Foreign Exchange Program – Application Guidelines

How to Apply
There is a formal application process that includes written statements and agreements for both students and parents. Students and families must start the application process at the end of the first trimester of the 9th grade.  Interested students should speak to their foreign language teacher to start the application process.

Application Forms
Foreign Exchange Visitor Application Form
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RSS Student Foreign Exchange Application Form
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Qualifications for Students 

  • 10th grade students only are eligible for foreign exchange
  • Four year student (students who intend to transfer to another School or are thinking about transferring to another school should not apply)
  • High motivation to learn a foreign language; at least a B average in the foreign language.
  • Excellent attendance record
  • Social and emotional maturity
  • Good standing in all aspects of school life. Students on Academic or Behavioral Probation are not eligible for foreign exchange. Students who go on Academic or Behavioral probation after their exchange is approved will lose the privilege of a foreign exchange
  • B average, overall
  • Ability to be away from home for an extended period of time
  • Good ambassador for the school
  • Respectful and cooperative with rules and expectations of the host school and host family
  • Willingness to host a foreign exchange student in a generous and thoughtful way

Expectations of Parents

  • Willingness to host a foreign exchange student in a generous and thoughtful way
  • Practical and physical ability to host a foreign student: provide a clean bedroom for the visiting student (notify the foreign family if the bedroom will be shared)
  • Provide clean towels, linen, reasonable use of washers and dryers, subject to host family supervision
  • Provide medical support when needed
  • Provide social and emotional support for the visiting student
  • Support and supervise a visiting student’s life at school
  • Provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • Accept the role and responsibility of parenting the exchange student for the duration of the visit
  • Enforce home and school rules and expectations
  • Include exchange student in family outings, trips and vacations
  • Provide opportunities for the student to experience the cultural life of New York
  • Be prepared to loan or advance money to the exchange student, if needed
  • Know the visiting student’s whereabouts at all times
  • Do not allow visiting students to drive any type of vehicle
  • Ensure as much as possible that the visiting student does not use illicit drugs or alcohol
  • Problems or concerns that arise in the relationship between the visiting student and any member of the host family must be reported to your child’s individual advisor and the foreign language teacher


Rudolf Steiner parents will attend an orientation at the school to help them understand what is expected and anticipated to achieve a successful foreign exchange experience.

Credit for Courses

The Rudolf Steiner High School maintains a credit rich program for graduation. Students who participate in the full four years graduate with a credit surplus.  However, when going on a foreign exchange, students and families must understand the following:

  • We do not award credit for courses taken at the exchange school
  • The regular curriculum at the Rudolf Steiner School will be enough to make up for any lost credits
  • Students who do not finish at the Rudolf Steiner School and transfer to another school  may need to fulfill more credit requirements at their new school to make up for credits lost while on exchange

Tuition and Fees

    No extra tuition fees are needed. The tuition is exchanged with the host school; foreign exchange students may participate in the school’s lunch program at no cost only if the Rudolf Steiner student is enrolled in the program.


      You will be expected to arrange and finance air fare and all other travel expenses. Spending money is also recommended so the students can participate in social life and cover personal expenses while away. Please see the

current exchange rate

    for the Euro to determine the amount needed. Debit cards are recommended. The monthly amount can be estimated with the help of the foreign exchange student’s family.

Telephone Use

    Students should use a cell phone with international capacity or should use telephone cards for calling home. Students who use the host family phone should call collect or reimburse the family for calls.

Travel Documents

  • Students must have a valid passport
  • Purchase travel insurance that would cover various kinds of expenses in case of illness and other emergencies (mandatory)
  • Families must check with the embassy of the foreign exchange country to receive any visas or travel documents needed; some documentation may be needed by the foreign host family or school. The Rudolf Steiner School will assist in providing what is needed
  • Arrange for proper health insurance coverage while away (mandatory)

Visas for Foreign Students

  • Foreign students must receive a student visa to attend school in the United States. No other visa can apply. The visa can be obtained only through a United States embassy (not a consulate) and can be expensive to obtain, especially if the foreign family must travel to a different part of the country to find an embassy. This is a factor for schools in the south of France.
  • The Rudolf Steiner School will issue an I-20 that allows the visa application to go forward and will work with the foreign family to assist in the process.

School Support

The School will provide documentation as needed to the host country or the host school through the Registrar’s Office.  Foreign Language teachers will help facilitate all that is needed for the student to go to the foreign country, including host family communications.