International Student Admission Process
Brethren Christian High School is taking the COVID-19 virus situation seriously, and we are mindful of how that is affecting students all over the world, and even those who are currently traveling in the United States. Students are welcome to come and visit us for classes and to see about securing an F-1 VISA to start at Brethren Christian High School as soon as they can.
Brethren Christian Junior & Senior High School has been certified by the United States Department of Homeland Security Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to issue form I-20 to International Students after they have been accepted into the school’s regular, full-time program. The I-20 form is necessary to obtain a student Visa.
Steps to apply to Brethren Christian School
- Apply for or renew your passport if it will expire within six months of starting the program.
- Apply to Brethren Christian School You can download our application or apply online right now by clicking the link below:
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- Submit all the following required documentation to our Admissions Director, Shawn Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Brethren Christian will evaluate your application, schedule a time and date for a Skype interview, and then contact you with the result.
- If accepted to Brethren Christian High School, we will send you an acceptance letter along with some PDF files to be filled out and returned to BCHS. Tuition in full is due within 14 days of acceptance, and once that is submitted to Brethren Christian High School through cash, check, or Wire Transfer, then our school will send an I-20 directly to the student or their family.
- When you receive the I-20 form your next step is to go to fmjfee.com to pay for the SEVIS fee (I-901 fee) to the United States Government. The fee is $350. Keep your receipt!
- Contact the United States embassy or consulate in your home country to set up an appointment for a Visa interview. For complete information on how to contact the United States Embassy and for information on getting your student Visa, go to the website travel.state.gov. On that page find the information in the category labeled "F."
- When you go to the Visa interview take your I-20, your SEVIS fee (I-901) receipt, and financial records proving that you can afford to live in the U. S., and pay tuition without working until you graduate from Brethren Christian. Also take your educational records (report cards, transcripts etc.).
- If your Visa interview is successful you will receive a Visa to travel to the United States and apply to enter the country. A Visa does not guarantee that you will be admitted to the United States. If there were a problem it would almost always be identified in the Visa interview process. You may only enter the country 30 days prior to the start of school. If you think you might be late, contact Brethren Christian immediately at email@example.com.
- The United States Customs and Border Protection agent at the U. S. airport will look at your documentation. Do not pack it in your luggage, keep it with you. Most likely your passport will be stamped with a mark called an I-94. This stamp identifies your “status” in the United States as a non-immigrant student. This is called F-1 status. It may also be marked “D/S” meaning “duration of status.” This allows you to remain in the United States as long as you remain a full time student (you have been granted “student status”).
- Arrange a homestay for your child in the United States in close proximity to Brethren Christian School.
International Students’ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
International Students are a valued and respected part of Brethren Christian. The school has had two International Students elected president of the student body in the last several years! International Students make up about 18% of the student body. Most BC International Students are from Asia. Students are mainstreamed in all classes, which are taught in English, accommodations may be provided in the area of ESL (for more information on our ESL and tutoring programs, visit the Tuition & Fees page for international students).
Do I have to be proficient in English to attend Brethren Christian?
No, but it helps. All classes are taught in English. English language proficiency is one of the keys to academic success at Brethren Christian. If a student is able to successfully read, write, and speak in the English language, then they will be accepted as a traditional International Student. However, if they are not proficient in the English language, then they will be required to take the Brethren Christian International Academy program (BCIA). We encourage all incoming International Students to take our BCIA program in order to succeed scholastically at BC and to be well prepared for English-speaking colleges or universities. Some students who are accepted to Brethren Christian School may be required to take the BCIA program if their English speaking, reading and writing abilities are deemed to be too low for success in our regular classes. If you do not have any English language test scores, you will be required to take our BCIA program for at least your first year at Brethren Christian. We suggest students take a TOEFL test for accurate evaluation of English speaking abilities. We partner with ITEP, www.itep.com. Another acceptable test is TOEFL Jr. www.toeflgoanywhere.org, or the ELTiS http://www.eltistest.com/home/index.php.
Is there a deadline to apply?
Yes, the deadline to apply to Brethren Christian School for the new school year is May 1st. After that we will accept students on a rolling basis as long as there is space in our classes, so apply to BC as soon as possible.
How do I obtain my student Visa?
What if I get sick or have an accident? Does the school provide insurance?
The school insurance only covers accidents that happen at school. It does not cover illness or accidents that happen elsewhere. All students, domestic and international must provide their own insurance. The insurance you have in your home country will probably NOT cover you for sickness or accidents in the United States. The school can refer you to insurance agencies that specialize in international student insurance.
May I work while I am an international student at Brethren Christian?
NO. This is a violation of your status.The school does not offer Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Is there an application fee?
YES. Please see the Tuition and Fees page for further information.
What fees do I have to pay?
International student rates may be obtained on the International Student Tuition and Fees page. There is no refund of tuition or fees for any reason, except in the case that your US Visa is denied.
When do I have to pay these fees?
See the International Student Tuition and Fees document for information. You may not start school until all tuition is paid in full for the entire school year. Remember that there are no refunds of tuition or fees for any reason, except in the case that your US Visa is denied.
When do I have to pay my tuition?
Tuition is due within 14 days of acceptance to our school, and tuition in full must be paid in order to receive an I-20 for our school. Tuition is non-refundable, except in the case that a student's Visa is denied. There may be some extenuating circumstances that may be communicated directly to the Admissions Office, but for first-time students, all tuition must be paid by the first week of class or else the student's Visa may be eligible for cancelation.
Does Brethren Christian arrange homestays for students?
Brethren Christian DOES NOT arrange homestays, however, we may suggest to new students a number of homestay agencies or domestic Brethren Christian families who can help you locate a suitable arrangement. If you already have relatives or a trusted resident living close to Brethren Christian School. If this is the case, please notify our office with the name, address and contact information of your chosen homestay so that we may contact them and confirm they meet our housing standards. BC requires a Lifescan check to confirm the background of any homestay, and we will inspect and approve of any arrangement that students make.
No. Parents and Host families must arrange for the transportation of their student, or a carpool, in order to drop them off and pick them up from school.
What if I need to leave school early to fly home?
All students must maintain an excellent attendance record. Students must take final exams when they are scheduled. Missing a final exam will have serious academic consequences. Brethren Christian maintains a strict attendance policy with academic penalties for excessive absences. Any student who leaves school early, without completing classes will have their I-20 canceled. If students wish to travel, or return home for a period of time during the year, they must get permission from the school office, and proper documentation must be completed in order for them to return to the United States.
I am going to be a senior, may I apply to attend Brethren Christian?
Brethren Christian generally accepts new International Students into the 9th through 11th grades. However, if you will be a senior and attended school in the U. S. this last school year and earned a full year’s credit with an excellent academic record, the school will consider your application. We will review your full records, and any applicable TOEFL or ITEP test scores, and school transcripts before moving forward with the application process.
If I am accepted to Brethren Christian, when should I arrive to the United States, and come to the campus?
We strongly encourage our international students to arrive in the US and familiarize yourself with our campus, and the surrounding city, at least two weeks before the first day of school, which is in August. Please review the school calendar for specific dates. Keep in mind you are not allowed to enter the US more than 30 days prior to the first day of school.
Brethren Christian School welcomes all applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry or gender who desire a high quality Christian education.