Foreign Exchange

  • Philosophy

    Norfolk Public Schools recognizes that as nations of the world become more interdependent, it becomes increasingly important for high school students to develop a sense of global citizenship.  International exchange programs play a key role in this learning process, and our school system provides an essential service when we support student exchange program. 

    Classifications of Foreign Exchange Students

    1. Foreign exchange students classified as J-1 have residence in a foreign country to which they plan to return, and are coming temporarily to the United States as participants in a program that has been approved by the U.S. Information   Agency.
    2. Foreign exchange students classified as F-1 are defined as persons who have residence in a foreign country to which they plan to return, and who are coming to the United States temporarily and solely for the purpose of cultural and educational exchange. This enrollment must be authorized by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Norfolk Public Schools only accepts students of J-1 classification. 
    3. Criteria
    1. A translated and certified copy of the student’s transcript with an explanation of curriculum
    2. Documentation of host family address (must be Norfolk resident)
    3. Verification of J-1 Exchange Visa Status or DS 2019 – Certificate of Eligibility for exchange visitor status
    4. Insurance Verification 
    5. Copy of Physical Examination
    6. Immunization records
    7. Permission to participate in interscholastic athletics if participation is so desired
    8. Indication of oral proficiency (Oral Proficiency Interview- American Council on Teaching Foreign Language – ACTFL)
    9. The student must have a minimum of a 2.0 or “C” average academic achievement in their native country.
    10. Other available pertinent documents presented by organization (picture, essay by student, etc.)
    11. The student must be 18 years old or younger and have adequate English to function without special assistance (ineligible for ESL). 

    Approved exchange programs must have local (Hampton Roads area) representatives to coordinate, supervise, and monitor the placement and progress of students.  The exchange facilitator must submit student documentation/application to the Department of Student Support Services, Mrs. Michele Johnson-Young, Enrollment Administrator, after July 1 of the upcoming year. The deadline to submit the applications is July 31 of the upcoming school year.  All applications will be processed no later than August 15th of the year of attendance.

     Additional inquiries should contact the Department of Student Support Services at (757) 628-3931.