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International Program Guide

In today's world, it is becoming increasingly necessary for students to be globally minded. Experiences overseas can be beneficial to students of

all ages, allowing them to gain a wider perspective and a deeper appreciation of the differing cultures.


The AP Academy currently assists the efforts of non-U.S. students from Korea and China to study abroad in the United States.


Our assistance includes filing paperwork for I-20/F1 student visa, researching available options for schools as well as host families and guardians, and offering steadfast support for students’ academic and extracurricular pursuits.  


Students can come to the U.S. for language/culture exposure in three capacities.



   1.  International Student (F-1) Status


           Provide to The AP Academy:

            - Student’s name

            - Student’s age

            - Student’s mailing address

            - Current grade in Korea/China

            - Grade the student wishes to enter in the U.S.

            - Copy of school transcript

            - Copy of health/immunization records

            - Copy of passport (the page with photo and name)


           The AP Academy will interview all possible schools in the area in which the student will stay. Based on the interviews, the school of

             best fit will be selected and host families will be interviewed for selection. The AP Academy also provides hosting for students in

             dormitories and houses. The student may also choose to stay with a relative currently residing in the Philadelphia area.


           Once a school and residence is selected, the accepting school will issue an I-20 documentation. This documentation is proof that the

             student will be attending a U.S. school and will need this documentation when applying for the F-1 visa. The AP Academy will mail the

             I-20 documentation with proper signatures to the mailing address provided.


           The student may now apply for an F-1 visa and schedule an interview. Most families prefer to apply through an agency in their  

             country for proper handling and interview training. It is also important that the family provide an official bank statement proving that

             they have the financial means to afford at least one year’s expenses on behalf of the student traveling abroad.


          Once the student passes the interview and is issued an F-1 visa, he/she may purchase a plane ticket and notify The AP Academy of

             the arrival date. The AP Academy will then notify the accepting school and hosting family so that the student may begin schooling

             within a few days of his/her arrival in the U.S.



(per year, 10 months)

Documentation & Processing fee in America, Guardianship, Homestay fee,

School tuition & fees (Catholic Schools)



(per year, 10 months)

Documentation & Processing fee in America, Guardianship, Homestay fee,

School tuition & fees (Christian Schools)



(per year, 10 months)

Documentation & Processing fee in America, Guardianship, Homestay fee,

School tuition & fees (Competitive College Prep Schools)


(Grades K-6)

Option P1

4-day Program – English/Math/Test Prep

Option P2

2-day Program – English Program (Mon, Thurs)

Option P3

4-day Program – GPA Management Class

Secondary (Grades 7-12)

Option S1

5-day Program – SAT, TOEFL, Reading, Writing

Option S2

5-day Program – Secondary Math/Reading/Writing, TOEFL

Option S3

3-day Program – SAT, TOEFL (Mon, Thurs, Sat)

Option S4

3-day Program – Secondary Math/Reading/Writing, TOEFL

Frequently Asked Questions:


  Q: If a student comes to the U.S. with an F-1 visa, should he/she wait a certain time period before beginning school?

  A: Students learn a new language fastest when there is maximum emersion. Though school life may be difficult in the beginning due to

      language barriers, it is recommended that a child begin school shortly after arrival in the U.S. As students make new American friends,

      their English proficiency will improve in a much more natural manner rather than in a strictly academic one. Constant communication with

      native speakers supplemented by after-school programs is the fastest way to achieve proficiency in the English language.


  Q: Should I send my child to an American host family or to a Korean/Chinese host family?

  A: Staying with an American (or English-speaking) family has a big advantage when it comes to learning the language and culture. However,

      many students have a difficult time adjusting to such a sudden and big change. Some students have a difficult time getting accustomed to

      the new food and may get sick or won’t enjoy meal times. Other students have a difficult time adjusting to new family rules such as going

      to bed at 9 pm or 10 pm even when they have tests coming up the following day. Many students have started in American families but ended

      up transferring to Korean/Chinese families. There are advantages and disadvantages with each type of host family, and of which should be

      considered before making a decision.


  Q: How is health insurance provided?

  A: Health insurance can be purchased either in the student's country or in America. It is important that students have health insurance, since

      hospital fees are extremely expensive in the U.S. One visit to the emergency room can cost up to $3,000.


  Q: What is a good age at which my child should begin his/her studies in the U.S.?

  A: Success is maximized and accents are minimized if a student comes between grades 4-7. While some students come earlier

      and others come later, arrival in the U.S. in grades 11 or 12 are usually too late unless students have already been preparing for

      the SAT and are ready to take the exam.


  Q:  What does homestay offer?

  A: This includes guardianships, meals, room & board, and transportation to and from school & activities. Transportation in the U.S. is very difficult

      because a short drive is considered to be 15-20 minutes one way. Students cannot walk to many places because of the distance.

      Therefore, it takes a host parent a minimum of 30-40 minutes (in many cases more than an hour) to provide transportation once.

      This needs to be done several times throughout the day, especially if the students participate in after-school activities (very important in

      college preparation for top U.S. colleges and universities).


  Q: My child is currently performing poorly in school and I am looking for a fresh, new academic start. Will my child be given

      this second chance if he/she were to move to the U.S.?

  A: Students' success in the U.S. depends on the study habits the students have developed over the years.

      Most students who have performed well in their home countries also perform well in the U.S. Most students who have performed poorly

      will also have a difficult time in the U.S. In any event, it is a second chance to do well for all students, and with proper support, there is a substantial        

      potential for students to have a successful academic career in the U.S.


  Q: How long will it take before students can understand enough English to sufficiently complete their course work in school?

  A: As long as students work diligently, they should be able to handle all coursework within 1-2 years. Some students take just a few months

      and others take longer. Students who need a longer time period are usually those who are too shy or befriend too many Korean- or Chinese-

      speaking friends and too few English-speaking friends. Therefore, we highly encourage students to attend schools with fewer Korean- or Chinese-

      speaking students, to make the extra effort to speak more English.

2.  Extra Care Academic Program


     When first arriving in the U.S., most students struggle to follow the demanding curriculum of their new schools. The AP Academy offers a wide

        range of academic support to ensure students' continuous academic success. If needed, transportation can be provided by the academy after

        school. Most classes at The AP Academy begin at 4:30 pm on Mondays-Fridays and 9:00 am on Saturdays. Evening classes are also

        available. Students will attend church with his/her host family every Sunday. Classes and tutoring are not available on Sundays.

   Programs Overview (A-La-Carte or Options available)


            - Elementary 2-day English program

            - Elementary 4-day English/Math program

            - GPA Management Class, Grades K-8

            - GPA Management Sessions, Grades 9-12

            - TOEFL Prep

            - Reading Comprehension Skills

            - Writing Skills

            - SAT Reasoning Test Prep

            - Secondary Math/Reading/Writing Programs

            - SAT Elite

            - Summer Programs

            - Private Sessions Available in 35 Subjects

3.  Summer / Winter English Language Program 

    Please refer to the website: Kids Summer camp or Middle & High School program.

   Program Descriptions & Fee: