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International Students at Bosco

International Students
St. John Bosco High School is delighted to welcome international students. As a school committed to providing college preparatory education and 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.

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. For questions, contact Bryce Weiglin at (562) 920-1734 ext. 300.

Application Steps

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Step 1: Application

International student applicants must complete the online application and send in necessary items to:

by email:

or by mail:
St. John Bosco High School
Attn: Admissions
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 65) click 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
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.

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.

Our International Partners

Bryce Weiglin

(562) 920-1734 ext. 300
Director of International Admissions

Edgar Alonso

(562) 920-1734 ext. 313
Dean of Admissions

Carleen Carney

(562) 920-1734
International Student Advisor

Aleta Liao

(562) 920-1734 ext. 515

International Programs/Asia Trip Director, International Club Moderator