One of the many ways Norfolk Collegiate upper school students are engaged with the world is through our international student program, which enriches our diverse student community.
Students from all over the world—like China, South Korea, Sweden, Germany and Spain—come to Norfolk Collegiate to finish their high school experience and graduate on to American colleges, while others choose to come for a single year of cultural immersion.
International students are an integral part of the Collegiate community and excel in the classroom, on the stage and on the sports field. As part of their experience, international students stay with local host families, as arranged by their agency. This allows for a deeper cultural experience for both the student and their host family.
Other students may arrive due to parents’ military, governmental or business relocation to Hampton Roads while others come through agencies specializing in short-term cultural exchanges or long-term academic placements.
For students coming alone, Collegiate works with agencies to locate host families. As Norfolk Collegiate host families can attest, it’s a deeply enriching experience–a chance to learn about different cultures, perspectives and traditions without the hassle of leaving home. In many instances, there’s also a monthly stipend of several hundred dollars paid to hosts by the agencies.