VIA- F-1 Private School Program Provides students with excellent educational opportunities. VIA follows F-1 Visa guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). Our program follows all the standards endorsed by The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).
Our F-1 Exchange program can help you satisfy your interests in obtaining a quality education at one of the selected Private High Schools within VIA’s network of Day & Boarding Schools throughout the United States. We offer over 200 schools, so even if you are a thrill seeker looking to ski down mountain sides, or your passion is in music and art, we have a school for you. We even have schools that offer equestrian opportunities, rowing, football and soccer.
Students must FIRST apply with a VIA international partner. To find out if we have an International partner in your country, email us. Our international partners interview and screen all applicants, and each applicant must qualify to be accepted into our F-1 program. In addition to completing an application, students must:
•Maintain a good overall academic record •Be mature, flexible, and adaptable •Be willing to pay tuition for a public or private high school •Be willing to pay a host family for room and full board •Be between the ages of 14-18 years •Demonstrate conversational English language ability •Have proof of English Skills (TOEFL, ITEP SLATE, IELTS)
What Makes an Exchange Student Different?
When someone leaves the familiar behind and takes a risk into the unknown, it is showing a commitment to understand other people, not only from textbooks. A year spent overseas will be a year that will redefine you.
You will face challenges, have experiences and discover a new way to look at the world. There will be differences and similarities in people that you meet. A year overseas teaches you how to build friendships, take on responsibilities for yourself, while respecting differences and tolerating the beliefs of others. Exchange students are leaders they develop leadership skills, self-confidence and a greater understanding of the world around them.
Come join VIA and let us make your dreams a reality!