Public High School Program

Whether you like the beach, the mountains or the big city; whether you want surfing, skiing or metropolitan pulse we will help you find what you need. The F-1 Public High School Program is all about allowing students freedom of choice with geographical location, academic situation and spare time activities. Unlike the J-1 high school exchange program, the Educatius F-1 Public High School Program offers students the possibility to choose with detail what part of the country they wish to be placed in by applying directly to the actual school district they will attend. Our schools are situated in attractive areas like Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. Our students enjoy full access to sports (state laws permitting), clubs and academics in the schools, including the possibility of obtaining a high school diploma!

Thanks to late application deadlines, the program also offers a possibility for students who did not get a place on the regular J-1 program to study in the USA. It is a program with a lot of choice, flexibility and freedom.

Schools and Host Families

Students attend public high schools that charge a fee to accept the students. Because of the fee the students are enrolled like any other student and can enjoy the same rights regarding subjects, arts, activities, and graduation etc. Students stay with host families in the local community. Host families are paid for hosting, and Educatius International handles the screening, placement and supervision during the program. These families have a strong desire to welcome a foreign student and help them experience their American culture.

Educatius International offers placements in close to 40 different school districts, for example Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The program is constantly growing with new school districts in attractive areas being added.

Who Can Attend

Students aged 15-18 are eligible to attend the program, and in some cases schools will accept 19 year olds or graduated students. All students must have and maintain a passing grade point average as well as a level of maturity and motivation to study abroad. All students are required to take a SLEP-test and the minimum score for acceptance is 45.

The program is for a maximum of one year. International students can transfer into a private school after they complete a year at a public school.


The application deadline for the fall is July 15 and for the spring is November 15. However schools may fill up previous to that date, so please send your applications in early to make sure to get your first choice of school district. Students apply to the school district they wish to attend. It is then up to the school district to offer a placement in the school they feel mostly suitable for the student. The school district will release an application form for the F-1 visa upon acceptance of the student.

Please note that students apply to a specific school district and not a school. For descriptions of the school districts please visit here .

Partners, please request a Program Manual for more details regarding the application process.

Partners, please request a price list for up to date fees and prices. Prices include:
High school match and placement
Host family match and placement
Host family accommodation on full board basis*
Guardianship and supervision by Educatius officials during the program
Visa application documents and support
Airport meet and greet**

*Students are provided with breakfast, and dinner. Students may bring lunches from home, but are otherwise responsible for buying their own school lunches.

**All students are picked up at the airport by their host family or Educatius International representative on arrival.