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Arrival and First Day - Young Learners


Emergency Number

(For use outside of office hours only)

+1 800 964 7009 (Outside US) +1 617 990 4880 (Inside US) For use outside of office hours only

Airport Transfers

  • Transfers are compulsory unless students are accompanied by a guardian. In this case, EC must be given a No Airport Transfers Waiver Form.

  • Students should arrive on Saturday and depart on Saturday. If students require transfers from alternative locations, fees will be quoted upon request. If the student is travelling as an unaccompanied minor with the airline, a fee of $105 one way is charged.
  • It is vitally important that EC Boston is made aware of any last minute flight changes by calling the emergency phone number. Please send information regarding arrival time, flight number, airline, name of airport and terminal number to EC Head Office as soon as possible. If this information does not reach us at least 7 days prior to the student's arrival, EC Boston will not be responsible for providing airport transfers to the student and will not offer any compensation to students who have not been picked up because of this.

Student Arrivals

Students will be met at the airport by a driver. For domestic flights, the driver will wait at the baggage claim area, holding a sign labeled "EC Boston". For international arrivals, the driver will wait outside the customs area with a sign labeled "EC Boston".

Students are then taken to their accommodation in homestays. Homestays average is 35 - 60 minutes away from the airport, depending on the traffic.

EC staff

For the Young Learners Programme, EC employs a number of Activity Leaders and Resident Advisors who benefit from a rigorous in-house training programme. Their role is to ensure that students have an enjoyable and safe stay and provide constant support to Young Learners.

First Day

On their first day (Sunday), students must meet at the school by  9:45 AM. 

Welcome Pack

Students will be given a lanyard, a student handbook, forms, directions and activities information for their programme.

Welcome Talk

Students will have a welcome talk on Sunday after their placement test. An orientation will be held from 11:00 – 12:30, consisting of academic, accommodation and activities information.

Students will receive:

  • Directions to class and nearby restaurants
  • Activity calendar
  • Students will have a group lunch from 12:30 - 13:30, and then will begin the first activity.
  • Students will receive their textbooks at their first class which will take place on Monday.

Placement Test

Between 10:00 and 11:00, students will take their placement test which will assess them in all key skill areas, allowing academic staff to place students in the relevant group for their ability.


A junior student handbook will be given on the first day at the housing orientation. This handbook contains a map of the school campus, homestay responsibilities and emergency contact information.


  • Any questions or problems that students or international group leaders might have should be addressed to the Coordinator. The Coordinator is available from 8:30 - 17:00 daily to assist in any way.
  • Signed parents' consent/waiver form should be received along with the enrolment form.