Foreign Exchange Student Program

Foreign Exchange (J-1 and F-1) Enrollment - 2024-2025 SY

DCSD is no longer accepting applications for the 2024-2025 SY

 The Douglas County School District will be enrolling Foreign Exchange Students (J-1 and F-1 visas) in our high schools for the 25-26 school year starting in February 2025 as long as students have the proper paperwork and there are no government-issued travel restrictions.


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Foreign Exchange Students Sponsored by FE Organization (J-1)

Students wishing to attending a High School in Douglas County on a J-1 Visa are required to be sponsored by an Approved Foreign Exchange Organization. 

Foreign Exchange Organizations- DCSD is no longer accepting applications for J-1 students for the 24-25 school year. Please check back in February 2025 for information regarding the 25-26 school year.

Thank you for your interested in Douglas County School District. 

Privately Sponsored Foreign Exchange Students (F-1)

DCSD is no longer accepting applications for F-1 students for the 24-25 school year. Please check back in February 2025 for information regarding the 25-26 school year.

Below are some reference materials that outline the process for an F-1 Student. The application and approval process should start by January in the school year prior to the full school year that the student will be in attendance. Student Data is happy to provide more information. Please email our team at [email protected]

The decision to accept a student on an F-1 visa is an individual school decision, and is based on the family living within the high school's attendance boundaries.  Please reach out to the high school directly to inquire about space. 

Please remember:  

  • A foreign student does not receive ESL (English as a Second Language) services
  • Proof of the English proficiency testing must be provided. Tests currently being accepted are: 
  • SLEP (Second Language English Proficiency) proctored at their home country High School/University
  • ELTiS (English Language Test for International Students)
  • A foreign student will receive a certificate of attendance (not a diploma) 

 Please be aware that the tuition for Privately Sponsored Foreign Students is $14,307 for the 24-25 school year. Filling out paperwork is not a guarantee that the student will be attending one of Douglas County School District Schools. It is very important that this is completed by May 31 to ensure that the student will be enrolled in the coming school year. 

DCSD does not work with F-1 Third Party Agencies.

For more questions, please call our department at 720-433-0095. 

Thank you for your interested in DCSD school district. 

Forms for F-1 Students
Application Procedure
Enrollment Procedures
Student Visas
Application Checklist

Admission of Foreign Students

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