Welcome International Students
As part of the VCS community, our international students experience the encouragement to pursue their personal Quest for Excellence in academic achievement, artistic beauty, and athletic distinction.
VCS welcomes international students. They contribute to the diversity of the VCS community as they represent different cultures sharing their positive core values. The goal of the International Student Program is to prepare VCS international students to become leaders who serve God and their families and communities making genuine and positive impacts in the world.
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
As a SEVP-certified school, VCS issues I-20s for those international students admitted to VCS and pursuing an F-1 visa to enter the US to study.
The International Student Program hand-picks “buddies” and matches one or two of them with each of our new international students. The buddies are part of the International Student Leadership team, which consists of current international and domestic students, and they help the new international students make a smooth transition to Valley Christian and set the right goals for their successful first year at VCS.
VCS is a day school. VCS international students reside with their parents, relatives, or homestay families while attending Valley Christian. The international students in the Homestay Program are connected with qualified host families that are carefully selected, and the homestay students are given additional benefits that include the following:
- Live with VCS staff/faculty host parents with years of hosting experience
- Participate in cultural/social events such as excursions to San Francisco and Monterey, college campus tours, traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Party, and more
- Improve social and study skills by living with other motivated VCS international students
Applied English and Bible Fundamentals
This is a class that is specially offered to new 9th and 10th grade international students. The class is designed to strengthen the students’ academic English skills and help them understand Bible knowledge. This class plays an important role in helping them excel in Valley Christian as it boosts their confidence and provides them with the resources they need for their academic achievements and active campus life.
International Student Events
The International Student Program hosts social, cultural, and educational events throughout the years on and off campus. To name a few, the following events are included in our special events hosted for VCS international students.
- New International Student Orientation
- Welcome Lunches for New International Students and Buddies
- Sunday Soccer
- Autumn Festival Celebration
- BBQ Party
- Thanksgiving Luncheon
- Movie Night
- Christmas Celebration
- Homeless Ministry
- Lunar New Year Celebration
- Easter Celebration
- Graduation Party for Senior International Students
- Graduation Reception for Senior Families
This is a special program we offer for our graduating international students. The students are connected with students and staff from the colleges they will be attending in the following year. They learn valuable information about the colleges and insights needed to start college on the right foot.
College Counseling for International Students
VCS international students are encouraged to stay proactive and be involved in meaningful activities so that they get the most out of their experience. Their Academic and College Counselor guides them through this process and helps them achieve tremendous growth and discover new things about themselves. The students ultimately become able to uniquely represent themselves during the college application process and gain a better chance finding their right-fit schools. The Academic and College Counselor specialized in international admissions partners with individual international students and families and provides them with expertise in US college admissions to help them achieve their college goals.