International Cadets

International Cadets

One of the great strengths of Valley Forge Military College, The Military College of Pennsylvania, is the incredible diversity of the student body. Students from around the world, representing over 30 nations, attend Valley Forge in preparation for success in life. Students at Valley Forge come from a wide range of religious and cultural backgrounds and each individual is supported in their spiritual development within those traditions. Valley Forge is simply the most diverse school of its size in America.


In a world which is increasingly economically interconnected, there is no better way to build relationships with future leaders. Students from Gabon may room with a student from the Dominican Republic. A student from Bahrain may room with a student from Kansas. Each grows to appreciate the other and forms bonds which can last a lifetime.

ELL Summer Program Application (PDF)

English Language & Leadership Summer Program

July 11th to August 15th 2013

The Valley Forge English Language & Leadership Summer Program is a five-week college preparatory summer program required for all new international students, designed for international English language students to gain academic English language skills, leadership skills, and cultural competency necessary for success in the American classroom and in meeting personal and educational goals. The program includes 100 hours of language instruction, practical and theoretical leadership training, experiential learning trips, as well as cultural immersion and exploration.

Program Features:

Academic English Language Training

Students will prepare for the upcoming academic year with 100 hours of English language instruction that will focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking, and critical thinking skills. Students will take a placement exam to determine the course level that will best support their needs. Courses focus on language found in a variety of academic and cultural contexts to prepare students for the subjects they will encounter in the American classroom.

Leadership Training

Students will participate in leadership training based on the Five Cornerstones upon which Valley Forge has built an international reputation: Leadership, Academic Excellence, Personal Motivation, Character Development and Physical Development. The goal of the leadership training is for students to develop an awareness of their leadership potential and learn the necessary skills and processes that will enable them to act responsibly, succeed academically, and meet the challenges in their personal and academic lives.

American Culture and Recreation

Students will venture into the community on organized experiential learning trips to complete academic, leadership, and cultural projects and to enjoy all the Philadelphia area has to offer. Students will visit historic sites, parks, and museums, attend sporting events, participate in recreational activities, and experience American culture.

Program Details:

Dates: July 11 – August 15, 2013

Ages: Grades 7-12; College freshmen and sophomores

Costs: $8500 USD (includes tuition, room & board, health insurance, books, trips, and activities)