Academic Programs for International Students (F-1 visa)

  • International Student Orientation 2019

    Announcement 7/7/2020:  Ann Arbor Public School values the benefit of having exchange students in our school district and contributing to the diversity of our classrooms and schools. However, given the current global pandemic, the safety and well-being of our students, teachers, and staff are most important to us. Since we are uncertain what school will look come September, we cannot, in good conscience, admit NEW exchange students at this time. 

    We are suspending our F1 and J1 programs for the Fall semester/trimester 2020 to all NEW international student applications. We will announce the feasibility of admitting exchange students for the spring semester on or around October 1, 2020.

    AAPS WILL assist current AAPS J1/F1 international students (including rising 12th graders) who have already spent a year in AAPS to enroll in the fall if the F1 visa allows. All F1 students need to select the hybrid or in-person option for study in the fall. Students may not select the 100% online option to study, per the SEVP announcement made on July 6, 2020. 

    Please contact Jennifer Nemecek for more details:  

    AAPS is certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to issue Form I-20 to prospective international students to attend one of the district’s three comprehensive high schools (Huron, Pioneer, and Skyline) on an F-1 academic program visa.

    There are two ways to apply as an F1 student to study in Ann Arbor Public Schools:

    1. Direct: Students may apply directly to AAPS and live with a close family friend or relative in Ann Arbor. Please use the following application: 2020-21 International Student Application
    2. Exchange Program: Apply through an AAPS approved exchange partner organization. Please refer to the list below. Program fees, deadlines and application materials will vary so please refer to each website for details. If you plan to play a varsity-level sport, F1 students must come through a CSIET approved program and not apply 'directly' to AAPS. (All AAPS exchange partner organizations are CSIET approved.)
    3. Deadline: ASAP since it is very difficult to obtain an F1 visa appointment abroad. Please plan ahead.

    Please note, F-1 students already in the US who want to transfer to AAPS from another SEVP-certified private or public high school, still need to complete an application.

    AAPS makes enrollment decisions based on eligibility criteria and space available. To be eligible to attend high school at AAPS on an F-1 academic program visa, you must be:

    1. Proficient in English
    2. Between ages 14 and 18
    3. Entering grades 9 - 12
    4. Have not completed high school in your home country
    5. Able to pay tuition expenses. The 2020-21 tuition rate is $10,000 for the year (Huron, Pioneer Skyline), or $5,000 for the semester at Huron or Pioneer. Students may study for one trimester at Skyline High School for $3,333.
    6. Able to pay living expenses estimated at $500 per month plus $1,000 for health insurance. 

    Students attend the high school that corresponds to the address of the host family. Exceptions are made when students study for less than a year. To learn more about our high schools or to see a list of classes, please go to the following link.

    Questions? Contact Jennifer Nemecek at

    Per federal regulations, F-1 students attending an SEVP-certified public high school:

    • Are limited to one year of study total at US public high schools in F-1 visa status.
    • Must reimburse the district the full, unsubsidized cost of attendance prior to receiving a Form I-20.
      • AAPS tuition for the 2020-21 school year is $10,000, $5,000 for a semester and $3333 for one trimester.  
    • For more information about federal guidelines regarding F-1 academic program visas see Study in the States.

    AAPS is not responsible for international student housing. F-1 international students may either come through an AAPS approved partner organization or live with a relative or family friend who lives within district boundaries and will act as the student’s temporary guardian. Host guardians must be over the age of 25, a US citizen or permanent resident, and able to provide a safe, caring and comfortable home. AAPS has the legal obligation to report any suspected incidents of abuse or neglect to the proper authorities.

    International students living with a relative must still apply to the district and reimburse the district for the cost of attendance in order to receive a Form I-20 from AAPS.

    Prospective F-1 students that need housing must apply through a district-approved partner organization that places students with host families.

    Approved F-1 Partner Organizations for the 2020-21 School Year

    If your organization would like to be approved to place international students at AAPS, please contact Jennifer Nemecek. 

    Questions? Contact Jennifer Nemecek, International Education Partnership Coordinator, at or (734) 994-2300 x. 53232