Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) does not have a formal Foreign Exchange program. However, we welcome Foreign Exchange students to apply for one year of study at CRLS.
Foreign Exchange students (students who are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States) who are coming to the United States for the purpose of attending Cambridge Rindge and Latin School must possess an F-1 student visa. In order to apply for a student visa from a US consulate or embassy, students must submit a complete application to CRLS in order to obtain an I-20 from the Family Resource Center at CRLS. Tuition payment in full is required for students applying for an I-20 from CRLS.
Please note that the I-20 is only valid for only one year of study at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School as mandated by the US Government and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. To read more, please visit the US Bureau of Consular Affairs' website.
Foreign Exchange Student Registration
Foreign Exchange high school students applying for admissions to CRLS must complete the registration and submit all required documents to the Family Resource Center.
A host family with Cambridge, MA residency and temporary guardianship must be established before applying to CRLS. The host family must be residents of Cambridge, MA. There are no exceptions.
As the host parents are thus considered the legal guardians, the host parents must file the registration documents at the FRC. This is in addition to the Foreign Exchange student's actual legal parent or guardian submitting a registration form with their information for our records.
The following forms are required upon registration:
These forms can be found on CPS's Forms Page.
The following documents are required:
Unfortunately, we do not have an online registration system. Unless indicated otherwise, most registration documents can be scanned and emailed to the the FRC.
The host parents must complete the registration in person at the Family Resource Center in order to show their proof of identification for safety and security purposes.
CRLS and the Family Resource Center do not provide assistance in locating host families or providing living arrangements. Foreign Exchange students must make independent arrangements for staying with a local host family while attending CRLS. In addition, temporary guardianship must be established by the host family before applying to CRLS.
Students who are applying to grades 10, 11, or 12 are asked to provide an original copy of the academic records and if needed, translated records for high school equivalent education in a foreign country. Students applying to grade 9 are not required to submit academic records. All students must submit a Disciplinary Statement from the former school and disciplinary records, if any.
A Disciplinary Statement is a letter from the previous school formally indicating any prior disciplinary issues with the student. If the student does not have any disciplinary issues, the letter must state that the student is "in good standing."
The immunizations listed below represent the minimum requirements set by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 220) before admission to school. Students may start the registration process with incomplete immunizations, but they will not be admitted to school without documentation that these immunizations have been completed.
I-20 and F-1 Visa
In order to obtain an F-1 visa, Foreign Exchange applicants first must be issued an I-20 from CRLS at the Family Resource Center. A host family with a Cambridge residential address needs to be provided before starting the application process. The Family Resource Center will issue an I-20 visa to the student after the student has completed the application and tuition payment in full is submitted.
Once the student receives their I-20, the student should immediately schedule a visa interview at the closest US consulate or embassy to apply for the F-1 visa. As visa processing times vary from country to country, it is recommended that Foreign Exchange applicants should complete their I-20 request early enough to ensure they receive their visa in time to arrive in Cambridge before the start of the school year in September.
Foreign Exchange students can attend CRLS for one year. At the end of one year, students may continue their education by transferring their F-1 visa status to a private high school, or to a college or university. Under the F-1 visa, students may stay in the United States as long as they are full-time students.
It takes three to four weeks for the Family Resource Center to process your I-20 request once all application requirements are met. To check the status of the I-20 request, Foreign Exchange applicants can email the FRC.
Cambridge Public Schools does not provide I-20 or F-1 student visas to Foreign Exchange applications for students below grade 9.
Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and the Family Resource Center reserve the right to deny issuance of the I-20 to any applicant for any reason.
For more information regarding visas and enrolling in school, please visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
Non-English speaking Foreign Exchange applicants are required to take an in-person language test that will be scheduled at the time of registration. This language test is not a pass or fail test. It is a test to determine the level of English proficiency, in the event that CRLS is to provide ESL support. ESL support is at no additional cost, as it is included in the tuition. TOEFL or equivalent language test is not required.
For all questions regarding the registration process for Foreign Exchange students, please contact the Registration Specialist at the Family Resource Center at 617.349.6551 or email the FRC.
Foreign Exchange students are welcomed to call and sign up for a school visit when school is in session. School tours are regularly held on Tuesday mornings at 8:30AM. For information regarding the high school, classes and programs, or to sign up for a school tour, please contact the CRLS Family Liaison, Greta Hardina at 617.349.6660 or email Greta
It takes three to four weeks for the Family Resource Center to process your I-20 request once all application requirements are met. To check the status of the I-20 request, Foreign Exchange applicants can email:
Family Resource Center
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