The Diocese of Davenport weclomes students who are interested in an outstanding Amerian high school experience to study with us. We love sharing our faith-based community with students from all over the world! We are excited that you are considering our Catholic schools for your education. We are grounded in tradition and faith, but intent on innovation, powered by school spirit - all in an environment that's casual and comfortable, cosmopolitian and creative.We look forward to helping students who, like you, who are considering continuing their education in the United States.
The students that have attended or currently attend our Catholic schools in the Diocese of Davenport come from every corner of the globe and choose us for many reasons: our programs, our beautiful school campus', our Midwest location and our focus on teaching. Students find that small class sizes and a focus on teaching help to foster their academic success.
Thank you for considering the Catholic Diocesan Schools of Iowa.
We deliver energy and opportunity of leading catholic schools, but remain small and most affordable catholic education among other schools.
International Student Enrollment
We have hosted several countries in our K-12 schools: Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, India, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Most of our students after graduation transfer to universities and colleges across the United States such as: University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, St. Ambrose University, Loras College and Kirkwood College. Of course there are many more but these are just a few of the higher education universities/colleges we can transfer your I-20 too.
Iowa Cities where we have our schools:
Our schools accepts applications year-round, although application deadlines vary depending on which school you choose.
- English Language Requirements
- Admisstion Requirements & Application Process for International Students: We encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible.
- Connect on Facebook / Pinterest: Meet other future International Students on the Facebook page and get helpful information through Pinterest.
arrange for housing or host parents. This is the responsibility of the natural parents or agency the student is linked too. Students can not live alone, unsupervised with other students, or with college studends, they have to live with a family within the school area of where they are attending.
Early parental involvement for a student coming to study at our schools is very important, even before the minor child is sent to study in the United States as an F student.
It is important parents ask many questions and become comfortable with the answers they get BEFORE tehir children leave home. Here are some ways parents can help prepare for their minor child's stay in the United States.
- Find out about living arrangements BEFOREHAND. We do not place or recommend families for our students due to liability. It is up to the natural parents or agency coordinator to find a host family. Pictures/video messages and speaking with host fmailies can be very helpful. Ask about the other people who live in the setting, as well as the physical arrangement.
- Have formal, legal documents that specify who the child's guardian is, and in what circumstances. Include provisions for medical care. Consider granting a power of attorney, which is a legal document by which one person authorizes another to take actions on his/her behalf. The rules and processes for granting a power of attorney for your child differ from state to state.
- Ensure that your child has sufficient finances, which is actually an official requirement by regulation, in order to come and study in teh United States. Also, employment is NOT an option for a minor. Remember, F student are not coming to the country to work but to get a U.S. education.
- Your child should have specific informaqtion and the capability (e.g. a cell phone) to get help from law enforcement officials or receive medical care should the need arise.
Parents, getting involved from the start of the process will help you make a decision about where your minor child should reside while studing in the United States.
In the event of an emergency, the student should dial 911 or contacat local law enforcement, as well as the student's school coordinator. Additionally, the student should contact the Student and Exchange Visitor Program at 703-603-3400 or
and may also call the Immigration and Customs Enforcement tip line at 866-347-2423.
Tuition, Fees, Employment:
Tuition varies depending on the school that is choosen. Please see the list of tuition costs for the current school year. This does not include living expenses, stipend to the host families, etc.
Year's tuition and fees are due at the time of registration before they strat school. Receipt of these fees signifies that the international student is registered for class and can begin the school year.
All students are required to have health insurance while enrolled in our schools that starts the first day of classes. This is a recommended company is EStudent Insurance.
Estimated living expenses varies per student but $3000 is usually the minimum we recommend.
Sports/Music: There is sometimes added fees to partiicipate in these programs.
Students can not be employed while attending our schools, they can cut grass or babysit but they can not have a job where they will be required to have a SS# or W-2.
The Diocese of Davenport encourages our individual schools to accept international students. We believe they bring diversity to our classrooms. All diocesan schools must follow Immigration and diocesan procedures when accepting international students.
- Agencies or individuals must provide supporting documents and credentials to the school office for approval.
- Schools will be notified of approved recruitment agencies.
- Schools will decide to accept students based on their academic criteria.
- The Diocese of Davenport schools office will continue to work with the agency, family or host family to complete the required forms in order to issue the student’s I-20 document.
- When a student has completed the consulate interviews they are required to contact the school or school office to complete the process of paperwork and registration.
- If a violation occurs at the school level with an international student the diocesan school office has to be notified immediately to determine the outcome with Immigration.
- Host families (non-family members) will be required to complete and pass a background check. This will have to be approved by the school office.
- No minor students are allowed to live with college/university students unless approved by the Diocesan School Office.
Approved Placement Agencies:
We highly recommend that your international students work with a placement agency to ensure the best possible academic and cultural experience. We are proud to partner with the following agencies. Their representatives work with the Diocese of Davenport PDSO, staff and the student and their family to provide a seamless transition.
Students must first apply for a F-1 or J-1 visa through the Department of Homeland Security. You will be asked to provide appropriate documents from your residing country.
International Education Services
PA International Education Service Group (PES)
Private & Public School F-1 Exchange (PSE)
We also take students that are not with an agency, but they are responsible for finding their own host family. We do not place students with families.
If you are looking for a great place to continue your American education, with educators that value student contact and excited to learn from international students, then you've found the right place! Transferring to your choice of school in the Diocese of Davenport is a simple process.
If you are graduating from one of our schools and you are looking to attend a college or university in the US. The process is very simple but needs to be done by March 1 to insure all paperwork is completed in time before your F-1 visa expires.
- Contact the school or your choice and get an acceptance letter
- Fill out the required form packet
- Fill out the Intent to Transfer In from another F1 approved School
- Pay the required fees ($250 processing, $300 deposit, tuition)
- Additional $100 fee is charged if you transfer to another school within 2 years of attending our school.
Contact the college or university of your choice, school has to be an F1 approved school.
When you receive your acceptance letter, have the college/university complete the Intent to Transfer Out form
Have college/university or yourself send the PDSO the acceptance letter and transfer form
The PDSO will make contact with the college/university to get your information transferred
The college/university will then issue you an I-20 from their facility and send to you.
Meeting other students:
We have a Facebook page and Pinterest page we invite all our students to visit and post information on:
Iowa Universities you can transfer too: