With a variety of exciting Academic Student Programs to choose from teenagers can now make their study abroad dream come true.

Explore your options below, and join students from all over the world on an amazing educational journey! Apply today for your Academic Study Abroad experience!


ICES F-1 Academic Choice & Value Programs

Beaches, Mountains or City? Soccer, Hockey or Gymnastics?
Maybe AP Physics, Arts programs or a great STEM program is what you are looking for?
Or perhaps you don’t have any of those preferences, but just looking for a high school diploma so you can easily apply to a university in the USA?

Whatever your preference or future plans are, through ICES F-1 Academic Student Programs USA, we will help you tailor your high school experience to be all what you have dreamed of.

We have different programs to accommodate all students’ needs whether it is location, academics, sports, arts or budget. You can tailor the program to suit your needs for your year abroad or for your future plans. Many of our schools offer a diploma after just one year so you can pursue the dreams of higher education in the USA if that is what you are looking for.

If you want to compare the different student programs that ICES offers, take a look at your options below!

F-1 Academic High School Choice Program USA

Within our F-1 Academic High School CHOICE Program we offer you the choice of Public High School Program, Private Day School Program and Private Boarding School Program, so you can choose the option that will suit you the best.

To learn more about your three different school options, just click on one of the buttons below:

F-1 Academic Public High School Program USA

Public schools have lots to offer. Many of our schools have great sports and arts programs and some of them will even give a diploma after only one year. We have public schools throughout the country so whatever your preference of location might be we have options.


F-1 Academic Private Day School Program USA

You attend one of our carefully selected Private schools and stay with a local family. It’s a great program if you want to experience American family life along with attending a highly academic school. On this program, you can also attend the same school for multiple years.


F-1 Academic Private Boarding School Program USA

Boarding schools in the USA are considered highly academic and some are very competitive. Boarding schools are known for smaller classes, state-of-the-art facilities and highly educated staff. They will give you a great platform to go on to top universities as many of these schools also offer specialty programs and have great STEM programs, great arts programs and top sports facilities.


F-1 Academic High School Value Program USA

If you don’t have the specific preference of location or a specific school, our F-1 Academic VALUE Program might be a good option for you. You still get all the benefits of the F-1 visa, but we will pick the school for you.

The Value program is a good option for you if you have a lower budget or if you want to continue your high school studies in the USA after a year on the J-1 visa program.

This program is also flexible to students with lower English skills and medical conditions.


F-1 Middle School Program USA

For talented young students who want to experience a new culture and improve their language skills, studying abroad at a younger age can lead to increased fluency and near-native cultural competency. The program offers international students the opportunity to enroll in American middle schools — sixth through eighth grade — and follow the same curriculum as their American classmates.

The Middle School Program is a great opportunity for younger children to experience an American education before making the decision to attend high school in the U.S. Parents will have peace of mind knowing their child has a Local Coordinator to lend support and guidance throughout their child’s program.


Virtual Academic High School Program USA

ICES is offering international students the opportunity to study remotely online through a U.S. High School. Students that join the ICES Virtual High School program can study from the comfort of their own home with the ability to earn a U.S. High School Diploma or credits that are transferable to other U.S. High Schools.

Who is this program for?

  • International Students that would like to experience studying in a U.S. High School but are not sure they would like to live in the USA.
  • International Students that have already completed 1 year on the J-1 High School Program, do not plan to come back to the US through an F-1 program and wants to earn a U.S. High School Diploma.
  • International Students that are currently studying at a U.S. High School but are missing credits they would need to advance to the next grade or graduate and earn a diploma.
  • Students that are planning to come to the U.S. on a F-1 High School Program and want to get a head start on classes required to earn a U.S. High School Diploma.
  • Students that want to improve their English.

Why You Should Choose ICES Academic Programs

The ICES staff truly understands the challenges that exchange students may face, many of our team members have lived abroad and learned another language while overcoming cultural differences. This understanding and compassion is transmitted through ICES’s exceptional customer service.

ICES is a designated J-1 sponsor through the U.S. Department of State. We meet meticulous government regulations that assure our students, partners and host families have safe and positive experiences. ICES has been a member of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange (ALLIANCE) since 1997. We have maintained a full listing with the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) for 25 years.

With over 50 office staff members and a team of 500 field coordinators, we are dedicated to providing participants with experiences that will have a positive impact on their lives for years to come. ICES manages approx. 1,500 students yearly, with a network of school partners all over the USA and abroad. Our students come from various countries around the world and are supervised by trained Local Coordinators and compassionate student counselors.