Internationalism is intentional at Verde Valley School. Our Founders hoped to build a community where young adults would come to live together, study together and work together with the goal of not just tolerating other cultures, but celebrating them. Students from approximately twenty countries comprise approximately forty percent of the student body, bringing global perspective to daily life.
The admission and enrollment processes for international students are very similar to the admission process for domestic students. A few key differences being:
- International applicants should submit standardized testing in the form of a SSAT, IELTS, TOEFL, or TOEFL, Jr. to demonstrate English proficiency. If a student has studied for four or more years at a school where English is the language of instruction, this requirement may be waived.
- VVS is certified by SEVIS and the School will issue the student a Form I-20 and Form I-901 upon completion of enrollment. Enrollment is defined as submission of the signed Enrollment Contract and the remittance of required payment. The prospective student must then obtain a student visa from an embassy or consulate abroad or, if from a visa exempt country such as Canada or Bermuda, apply for admittance at a U.S. Port of Entry. VVS will send supplemental documents to assist with the consulate visit.
- International applicants should be prepared to provide a certificate of finances to the School.
VVS values socio-economic diversity just as we value cultural diversity. Financial aid is considered on the same basis for international students as it is for domestic students. International students must complete and submit the Parent Financial Statement through the Student and School Services at www.sss.nais.org. Parents of international students must also submit proof of income and tax information from their home country. Please refer to the Tuition and Financial Aid page of this site for more information on completing financial aid paperwork.
English as a Second Language
Ours is a demanding academic program and English proficiency is important. We offer ESL support and our Academic Office works its hardest to place students in Humanities classes appropriate to their ability. Enrolled international students will be asked to complete an English placement test. The first two weeks of each trimester we have an add/drop period where students, with Academic Office and Advisor approval, can move from one class to another with the intent of finding the appropriate level course for you.
We recognize that traveling long distances home for short school breaks can be prohibitive, therefore we offer what we call “Alternate Break” during the Thanksgiving Break (one week in late November) and Spring Break (9 days in early March). During Alternate Break students (domestic and international) can stay on campus in their dorm room with faculty/staff supervision, meals in the dining hall, and a variety of student-centered day trips throughout Arizona. Past trips have included the Grand Canyon, the Flagstaff Planetarium and Arboretum, shopping at Phoenix’s Fashion Square Mall, the Verde Canyon Railroad and Phoenix Suns basketball games. There is an additional charge for Alternate Break. Please see the Information for International Students document for more information.