International Students at Bosco
St. John Bosco High School is delighted to welcome international students. As a school committed to forming young men in the image of Christ, St. John Bosco High School invites students from around the world. We believe that the dialogue that comes with students from around the world enriches all of us, and we welcome the learning and growth that these international students bring to our campus.
Student Information System
As a private Catholic school, we are authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. We issue I-20 student visas to highly qualified students interested in studying in the United States and who are committed to advancing themselves in a Catholic college preparatory community. In addition to the regular application for admission, international students must submit a TOEFL score (minimum of 60), conduct a Skype interview with a school representative, and submit copies of a passport and bank-verified financial statement.
Before You Apply
St. John Bosco High School strongly encourages entry into the 9th or 10th grade for international students. Exceptions are made on occasion for well qualified students interested in other grades. Please inquire for more information. Strong English skills are required for international applicants.
For questions, contact Bryce Weiglin at (562) 920-1734 ext. 300.
Step 1: ApplicationInternational student applicants must complete the online application and send in necessary items to:
by email: BWeiglin@bosco.org
or by mail:
St. John Bosco High School
13640 Bellflower Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706
If any items are missing, the student’s application will not be reviewed for an acceptance decision until the application is complete.
- Online Application
- Most recent unofficial transcripts (8th grade and/or US High School equivalent) translated into English
- Most recent report card (8th grade and/or US High School equivalent) translated into English
- Letters of recommendation:
- Principal Letter of Recommendation
- Math Teacher Letter of Recommendation
- English Teacher Letter of Recommendation
- Copy of standardized test scores (TOEFL, SLEP, or other English proficiency exams)
- To schedule a TOEFL exam (minimum score of 60) click here
- Copy of bank statement showing family can afford tuition
- Tuition information can be found HERE
- Copy of Passport
Step 2: Interview
Once the initial application is received and reviewed by our Admissions Committee, a Skype interview will be scheduled. A member of the Admissions Office will schedule the Skype interview with the applicant. The Skype interview will assess the student's English ability and learn about the student's academic record.
Step 3: Acceptance and I-20
After reviewing the student's application and results from the Skype interview, the Admissions Committee at St. John Bosco will make the determination on acceptance to our school. The student will be notified via email if they have been accepted to St. John Bosco High School.
After the student is accepted, St. John Bosco High School will process the I-20 application for an F-1 Student Visa. Once our school creates the I-20, it will be mailed to the student's family. Once the family receives the I-20 they are to then schedule an appointment with the Immigration Office at the United States Embassy nearest to them to obtain the F-1 Student Visa.
Step 4 - Homestay Arrangement
Once a student has been accepted, they will be connected with St. John Bosco High School’s homestay partner: Homestay Services International. Homestay Services International offers a network of Homestay Families dedicated to providing a loving family environment for the student. Our Homestay Program gives each student the individualized attention for all family needs, creating a perfect atmosphere for the students to have a nurturing and supportive relationship with their homestay and school.
Students and their parents can have peace of mind while the student is in the program as each family is checked to be worthy of participating in the homestay program. Every participating family goes through a personal interview, and the home is inspected to ensure the ongoing safety and comfort of each student. In addition, Homestay Families provide rich cultural experiences, ones that the students will cherish for the rest of their lives.
For students who do not need homestay: Proof of residence with an immediate family member (i.e. mother or father) must be provided.
Step 5: Registration
Once a student is accepted, St. John Bosco High School will send information on registering for class and paying tuition to the international family. The registration process will be done online.
- Fees for the 2016-17 school year, please click HERE
All students who attend St. John Bosco High School are to abide by the California Immunization Law, Health and Safety Code Sections 120325-120375. For reference of immunizations needed please click HERE
Part of the registration process entails the family providing proof of Medical Insurance. We recommend that the health insurance covers doctor visits, medicine, and treatments, in addition to hospital stays and emergency services.
If an international student is looking for health insurance, one of the largest companies that provide comprehensive medical coverage is:
ISO International Student Health Insurance
International students may wait to purchase health insurance and finalize immunizations until after they have received their acceptance email. Students will not be allowed to attend class until proof of insurance and completion of immunizations have been received by the Main Office at St. John Bosco High School.
If you are a loving family with a spare room available in your home consider inviting an international student to stay with you this year during his high school experience in the U.S. at St. John Bosco High School.
St. John Bosco High School is working with the homestay service company, Gphomestay. GP will provide a dedicated support staff, host family training and 24/7 emergency support throughout the school year, as well as regular group activities to share with other participating families.
Those wishing to take advantage of this unique opportunity to make a difference in a young person’s life by filling out the Host Family Inquiry Form.