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International Student Program

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Northern Michigan Christian School hosts a vibrant and exciting International Student Program.  Each year we have approximately a dozen students from around the world studying at NMCS.  Students come to us from Germany, France, Ukraine, Spain, China, South Korea, Chile, Honduras, and other countries.  Some come for a semester; some stay for 4 years. 

Northern Michigan Christian School provides ELL and tutoring support for our international students.  We employ two people specifically to support our international students.  One is responsible for ensuring safe and suitable homestay situations for our students and the other provides English Language instruction and tutoring support.  In addition to the educational and homestay support, our international students have the opportunity to go on special field trips to area attractions.  Whether a day of skiing, a trip to the Lake Michigan seashore, a visit to an area dairy farm, or just enjoying our annual International Meal, our students get to know each other and to experience beautiful northern Michigan in fun and challenging ways.

At NMCS we know that international students bring with them their own experiences, insights, cultural expressions which will enrich the school's culture. International students help us create a mosaic that celebrates diversity. Our students can learn much from students of other nations.  That is why our international students are encouraged to lead presentations about their home and country at a student assembly during their stay at NMCS.

International students are provided with the same high quality instruction and support services available to our resident students during the school year.  NMCS students score very high on the ACT test each year.  As well, NMCS offers dual enrollment classes (high school and college credit at the same time!), Honors classes, and on-line courses.  Our English 12  course prepares our most able students to successfully take the AP English exam. 

International students who successfully complete at least one year of upper-level classes may qualify for an NMCS high school diploma.  Students with a Northern Michigan Christian School diploma are qualified to attend any college or university in Michigan or in the USA, depending on their grades and test scores.  Students who stay at Northern Michigan Christian School for two or three years are ready to successfully enroll in a wide variety of U.S. universities.

Program Costs
Students will be admitted on a yearly or half-yearly basis. Tuition and home stay fees will be pro-rated accordingly.  Please contact Superintendent Dirk Walhout for more information regarding program costs and fees.
 

 Lodging
Living in a family environment provides International students with an opportunity to develop friendships with individuals of a totally different culture. The Christian home is an integral part of Christian education. Therefore, it is mandatory for International Students who are living apart from their parents to live with a Christian family that has been approved by Northern Michigan Christian School.

Refund Policy
A full refund will be issued if the student visa is not approved.   If the student withdraws during the first month of attendance, one half of the tuition is refundable. There will be no refund of tuition after one full month of attendance at the school. 
 
Agencies 
Northern Michigan Christian School works with a number of placement agencies.  In particular, we enjoy excellent relationships with Partners in Learning Across Cultures, Quest, ASSE, Academic Year in America, and Canvoice.  We are open to working with additional reputable agencies.
 

For more information on the International Student Program at NMCS please contact:
Dirk Walhout
(231) 825-2492
dwalhout@nmcs.us