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
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.
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.
All SEVP approved public high schools and SEVP approved private high schools that FLAG partners with. FLAG partners with 80 private schools.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
During the tenure in the U.S. the student will stay only with the Host Family.
No. It is mandatory to stay with the Host Family.
StudiUS and FLAG adopt all measures that safeguard a secure and safe experience.
A STUDENT HAND BOOK WILL BE PROVIDED TO STUDENTS WITH A COMPLETE LIST OF EXPECTATIONS.
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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).
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.
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.
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.