Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where is Pine Manor College English Language Institute Located?
  2. How easy is it to visit Boston?
  3. What is included in the prices?
  4. What pocket money should I bring?
  5. What are the distinctive features of ELI?
  6. Do you offer a TOEFL preparation program?
  7. Do you provide academic and university counseling?
  8. What level English do I need to enroll in the program?
  9. What are the nationalities of students at the English Language Institute?
  10. How many students are enrolled?
  11. What are the ages of your students?
  12. Is ELI for men and women?
  13. Is Pine Manor suitable for couples and families?
  14. What is your maximum class size?
  15. Will anybody at Pine Manor speak my language?
  16. How much can I learn?
  17. When is orientation?
  18. What is the class timetable?
  19. Will I receive a certificate when I complete the program?
  20. Do you offer on and off campus activities?
  21. Should I rent a car?
  22. What are the accommodations like?
  23. Who will be my roommate?
  24. Do you provide sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels?
  25. Do you offer home stays?
  26. How is food on campus?
  27. What is the temperature like in Boston?
  28. Are books included in the fee?
  29. Can you meet me at the airport on arrival?
  30. Whom do I call if my flight is changed or delayed?
  31. Do you have an Emergency Contact Number?
  32. Should I have Medical Insurance?
  33. How do I apply?
  34. Are there special arrangements for groups?
  35. Is there a Pine Manor Representative in my country?
  36. What happens if I have to cancel or go home early?
  37. What visa is required?
  38. What are the college's rules and regulations?
  39. What should I bring with me?

1.Where is Pine Manor College English Language Institute located

The English Language Institute is part of Pine Manor College, a four-year college, founded in 1911. Pine Manor is on an outstandingly beautiful 43-acre campus in Chestnut Hill, MA, just 8 km -5 miles (20 minutes) from the center of Boston. Chestnut Hill is one of the most prestigious residential areas of Boston. It is a picturesque and safe area in which to live and study. Click for directions

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2. How easy is it to visit Boston?

The center of Boston is just 20 mile from Chestnut Hill by public Transportation (the "T"). The "T" station is a 10 minute walk from the campus, and we also offer a free shuttle service to the "T" station, making it easy and inexpensive to visit Boston in the afternoons, evenings and weekends. Of course, we also offer organized excursions to downtown Boston and other local areas of interest.

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3. What is included in the prices?

  • Tuition of the English program of your choice
  • Accommodation in our comfortable residential on-campus "villages"
  • 19 meals per week in our dining hall
  • 5 computer labs (100 computers available) with access to email and the Internet
  • Library, Language Laboratory
  • Indoor and outdoor exercise facilities and tennis courts
  • Gymnasium
  • Cable TV and VCR in student lounges
  • A full program of on/off campus activities (excursion are available at extra cost)
  • Free shuttle service to local shopping centers and public transportation
  • Academic counseling and assistance in applying to American universities

We offer special reduced long-term pricing (please see our application for details).

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4. What pocket money should I bring?

This is difficult to answer, as each person has his or her own requirements. Your accommodations and all meals are covered by the course fees. Thus, you should bring additional money for shopping, meals out, excursions, and entertainment. On average, excluding shopping for major items, we would suggest that $100 per week is sufficient to pay for your personal expenses.

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5. What are the distinctive features of ELI?

  • The English Language Institute is an integral part of Pine Manor College. We are not and outside organization or part of a "chain" of language schools.
  • All international students are members of the College and are encouraged to participate in all activities with the students from the United States.
  • Our beautiful, safe campus has superb facilities and services, yet we are located just 5 miles/8 km from Boston by excellent public transportation .
  • We offer a friendly, supportive environment and the opportunity for the English language student to sample true college life in the United States.
  • Our classes are taught by highly qualified, dedicated, and experienced teachers.
  • We offer flexible start dates and duration.

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6. Do you offer a TOEFL preparation program?

Yes. Students wishing to take a TOEFL preparation course may choose it as an elective at no additional cost. It is included in the price of tuition. Our preparation program prepares you for all sections of the exam: structure, listening, and reading comprehension. We assist students in registering for the official iBT TOEFL test.

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7. Do you provide academic and university counseling?

Yes. We assist student who would like to attend a university in the United States by providing academic support in receiving and evaluating information about universities and in filling out applications. This service is offered free of charge. iBT TOEFL preparation is offered.

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8. What level English do I need to enroll in the program?

There are courses for students at all levels. We offer classes for beginner to advanced level students. When you arrive, you are given a written and oral English placement test, which evaluates your knowledge of Grammar, Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. You are then placed in a class that is at the appropriate level for you.
Our main concern is to provide you with personalized instruction that meets your English needs. Your progress in all language skills is evaluated continuously throughout the course.

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9. What are the nationalities of students at the English Language Institute?

Students come to ELI from every corner of the non-English-speaking world, and no one language (except English) predominates. The time of the year has an influence on the number of students coming from different countries, but, on average, our students come from:

Europe 30%
Latin America 30%
Asia 35%
Other 5%

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10. How many students are enrolled?

The number of students enrolled at one time varies depending upon the time of year. Generally, from September through June, we average 50 students and in July and August, approximately 200-250 students.

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11. What are the ages of your students?

The Pine Manor College "experience" attracts students who are typically of college age: 18 to 25 years. However, we do have some younger students, particularly in the summer period. Older students enjoy the relaxed college atmosphere and easy access to Boston.

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12. Is ELI for men and women?

The English Language Institute is open to both men and women. We have approximately 50% male and 50% female students studying at ELI. However, Pine Manor College is for women only.

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13. Is Pine Manor suitable for couples and families?

We have some accommodations that are suitable for couples wishing to live together. Please contact us for availability. However, the College is not suitable for families or children.

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14. What is your maximum class size?

The average number of students in each class depends on the course, the level and the time of year but is typically 8 to 10 students. From September through June, our class size is generally 6 to 8 students. In July and August, our classes are slightly larger from 12 to a maximum of 15 students.

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15. Will anybody at Pine Manor speak my language?

The answer is almost certainly: Yes! ! Members of our faculty and administration speak a variety of different languages and many have traveled the world and lived and taught overseas. Therefore, in the case of an emergency, it is very likely that you will be able to converse in your own language.
However, the policy of the English Language Institute is ENGLISH ONLY! All teaching is done exclusively in English. Translation or interpretation is never required and students are expected to communicate with each other in English at all times. (You will be amazed how easy that is, once you are here).

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16. How much can I learn?

The answer to this question depends, in part, on your personal aptitude for languages, your present level of English, the intensity of the course you choose, the duration of your course, and how hard you study. However, the single most important element to your success is your ability to "forget" your own language for a while: to immerse yourself in college life, to make new friends and to use your English every day in normal situations. Recognizing that fact, Pine Manor College offers the perfect English language environment and professional, intensive, personalized instruction. Most of our students take four to sixteen weeks to move from one level to the next, but it is almost impossible to say in advance what your own progress will be. One thing, however, is sure: just a short course with us can be the equivalent of several years of study in your home country.

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17. When is orientation?

We offer an in-depth orientation on the first Monday of your arrival. A sample schedule consists of:*

9:00 am - 10:30 am Placement Tests
10:30 am - 11:00 am Program & Academic Orientation
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Campus Tour & IDs
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Get to Know the Other Students and Boston Tour

*Times are subject to change.

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18. What is the class timetable?

  • The Intensive English Program is Monday-Thursday from 9:00am - 3:00pm and Friday from 9:00am - 12:30pm.
  • The Semi-Intensive English is Monday-Friday from 9:00am - 12:30pm.
  • Food is available in the Dining Hall on a continuous dining schedule.

We offer Grammar, Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking classes in the morning and elective classes in the afternoon. The elective classes vary from month to month depending on student interest, but generally students can choose from among the following electives: TOEFL preparation, Business English, Pronunciation and Idioms, American Culture and Literature, Current Events, Drama, Academic Study Skills, Oral Presentation Skills. Please see our section on courses and programs for complete information.

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19. Will I receive a certificate when I complete the program

At orientation, you will receive a copy of our academic policies which outlines all of our course requirements. If all of the requirements are successfully completed, you will be awarded a certificate which documents the class level completed, the course content and number of weeks you studied. The certificate will also detail your proficiency level in all of our core classes: Grammar, Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking.
Pine Manor College is a member of The American Association of Colleges and Universities, The Association of Governing Boards and The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts.

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20. Do you offer on and off campus activities?

Yes. When you arrive, you will be given a calendar of all the daily activities and excursions that we offer. As a member of Pine Manor College, you will be able to take full part in all the activities regularly organized on campus. These include lectures, movies, drama workshops, computer workshops, seminars, debates, music and concerts.
In addition, the English Language Institute also organizes a full program of on- and off-campus activities which are especially interesting to the international student. These include excursions to Boston, Harvard University, Cape Cod, Wrentham Shopping Outlets, Six Flags, Newport, RI, Ski Trips, Canada, New York, and Washington DC; attendance at sports events such as baseball, football; trips to local restaurants, pubs and clubs, theaters and concerts. Most of these activities are offered at an additional cost. Please See the Activities page.

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21. Should I rent a car?

A car is unnecessary at Pine Manor College because you will be living very close to excellent public transportation to take you into Boston. However, some students do rent cars for the weekends in order to explore New England on their own. We recommend that you rent a car only once you have started studying at Pine Manor. We can help you make the reservations and can often put you in contact with fellow students who would like to share the car with you. The minimum age for car rental is 21 or 25 years (depending on the hire company). Make sure you bring your driver's license and credit card with you.

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22. What are the accommodations like?

Students are accommodated in residences in small "villages" around the campus. Each residence has a student lounge with color television, cable TV, video player, laundry room and public telephone.
The residence has two floors: one for men, the other for women. Each floor consists of 4 shared rooms and 4 single rooms. Each floor also has two separate bathrooms with toilets, baths and showers (please see our section on accommodations for a detailed floor plan).
The bedrooms are spacious and centrally heated. They have beds, desks, and wardrobes for the storage of clothes and personal belongings.

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23. Who will be my roommate?

Most students prefer to share their room on campus with another student. There is an additional weekly cost for a single room. Please see the fees on our application.
Every effort is made to place students with a roommate who does not speak the same language, unless we receive a written request stating otherwise.
We make every effort to fulfill roommate requests, but do not guarantee roommate arrangements.

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24. Do you provide sheets, pillowcases, blankets and towels? 

Yes. On the Sunday of your arrival you will be given sheets, pillowcases, blankets and towels which will be exchanged weekly.
You should bring personal toiletries (soap, tooth brush, etc.) with you.
Our Residence Director is here to assist you with all questions concerning your accommodations on campus.

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25. Do you offer home stays?

In normal circumstances we do not offer accommodations with families. This is for three reasons:

  1. We believe that one of the major attractions of studying at Pine Manor College is the opportunity of experiencing American college life at its best and of meeting American students. We want you to share in, and contribute to, the social and cultural life of the College. This is very difficult to achieve when living off-campus;
  2. Our on-campus accommodations are of an unusually high standard;
  3. Pine Manor is located in one of Boston's most expensive residential areas, and very few suitable home stays are available within walking distance of the campus.
Nevertheless, suitable home stays are sometimes possible. Contact us for information.

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26. How is the food on campus?

Our Dining Hall is excellent! The food is varied, and you can eat as much as you like. We offer 19 meals per week: Monday through Friday: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Saturdays and Sundays: brunch and dinner.

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27. What is the temperature like in Boston?

Spring (March- May) 10 degrees C
Summer (June- August) 22 degrees C
Fall (September - November) 13 degrees C
Winter( December- February) 1 degree C

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28. Are books included in the fee?

Free materials are handed out in class, but students are encouraged to buy from our Bookstore the books that are frequently used: Grammar, Writing, and TOEFL book.

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29. Can you meet me at the airport on arrival?

We will be delighted to make arrangements for you to be met when you arrive at Logan International Airport, Boston. (Please see the cost of the transfer fees on our application.) However, it is very easy and safe to take a taxi from Logan Airport directly to the college. Taxis are plentiful and well regulated. The cost is approximately $50.

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30. Whom do I call if my flight is changed or delayed?

Call 617-731-7145. If you receive voice mail, please leave a message.

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31. Do you have an Emergency Contact Number?

Campus Security is available 24-hours per day and can be contacted on the many telephones located throughout the campus. They can also be contacted on public telephones (both on- and off- campus) at 617-731-7192. We ask that these numbers be called only for emergency situations.

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32. Should I have Medical Insurance?

Massachusetts state law requires all students to be covered by health insurance. If you do not have your own insurance, you must enroll in the Pine Manor College medical insurance. (Please see the medical insurance fees on our application.) If you have your own insurance, you must provide proof of coverage prior to your arrival on campus.

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33. How do I apply?

Please send us the completed application form. You can send it via e-mail or fax. Please be sure to fill out all of the information requested. We will then send you a confirmation of enrollment with all of your enrollment documents

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34. Are there special arrangements for groups?

We are pleased to make special group arrangements for schools and colleges overseas. These may include study of a specific area of the English language, excursions and field trips, free places for group leaders etc. Please contact us for more information.

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35. Is there a Pine Manor Representative in my country?

Please contact us to find out if there is a representative in your area.We select our international representatives with great care and expect them to provide accurate and detailed information concerning our programs. They will be able to advise you whether Pine Manor is suitable for your needs and can put you into contact with students from your country who have studied with us in the past. They may also be able to help with payment in your currency, flights and visa/passport requirements.

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36. What happens if I have to cancel or go home early?

Please see the Conditions of Enrollment on our application for details.

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37. What visa is required?

All ELI courses (except the Semi-Intensive Course which consists of 20 lessons / 17 hours of instruction per week) require that you enter the United States with an F-1 Student Visa.When we have received your application, we will send you the I-20 Form with which you will need to bring to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your city to obtain and F-1 Student Visa.

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38. What are the College's rules and regulations?

You will be provided with the complete Rules and Regulations of Pine Manor College during our Orientation on the first days of your course. The rules are simple and are intended to make life for everyone at Pine Manor relaxing, safe and enjoyable. You will be expected to attend your classes and to behave with consideration to all other members of the College community.
You will also be expected to abide by the laws of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The use of illicit drugs by anyone or of alcohol (under the age of 21 years) are illegal and subject to criminal prosecution. The terms and conditions of your F-1 Visa (or tourist visa) do not allow you to undertake paid employment while in the United States.

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39. What should I bring with me?

Please make sure you leave home with:
  • Your passport (valid for at least six months after your intended return home) with visa
  • Return flight tickets from Boston
  • The envelope given to you at the US Consulate containing the signed I-20 (which you will need to show to Immigration officers when you enter the United States)
  • Our Course Confirmation and receipt showing that you have paid your course and accommodation fees at Pine Manor.
  • Your Driver's License (if you intend to rent a car)
  • At least $100 US in cash (to help you during your first few days)
  • The remainder of your money in US Dollar Travelers' Checks
  • Credit cards
  • Any medications which you might need during your stay (and a translation of the prescription by your doctor into English if you need to purchase more medication in the United States)
  • Your address book with phone numbers of family and friends
  • Our address, phone numbers, and emergency contact numbers
  • Telephone calling card to call home
  • Other items you will need are, of course, clothing appropriate to the season (warm coats and clothes during winter months; light clothes for summer months; raincoat and umbrella year-round), personal items and toiletries, portable sports equipment (such as a tennis racquet), and your camera. We recommend that you take out insurance to cover the loss or theft of your personal possessions.

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