Residential Life

Carlisle - International Program - 2013 Girls HouseBecome Part of the Family

At Carlisle, learning and living with peers and committed, caring adults create a community consistent with our mission. The experience of being away from home instills a sense of confidence and responsibility, thus providing a smoother transition to college.

Boarding life grants students the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and get to know them through studying together, participating in the arts and athletics, and enjoying weekend trips and activities.

Our international students are hosted by a family in the community to be fully immersed in American life. All of our host families are local residents, and in most cases, have students who attend Carlisle, so they are familiar with the school. This connection to Carlisle helps our international students quickly integrate into life at Carlisle.


Studying away from home is not only about education in the classroom but also about learning from daily experiences. Our International Program is dedicated to ensuring that our boarding students have many opportunities to have fun and make friends. Weekly activities and entertainment options are provided, such as music concerts, theater, sports events, movies, shopping, and day trips. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains’ beautiful foothills, the Martinsville-Henry County region offers small-town charm with a wide variety of cultural and outdoor opportunities. Explore the Virginia Museum of Natural History or Piedmont Arts Association. Catch a theater performance at our local Theatre Works or a concert. Enjoy the outdoors at the Smith River Sports Complex or along our numerous walking trails and parks. Only an hour away in the metropolitan areas of Roanoke, Virginia, and Greensboro, North Carolina, you can find even more opportunities for entertainment, dining, and shopping.


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the tuition. Students are provided with breakfast and dinner with their host home. Lunch is served at school. Students often dine out as part of weekend activities, and many times students find it fun to cook their favorite meals for their host family to share a part of their culture.