International Program

Every year Linden Hall enrolls top students from all parts of the world. Our students currently represent 37 countries. This diversity prepares every Linden Hall student to be a global citizen.

International Program Highlights

  • A secluded campus just a short walk from shops and restaurants in the safe small town of Lititz, Pennsylvania
  • A comprehensive ESL curriculum that serves students from the intermediate to advanced English proficiency level
  • Weekend trips to nearby major urban centers: Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
  • Fall and spring break travel programs to other U.S. and European destinations
  • Frequent campus cultural events such as Lunar New Year and International Night

Admission Interview Requirement

An in-person or Skype interview is required of all students applying to Linden Hall. If a family is unable to visit the campus, or meet with our representatives when we travel to your region, we will arrange for a Skype appointment. Linden Hall's Skype ID is LindenHallAdmissions.

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International Students Have Different Thanksgiving Experiences

By Esther Zhao ’20

“It is fun to be around a lot of friends and spend time with them”, said Carolina Neamtu.

“I prefer staying alone to have some personal time,” said Eileen Ding.

When these two international students at Linden Hall talked about their Thanksgiving Break plans, they had two completely different ideas of how to spend their break time.

It was Thanksgiving Break for Linden Hall students from November 17th to November 25th. For international students, they had to choose where to go for the break. One of the choices is staying on campus. The other choices were being hosted by an American family, going back to their home countries, or traveling to another city.

Carolina, a student from Moldova, spent her break time with Tanna family. Her roommate, Eileen, who is from China, stayed on campus for the whole break. They shared two different but interesting Thanksgiving experiences.

When asked about her Thanksgiving break, Carolina seemed really excited to talk about it. She said she had a lot fun staying with the Tanna family at their home in Lititz. Since it was her first year in America and she does not celebrate Thanksgiving, everything was new to her. With the Tanna family, Carolina said, she watched some Christmas movies, played games, and tried Indian food. They also went out to roller skate and watched a school play. On Thanksgiving Day, Carolina said she had some traditional American Thanksgiving food that she had never tried before. However, her favorite part of the break was Black Friday shopping, even though she did not buy many things. Carolina said she enjoyed the break with Tanna family, and learning about American life and culture.

“I love that I can learn about American life because it is so different from my life. The thing that surprised me the most is that they did not have breakfast because they sometimes got up very late, so they focused more on dinner,” Carolina said. Comparing the holiday traditions between America and Moldova, Carolina thought they are similar. “You know how here people spend time with their family on holidays. In my home country, it is the same. Families gather together and enjoy the time with each other. I like that because it is nice to be around your family.”

On the other hand, according to Eileen who spent the break on campus, her break was relaxing. She went on Linden Hall trips to the Asian Market, the Outlets, and Target. She bought a lot of food at the Asian Market and Target. However, she did not enjoy the trip to Outlets: “The clothes there were out of date and unfashionable, so it was a really bad shopping experience.”

When she was in her room, Eileen watched many TV shows and movies to pass time. She also spent three days studying for the SAT and working on a history essay. On Thanksgiving Day, Eileen said she participated in the Thanksgiving feast of Chinese food and cupcakes ordered by the Residential Life Director, Mrs. Simonetti, for students who stayed on campus over break. Eileen said she preferred Chinese food rather than traditional American Thanksgiving food as Thanksgiving dinner because she thought the Chinese food was really good.

In addition, Eileen shared her experience about her Thanksgiving break when she was at her previous school last year. She said she stayed with an American host family and celebrated Thanksgiving Break with them. “My host family went to their friend’s house, and there were around 12 people there gathering together in the house. They had been talking for seven or eight hours! However, I was sitting there silently because my English was not good enough to understand what they were talking about. Also, we did not really eat traditional

American food for dinner. Because my host family was from Poland, they had some Polish food instead. I did not like the food because it tasted weird.” Eileen said she felt stressed at that time because she was reluctant to spend time with unfamiliar people. In the end, Eileen expressed her viewpoint that “I think staying alone on campus over break was better because I could have some personal time to do whatever I want.”

All in all, no matter where they spent it, both of these two girls showed that they enjoyed their Thanksgiving break.