Foreign Student Admissions Office
Due to the closure of all LAUSD schools, the processing of applications for international students will be delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience. Your patience is appreciated once we resume day to day operations. Please note that paperwork deadlines previously provided will be extended.
Updates will be posted to the website as they are available.
During this difficult time, may you and your family remain safe and healthy.
The Foreign Student Admissions Office strives to enrich the educational environment of LAUSD by supporting and advancing the recruitment, admission, and enrollment of eligible international students into LAUSD schools.
PurposeThe Foreign Student Admissions Office is responsible for the admission, processing, and tracking of international secondary students on J1 and F1 VISAS on behalf of the Los Angeles Unified School District. This office obtains authorization for students on a J-1 exchange visa to attend their home school or for students on a F-1 student visa to attend a Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Certified high school. The LAUSD is authorized by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to issue I-20 documents to prospective F-1 students. Additional Information is available in the following brochures:
• Getting Students Ready to Enter the United States Updated form attached
• FSAO FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
LAUSD SEVP Certified Schools - Currently, the LAUSD has 41 SEVP certified schools. The number of available spaces may vary by school, grade, and program. Not all SEVP certified schools will be able to accept students at the time of request. Please contact the Foreign Student Admissions Office for more information.
International students may only attend a public secondary school (grades 9th-12th) for a maximum of twelve months. (Section 625 Public Law 104-208, effective November 30, 1996). They must also pay the full, unsubsidized per capita cost of attending the school district. Unfortunately, the LAUSD is unable to offer financial assistance, scholarships or tuition discounts.The LAUSD observes all laws of the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding visa students. For more information:
U.S. State Department Visa Information
NOTICE: Please note that the Los Angeles Unified School District Foreign Student Admissions Office cannot provide students with legal advice or guidance on immigration-related issues. We encourage all international students to enroll full-time and obtain the appropriate F-1 or J-1 visa.
Students, parents, and guardians may contact the U.S. State Department, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency or an immigration attorney for additional information. Information is available at these U.S. Government websites: http://www.ice.gov/sevis ,Agency Information: Registry Requirement For Placement Agencies
International Student Placement Agencies must be currently registered with the State of California, Department of Justice prior to placing students within the LAUSD. A registry list is maintained by the Attorney General’s Registry of International Student Exchange Visitor Placement Organizations (ISEVPO) and is updated annually. For more information, please refer to the State of California website at http://oag.ca.gov/exchangestudents
Agencies must complete an application and submit the requested documents, including proof of annual ISEVPO registration, in order to be considered as an approved organization. The LAUSD Foreign Student Admissions Office (FSAO) will only consider applications for international students who are placed by agencies on our approved list. Students hosted by a family member or relative are not subject to the agency requirement.
If you are interested in applying for LAUSD Agency approval, please download the appropriate application and submit the required documentation.
F-1 Agency Application
J-1 Agency Application
The following agencies have been approved to place students within the LAUSD for the 2019 calendar year. (updated April 10, 2019)
• AFS-USA, Inc.
• AnB Education (Summa Global Education)
• Bridge to U.S., Inc.
• Council for Educational Travel United States of America
• East West Group, Inc.
• Educatius, Inc.
• Greenheart Exchange
• International Academic Cultural Exchange, Inc. (IACE)
• International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES)
• International Student Exchange, Inc.
• Quest International
• SLB Consulting Corporation dba Exchange Service International (ESI)
• Terra Lingua USA
• UCEUS Corp.
• WEP-USA, LLC
• Youth For Understanding USA, Inc.