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International Student Program Service

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For schools who host international students from regions that may be affected by the Coronavirus, please see the information linked below. 

Here at ACSI we understand that it takes many contributing factors to run a successful International Student Program. From achieving successful homestays to finding reliable agents/recruiters, we're here to help! Our goal is to support your International Student Program- spreading the love of Christ from our schools to students from around the world.

Contact our Assistant Vice President Dr. Erin Wilcox at ISP@acsi.org for more information on how we can equip your international student program.

Interested in starting or developing your international student program?

Administrators or Coordinators of International Student Programs: Do you have questions about starting an international student program? Are you confused about the business side of bringing in new international students?

Homestay Coordinators: Do you often wonder how to bring in more families? Do you have difficulty equipping these families with the tools they need? 

Admissions Officers: Do you need advice for working with agents/recruiters and how to find good recruiting avenues for international students? 

We have resources to help with these questions and more!

If you are looking for schools with ISP programs, you can use our "Find a School" search on the ACSI home page.  Here is how you do that...

  • Click on "Find a School" (top blue bar on ACSI home page)
  • Click on "Show Results" (bottom right corner, after making no other choices unless you want to limit it to one state or city)
  • In the orange box "Refine your Search Results" choose "I-20" and any other indicators you desire such as "High School" or enrollment size.
  • Click "Search Now"  

The list of SEVIS certified schools (allows international students to study with them) is public information and can be found here

ISP Training

The seven key topics include:

1) Mission and Vision
2) Transition Experience
3) TCK Profile
4) English Language Learners
5) Classroom Implications
6) Spiritual Formation
7) Program Development

*New training events will be posted soon.

ISP Webinars

Upcoming Webinar:

When: November 19, 2020 10:45 AM (Mountain)

Topic: Keeping International Students Involved and Connected

Do you worry that the international students at your school are not able to connect well with other students? We know that coming to a foreign land with a foreign language can be intimidating, however there are strategies for international student programs that can help. Kathy Tharp and her student intern will be sharing about a great Buddy Program used at their school, along with other ways to help international students be involved and included in the school community.

I hope that you can join us!

Register for this FREE webinar.

Previous Webinars:

ISP Articles

Meeting the Needs of International Students - This article by Dr. Jan Dormer provides a very brief introduction to meeting the needs of English learners (ELs) in Christian schools. Its goal is to highlight needs international students may have because they are  English learners, and how schools might address these needs.

ISP Accreditation Endorsement

Below you will find a link to ACSI's International Student Program Accreditation Endorsement. We hope that your school will be able to use this resource as a way to strengthen, establish, and eventually achieve the International Student Program Endorsement with ACSI.

Student Insurance  

By recommendation of an ACSI member school with a successful International Student Program, ACSI would like to direct schools seeking insurance for their international students to the Patriot Exchange program through IMG (International Medical Group). A school would need 5 or more students for the group plan (and a 10% group discount); otherwise, the individual plan would offer the same policy.

Open Doors

This resource is for schools considering or in the early stages of developing an International Student Program. It walks leaders through the process of sharing the concepts with other leaders and the school community, the government licensure procedure, and further first steps.  

Order Now! (SKU# 6650)

Stay Connected!

Join the ISP (International Student Program) group in ACSI’s Online Community.  ISP Coordinators use this forum to connect, share resources, learn about events, and find answers to common problems related to having International Students at their school.  For help getting into the online community, visit: ACSI Community Help Page.