International students at St. Andrew’s join a global, diverse, and welcoming student community. Our international students are actively involved in extracurricular activities including visual and performing arts, athletics, and student clubs. We welcome well-qualified students from around the world.

International Student Program

International students at St. Andrew’s enjoy the benefits of studying in a warm and welcoming independent college preparatory school community. St. Andrew’s is a day school and all of our international students reside in our homestay program, living either in group houses with a house parent or with individual families. St. Andrew’s is located in a quiet residential suburban neighborhood in Potomac Maryland, a safe and beautiful area located only 30 minutes (20 miles) from Washington DC. Our students receive an excellent, well-rounded, college-preparatory education and are well prepared and supported through the college placement process. 

St. Andrew’s accepts applications from international students for the 9th-11th grades.

St. Andrew's works closely with an agency, Ivy International Group, which supports students applying from China and oversees our homestay program for all international students. To start the application process as an international student (those students who will be joining the school on a F-1 Student Visa), please begin by contacting Lisa Shambaugh, Director of International Student Program, at


Come visit us to see St. Andrew’s in person! Contact the St. Andrew’s Admission Office ( to schedule your tour. We recommend all families visit the St. Andrew's campus if possible during the admission process. Tours are offered throughout the school year and summer. Admission interviews can be arranged in advance and scheduled at the conclusion of the campus tour.


List of 5 items.

  • Application

    The $50 application fee and application form can be submitted online here.
  • I-20

    After a student is accepted and enrolled in St. Andrew’s, the I-20 is issued through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
  • Interview

    Admission interviews are required for all international applicants.
  • Testing

    International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). St. Andrew’s TOEFL school code is 2618. A TOEFL score of 80, or higher, is preferred. International students with demonstrated native proficiency (e.g., raised in an English-speaking country/school) would not be required to take the TOEFL. International students are encouraged to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).
  • Transcripts and Teacher Recommendations

    Applicants are required to have a transcript submitted directly from their current school. The transcript must be translated into English and must include current trimester or semester grades in addition to grades from the past two years. Applicants are required to have two recommendations (one from their current English teacher and one from their current math teacher) submitted directly from their teachers in English.


St. Andrew’s does not offer English language support courses. Students applying to St. Andrew’s must demonstrate fluency in English, as determined by the TOEFL exam results and the required admission interview. International students are required to take grade-level English. Our international students are expected to fulfill all graduation requirements, and are fully part of the St. Andrew’s community. 


International students at St. Andrew’s may participate in our homestay program. As a member of the host family household, international students are included in family meals, outings and other experiences. Participating in our homestay program allows students to fully immerse themselves in American culture and family life. Ivy International will make all homestay arrangements and provide additional orientation, social, and cultural events to all of our international students.  
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.