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Welcome International Students and Families!

Lourdes High School is a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified school. International students who wish to study at LHS must apply for an F-1 visa. LHS, ordinarily, accepts new international students in grades 9, 10, or 11 with the option of re-applying for subsequent years. Students in grades 9 and 10 will be accepted at mid-semester or mid-academic year; for students in grade 11 acceptance at mid-semester or mid-academic year will be contingent on academic progress and scheduling.

International students must complete a recent English proficiency test. A score of 63 is required on the TOEFL iBT exam. LHS does not offer any English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. LHS is a college preparatory school with a rigorous curriculum; therefore, students must be proficient in the English language. They should be able to read, write, and understand English well enough to participate in all school activities. International students must also have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in order to be accepted at LHS.

If the student is accepted, the student is solely responsible for paying tuition in addition to a Facility/Technology Fee. International students will not be eligible for financial assistance. If a student begins a semester, the student will be charged for the full semester. Students and their families will be responsible for any additional fees that occur during the school year (lunch, school uniform, Phy Ed uniform, retreats, dances, etc). In addition, students participating in athletics or other co-curricular activities are required to pay a participation fee. Students are required to abide by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) rules regarding participation for international students.

Lourdes High School is a day school program with no boarding options. Students must find their own host families or work through an agency for placement. Students are required to live with an adult 25 years of age or older. The student must provide a U.S. address before an I-20 can be issued.

International students must follow all LHS policies and procedures. Please see the Student Handbook for details. Students must follow attendance policies. A student’s visa status is dependent upon making a good-faith effort to succeed academically at Lourdes High School.

To learn more about our International Program, please contact:

Melissa Reim, International Program Coordinator
Lourdes High School
2800 19th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 289-3991


To learn more about the criteria and application process for International Students, click here.