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Private School Program

NOD’s signature F-1 visa program, the Private School Program (PSP) allows academically focused students to study in the U.S. for multiple years. 

PSP Students are able to choose from more than 75 quality private high schools, participate in extracurricular activities, and earn a U.S. high school diploma at the end of their program.

"Always work at the best you can in whatever you plan to do. You will always succeed if you work hard at it."   - Il Hwan, PSP Alumni

Why Choose PSP?

In collaboration with PSP’s foreign partners, potential students are carefully screened to ensure that the program is a good match for the individual students. Some characteristics ideal PSP students have include:

  • Ambition to succeed academically
  • Desire to continue their education at American universities
  • Ability to integrate into a school community and host family
  • Competent command of written and spoken English
  • Flexibility, open-mindedness, and maturity

Students are encouraged to participate in activities beyond the classroom to further enrich their education, whether it is musically, artistically, athletically, or in other extracurricular activities.

Our Partner Schools



What Are Partner Schools Like?

More than 75 quality private schools choose to work with PSP because of the high quality student applicants and unparalleled support for students, host families, and foreign partners. These select schools are chosen to be PSP partners for their academic strength and their commitment to the overall education of their students. PSP Program Director and Leadership Team Members meet with school administrators and personally tour the campus and facilities to ensure that each school meets PSP’s rigorous standards of quality.

Partner school highlights:

  • 90% to 100% of students at PSP partner schools attend university
  • Offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes and opportunities for college credit
  • Score higher than the national average on SAT/ACT
  • Have a strong community and encourage students to become part of it
  • Offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities, from science clubs and arts to music and sports


Getting Started

How Do I Apply?

If you would like more information about PSP or would like to find out how you can apply, please contact us today!

F-1Public for students looking for an American public school experience
Additional Private School Program Options

F-1 Public School Program

For students looking for an American public school experience, NOD offers the F-1 Public School Program.  By attending local public high schools, students have the opportunity to engage in the American school system, further improve their English language skills, and participate in a wide variety of extracurricular clubs and activities.

The F-1 visa allows for a maximum of one year in a public high school. Students may earn a diploma provided they meet the credit requirements of the public school.

What Are Host Families Like?

While participating in the PSP, students live with host families. Host families open their homes to students in order to serve as an additional support system for the student and helping them with their academics. Host families come from all walks of life, and no two families are the same. Regardless of family structure, all host families are carefully screened and interviewed to ensure the family is of the highest quality possible.

"We have learned and changed so much over all these years of hosting...We love having [our student]. He is a great kid and he has really become part of our family."   - Former PSP Host Family