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English Immersion at One of the Oldest Girls’ Schools in the U.S.

This summer, Buffalo Seminary (SEM), one of the oldest girls’ schools in the U.S., has opened its beautiful student residences for international students who want to learn English, have fun, and practice safe independence.

In the mornings, girls can choose from a variety of camp activities from video production to theater design, coding with robots, baking, traditional camp arts and crafts, and Fashion Lab NY, a week of exploration of current brands that raise social awareness and inspire others to pay it forward. All students will sew two items and give one to a designated organization. Mornings can also be spent learning squash from a college team coach or learning how to row or sail on Buffalo’s rivers and Great Lake waterfront.

In the afternoons, girls will learn English in immersion classes taught through the American woman’s experience. This humanities-based immersion curriculum uses primary texts and trips to take English language learning to the next level. There are also local adventures and exploration—SEM is 20 minutes from Niagara Falls. In the evenings, students can stroll to Starbucks, get ice cream, find nearby Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park and take a rowboat for a leisurely spin, or grab a city rental bike from a rack on the corner. On weekends, there are college visits, adventure parks, and enjoying summer in the city with concerts, food trucks, and browsing local shops and museums. Squash@SEM is a unique all-girl squash clinic available to immersion students in the mornings. The coach from Connecticut College will be at SEM from July 15–28. Learn to Row is offered at the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, of which SEM is a founding member. Sailing is offered with the Buffalo Yacht Club.

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