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Foreign Exchange & International Students

MPS Guidelines for the Enrollment of International & Foreign Exchange Students
 
TWO IMPORTANT NOTES! 
1) Placement in a specific High School is not guaranteed, and is subject to capacity restrictions and MPS Policy and enrollment priorities and at the discretion of Minneapolis Public Schools.
 
2) ALL J-1/F-1 placements are centrally managed, individual schools cannot promise enrollment slots and the enrollment process must begin with the New Familes Center to guarantee a placement.
 
NOTE: Minneapolis Public Schools follows best practices to recognize and prevent Human Trafficking (under J-1 and F-1 Visa programs) for the protection of visiting students.
 
F-1 Visas are for International Students. They may enroll in pubilc schools for a maximum of 12 months. Tuition IS required under state law (see below)
 
F-1 APPLICATION WINDOW IS MARCH 15 – MAY 17
 
J-1 Visas are for Foreign Exchange students arriving through a registered International Exchange Organization. They may enroll in public schools for a maximum of 12 Months
 
J-1 APPLICATION WINDOW IS MARCH 15 – MAY 31
 
Holders of B-1 and B-2 visas generally cannot enroll into any K-12 public school in the U.S. 
 
All Non-Immigrant Visas are regulated by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)
 
Guidelines for Enrollment in Minneapolis Public Schools:
 
F-1 Students:
  • Can enroll in grades 9 - 12 for a maximum of 12 months
  • Must be approved by the District PDSO
  • Can enroll for a full school year or one semester
  • Must turn 15 years old by their arrival date
  • Must obtain a completed US-INS Form I-20 issued by the District PDSO
  • Must pay full tuition before an I-20 can be issued (no exceptions)
  • Must pay tuition via a cashier’s check or certified check from a US-based bank. Tuition is presently $9400 (This amount is subject to change, and in the future a non-refundable application fee of $50 may be assessed)
  • MUST appear in person to be checked-in by the PDSO within 7 days of arrival in the United States per federal law
  • Can only attend the high school listed on the I-20
  • Can earn high school credit, participate in graduation exercises and receive a diploma
  • Can usually be placed in the requested school (however this is subject to capacity)
  • Are not required to reside within the city of Minneapolis
J-1 Students:
  • Can enroll in grades 9 thru 12 for a maximum of 12 months
  • Must be approved by the District PDSO or DSO
  • Must be sponsored through a CSIET approved exchange organization
  • Must be sponsored by an International Student Exchange Organization (ISEO) that is registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State
  • Can participate in graduation exercises but cannot receive a diploma
  • Can generally be placed in the requested school (however this is subject to capacity and some schools fill very quickly)
  • Do not pay tuition
  • Are required to reside within the city of Minneapolis
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
F-1 Inquiries begin here: General information on United States F-1 rules & procedures
 
List of Minnesota Registered Exchange Organizations (for students and hosts)
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Foreign Exchange & International Students are served by:
The New Families Center
3345 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis 55407
612-668-3700
Contact: Martha Swanson, PDSO
martha.swanson@mpls.k12.mn.us
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If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at sps.department@mpls.k12.mn.us or call us at 612.668.1840.