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Learning in America’s University City

Program Highlights

From our home office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Envoys conducts a range of programs for international students during the Thanksgiving break. Scheduled courses on academic writing, graphic design, and photography provide opportunities for students to build their strengths and explore new passions, while optional test preparation modules meet the needs of individual learners. All students explore Boston together, including visits to the Museum of Science, Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail, as well as private tours of area universities.


The Freedom Trail

A fun-filled ‘Amazing Race’ takes us on this 2.5-mile-long path through 16 locations significant to the history of the United States.


Harvard University

We go behind the scenes at one of the world’s most prestigious universities.


Museum of Science

Students go ‘hands-on’ in this world-famous museum, viewing some of the hundreds of interactive exhibits and live demonstrations of scientific phenomena.

Course Themes

Academic Writing & Presentations

Academic Writing & Presentations

Learn about frameworks for analysis, including interpretations, inferences, and implications. Improve your writing techniques and ability to communicate effectively.

Photography & Design

Photography & Design

Learn principles for taking better photos, techniques for processing, and ways to create a portfolio for your work. (Students should bring their own cameras)


The below itinerary provides one projection of the daily schedule. Changes may be made to improve the program quality, based on the logistical and educational needs of enrolled students.

Early arrivals / Late departures can be arranged to meet the needs of individual students.

Day One – Welcome

Saturday, November 18th

Students arrive and check in to our accommodations outside of Boston. We hold a ‘welcome dinner’ for all arrivals, and spend some time getting to know each other, adjusting to our surroundings, and setting out our respective goals for the week.

Day Two – Downtown Boston

Sunday, November 19th

During the morning, we depart for a ‘highlight tour’ of Boston, moving from the Boston Common along the Freedom Trail towards Faneuil Hall. Along the way, we discuss the importance of each of these spots for the identity of Massachusetts natives as well as the historical legacy of the United States.

In the late afternoon, we stop in at the Cambridge Innovation Center, site of our academic sessions for the week. Students are divided into interest groups to explore photography and graphic design or academic writing and test preparation. Each group is led by graduate students from area universities and local teachers on break.

Day Three – The Charles

Monday, November 20th

During the morning, we split into our interest groups to pursue intensive studies on academic writing, test preparation, photography or graphic design. In the afternoon, we leave together for a short walk along the Charles River to the world-famous Museum of Science. With an amazing range of permanent and temporary exhibits including nanotechnology, alternative energy sources, and the wonders of the animal kingdom, we spend a full afternoon taking in all that the museum has to offer. We close the experience with a show at the IMAX Omni Theater.

Day Four – Harvard University

Tuesday, November 21st

During the morning, we continue our different academic courses, developing our skills and pushing forward in our knowledge. In the afternoon, interested students are taken on a tour of Harvard Square, where we tour Harvard Yard and visit local landmarks. We end with a meal at a true Harvard tradition: Pinocchio’s Pizza.

Day Five – Photography, Design or Academics

Wednesday, November 22nd

During the morning, we continue our different academic courses, taking our classes outside to engage with the different communities around us. In the afternoon, interested students are taken on a tour of the MIT and Boston University campuses.

Day Six – Global Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23rd

During the morning, shop for groceries together to put together a Thanksgiving meal that represents our collective and individual cultures. In the afternoon, we cook together and share in the tradition of the holiday.

Day Seven – Mission Themes

Friday, November 24th

Taking advantage of our newly developed comfort with Boston, we push students to expand their comfort zones and sense of adventure! Dividing into small teams, students are given ‘mission lists’ to complete within the city environment. The nature of the challenges require interacting with the people and places in a different way than they have been previously used to, asking questions, conducting observations, and learning things about the city and themselves. Each team has a different ‘mission theme’, and, at the close of the activity, the team members separate and meet with other teams to debrief on their experience and learnings.

Day Eight – Movers and Shakers

Saturday, November 25th

We spend the day exploring the artifacts, contributions, and stories of Boston’s intellectual, architectural, and cultural movers and shakers. For example, we’ll learn about Frederick Law Olmstead, the father of landscape design and designer of iconic parks such as Central Park, the Chicago World’s Fair, the Boston Common, and the Emerald Necklace.

Day Nine – Closing Our Week

Sunday, November 26th

We close off the program in the morning, and assist students with departure during the day.

Early arrivals / Late departures can be arranged to meet the needs of individual students. The cost of each additional day is $150 dollars.

Dates and Prices

Early: September 24th, 2017

Regular: October 10th, 2017

Late: November 5th, 2017

Saturday, November 18th – Sunday, November 26th

Early arrivals / Late departures can be arranged to meet the needs of individual students

The program cost is $2,600


  • Full-time Envoys Program Leaders
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks
  • Trip-Tracking Portal for Families
  • Multiple accommodation at local hotels/youth hostels
  • All ground transportation
  • All activities as described
Flights are not included in the program costs. Students are responsible for booking their own flights in and out of Boston.

Envoys program leaders will pick students up on arrival in Boston.

Having a personalized program requires us to limit the number of students on the program. The maximum number of open spots is 16 students.
Yes! The photography course is designed to use any camera (from a smartphone to a DSLR), so bring the one that you are most comfortable using!