F-1 Public High School
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Having choices is what the F-1 Public High School Program USA is all about!


IQ USA: The Power of Educational Choice

IQ USA is a division of ICES

Our F-1 Public High School Program is all about giving you the freedom to choose where you will live and study in the United States. It’s a big country, and we work with many schools and district offices all across the U.S., giving you the widest possible selection of regions and academic programs.

Our F-1 Team understands both the excitement and the challenges that exchange students face when embarking on their year abroad. In fact, many of our team members have experienced language barriers and culture shock first-hand in their own lives, which makes them highly qualified to help you get acclimated to life in the United States. You’ll sense their compassion in everything they do.

IQ USA carefully screens host families using an at-home interview and criminal background check to ensure that they are committed to student safety and have a genuine desire to share American culture. Once selected, host families undergo an in-depth orientation program, and IQ Local Coordinators are trained to supervise placement and offer support during the program.

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8 Great Reasons to Choose IQ USA’s F-1 Private High School Program

1. The IQ Team Cares: They’re trained to support both students and host families throughout the duration of the program.

2. Easy Enrollment: The IQ Team takes care of everything, including acceptance paperwork and timely delivery of the I-20 document.
3. Safety First: Host families are carefully screened for student safety and comfort.
4. Flexible Programs: Choose from full-year or semester programs, with extensions available for up to five years of study. After the first year, you can also make arrangements for a transfer to a private school on the same F-1 visa.
5. IQ Coordinators: You’re never on your own with an IQ Coordinator by your side to offer guidance throughout the school term.
6. Monthly Progress Reports: There’s built-in peace of mind for parents, who’ll be able to make sure their children are getting the most out the exchange experience.
7. 24-hour Emergency Line: Help is just a phone call away for students and host families alike.
8. Arrival Orientation Program: Exciting programs in either New York or Los Angeles help students know what to expect and get acclimated to life in the U.S. before heading off to meet their host families.

What’s Included in Your Program?
When you enroll in IQ USA’s F-1 Public High School Program, you will be enrolled as an F-1 visa participant. As such, you can only attend public school in the United States for one year; however, you do have the option to transfer to a private school for consecutive years. All public schools in our program do charge tuition for exchange students. Each school has its own international student admissions criteria, such as English proficiency and GPA requirements, we obtain school acceptance based on your qualifications and personal criteria.
Here’s what your program covers:

• Full school tuition
• Host family home accommodation, including meals
• International student fees
• IQ Student Counselor
• School registration and application fees
• Medical insurance
• Ground transportation to and from the airport
• 3-day arrival orientation in NYC or LA
• Local coordinator supervision and guidance

Are You Ready To Have An Exciting Study Abroad Experience?

Student Requirements

  • AGE: 15- 18
  • ACADEMICS: A minimum of a C average in all courses taken over the past three years. Transcripts translated into English and a Teacher’s Recommendation
  • ATTITUDE: The maturity to deal with the inevitable challenges of adapting to another culture and communicating in a foreign language.
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS: Demonstrate acceptable scores on the Standard Test for English Proficiency. Students should also be comfortable and competent in using English conversationally to follow course work and socialize.
  • INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY: An open mind toward learning the ins and outs of another culture, such as its social customs, as well as concrete experiences such as food and fun.

ICES Student Arrival Orientations & Tours


The ICES Student Arrival Orientation is a 4 days/3 nights stop-over that offers a ‘soft-landing’ on U.S. ground before continuing to your final destination to meet your host family. The orientations will give you an introduction to your host community and what to expect of American culture, including differences you haven’t seen in the movies or on TV. In the afternoons we relax and tour your arrival city to get a glimpse of some popular hot spots.

Here are some of the benefits of attending the Student Arrival Orientation

  • You will have time to get over the worse jet lag.
  • You will meet other exchange students from around the world.
  • 2 fun city tours to get a ‘taste’ of the local highlights.
  • A short orientation to go over the most important topics and expectations.
  • Individual time with an ICES staff member for personal questions.
  • You will be better prepared for a good start on your exchange experience.
  • You will feel fresh and rested when you fly out to meet your host family for the first time.

For many students the arrival orientation is mandatory and already included in your exchange package, but for others this is an add-on that you should not miss to attend.

Come join the thousands of ICES exchange students who have started their experience in America by attending one of these great student arrival orientations!