The New England School of English

New England School of English is located adjacent to Harvard University in the center of Harvard Square in Cambridge. Harvard Square is a focal point of student activity and one of the most interesting and lively student centers in the United States.


An Ideal Location, An Ideal University Setting

NESE is located adjacent to Harvard University in the center of Harvard Square in Cambridge. Harvard Square is a focal point of student activity and one of the most interesting and lively student centers in the United States. NESE is only 100 meters from the train and bus stations and 10 minutes from downtown Boston. We are also less than two hours away from great skiing, ocean sailing, and beautiful, historic Cape Cod.

Excellent Teachers

Because of its outstanding reputation, NESE attracts teachers who hold both undergraduate or advanced degrees from some of the top universities in the US, including Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. Regardless of where our teachers obtained their degrees, NESE teachers are dynamic professionals with exceptional teaching experience who have been selected to teach at NESE because of their high level of expertise and dedication.

Small Classes

Our average class size is 12 students.

Intensive & Semi-Intensive Programs Five Days per Week

After a thorough assessment, students are placed into one of ten levels of language and culture training. Each level provides a choice of either intensive language instruction from 9:00 to 3:15 five days per week or semi-intensive language instruction from 9:30 to 12:30 five days per week.

Elective and After-School Courses

In addition to our intensive academic classes, students can choose elective and after-school courses to help them reach their goals more rapidly. Elective and After-School Courses include TOEFL® Preparation, Business English, Legal English, Pronunciation, and University Preparation. NESE advanced students can also take courses in their area of particular interest at Harvard Extension School and other area colleges.

Flexible Schedule

We offer intensive 4-week sessions beginning at 12 different times throughout the year. This means that you can start your English training at a time that best suits your schedule.

A Program for Professionals

Because of the flexibility of the NESE curriculum, professionals can choose the classes they want to take. This is ideal for professionals whose work does not allow them to follow our intensive curriculum. In addition to our regular Intensive Program, private instruction and NESE Elective Courses are some of the options at NESE for professionals.

A Program for Students

Our intensive curriculum is specially designed to help students achieve their academic goals as rapidly as possible. In addition to our intensive classes, we offer a TOEFL® Preparation course, the Institutional TOEFL® exam each month, and a University Preparation course. We also offer extensive educational counseling and a university placement service, a university resource library to help students plan future studies in the United States, and admission into a wide range of universities without taking TOEFL®.

Free Counseling & Services

Our range of free services is extensive: pre-arrival housing placement, university counseling and placement, use of NESE computer facilities, unlimited use of NESE e-mail and the internet, NESE transcripts and certificates, and counseling from our experienced representatives around the world.

Trips Throughout the Boston Area

NESE takes students on trips to Boston’s museums, university lectures, theaters, and sporting events, as well as to the area’s famous historical sites. You will be amazed by the size of the whales on our whale watching trips and the magnificence of The Mayflower on our trips to Plymouth Plantation (one of the first villages in the United States). You will cheer on the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics, and you will practice your skiing on Mt. Sunapee’s black diamond slopes (or learn how to ski on the bunny slopes) in New Hampshire.

Cost of Attendance

Intensive Program $1795 / 4-week session 
Semi-Intensive Program $1310 / 4-week session


If You Want to Live in a Homestay

NESE's American homestay program is designed to provide cultural exposure to American family life in a warm and supportive environment. It is your home away from home. Your homestay family will provide you with friendship, care, and an ideal opportunity to use your English and experience American culture. NESE carefully selects all homestay families, and every family has a great deal of experience hosting foreign students.

If You Want to Live in a Dormitory

NESE has three dormitories, one for younger students, one for mid-age students, and one for professionals. All dormitories are located only 15 minutes from NESE near the campuses of Harvard and MIT. All dormitories offer students either a single or a double room, full linen and cleaning service, and breakfast and dinner every day of the week.


$3500—$4000 Session

Fast facts

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Top Programs

English Language (ESL), General English Programs, TOEFL and University Preparation

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Type of School

Intensive & Semi-Intensive English Program

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

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  • Accreditation and Certification

    ACCET Accredited
  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment, Dormitory

Cambridge MA
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36 John F. Kennedy St. Cambridge, MA

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