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Foreign Exchange Student Registration and Visas

MANUAL - Jordan School District accepts foreign exchange students (J-1 Visa) from the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) only. The State Office 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 permit if approved by the school). Applications are accepted from host families who reside in Jordan School District boundaries only.

All foreign exchange students must be approved by Planning and Enrollment prior to registration. Exchange student placements are arranged at least five weeks in advance of the student’s departure from their native country. The students are placed in the grade level in which they would be placed had they not left their country.

A foreign exchange student:

  • is a foreign national secondary student issued a J-1 Visa from immigration who has entered 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.
  • is not required to pay tuition to Jordan School District however, foreign exchange students are required to pay school registration fees.
  • must maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA and pass all their classes. If a J-1 student falls below a 2.0 GPA, the placing agency must provide tutoring for the student at the placement agency’s expense.
  • does not qualify for a diploma and does not participate in graduation exercises; however, principals are encouraged to recognize them.
  • is not qualified to take a driver’s education course. Foreign exchange students sign a document stating that they understand this when they register with the district.
  • may change host families and schools during the school year provided approval is obtained by the representative of the agency and from Planning and Enrollment.
  • are not eligible for enrollment if they have previously graduated from high school or an equivalent, or whose class has graduated.
  • are not eligible to participate in ESL. It is not the intent nor is it financially possible to extend ESL services to foreign exchange students. If foreign exchange students are having difficulty speaking or understanding the English language, they may be placed in courses that do not require as much language proficiency.

Jordan School District is not a designated district in the State of Utah to issue I-20’s (F-1 visa) and does not place F-1 foreign exchange students.


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