Foreign Exchange Student Program
Sarasota County School District recognizes the importance of intercultural and
international education as part of a school program. Youth exchanges support
district students, teachers and community members with an opportunity to
broaden their perspectives on the world, while offering foreign exchange
students cultural experiences that help them develop a balanced understanding of
from a foreign country must fulfill all federal, state and district eligibility
requirements. These include being sponsored by a Foreign Exchange Student
Program that is approved by the Council on Standards for International
Educational Travel (CSIET), receiving the approval of the Sarasota County District Office and the principal of the
school they wish to attend, and having a J-1 Visa. After meeting these
requirements, a student from another country may attend a Sarasota County high
school at the discretion of the School Board of Sarasota County.
organizations and institutions sponsoring students must have a local
representative who resides in Sarasota County in order to be eligible to
participate in the District’s Foreign Exchange Student Program.
students must be approved by the district through the Office of School Choice,
Virtual School and Charter Schools before enrolling in a district school. In no
case may the number of foreign students exceed 1 percent of the school's
enrollment. The district reserves the right to limit the number of students
placed by any sponsor or from any country. The district cannot issue a Form
information about Sarasota County Schools Foreign Exchange Program is available
by clicking on the links below. Anyone with questions may contact the Office of
School Choice, Virtual School and Charter Schools at 941-927-9000, ext. 32171.