Destinations: St Paul, MN United States

Age: From 14 to 18 Years Old

Language: English

Dates: September to June

Length: Semester, Academic Year

Price: From 13 090 USD


Be an exchange student in an international school in Minnesota

The St. Paul Preparatory School (SPP) is a private International High School in the USA, located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Every year, we welcome international students from more than 20 different countries across the world.

Our multicultural environment and small sized classes offer each student a unique learning experience, with individualized attention, within a diverse educational environment. St. Paul Preparatory School is a college preparatory high school accredited by AdvancED, and welcomes students from 9th grade (freshmen) to 12th grade (seniors).

Highlights of the program: 

- Scholarships may be awarded to motivated and studious pupils for up to $10,000
- Small class sizes: Teacher to student ratio ranges from 1:6 to 1:25 with experienced and skilled teaching staff (50% of the teachers hold Master’s degrees, compared to 43% in private schools in the U.S.)
- A really International High School in the USA, with 90% of the student body coming from 32 different countries.
- The school offers several Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These courses allow exchange students to explore subject matter at an accelerated level, and prepare them to take the standardized AP examinations in May. College and Universities around the world award credits for qualifying AP exam scores.
- Academic year and Semester intakes in Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 per student academic level and age.
- F-1 Visa scheme (multiple years’ entry)
- More than 90% of St. Paul Preparatory School graduates are college-bound.
- Various clubs are offered, like Student Leadership Council, Math Club, Model UN Club, Mock Trial, Theater Club, Jazz Club, Art Club, Science Club, Soccer, Basketball, etc.
- For exchange students in need of intensive language training, the school offers multiple levels of ESL (English as a second language) courses to help students transition into regular academic classes (extra cost).  
- This high school also offers: International Business Diploma, STEM Diploma and Visual Arts Diploma.

Graduation is possible during your experience in our International High School in the USA. More than 90 percent of our students matriculate at local or international colleges and universities upon graduation.

School type:

This is a private international school with an American curriculum. 

School type:



Apply at least 4 months before arrival.


Students must be between 14 to 18 years old on arrival. We do not accept students that have already graduated from schools in their home country, unless they intend to study at SPP for a full year in order to get a US high school diploma.
We accept students that have turned 18, as long as they have not yet graduated.

Exchange students must be interviewed in their own home country, before being accepted for a High School program in the USA (preferably in English).

A minimum of two years of English study and good academic results are required to study in the USA


International students will be placed with welcoming American host families under a stipended scheme with full board. Students will have the possibility to interact with American host families, practise the language at all times and have a better glimpse in the American culture. 

Host families might host multiple students from different nationalities. 


International students interested in joining this international high school in the USA, must follow these steps:
1. You must complete an interview to determine eligibility. It is compulsory that a member of your family is present during this process.
2. If eligible, please complete the online booking for the program. Once we receive the confirmation, we will be sending you a digital version of the application.
3. Complete the application form and return it to us with supporting documents in digital form.
4. Once you are accepted in the program, we will issue the formal acceptance and start working on your placement.
5. Arrangements are made for your placement and will be communicated to you.
6. We will assist you to apply for your Visa, if necessary. We will require you to have a preparation conference.
7. You determine your travel arrangements and we will organize your arrival.

We wish you a very successful exchange program in our international school in Minnesota!

International High School program in the USA
Prices 2017

Country Dates Ref. Price
American Homestay and High School Immersion 4 weeks IMSP1 2 240 USD
American Homestay and High School Immersion 8 weeks IMSP2 4 790 USD
American Homestay and High School Immersion 12 weeks IMSP3 7 440 USD
American Homestay and High School Immersion 16 weeks IMSP4 9 990 USD
International school in Minnesota August to January or January to June ZNIS1/2 13 090 USD
International school in Minnesota August to June ZNIY1 27 190 USD

Scholarship and financial aid available up to 10 000 USD!

Price includes:

- Administration fees
- School registration and tuition fees
- Host family accommodation with full board (packed lunch taken to school)
- English test on arrival and ESL classes if required
- Facilities, some school fieldtrips
- Orientation on arrival by the school staff
- Airport pick-up and transfer to the host family on arrival and departure
- Support, assistance and 24 hour emergency phone number during the whole program

Price does not include:

- International airfare
- Travel insurance (luggage lost, flight delay etc.)
- Visa, SEVIS, passport and medical exam fees
- Extra activities organized by the school and others
- Extra language courses
- Mandatory transportation fee to and from school (200 USD for a semester, 400 USD for an academic year)
- Mandatory technology and textbook fee (225 USD for a semester, 450 USD for an academic year)
- Mandatory activity fee (100 USD for a semester, 200 USD for an academic year): all-school yearbook, transportation, uniforms and supplies for after-school activities/clubs, printing services, camp retreat, and leadership day.
- Mandatory Host family Department fee (125 USD for a semester, 250 USD for an academic year): Provides funding for Host Family/Student recognition events and activities.
- Mandatory Medical, Liability and Emergency Repatriation Insurance (650 USD)
- Lunches taken in cafeterias and restaurants
- Subject material fee (Drawing, Biology etc.)
- Personal expenses and pocket money
- Application fees (65 euros)

 Four young people from four different countries, Mexico, Indonesia, Japan and Slovakia, have transmitted us their experiences and impressions of their school year at St. Paul Preparatory School:

-If they were to describe their academic year in one word:
Eli, Mexico "Awesome”
Reipan, Japan: "Amazing”
Ray, Indonesia: "Unforgettable”
Monika, Slovakia: "Eye-opening”

-The most memorable moment:
Eli, Mexico: "I think soccer was the best”
Reipan, Japan: "Enjo Japan dance and dinner”
Ray, Indonesia: "Meeting friends”
Monika, Slovakia: "Many moments with my friends”

-If they had to change something:
Eli, Mexico: "Nothing”
Reipan, Japan: "More Japanese students”
Ray, Indonesia: "That the school would provide a fridge for students”
Monika, Slovakia: "Students from more countries”

-Overall Experience:
Eli, Mexico: "It was an excellent experience”
Reipan, Japan: "It was really good”
Ray, Indonesia: "It was great”
Monika, Slovakia: "Very good”



I enjoyed my stay in St. Paul. I am grateful that I had such a good host family like that. I had only a host mother but three roommates. My roommates were from Korea, China, and Switzerland. I shared my room with a girl from Switzerland. My host mother, a very nice person, took care of us all. She cooked very delicious food. We all three respected and helped her. We washed dishes after every supper. Many students want to be hosted by her. My classmates asked me if my host mother would like to host them next year. I loved my host family. My roommates were very funny. We always helped each other with anything. My host mother and roommates, and I always joked. I had a lot of fun with my host family.

I liked the St. Paul Preparatory School. The most of all I like the teachers. They were very nice and funny. It was interesting when they were teaching in classes. It was nice to meet students from different countries.  But it was not easy to make a friends because most students talked only with students from their own countries. I learned a lot about other countries. I made a friend at the end of the school year. My friend and I went to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Downtown Minneapolis. The most exciting thing was a concert. We went to Rihanna’s concert at Target Center. I got a lot of experience from the school. I feel my English improving. I want to thank you for a chance you gave me to study in St. Paul Preparatory school.

Yulduz Rakibova

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