Programs for International Students

TNCS Welcomes International Students

Welcome! 欢迎! Huānyíng! ¡Bienvenido!

We offer several programs to international elementary and middle school students, ranging from 2-week visits to enrollment for the entire academic year. Short-term enrollment is open to international school groups as well as individual families from abroad. Year-long enrollment is open to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, and TNCS can guide you through the visa application process.

Welcoming international students into our school benefits all students. Inside the classroom and beyond, students speak multiple languages, gain a deeper understanding of different cultures, and establish lifelong friendships.

TNCS is a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school. This means we are authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to enroll exchange students in Grades K–8 for an academic year at The New Century School. TNCS will issue a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status – For Academic and Language Students). We have staff available to help guide you through the F-1 student visa application process. 

Customizable Programs for International Students

A full immersion experience in a friendly, small school is an invaluable language and cultural experience. During this very special time in their lives, students from abroad will grow not just academically, but also broaden their perspectives as global citizens.

Our long-term students act as ambassadors to visiting students, ensuring their comfort and happiness and helping their visiting friends to make the most of their TNCS experience. It is an opportunity each will learn from and cherish their whole lives.

Group Programs

TNCS can design custom programs for your group, such as instruction in English as a second language or other focus. These targeted courses supplement the time your students spend in the regular TNCS classroom with long-term TNCS students. We work with your staff to create a plan that complements your home curriculum.

Partner Schools

TNCS partners with schools abroad for exchange programs. Students visiting TNCS get a full immersion experience attending school with our students and participating in the classroom together. Likewise, TNCS students who attend our partner schools abroad enjoy being immersed in the culture of those countries. Focused on sharing and exchange, this integrative experience opens up a world of possibilities for visiting and long-term students alike.

Individual Students

Visiting family members? Seeking medical care? No matter what reason your family may have for an extended stay in Baltimore, TNCS can provide a supportive, fun learning environment for your child. We tailor programs to the duration of your stay and can create whole-semester plans or design courses week by week.

No matter what your situation, TNCS can customize your learning plan. We also offer extended amenities such as special trips to local and attractions as well as to other U.S. destinations. We can also help arrange your lodging, whether in our group housing locations or by helping you find suitable short-term rental accommodations.

Interested in setting up an exchange program with TNCS? We want to partner with your school, whether in a full study-abroad exchange or by regularly scheduled student Skype sessions or phone calls held on our respective campuses.

Summer Camps & Specialized Programs

During summer break, TNCS offers a range of exciting summer camp options.

International students are invited to enroll in existing TNCS camps, or TNCS can customize special camps for your group. Our regular summer camps vary by year, but they are always fun and educational. Specialty themes have included: Art Camp, Camp Invention, Musical Theatre, and more.

A History of Hosting

TNCS has welcomed many international visitors for short stays of 1 to 2 weeks up to many months or even a whole academic year. TNCS enjoys hosting friends from abroad!

Chinese Primary Schools
  • The lunar New Year is a popular time for Chinese students to join TNCS while primary schools in China are on break. These groups spend time immersed in the TNCS classroom and enjoy satellite excursions around Baltimore and to nearby cities, such as Washington, D.C. and New York City.
  • Parents undertaking short-term work assignments in Baltimore have chosen TNCS.
  • Baltimore is home to the world-class Johns Hopkins Hospital, and TNCS is available to host students whose family members are receiving treatment or who are receiving treatment themselves. The TNCS campus is located just over 1 kilometer from the hospital.
International Staff
  • TNCS regularly welcomes guest interns from around the world who act as assistant teachers and immerse TNCS students in their native languages in the classroom.
  • Continuing education conferences designed by TNCS offer international teachers and future teachers a special look into the various types of U.S. academic institutions and instructional styles.

Staying in and Playing in Charm City

Baltimore has earned the nickname “Charm City” for good reason. Composed of hundreds of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct identity, Baltimore has something to offer everyone, whether your interests are history, art, music, science, shopping, or sports. Nestled at the mouth of the Patapsco River on the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore has a long history as an important seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sits on the bank of Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor. The artist community in Baltimore is thriving, with galleries and museums throughout the city. Baltimore is also a city for foodies. World-class restaurants and renowned chefs make Charm City a great place to satisfy every palate.

8 Fun, Kid-Friendly Activities in Baltimore

Baltimore is an incredibly kid-friendly city, and this list is just a taste of all that is available. With walkable neighborhoods and plenty of attractions oriented toward children, there’s tons to do in Charm City!

1. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

During baseball season, route for the home team in this iconic stadium. Let’s Go O’s!

2. National Aquarium

Get up close with an incredible 20,000 marine animals in award-winning habitats. Explore a tropical rainforest, the Australian Outback, an Atlantic coral reef, hundreds of jellyfish, and the Living Seashore.

3. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Show your wild side with birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles, displayed in natural habitats. The zoo is home currently to 46 endangered penguins, and is the third oldest zoo in the United States!

4. Inner Harbor

One of America’s oldest seaports dating from the 1600s is today an important landmark and popular tourist destination. Follow the brick promenade through museums, shops, restaurants, crab shacks, and attractions like the Civil War–era warship the U.S.S. Constellation.

5. Maryland Science Center

Let’s Science! With three levels of exhibits, a planetarium, and an observatory, the center focuses on physical science, space, Earth science, the human body, and blue crabs that are native to the Chesapeake Bay. Hands-on exhibits also now include dozens of dinosaur skeletons!

6. American Visionary Art Museum

As the world’s only museum for self-taught artists, this amazing place is truly one of a kind! With interactive exhibits and themed shows that children understand, AVAM is a must-see on the list of Charm City attractions!

7. Fort McHenry

This coastal star-shaped fort best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in the Chesapeake Bay. During this battle, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

8. Fell's Point

When the school day at TNCS ends, walk outside into the cobblestone streets of our bustling and historic neighborhood! Shops, restaurants, and even street performers are just a few feet away. The water taxi is available to ferry you across the Inner Harbor to other great Baltimore neighborhoods.

Housing Options

TNCS is located in a neighborhood called Fell’s Point. Established by William Fell prior to 1763, Fell’s Point offers a rich mix of history alongside contemporary city conveniences. The waterfront neighborhood is centered on a square and maintains a “village-like” feeling.

TNCS can help facilitate short-term housing arrangements for both groups and families. Most accommodation options are in Fell’s Point or a neighborhood that is within walking distance from the school. Arrangements include:


  • Host families: Arrangements may be made to stay with a TNCS family, if desired, or through our partner hosting provider.
  • House or apartment rental: In addition to independent options offered through booking websites, TNCS can connect you with a limited number of local residents who offer lodging.
  • Hotels and inns: Local hotels, including Henderson’s Wharf and the Admiral Fell Inn, are good options for short-term visitors. Discounts may be available when booking for a program at TNCS.

Community Connection:
Links to Baltimore Resources

Numerous online resources are available to help make your stay in Baltimore convenient and enjoyable. Here are some we recommend:

Other resource centers can be visited in person:

  • Enoch Pratt Library (multiple locations; ph +1.410.396.5430): Free public library system for Baltimore City with programs, services, and personal assistance
  • Baltimore Visitor Center (401 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21202; ph +1.877.225.8466, toll-free within North America): Tourist information and services in a state-of-the-art facility
  • Translations USA (100 International Dr., Baltimore MD, 21202; ph +1.443.453.5008): Document translation, Interpreting services, and more

Educational Focus:
Links to More Information about TNCS

TNCS’s mission is to create and sustain an optimum educational environment to enable each child to realize his or her richest potential for learning and to become an independent, self-motivated, and contributing member of the world community. TNCS students develop academic and linguistic skills, problem-solving abilities, and self-awareness above and beyond what a traditional school can provide. Find more information on these pages:

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We invite you to learn more about our small, friendly school and how to arrange your full immersion experience.

My students and I really enjoyed the program! We had quite a variety of activities. Sometimes we were in class with our American buddies, and sometimes we went out on independent trips, such as for hot chocolate or to visit local shops. There was a lot of joy and fun, and I’m so grateful that we made the trip here. We had the time of our lives!

Xian ("Bella")