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The International Student Program at University High School

International students are an important part of the University High School community. Students and host families benefit from different perspectives, exploring new customs, sharing culture and community, and developing relationships that last a lifetime. University High School has welcomed students from countries all over the globe, including Brazil, China, Guatemala, South Korea, and Norway.

We are currently enrolling international students for the 2023-24 school year as well as expanding our network of host families for these students.


Since its founding, University High School has focused on building community. Over the years, our community has grown to include students from around the world, and we are proud to have created a program for our international students that enables them to thrive academically and socially and achieve their college goals.

As a student at University, you will have access to many specialized services, including:

  • A homestay program
  • An English course designed to support and enhance our students’ academic language skills
  • A “conversation partners” program to help students get to know their American classmates
  • Cultural excursions to area points of interest
  • Personalized college counseling conducted by staff with years of experience in international admissions

Our faculty and staff understand the challenges of moving to a new country, learning in a language other than your own, and studying in an unfamiliar environment, and we are ready to help you transition to your new life and school and eager for you to share your country and culture with us. We believe that University High School is an ideal place to pursue your dream of studying in the U.S., and we look forward to meeting you, answering your questions, and telling you more about our community and what it can offer.

During the pandemic, we have continued to provide support, whether our students are on campus, e-learning from their homes here, or e-learning from overseas. We can’t wait to be back together next fall on campus, and we would love to welcome you as a member of the University community.

Shannon Swann
Director of International Programs

Services Provided to All International Students

  • Translation services for international transcripts, mid-term reports, and mentoring letters, as well as parent-mentor conferences
  • A course in academic English that supports and expands students’ English skills
  • English proofreading help
  • Individual faculty mentors to help with adjustment, social integration, and academics
  • Visa and I-20 processing, plus travel documentation support for international travel
  • On-site peer tutoring available during the school day and paid tutoring available after school
  • Individualized language placement after arrival and annual testing after arrival to track student progress in English
  • Regular communication with host and birth families regarding school calendar, deadlines, and policies
  • Specialized student orientation and ongoing support
  • One-to-one guidance when scheduling classes
  • Personalized college counseling services with staff experienced in international student admissions
  • “Conversation partner” program to encourage interaction between international students and their American peers
  • Cultural excursions to local and regional places of interest

Additional Services Provided to Students in the Homestay Program

  • Housing, transportation, and meals
  • Medical insurance
  • Placement of each student with a carefully selected host family
  • Supervision of the homestay experience by a local coordinator to inspect homes
  • Host families who have received training on all aspects of the homestay experience

Faculty & Staff

  • Faculty and staff with substantial international experience and knowledge
  • Dedicated staff available for international students, including
    • International student admissions
    • Director of International Programs


University High School is a diverse community that welcomes qualified international students to our student body. Because University High School has a rigorous academic curriculum, international applicants must be proficient English speakers and must have test scores and grades that demonstrate an ability to thrive in an American college preparatory program.

International students at University High School receive an English language assessment and, if applicable, are enrolled in an English as a New Language (ENL) course to support language development.

Additionally, University High School offers coordinated academic, learning, and social support to each student. Our staff includes an experienced Director of International Programs and a Host Family Coordinator who work with school administration, faculty, and mentors to ensure the success of each international student.

University High School is an I-20 issuing school supporting F-1 visa holders.


University High School offers rolling admission for all applicants, meaning we review applications in the order they are received. International applicants looking to begin the enrollment process should contact Taylor Newell, Director of Admission, at 317-733-4475, ext. 121 or via email at tnewell@universityhighschool.org.


Colleges and universities where our international students have earned admission

  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bradley University
  • Columbia University
  • The George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University – Bloomington
  • Lehigh University
  • McGill University
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • North Carolina State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University – West Lafayette
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • St. Louis University
  • Syracuse University
  • Tulane University
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of California – Davis
  • University of California – Irvine
  • University of California – Los Angeles
  • University of California – San Diego
  • University of California – Santa Barbara
  • University of California – Santa Cruz
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Denver
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wake Forest University
  • Wellesley College

Fiona Smith

My University

I have a new sister now. That’s basically it. It’s amazing, and I really recommend this experience.
It’s life-changing.

Fiona (’19)
Host Sister of Heloisa from Brazil