Boston is both a sprawling metropolis and a beautiful harbour town. Set in pleasant New England, it is favourable in all seasons; spring flowers in full bloom, summer watching the sailboats, autumn foliage turning the city amber, red and gold, and snow turning Boston into a winter wonderland. Located in beautiful Back Bay in downtown Boston, OISE enjoys fantastic views of the city from its art-deco building shared with consulates from Turkey, Spain, Colombia and France. The area is very desirable in Boston and one of its famous shopping streets, Newbury St, is close to the school with a range of boutique and designer shops.
The Social Programme at OISE Boston shows the best of what the city has to offer. In summer students watch Harvard and MIT compete at the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest two-day rowing event from the banks of the Esplanade. Kayaking on the River Charles and sailing in the harbour, or even a guided boat tour are great ways of exploring the city by water.
All year round, students go on trips to local breweries to see how beers Harpoon and Sam Adams are made, tour the USS Constitution ship that was launched in 1797 and is still afloat today, eat dumplings in Chinatown and grab a slice of pizza in North End, the Italian district. Trips to the Top of the Hub in the Prudential building to enjoy appetisers and cocktails in front of the cityscape are popular, as well as trips to discover Harvard campus and the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Homestay accommodation is an excellent way to experience American culture and to have extended English language practice in a relaxed environment. All hosts are located near public transport stops with easy access to OISE Boston. Staff can help with private accommodation options including a choice of serviced apartments on request.
Boston Logan Airport is situated on the outskirts of the city and takes only a 10 minute taxi ride to OISE Boston, which can also be reached by metro or bus. Boston has an efficient transport network, the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority. The MBTA is very affordable and a pass will allow you to use both the metro and the bus system which have services running late into the night.
Beaches are a 30 minute drive away, ski resorts and Washington are 2 hours away, New York City is accessible by bus in 4 hours or by plane in 1 hour and Cape Cod can be reached by ferry in 1 hour.