International Students
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Obtaining a Visa
One of the first responsibilities for the international student or exchange visitor is to apply for a visa.  Visas are issued by American embassies and consulates.  Please note that you must obtain a valid I-20 form from the school you wish to attend before the visa will be issued.  You will find helpful information at this US government website: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/students/index.htm.  AAIS received recognition as an SEVP (Student and Visitor Exchange Program) Approved School on 12/31/2008.

Courses of Study
AAIS offers two courses of study for international students or exchange visitors who wish to study in the US and learn English as a second language.  The courses are designed for students who are 12 to 13 years of age and who anticipate enrolling in grades 6, 7 or 8.  The first is a ten month course in a multi-grade classroom setting that allows international students to easily adjust their pace of study to the grade level most suited to their abilities. The school year begins in August and ends in May of each calendar year.  We also offer a four month course that emphasizes English as a Second Language from November to February during the time many students in South America enjoy an extended break from school.

Tuition
The tuition for the ten month course is $5,500.00.  Tuition for the four month course is $2,500.00.  Please be advised that tuition is nonrefundable and must be paid in full before the I-20 form is issued by AAIS.  A tuition refund will only be considered if AAIS is unable to provide the contracted education services to the student.

The Host Family
The student will live with a host family while studying with AAIS.  Please note that the host family does not serve as the student’s legal guardian.  Though the student’s natural parents are the legal guardians, the student’s foreign exchange program is legally responsible for the student while enrolled at AAIS.
English will be the predominant language spoken in the home of the host family.  Members of the host family will not be able to speak the language of the international student or exchange visitor fluently.
The host family is not financially responsible for the living expenses of the international student or exchange visitor.  The student’s family should provide enough money to cover meals at school, pocket cash, phone bills, educational supplies and school-related expenses, as well as money for recreational activities.  Arrangements to pay these fees are generally made directly between the family of the student and the host family.  AAIS estimates these costs to be roughly $800 to $1500 per month.
The student is expected to adapt to the lifestyle of the host family.  The student should be included in family activities and should follow house rules that apply to all the children in the home.  While students are expected to assist with host family chores, these chores should not impede the ability of the student to study and learn.

Insurance
AAIS requires all international students and exchange visitors to have health insurance and a Certificate of Health including a medical release form which authorizes the host family to seek medical attention for the student in the case of an emergency.  This insurance is not provided by AAIS nor does AAIS endorse any particular insurance provider.  One company to consider:  www.internationalstudentinsurance.com