BASIS Charter Schools

BASIS.ed’s International Student Program offers a dynamic and rigorous American educational experience for F-1 international students.

International students interested in a unique exchange opportunity to experience American culture and the BASIS curriculum for one academic year have an option to enroll at one of our nine SEVP-certified public high school campuses in Arizona. Each of these campuses is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students: BASIS Ahwatukee, BASIS Chandler, BASIS Flagstaff, BASIS Mesa, BASIS Oro Valley, BASIS Peoria, BASIS Phoenix, BASIS Scottsdale and BASIS Tucson North.

Enrollment at BASIS charter schools through the International Student Program is limited to a maximum of one academic term (10 months). Space available to international students is limited in order to ensure that students can become fully integrated with the rest of the BASIS student population.

Incoming students typically arrive in August and depart the following May. The International Student Program offers placement into grades 9, 10 or 11 at a SEVP-certified campus managed by BASIS.ed. Students have the option to transfer to a private U.S. high school upon successful completion of their academic program at BASIS charter schools.

The International Student Program grew out of the desire to combine our world-renowned curriculum with the American cultural experience. The program fosters fantastic educational experiences for our students and instills in them a love of learning and lifelong curiosity. Our international students bring to the classroom their own unique educational flair and, in return, receive a challenging and enriching educational experience.

Our program welcomes a diverse international population, attracting students with assorted backgrounds and areas of interest. Our international students are motivated, academically high-performing individuals with a great appreciation for an amazing educational and cultural exchange opportunity. All incoming students are selected to the program through a series of placement tests, evaluation of their English language skills, and a Skype or in-person interview.

International Student Program Admissions Procedures

  • Complete the application form online
  • Pay the application fee of $500
  • Submit transcripts for the last three years of school
  • Submit TOEFL exam score (minimum score of 80 required, score of 90 preferred)
  • Complete an online interview with an admissions person (schedule time and day for the interview through the online application portal)
  • Complete an online math test (find instructions on the online application portal)
  • Complete and submit the registration packet (accepted students will find it on the online application portal)
  • Pay tuition fee of $17,000 (accepted students will receive wire transfer instructions)
  • Receive an I-20 form from BASIS.ed
  • Receive a student F-1 visa at the U.S. embassy
  • Find a host family
  • Prepare for school by reading the recommended list of books

Program Fees

For the 2018-19 school year, the International Student program charges a fee of $17,000 for public school enrollment.

In order to secure enrollment into the program, program fees must be paid in full upon each student’s acceptance into the program.

The program fees include:

  • Tuition
  • International student injury and sickness insurance
  • Additional administrative fees

Additional fees not included in program fees:

  • Text books
  • School supplies
  • After school (extracurricular) activities
  • Sports
  • Trips
  • Host family stipend
  • AP Exams

Students are expected to bring their own spending money for the duration of their stay to cover the cost of additional fees and other expenses such as clothing, gifts,
recreational trips, mobile phone usage plan and device, etc.

A non-refundable application fee is also required at the time of each International Student application submission.