Cincinnati Country Day School has a diverse and active international family population. Some international students come to Country Day through exchange programs while others come due to the relocation of their family. Many of the outstanding features of our academic and extracurricular programs are detailed on the International Diversity webpage.
Students who will be relocating to the Cincinnati area with their families from abroad will follow the admission process as outlined in the Application Process pages. Please contact Jennie Bedel (applicants to Early Childhood Program through grade 4) or Elizabeth Habig (applicants to grades 5 through 12) with questions.
International students wishing to study at Country Day for a single year must first contact the Admission Office to determine availability of space. Priority is given to applicants intending to study at Country Day for three years or more.
Students entering grades 8 – 12 who wish to study at Country Day on an F-1 visa must follow the processes outlined below.
1. Submit an Application for Admission.
2. Submit the I-20 Preliminary Information Form.
3. Submit all required recommendations and complete transcript
4. Take the Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) and submit scores.
NOTE: Our expectations of an international applicant’s TOEFL results are scores of 550/213*/79** or higher. Cincinnati Country Day School TOEFL code: B939
*Paper/Computer based exam
** Internet based score (iBT)
5. Take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) and submit scores.
6. Contact the Admission Office to schedule a visit to campus or interview by Skype ®. All visitors must have an application on file, complete with TOEFL and ISEE scores, for the Skype interview or class shadowing to be arranged.
1. Accepted students must confirm enrollment by returning the Enrollment Agreement with a $1,000 non-refundable deposit.
2. Present the SEVIS issued I-20 to the embassy at which you are applying for a visa; this visa cannot be granted more than 120 days prior to the student’s course of study registration date. The I-20 will be mailed to you by the Country Day Admission Office.
3. Make living arrangements for your 10-month stay in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Country Day School is not a residential school and does not provide assistance in finding host families. International students not living with a relative or legal guardian in the immediate area are required to engage the services of a local international agency. It is strongly encouraged that all international students at CCDS engage the services provided by a local or international agency. This will insure that all of the needs of students, parents, and the School are met.
Cincinnati Country Day School is one of a few local schools granted authority by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Student Exchange and Visitors Program (SEVP) to enroll international students. Once a student arrives and begins school, Country Day will monitor the student’s progress and travel to and from the United States through the Student and Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS).
This School Is Authorized Under Federal Law To Enroll Nonimmigrant Alien Students.
- Do you offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes?
- Does Country Day require a TOELF exam?
- DOES COUNTRY DAY OFFER TUITION ASSISTANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
- DO YOU REQUIRE INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS TO VISIT YOUR CAMPUS?
- DO YOU ACCEPT MID-YEAR APPLICANTS?
- WHEN DOES THE SCHOOL YEAR BEGIN?
- Does the school provide Health Insurance for international students?
- Will Cincinnati Country Day School provide a host family?