High School International Students in Los Angeles

If you’re interested in exploring high school exchange programs in Los Angeles, California, then you’re in the right place. AmeriStudent has a thorough and effective method for matching international high school students with their ideal host families. Furthermore, AmeriStudent builds relationships with only the best public and private schools.

Why Study Abroad in Los Angeles?

There are so many wonderful reasons to study in Los Angeles. International students will marvel over the city’s rich culture, entertainment options, and idyllic weather. Home to hundreds of museums–more per capita than any other city in the world–you’ll be wowed by the variety. Students may also wish to check out popular interests, like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Griffith Observatory, and the world-famous Venice Beach.

Los Angeles also offers some of the best international exchange student programs on the West Coast. AmeriStudent ensures students are placed in elite high schools with rigorous college-prep programs. These educational institutions feature low student-to-teacher ratios, foster diversity, and warmly welcome international students.

Los Angeles High Schools

Explore your homestay options for a private or public high school in Los Angeles. By partnering with top-notch high schools for international students in California, your child will receive an impeccable education. College readiness, athletic programs, and extracurricular activities are a few of the ways our featured schools stand out from the rest.

Village Christian School

Village Christian School provides a co-ed Christ-centered education that students can thrive on. They offer six academic concentrations, allowing for the exploration of potential career paths based on the Harvard model. Village Christian also has an award-winning theatre arts program and 29 athletics teams open to all students.

St. John Bosco High School

St. John Bosco High School is a faith-driven all-boys school located about 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles. This Salesian college preparatory institute offers five academic pathways. Young men can choose from bio-medical, engineering, entrepreneurship, sports medicine, and computer science

Arroyo Pacific Academy

Arroyo Pacific Academy is a co-ed educational institution that puts academic achievement first. Their flexible, student-centered approach is accessible to teens with a variety of educational backgrounds. High school students can choose from the general curriculum, premier scholar, college prep, ELD (English Language Development), and assisted learning programs.

How to Become an International Student

Reaching out to AmeriStudent is the first step to becoming an international student in Los Angeles. We also suggest doing some preemptive research to get an idea of how our process and programs work. Our attention to detail, safety, and compatibility are unmatched in the industry

How to Find the Right International Student Program

Finding the best international student program depends on whether or not you want the study abroad or have a student exchange experience. Full-time high school students are required to have either an F-1 or J-1 visa, depending on the enrolled program.

The study abroad program is a continuation of your current course of study at an American high school. Courses count toward your final grades, and the program forms part of your academic credits. Choosing this route may even allow you to earn an American high school diploma.

The student exchange program is outside your normal course of study. Shorter in duration, like a summer homestay, you get a feel for American culture without a long-term commitment.

How to Find the Perfect Host Family

AmeriStudent will assist you in finding the perfect host family. We carefully conduct student-family matching through a series of interviews, background checks, home visits, and more.

Choosing your host family is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when studying abroad. That’s why international students and their families are always in control of picking their host families. This not only ensures compatibility but the student’s comfort, as well.

We suggest creating a list of host family criteria to inquire about during interviews. Are their values compatible with yours? Do you prefer a childless and/or petless
household? Is this a family you can see yourself spending an entire academic year with? These are just a few questions to get you started.

Student Testimonials

High School Student

This is my first time coming to America. I feel very wonderful. The scenery is beautiful and the sky is clear. I live close to Pismo Beach. My homestay family is friendly. They will take me to play every week. The school has many activities and a robotics class. It has improved my vision of the world. After class, I always participate in conversations with students. This is my great life.

Host Family

Our experience with the AmeriStudent organization has been the best! The students have enriched our lives and created a bond that will last a lifetime! I can’t wait to see how their lives will develop. Thank you for allowing our family to be part of the kids future!

High School Student

Can’t believe I improved my English so much in five months! Here is just like my family. I love my life in America!

Host Family

Not only a rewarding experience but…Making new lifelong friends around the country with families!

Winter Camp Student

The homestay is nice,the childrens in school are friendly,I’m have fun and learn a lot in this trip!

Winter Camp Student

I like all the American food! I like playing basketball with American students here!

How to Host an International Student in Los Angeles

Hosting an international student in Los Angeles begins by reading our complete guide to hosting an exchange student. Once you get an idea of what’s required, you can get the ball rolling by filling out AmeriStudent’s new host family application. For your convenience, we’ve also covered hosting requirements, stipend information, and tips for a better experience below.

Our international high school students have so many positive things to say about their experiences studying abroad in the United s clear that they’ve benefited greatly from their time here.

Requirements to Host an International Student

To ensure compatibility and protect the safety and welfare of international students, AmeriStudent has unwavering requirements for all host families. Every adult family member in the household must undergo background checks. We also require references, mandatory interviews, and home visits.

Every host family must provide a private room with a study area for their student. They must also supply two meals daily, transportation to and from school, and laundry facilities.

Do You Get Paid to Host an International Student?

Families do receive monthly stipends for hosting international students. Compensation from AmeriStudent ranges from
$1,000–$1,400 per month for long-term, academic year students, depending on the location.

Hosting a student comes with responsibilities and expenses. Therefore, the stipend is not only intended to compensate but to recoup costs.

Utilities, fresh bedding, desk and storage space, and presenting a clean and sanitary room are direct household costs. There will also be an increase in your food budget. You may wish to treat your student for a meal at a restaurant every now and then, though not required. Gas and mileage for round-trip school transportation is also a factor.

Hosting an International Student Tips

Although there is a generous stipend for host families, the ultimate goal is to make your house feel like a home for international students.

Preparedness is the first step. Ensure you have paperwork handy and that your training is complete. Ensure your student’s room is clean, neat, and ready for them to move in. We also suggest familiarizing yourself with your student’s schedule.

When your student arrives, welcome them warmly and give them a tour of your home. Introduce them to family members, share house rules, and do your best to communicate effectively. Be flexible with meals and allow them to rest.

Once your student is settled, keep them engaged and involve them in family activities. Sensitivity is key–remain aware of cultural differences and how that influences communication. You can contact AmeriStudent 24/7 for assistance in resolving any complex challenges that may arise.

Host Family Spotlight

Michele Schanley

Host Family

Many of our host families have different talents and hobbies to share with AmeriStudents. Michele hosts students from Village Christian School, and shares her interest in cooking and meal prepping with her student Camille. Together they chopped, diced, and bagged all the fresh ingredients to be ready to use for future meals. Many of our students like to cook, and Michele does a great job involving her student in the process!

Why Host Families and International Students Choose AmeriStudent

When it comes to international exchange programs for high school students, AmeriStudent is in a category of their own.

Our host family safety and requirement policies ensure students are well cared for. And our partnerships with elite high schools deliver the best education possible. You’ll also get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse yourself in American culture.

Host families are provided around-the-clock access to AmeriStudent staff and a generous monthly stipend. Above all, host families get the chance to enrich a young person’s life while also learning about that student’s background and culture.

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