Thank you for considering the Catholic Diocesan Schools of Iowa. We're 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 deliver energy and opportunity of leading catholic schools, but remain small and most affordable catholic education among other schools.
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: Unverisity 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 unversitites/colleges we can transfer your I-20 too.
Arrival Checklist: Tips to help you prepare for your trip.
Important Dates for Semesters
Visa and Immigration Information: How to apply for your student visa
U.S. Customs & Border Protection Regulations: What you need to know before you travel
Review Iowa's Immunization Requirements: New international students are required to provide a medical history form and verification of several immunizations.
Coming to school in a foreign country can be a daunting experience for any student. Some of our schools hold an orientation designed for international students.
We have created a student manual to help with the process of things you need to know.
Your I-20 or DS-2019 for the Diocese of Davenport
A valid passport
A U.S. visa for the Diocese of Davenport
Your admission letter from the school your attending
Your financial support documentation
Your airplane ticket(s)
Cash, traveler's checks, or any international bank card (ATM or debit card); $800-$1,000 in U.S. currency for travel emergencies and settling-in expenses. (Problems with flight connections could make it necessary for you to spend the night in a hotel, which could cost $100 or more. Try to prepare for all unexpected expenses associated with international travel.)
Phone numbers and e-mail addresses of emergency contacts at home and in the United States
Phone numbers and e-mail addresses of relatives, friends, your agency coordinator
Documentation of treatment you have received for chronic medical problems
An English translation of your medical history and documents
Prescriptions for medications you take and a fresh supply of prescription medicines
Medical records (including vaccination records)
Clothing appropriate for the season of your arrival in Iowa (summer is hot and humid with average high temperatures around 85°F/30°C; winter is cold and dry with average low temperatures around 15°F/-10°C and significant amounts of snow)
Adapters for electrical appliances (U.S. standard outlets use 110 volts)
Favorite recipes and items for sharing your culture with others; music, video tapes, postcards, photographs, or traditional dress (if you have room)
Check in with Host Family/Agency Local Coordinator/Family Members
Oritentation for International Students: Some of our schools/agencies offer an orientation to our students and host families.
Register for school: you and your host family should make appoitment to meet with teh school to schedule your classes, take a tour of the school, etc. You should also bring the following: your passport, your I-20 you brought into the country, you F1 visa, copy of your I-94 (have to get online).
We have a facebook account that we like to use for students to communicate or get the latest information.