International Students


International Students



“Be who you are, and be that well,” these are the words of our patron, Saint Francis de Sales. He believed that everyone should work to be their best in everything that they do. Our Administration, Faculty, Staff and Students all embrace this belief to be our best, each and every day.



Since 1960 we have focused on “Empowering Students for Life.”  At the core of this philosophy is an outstanding academic curriculum, custom tailored with direction from our dedicated guidance professionals afforded to each and every student. We pride ourselves in offering a vast list of well-balanced academic and co-curricular options to prepare our  graduates to be adaptive and agile, lifelong learners who are prepared to be leaders in a dynamic, global community.

In the last 57 years, our school has grown to over 825 students and our faculty has tripled to over 71 licensed teaching professionals.  To accommodate this growth, our campus has experienced many changes through the years, especially in the area of technology. We understand that technology is a critical tool in today’s evolving global community. The utilization of iPads coupled with an actively updated high speed wireless network, Apple TVs, Clevertouch interactive touchscreens, and state-of-the-art Mac labs provide a responsive and advanced learning environment for our students.


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International student Spotlight

International student Spotlight


Applying to SFDHS

Applying to SFDHS


St. Francis DeSales High School is accredited by the Department of Homeland Security to issue I-20 forms to international applicants such that they may obtain an F-1 Student Visa from the American Embassy in their country.

The following information will guide you through the application process.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 01-614-265-3380.


We currently partner with IPERC for the application and placement of our students visiting from abroad.

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A well-qualified international applicant has a strong academic record and sufficient English language proficiency to perform well in a challenging college preparatory environment.  Graduation from eighth grade or its equivalent and proof of English proficiency are required for admission to St. Francis DeSales High School.  English proficiency can be demonstrated through an online interview process and supported by a student’s scores in the TOEFL, TOEFL jr., IELTS or SSAT. International students may apply at any time throughout the year to be enrolled in the following academic year.  


International students must submit the following for application:

  • A completed St. Francis DeSales High School International Student  or IPERC Application

  • A $200.00 application fee

  • Official academic transcripts from the previous two academic years, as well as a current report card*

  • Proof of English proficiency - TOEFL, TOEFL Junior, iTEP or SSAT scores

  • A letter of recommendation from an English teacher or administrator 

*Please note, original transcripts, as well as English translations must be submitted.




Once the appropriate application materials are received, the following process will be followed:

  • An online interview will be scheduled via Skype, WeChat or FaceTime with the St. Francis DeSales High School Office of Enrollment  and prospective student.

  • Upon review of all application materials, including the interview, the Office of Admissions will determine the acceptance status of each student.  

  • After a student has been accepted for admission, a $1,000(USD) registration fee must be submitted by May 1st to reserve a student’s place.

Upon receipt of the registration fee, St. Francis DeSales High School will submit documentation for the I-20 certificate.  


St. Francis DeSales High School has no boarding facilities.  International Students stay with a local host family while attending school.  A home address and contact information for the student’s host family must be provided prior to enrollment.



In conjunction with our school mission, St. Francis DeSales High School is committed to providing a positive and productive experience for International Students. Several programs have been designed especially for international students including mentoring programs, courses and ESL Lab (English as Second Language).

Before the beginning of a new experience at St. Francis DeSales, students benefit greatly in our International Student Orientation, held approximately one week before the beginning of the new school year.  

During this event, a mathematics placement test will be given and course registration will take place.  In addition, the student will be introduced to St. Francis DeSales peer mentors that will guide them through their first couple of weeks in school.

Experience Columbus

Experience Columbus

As the 15th largest city in the nation and the fastest growing in the Midwest, Columbus offers the best of everything: a thriving metropolitan area, a dynamic arts and culture scene, beautiful parks for hiking, cycling, fishing and boating, and countless renowned restaurants and top-notch shopping to experience. Sports fans can enjoy the excitement of Columbus’ major and minor teams in hockey, soccer and baseball  —  Columbus Blue Jackets, Crew and Clippers — as well as National Championship college teams, most recently the 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes’ Football team.

Columbus is also home to many large corporations, a great number of small and mid-sized businesses, government offices and nonprofit organizations, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Honda of America Mfg., Inc., L Brands, Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, Cardinal Health, and American Electric Power.

Education takes a prominent role in the capital city as well. The Ohio State University is 16th among the nation’s best public universities. Other outstanding area colleges and universities include Capital University,  Otterbein University, Denison University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Kenyon University, Ohio Dominican University,  and the Columbus College of Art & Design.