INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAM
St. Mary Catholic Central High School has six students enrolled from China this school year. SMCC enrolled eight in the 2013-14 school year and four in the 2012-13 school year through its partnership with the Cambridge Institute of International Education.

 

 

OPEN YOUR WINDOW TO THE WORLD.

HOST AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT!

 



 

We have several international students who are attending St. Mary Catholic Central High School this school year. For this reason, we have partnered with gphomestay and we are searching for caring families to open their home to an international student. This is a great opportunity for your family to learn more about a different culture and way of life.

 

Our host families receive a stipend of $800 per month for 10 months to cover any costs that arise from having an extra person in your home. Hosts have access to ongoing support from a local gphomestay Residential Coordinator. Gphomestay also provides orientation and training for each host family. The Residential Coordinator also conducts monthly check-ins and facilitates quarterly events.

 

Check out this video to look at one student’s experience: Gphomestay: Helping Students Feel at Home

 

If you are interested in becoming a host or would like more information, please visit their website, www.gphomestay.com, or fill out a Host Inquiry Form here.  You can also contact gphomestay directly at (781)996-0429, or info@gphomestay.com.

 

Gphomestay also offers a $300 referral bonus whenever an approved host family lists your name on their application as their source of referral. A host family does not need to have a child enrolled at our school.

 


SMCC partners with the Cambridge Institute of International Education, a company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, dedicated to assisting international students with obtaining educational opportunities in the United States. Cambridge students not only seek the educational benefits of attending high school in the United States, but cultural benefits as well.


HOUSING
We have partnered with gphomestay! Gphomestay is an educational service company that provides quality homestays for international students who attend American high schools. Since 2011, gphomestay has proudly located and recruited committed host families within our partner schools' communities. Gphomestay is proud to have been approved as an educational services provider by the Council on Standards for International Travel (CSIET), an organization that establishes standards for international programs at the high school level, acknowledges gphomestay's commitment to providing a safe and accommodating homestay.


We have several international students attending SMCC and we are planning to expand the program during the 2015-2016 academic year. For this reason, we are searching for caring families to open their home to an international student. Our students enjoy getting involved and learning more about American culture. This is also a great opportunity for your family to learn more about a different culture and way of life.


Host families receive a monthly stipend of $800 to cover any costs that arise with having an extra person in your home. Host families also have access to ongoing support from a local Residential Coordinator. The students have their own insurance and spending money. The family should speak English at home and ensure that the student eats 3 nutritious meals per day. Being able to involve the student in family events and activities is a big plus.


Gphomestay is a leader in the educational service industry and specializes in bringing support to international student programs at U.S. high schools across the country. Our trained staff is committed to the success of each student by arranging and overseeing safe residential accommodations that enhance the students' overall American experience. 


If you would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity to make a difference in a young person's life with an enriching intercultural experience for your family, please respond by providing a brief description of your home and why it would make a great place for the student to stay during the year. You may also fill out the application if you are ready to take the next step:
http://www.gphomestay.com/Application.html


You are welcome to host a student for one or two semesters, but there is also the possibility of choosing to host again the following year. The students typically study in the United States with the intention of graduating from an American high school. 

 
APPLICATION CRITERIA
A well-qualified international applicant has a strong academic record and sufficient English language proficiency to perform well in a challenging college preparatory environment.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE POLICY
Entering students are expected to have achieved a SLEP score above 55 or provide other evidence that their English is at that level.  An interview (in person or online via Skype) is part of the application process.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To submit an application to be considered for admission to SMCC, please apply through our partner: The Cambridge Institute.
 
Should you meet all the requirements; an interview will be arranged by The Cambridge Institute.  The interview will take place in person or on line via Skype. Upon review of all application materials, including the interview, the SMCC Admissions Director will determine whether to accept the student for admission.  The student will receive a decision letter with more details.

ABOUT SMCC


HOST FAMILIES
If you are a Monroe area resident interested in hosting an international student, please contact SMCC Admissions Director, Brittney Tam at (734) 241-7622 x 121 or btam@smccmonroe.com.



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