International Students

International students enrich our community. Since 2009, Highland School has welcomed students from many different countries, including Brazil, Spain, Scotland, Belgium, Norway, South Korea, and China.  

In a typical year, the Upper School enrolls between 15 and 20 students. Some come for an exchange year, while others stay and earn a Highland diploma. International students who attend Highland are encouraged to come prepared to participate not only in our rigorous academic programs, but in extracurricular activities that will deepen their experience beyond the classroom. 

International students who choose to attend Highand are encouraged to come prepared to participate not only in our rigorous academic programs, but also in activities beyond the classroom to further enrich their education and experience.

Type of students we seek
In collaboration with our placement partners, international students who are interested in attending Highland are screened to ensure a good match for both the student and the school.

The students who succeed in our program share the following characteristics:

  • Competency with written and spoken English
  • Flexibility, maturity, and open-mindedness
  • Ambition to succeed academically
  • Ability to integrate into a school community and with their host family 

Visa requirements
Highland School is an SEVP certified school with the ability to sponsor F1 visas. Foreign Exchange Students attending Highland School hold a F1 or a J1 visa. Foreign Exchange Students holding a F1 visa pay full tuition plus a $9,000 international fee.  

Our host families
While attending Highland, students will live with host families that are identified and screened by our placement partners. Host families open their homes to serve as an additional support system for the student, as well as the foundation for deeper cultural understanding. The specific dates of stay correspond with the academic calendar. 

Host families come from all walks of life. Some host families may have younger or older children, some may be empty nesters, single, or married without children. Regardless of the family structure, all host families are carefully screened and interviewed to determine that the family and home environment is of the highest quality possible.

Highland School makes an excellent destination
Located in the town of Warrenton, Virginia-- just 45 miles outside of Washington, DC-- Highland is an excellent location for international students looking for a meaningful exchange program. Through school field trips and with their host families, international students enjoy the many museums and cultural attractions of our nation’s capital.

Best of the best
Our Upper School offers 14 Honors courses and 18 Advanced Placement classes. Recent college acceptances include the most prestigious schools in Virginia, as well as Columbia University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Yale University and others.

Learn more today
To learn more about Highland's international program, please contact Donna Tomlinson, Highland's Director of Admission and Tuition Assistance, at 540-878-2740 or via email to dtomlinson@highlandschool.org.

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