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International Students

Every year, students from all over the word attend St. Michael's. And every year we hear from these students that they had a wonderful experience. Below please find the documents that international students must complete to be considered for admissions to St. Michael's.

  • Completed Application for Admission. The school will email you the link to register after communication has been made with the school. 
  • $65 application fee payable by cash, check, or credit card.
  • Transcripts from all secondary schools attended.
  • A letter of recommendation from at least two of the following subject area teachers: Math, History, Art, or Science. These letters of recommendation should be in narrative form and speak to the student’s academic ability, character, organizational skills, and emotional maturity to handle a transition to the United States to attend school.
  • A letter of recommendation from an English Language teacher or tutor at the current school about the student’s English speaking proficiency and potential to succeed in a fast-moving, competitive, academically rigorous atmosphere with English as a second language.
  • Official financial support documentation verifying source(s) and amount of support.

 

Send all documentation to:                    

St. Michael’s High School
c/o Susan Patten
100 Siringo Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico USA 87505

Visa & Passport Information

If your passport is due to expire within one year of your arrival in the United States, you should apply for a new passport before departure. In addition, the U.S. government requires that international students hold passports that are valid for at least six months beyond their period of stay.

International students will attend St. Michael’s on an F-1 Student Visa unless they are traveling to the U.S. as part of a CSIET approved program that is permitted to issue credentials for a J-1 Visa. Students that meet the admissions criteria and are accepted to St. Michael’s will be issued a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students (I-20). Students will submit the I-20, along with other required information, to the US Embassy or US Consulate with jurisdiction over their place of permanent residence. Although they may apply to any U.S. consular office abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for the F-1 Visa outside their country of permanent residence. Visit the Immigration and Custom Enforcement website for additional information needed to obtain an F-1 Student Visa.

How do I obtain an I-20?
After gaining admission to St. Michael’s High School and submitting documents showing sufficient financial support, students will be issued a SEVIS Form I-20. After St. Michael’s issues a SEVIS Form I-20 and students make the decision to attend St. Michael’s, we require an enrollment fee of $300 before they can register for classes ($300 enrollment fee). This fee is non-refundable unless the student does not get their student visa approved, in which case we will return the fee.

As an international student, do I need health insurance to attend St. Michael’s High School? 
Yes, international students are required to have proof of medical insurance.

Are there additional fees for international student? 
No. All students are required to submit $65 with their application for admission. A $300 registration fee is due to St. Michael’s upon enrollment at St. Michael’s. All other fees are included in the tuition for international students.

How do I apply for an F-1 visa?
Consult with the Department of State website to find the nearest U.S. Embassy for an in-person interview. Students will need to contact the U.S. Embassy to schedule the appointment. Students should take their original Form I-20, original letter of admission, and original financial support documents with them to the interview.

Where is St. Michael’s located?
100 Siringo Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

St. Michael’s is located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Santa Fe, the capital city of New Mexico. We are located just off of St. Francis Drive on Siringo Road, approximately 55 minutes (60 miles) from the Albuquerque International Sunport (airport code: ABQ).

Where will I live while I attend St. Michael’s?
St. Michael’s will work with current St. Michael’s parents to find a safe, consistent host family for students to stay with while they attend St. Michael’s. However, this is not guaranteed. In the rare instance that St. Michael’s cannot secure a host family for a student we reserve the right to cancel their attendance and refund their tuition.

How much will the total cost be for me to attend St. Michael’s?
Students can expect the following expenses (based on 2016-2017 cost figures; tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year will be announced by February 1, 2017):

Tuition:                      $18,000

Uniforms:                  $250+ Depending on the Student

School Supplies:       Depends on the Student      

Spending Money:      Depends on the Student

What kind of financial support documents do you require?
U.S. Immigration requires us to have on file original documents showing willingness and ability of a student or sponsor to finance the determined term of stay the student is requesting. This document must be an original document, translated into English. Most sponsors submit bank statements, or letters from their banks, stating the amount of funds available for the student’s education. The student or student’s sponsor must also complete and return the Confirmation of Financial Resources & Affidavit of Support, found below, depending on who is financing the education. 

Can international students apply for financial aid?
Yes. The St. Michael’s High School Foundation provides limited support to International Students who want to attend St. Michael’s. Aid will only be considered for students who have committed to attending St. Michael’s and have paid the $300 nonrefundable Registration Fee. To apply for assistance, click below and follow the instructions.

Does St. Michael’s have an application deadline?
St. Michael’s accepts international applications on a rolling basis during the year. Students should plan to apply by June 1 for Trimester 1 and 2, and by November 1 for Trimester 3 (late February start), in order to allow enough time for document processing, issuing the I-20, and interviewing at the U.S. Embassy.

Can I play sports at St. Michael’s as an exchange student?
It depends. Students participating in a formal programs sanctioned through the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) are typically granted, but not guaranteed, one year of varsity participation with a foreign-exchange waiver. For more information about the New Mexico Activities Association, click here. Students are encouraged to participate in an extracurricular activity, club, or sport while at St. Michael’s; however, international students must understand that eligibility and/or participation in U.S. high school extra-curricular activities is not guaranteed to exchange students. In accordance with the U.S. State Department regulation 22CFR62.25(h) (i) Exchange students may participate in school sanctioned and sponsored extra-curricular activities, including athletics, if such participation is authorized by (1) the local school district in which the student is enrolled; and (2) the State authority responsible for determination of athletic eligibility, if applicable.

SEVIS Fee Information
For information on the SEVIS fee information visit their website

St. Michael’s accepts cash, check, money orders, cashier’s checks, MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and American Express for tuition and fee payments. Evidence of financial support must be received by St. Michael’s before an I-20 document will be issued.

Relevant Terms & Forms

Passport
Issued by the government of your country. The student's passport must be valid at all times during their stay in the U.S. The passport can be renewed in the U.S.

U.S. Visa 
Stamped in your passport by the U.S. Embassy. Allows you to apply for entry to the U.S. The visa can only be renewed from your home country.

Immigration Status
This refers to your visa category, such as F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, B-2, H1B, etc.

I-94 Card
The small card that you received upon entering the U.S., also known as Arrival/Departure Record. The I-94 card shows how long you are authorized to stay in the U.S. and includes your admission number.

I-20 Form
Students present this form to receive F-1 status. The expiration date is the expected date of the completion of your academic program or the pre-defined time period you expect to stay at St. Michael’s High School. Each F-1 student must retain his/her I-20 form to establish legal status in the U.S. If the I-20 expires, the student could have his/her visa revoked.

DS-2019
Students present this form to receive J-1 status. The DS-2019 from shows the authorized program participation dates and a description of the exchange program.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)
The U.S. government agency that enforces U.S. immigration laws.

U.S. Information

Individuals applying for a student visa should make note of the following steps: 

  1. Sign the front page of your I-20 or DS-2019 and contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for an F-1 or J-1 student visa appointment.
  2. Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. All individuals applying for a student visa pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee. Information about the fee is available online on the SEVIS Web site. You may either complete the form and pay online or download and mail in the printed form and fee payment. The SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt (or a printout of your online fee payment page) serves as proof of payment.
  3. Obtain and complete a student visa application form.This form is available at the information counter of the Embassy/Consulate or online. Please note any fees you need to pay and have these fees with you when you visit the Embassy/Consulate.
  4.  Visit the U.S. Embassy/Consulate or follow the mailing instructions given by the Embassy or Consulate to apply for a student visa. Along with the completed visa application, you must also bring or mail the following items: 
  • The original I-20 or DS-2019 form and the admission letter sent by St. Michael’s High School. 
  • The SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt.
  • A nonrefundable visa application fee. See payment instructions on the application form.
  • A passport valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in the U.S.
  • Original school transcripts and public examination certificates, including student copy of your TOEFL. 
  • Originals of your sponsor's most recent salaries or tax forms; if you are producing fixed deposit certificates, you must provide evidence that your sponsor has had this money in deposits for a reasonable amount of time.
  • One set of all financial documents (bank verification).
  • Any evidence which will demonstrate strong ties to your country or any other residence outside of the U.S.A.
  • All other documents listed on the visa application form.
 

Depending on the country, obtaining a visa can range from being quite easy to very difficult. Because the requirements to apply for a U.S. visa differ from country to country, you should contact the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your country to obtain specific visa application information.

Please note: Many U.S. Embassies/Consulates now take approximately four to six weeks to process student visas. You can obtain detailed U.S. visa information for your country athttp://usembassy.state.gov/.


Angel, second from right, spent a Trimester with the Feldewert family. Angel is from Spain.  

 

Inigo (far right), from Zauratz, Spain, spent an entire academic year at St. Michael's during his junior year, and was a part of the Horsemen soccer program. 

 

Martha (center), spent an entire academic year at St. Michael's. Martha stayed with the Berhost family in the fall and the Wheaton family in the spring.  Martha played volleyball and tennis during her time at St. Michael's.

 

Alex Carranza (far left) attended St. Michael's during the  '13-'14 school year. His home is Madrid, Spain. His sister, Martha, attended St. Michael's during the '11-'12 school year.  Yujia Cao (center) came to St. Michael's from Chongqing, China for the '13-'14 school year.  Both students stayed with the Gantt Family.