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Foreign Student Registration

Jordan School District welcomes foreign exchange students who are issued a J-1 Visa to enter the United States for up to one year for a cultural and educational experience and whose placement is approved by the Jordan School District Board of Education and the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). The Utah State Board of Education establishes quotas regarding the number of foreign students each secondary school may accept. CSIET organizations submit student applications to Planning and Enrollment. When an application is accepted, the student is placed in a host family’s boundary school (or non-boundary school if a permit is approved by the desired school). Applications are accepted from host families that reside in Jordan School District only.

Jordan School District is not currently a designated district to issue I-20’s (F-1 visa) and is unable to place F-1 foreign exchange students.

Non-Immigrant Visitor

In most cases, a child dependent visa status (a child who accompanies a principal visa holder to the United States) is allowed to attend K-12 school.  The student must still abide by the rules governing his/her non-immigrant status, and may not extend his/her stay for the purpose of finishing the school year.  Students in the United States with a “visitor” or “tourist” status are not eligible to attend a Jordan School District school.

All foreign students on a visa will need to obtain a “Verification of Guardianship” prior to registration at the local school. This form is available from Planning and Enrollment in the Student Services Department, Jordan School District, 7387 S Campus View Drive, West Jordan.  The following documents are required to obtain a “Verification of Guardianship”:

    • Visa
    • Birth Certificate
    • Immunization Records
    • Proof of Residency
    • Guardian Identification

Foreign students who have previously graduated from high school or equivalent, whose class has graduated, or who are not age-appropriate for the desired grade will not be eligible for enrollment.

The following resources are available for those interested in obtaining registration with the District as a foreign exchange student:

2021-22 Applications Updated April 5, 2021
Jordan School District has been authorized by the Utah State Board of Education to accept 25 foreign exchange students for the 2021-22 school year. Several changes to District procedure for foreign exchange student application and registration have been made for the 2021-22 school year. Agencies should carefully review the documents linked above to ensure they are prepared to submit applications as incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Agencies may begin preparing to submit applications by emailing their CSIET certification and notarized Agency Assurances document to donna.kolva@jordandistrict.org in Planning and Enrollment. Once an agency has submitted their CSIET certification and notarized Agency Assurances document, applications for individual students may be submitted at the link below. From Monday, April 5, 2021 through 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 11, each agency may submit a maximum of three (3) applications. From April 12 onward, agencies may submit any number of additional applications. All applications that are unable to be accommodated will be placed on a waitlist.

As of 8:00 AM, Monday, April 12, 2021, more than 25 applications for foreign exchange student placements for the 2021-22 school year have been received. While not every application that has been received will be placed, please be aware that there is a significant chance that any application received after this time will be put on the waitlist.

Foreign Exchange Student Application

Questions regarding foreign student registration? Please contact Planning and Enrollment at 801-567-8259.