International Students

Perkins School for the Blind is SEVIS certified and able to enroll international students. For more information on studying in the US and obtaining a visa, click here

In addition to our on-campus programs, international students can take part in other services that Perkins has to offer, such as Independent Evaluations and Short Courses. For Perkins resources that may be closer to your home country, visit Perkins International

Why Perkins?

Leadership: Since 1829, Perkins has been at the center of innovation and expertise, dedicated to helping prepare students who are blind for the world and the world for these students. Our renowned teacher training and professional development opportunities attract participants from across the U.S. and across the globe.

Extensive campus resources: Day and residential students from around the world enjoy unparalleled learning opportunities and use of technologies on our fully accessible, 38-acre campus in Watertown, MA, only 20 minutes from Boston’s Logan International airport. We have teachers who specialize in English Language Learner for children learning English for the first time. 

overhead view of perkins campusA customized, measurable education: To prepare each student for the fullest life possible, Perkins’ experts individualize core academics with a full spectrum of expanded core curriculum (ECC) skills. The ECC covers independent living skills, assistive technology, career education, orientation and mobility, self-determination, social development, recreation and leisure interests, sensory efficiency and much more.

Also, our weekend and afterschool programs offer rich opportunities for students to gain valuable social skills and experiences while learning how to travel around the area.

Planning for adult transitions: Perkins is focused on empowering students for successful outcomes at Perkins and beyond. Every student works with a transition team, which includes coaching and monitoring for progress, to help prepare for success after Perkins: at college, pursuing a vocation or in a residential community setting.

11-month program: Perkins’ trained staff works with students throughout the school year from September through June. Multiple specialists and teaching assistants ensure that each student receives the personalized instruction he or she needs to thrive.

Special international considerations: Perkins can support your international student and takes special considerations in culture, religion, transportation, and other needs.

Hear from a Perkins International Parent:

"Our son lost his sight when he was 3, has had tutors and also attended private school in Ecuador. After trying a summer program at Perkins School for the Blind, it was clear that Perkins would be the best option for the well-rounded care and education needed to achieve total independence. We are grateful for the staff’s dedication and professionalism.” – Monica Moretta,  Ecuador 

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