) B&B HB
In Manhattan 490
In Manhattan: executive with private bathroom 670
Outside Manhattan: Zone 1 365 430
Outside Manhattan: Zone 2 335 405
Outside Manhattan: Zone 3 265 330
Christmas 55
Summer (Jun 21– Aug 30) 35
Minimum age for homestay accommodation is 18. Students aged 16 and 17
must stay at the Amsterdam Residence or arrange their own accommodation.

HOMESTAY (Prices p/wk) B&B HB
Single 240 300
Executive 85
Christmas 55
Summer (Jun 21–Aug 30) 35

RESIDENCE (Per person p/wk – Available all year)
Back Bay International Guest House (Half board)
Shared room* (2–4 people) 450
US$200 refundable security deposit charged on arrival at residence.
RESIDENCE (Per person p/wk)
YMCA Residence, Manhattan
Single, shared bathroom 595
Twin, shared bathroom** 365
No meals (include access to sport and fitness facilities).
** Only available for students booking and arriving together
Other residence and apartment options available on request.
Hotel prices are available on request.


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