Gift your child the benefits of high school education in the U.S.


Who is eligible to participate in this program?

Citizens of Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore between the ages of 14 and 18 with a good educational track record can participate. Additionally, the student must

  • have secured an average score of at least 60% in each of the last three years of schooling
  • ELTIS/TOEFL scores meeting the requirements of the specific high school
  • own a desire to experience a different culture
  • be recommended by three teachers, past or present
  • hold an ambition to be the home country’s ambassador in the U.S.
  • possess certified good health

What are my options?

StudiUS offers a convenient range of options to choose from: six-month programs or annual programs, single year or multi-year, starting in the Spring (January) or Fall (September) semesters. There are also multiple short-term programs available. Click on Academics for further details.

Why study in the U.S.?

The United States has become the premier destination for international students from all over the world. It offers compelling advantages, such as

World-class educational system
Over the last hundred years, the American educational system and its institutes have gained unparalleled international repute and recognition. The United States has more institutions of higher learning than any other country in the world. And the quality of these academic bodies is world class. When a student enrolls in a Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), he or she gains a distinct advantage - the exposure to such a world-class educational system, right from an early age.

Unmatched academic and career options
In the U.S., the number of academic options offered to students is endless. Almost every field of study is available in the country. From Russian history to nuclear physics. From theology to quantum biology. From social science to space science. If you want it, you will find it. Many children who participate in the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), continue their higher education in the U.S. These young people choose to specialize in their own field of interest, in an environment free from the burden of conventional choices. Attending high school in the U.S. places students at a distinct advantage to get into the best colleges there. Career options too abound. Asian students have a proven track record of excellence in Science, Technology, Finance, Banking, International Relations, Art, Architecture & Design and Management.

Since the U.S. school system utilizes credit units, most schools offer academic programs that are flexible in nature. This means that, very often, you can choose your season of enrolment, how many classes to enroll for in each semester or quarter, and your elective subject(s). An American education conforms to each student's individual needs.

People and culture
America is a melting pot of people from all over the world. You will find most Americans to be very hospitable, friendly, kind, generous and accepting of foreigners. These are traits that many international students adopt and take home with them. The diversity of nationalities that they get to interact with gives them truly international exposure, which stands them in good stead in the workplace and in life, in an increasingly global world.

Which are the participating schools?

All SEVP approved public high schools and SEVP approved private high schools that FLAG partners with. FLAG partners with 80 private schools.

What will it cost me?

A one-year program at a public school in the U.S., including accommodation with a host family, will cost about USD 20,000.
Private school programs cost more, ranging from USD35,000 to USD 80,000 per year.
There is an annual processing and administrative fee of USD 17,000.


What is the role of FLAG?

StudiUS works closely with the reputed nonprofit U.S.-based international student exchange organisation FLAG. FLAG was established over 25 years ago and works with students from Latin America, Europe and Asia. It is a U.S. State Department designated sponsor and has achieved 100% compliance with all rules and regulations governing student exchange.
FLAG is responsible for:

  • Documentation for Visa [I-20, DS-2019, etc.]
  • Interviewing, Screening, and Selection of the Host Family
  • Portfolio preparation of, and orientation to, the Host Family
  • Enrolling the student in an SEVP [Student & Exchange Visitor Program] approved high school
  • Host Country Orientation for Students
  • Health Insurance Policy
  • Health Insurance Policy
  • Regular monitoring of the behaviour and performance of the student and the resolution of issues, if any

Host Family

What is a Host Family?

A Host Family is a special group of people who have made an unselfish, caring and thoughtful commitment to take you into their home. FLAG very carefully and thoughtfully researches every prospective host family. Prospective host families are shortlisted through various means, such as:

  • Previous host families
  • Schools
  • Private clubs & affiliations
  • Churches
  • Local publications
  • Word of mouth"

How is a Host Family selected?

As with the students, there are selection criteria for host families. FLAG personally interviews each host family, and checks their references to determine their qualifications in order for them to become a host family.

Some of the attributes looked for in potential host families:

  • A true willingness to accept a student as part of the family; not as a guest.
  • A genuine interest in this type of inter-cultural experience as the main reason for wanting to host a student; no second intentions such as, the need for a baby-sitter.
  • The family's background and financial situation; middle class status or above is required.
  • A general agreement among all members of the family regarding the decision to host a student.

Additionally, we pay close attention to the housing conditions of potential host families. Although we are not looking for anything more than a typical middleclass American home, the following points are observed during the personal interview:

1. General conditions of the neighbourhood or area including:
  • Safety
  • Cleanliness
  • Types of Houses
2.General conditions of the house, including:
  • Cleanliness (inside and outside)
  • Appropriate size
  • Neatness
  • Basic Appliances
3. Your bedroom:
  • Cleanliness
  • Neatness
  • Own-bed requirement

What is the role of the Host Family?

The host family assures the student a loving family environment, and concern themselves thoroughly with the student's progress and welfare. Living with the host family provides deeper insights into and real-life experiences of the American culture. The exchange student does not live like a visitor but like a local.


Where will the student stay in the U.S.?

During the tenure in the U.S. the student will stay only with the Host Family.

Can the student stay with a relative/friend in the U.S.?

No. It is mandatory to stay with the Host Family.

How is the student's well-being ensured?

StudiUS and FLAG adopt all measures that safeguard a secure and safe experience.

    These include, but are not limited to:
  • Pre-departure Cultural Orientation
  • On-call availability to natural parents throughout the exchange for any questions or concerns
  • Working with the established and reputed U.S. student exchange organisation FLAG
  • Ensuring that host families are personally interviewed as per the statutory requirements of the U.S.
  • Ensuring that each student has a FLAG Area Representative for regular contact, close support and advice
  • Providing medical/accident insurance policy specialized for international students during their stay in the U.S.
  • Providing all students with a Safety Card that lists contact details of FLAG Area Representative, Host Family, FLAG Area Counselor, FLAG’s Toll Free Number and the U.S. State Department’s Toll Free Number.

What are the student's obligations?

  • The student must follow rules, regulations and guidelines as specified by StudiUS and FLAG, throughout his/her sojourn, from the date of signing the contract, until departure from the U.S. after completion of the selected course.
  • The student must obey all local, state and federal laws while in the U.S.
  • The student must accept, respect and obey the host family's house rules, respect the host father and host mother equally, have the same understanding and comprehension that he/she has with his/her natural parents and peers and must not expect special privileges.
  • The student is prohibited from traveling in the U.S. without adult supervision during his/her sojourn. To travel with adults other than the host family, the student must first acquire written authorization from the natural parents, host family and appropriate StudiUS staff
  • The student's natural parents, family members and friends are not permitted to visit him/her during his/her sojourn in the U.S. The host family cannot authorize anyone to visit the participant without StudiUS’ knowledge. Exceptions will be made only in cases of health-related emergencies where the participant must be hospitalized for a period longer than three days.
  • The student must attend and participate in all scheduled classes and maintain passing grades (C average or better). Attendance is absolutely mandatory.
  • The student must not be involved with consuming alcoholic beverages and any illegal drugs or smoking cigarettes
  • The student is prohibited from involving him/herself in sexual activities of any kind. In addition, the participant must NOT date.
  • The student is prohibited from driving any type of motor vehicle (including lawn mowers, ATVs, snow mobiles, motorcycles, jet skis, etc.) except as part of a Driver's Education course at the school which he/she is attending. The student is not allowed to secure a driver's license while participating in the program. The participant is also prohibited from hitchhiking.
  • The student is prohibited from participating in high risk sports, including but not limited to, scuba diving, horse jumping, hang gliding, skiing or snow-boarding outside of maintained trails or slopes of ski resorts, mountaineering, use of firearms or air/spring powered guns, parachuting, ice hockey, judo, karate, wave running, bobsledding, riding or driving a motorcycle, etc.
  • Students are prohibited from bringing medications with them from their home countries. If a student is required to take any prescription medications during his/her participation in the exchange program, it must be noted on his/her Student Health Record. All medications must be accompanied by a prescription which has been officially translated into English. The name of the medication on the prescription must match the name of the medication on the bottle or packaging.
  • The student may not be employed on either a full or part-time basis, but may accept sporadic or intermittent employment, such as baby-sitting or yard work.
  • The student is not allowed to make changes in personal appearance, either on a short-term or long-term basis, that in effect distinguish him/her from the mainstream. In addition, he/she must not arrive at the host country orientation with an appearance that sets him/her apart from the mainstream. (For example: hair dyed purple or orange, nose piercing, tongue piercing, tattoos, etc.) The participant must wear appropriate attire at all times.


What subjects can the students study in the U.S.?

Click on Syllabus for further details.

Health Check

Are there any health checks required?

You will be required to undergo a general medical and dental examination before you embark on your exchange program.

It is important for you to fill out the immunization section of your medical form very thoroughly. Your American high school has policies concerning immunizations, and you will have to take vaccine shots in the U.S. if your medical form is not complete in each section, or else you will not be allowed into school.

Medical and dental insurance
You will be covered by a medical/accident insurance policy specialized for international students during your stay in the U.S. Although this policy provided by FLAG exceeds the minimum limits established by the U.S. Government, it does not cover pre-existing medical conditions or dental treatments (except in case of an accidental injury to a healthy tooth).


What is Form I-20?

Form I-20 is a SEVIS generated document. This is a Certificate of Eligibility of Non-immigrant Student Status, issued by the SEVP approved school.


What is SEVP?

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is a part of the National Security Investigations Division and acts as a bridge for government organizations that have an interest in information on non-immigrants whose primary reason for coming to the United States is education.

On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), SEVP manages schools, non-immigrant students in the F and M visa classifications and their dependents. The Department of State (DoS) manages Exchange Visitor Programs, non- immigrant exchange visitors in the J visa classification and their dependents. Both SEVP and DoS use the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to track and monitor schools; exchange visitor programs; and F, M and J non-immigrant's while they visit the United States and participate in the U.S. education system.


What is SEVIS?

SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System [SEVIS], administered by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is an Internet-based system that maintains data on foreign students and exchange visitors before and during their stay in the United States.


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