Administrative Guidelines

002: International Student Exchange Programs

  • The District believes that international student exchange programs significantly enrich the experiences of both the individual student and the school. The District reserves the right to set terms and conditions concerning the admission of foreign exchange students. A foreign exchange student shall be defined as a citizen and resident of another nation who is between the ages of 15 and 19 years who has formally applied for admission or who has been admitted to a District school for a specific period of time through an approved exchange program for the purpose of study in a prescribed curriculum. In most circumstances, a foreign exchange student is not eligible for a New York State diploma.

    In order to be admitted, foreign exchange students must meet the following criteria:

    1. They must be living with, have lived with, or planning to live with a resident family of the Geneva City School District.
    2. A written recommendation from a sponsoring organization and/or school official shall be submitted for review by the Superintendent of Schools or designee. This recommendation shall attest to the student’s scholarship and character in alignment with District expectations. The Superintendent or designee reserves the right to request additional material to assist in the review process.
    3. A completed application, in most instances, should be received no less than ninety (90) days prior to the beginning of the semester for which the student is to be admitted.
    4. The student will be in compliance with all laws governing legal foreign nationals or other laws that pertain to their status.
    5. It is understood that such admission is temporary; therefore, the student will not be regarded as a legal resident of the District and will, therefore, not receive a New York State Diploma. Therefore, all such admissions shall be subject to the Superintendent’s recommendation and subsequent approval.
    6. The student will be enrolled in school in accordance with District rules and regulations and will then be subject to said rules and regulations. It is understood that serious disciplinary infractions may result in termination of the student’s temporary admission status.
    7. Foreign exchange students shall be considered only at the high school level. The number of such students admitted in any single year shall not exceed five (5).
    8. Programs shall be approved at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee. In a given school year, students from no more than four (4) approved programs will be accepted for admission. Exchange programs should be approved no less than 60 days prior to the submission of applications or recruitment of host families. Only approved programs may submit student applications.