High School International Students in Fresno

Fresno, California is on our list of top study abroad locations. Not only is it packed with beautiful views, amazing art, and school spirit, but it’s also safe, packed with elite high schools, and filled with opportunities.

Why Study Abroad in Fresno?

Fresno is a wonderful city for students to experience a study abroad trip. 

Connect with nature by visiting nearby national parks like the world-famous Yosemite, venture to classy artistic scenes like The Fresno Art Museum, and flashback to the 1930s with vintage music, food, theater, and thrift shops in Fresno’s Tower District.

Along with its many activities comes plenty of cultural diversity as festivals like the Hmong New Year Festival, a celebration of the Hmong American community, take over the city throughout the year.   

To top it off, Fresno schools encourage success both in and out of the classroom, making for impactful experiences for international high school students in the U.S., who want a quality education and a glimpse at American student life.

Fresno High Schools

We understand how important an excellent education is to high school exchange programs, which is why we only partner with state-of-the-art high schools for international students that include plenty of extracurriculars, athletic opportunities, and elite college prep courses to choose from.

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Buchanan High School

First on our list of high schools in Fresno, CA is Buchanan High School, which is located in the northeast region of Clovis and recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School. With a primary focus on business management and professionalism, their alumni college acceptances speak for themselves with schools like Stanford, Harvard, and MIT.


San Joaquin Memorial High School

San Joaquin Memorial High School is a Catholic-based private school with a very unique international program that allows overseas students to successfully attend California State University. As if that wasn’t enough, the school also holds a 99% college acceptance rate.


Fresno Christian Schools

Those worried about their English capabilities will find Fresno Christian Schools a comforting choice, as they offer ESL support through their Bible classes and after-school tutoring specifically for study abroad students. Located in Central California, this high school has a wide selection of extracurriculars for international students, along with their nationally recognized student-run newspaper.

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Immanuel Schools

As one of our Fresno private schools, Immanuel includes incredible facilities such as gymnasiums, science labs, a kitchen, a game room, 8 tennis courts, and more. Their small class sizes and dedication to tapping into their students’ full potential allows you to rise and thrive in your new environment.

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Clovis High School

For students looking for a challenge, Clovis High School places a huge emphasis on both advanced courses and electives. With over 17 AP courses to choose from and a CA Excellence in Education award, the school includes a variety of co-curricular activities like mock trials, academic decathlon, and forensics.

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Clovis East High School

With alumni that have pursued their education at New York University, UC Berkeley, and UCLA, Clovis East believes in teaching students life-long learning skills through quality staff who set aside extra time to nurture their students. Their 22 clubs, academic teams, arts, and athletic opportunities are perfect if you want to try something new.

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Clovis North High School

Even though Clovis North High School sets the bar high with exemplary education and achievement through AP and Honors classes, their core value statement “a fair break for every kid” showcases their determination to provide a safe learning environment for everyone, whether you’re an international student or a local.

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Clovis West High School

If you’re looking for a wide variety of AP courses, Fresno high school Clovis West offers 23 advanced classes to choose from. Much like Buchanan High listed above, the school places an emphasis on professionalism and entrepreneurship, as it’s located in a well-established business-oriented community.

How to Become an International Student

From deciding how long to spend abroad to choosing your host family, becoming an international student may seem overwhelming. But we’re here to guide you through every step of the way. Our dedicated staff will provide you with all the information you need to know on how to create your overseas home away from home.

How to Find the Right International Student Program

Finding the right program is a very individualistic process. For instance, you might not want to spend an entire academic year abroad or prefer a more rural city. During the decision, take careful consideration into the options of schools in Fresno, CA to make sure you’re happy with the class choices. 

At the end of the day, it helps to narrow down exactly what your expectations are to find the right program for your needs

How to Find the Perfect Host Family

Your host family is one of the most important aspects of your trip. We take extreme effort into making sure you feel safe and comfortable, as they guide you through your new environment with utmost kindness and care.

To make the best matches, it’s essential to determine some specifics about what you’re looking for in a family. 

Ameristudent uses your supplied information to find the perfect match for you. This way you can happily transition into American life, discover new cultures, and make lasting friendships with your host family.

Student Testimonials

High School Student

This is my first time coming to America. I feel very wonderful. The scenery is beautiful and the sky is clear. I live close to Pismo Beach. My homestay family is friendly. They will take me to play every week. The school has many activities and a robotics class. It has improved my vision of the world. After class, I always participate in conversations with students. This is my great life.

Host Family

Our experience with the AmeriStudent organization has been the best! The students have enriched our lives and created a bond that will last a lifetime! I can’t wait to see how their lives will develop. Thank you for allowing our family to be part of the kids future!

High School Student

Can’t believe I improved my English so much in five months! Here is just like my family. I love my life in America!

Host Family

Not only a rewarding experience but…Making new lifelong friends around the country with families!

Winter Camp Student

The homestay is nice,the childrens in school are friendly,I’m have fun and learn a lot in this trip!

Winter Camp Student

I like all the American food! I like playing basketball with American students here!

How to Host an International Student in Fresno

If you’re interested in hosting a student, the first step is to fill out our application. You can expect to submit pictures of your home, references, and family member names, but it should only take about 15 minutes to complete. 

Once your application is submitted, we do an intensive background check of all of the adults living in your home. When everyone comes back clear, the student-family matching process begins. 

At the end of this stage, we do an in-home interview, where you and your family can meet your program coordinator and finalize any questions or concerns. Once an agreement is set, your student will be placed, and we’ll be here to offer 24/7 support for as long as your student’s stay.

Requirements to Host an International Student

The requirements to host an international student are very basic, although extremely important to ensure your student has an amazing visit.

Along with transport to and from school, your family must be able to provide a private room with a study desk, laundry facility, 2 meals every weekday, and 3 meals on weekends.

Do You Get Paid to Host an International Student?

Because host families have such a large responsibility opening up their home and caring for another household member, Ameristudent provides one of the largest monthly stipends in the United States, so families can make money in the process.

You can reasonably expect an offer between $1,000 and $1400, although it will differ. Feel free to speak to one of our staff for a better breakdown.

Hosting an International Student Tips

One of the most important tips for hosting a student is to make them feel as comfortable as possible. Being far away from home in a new city with people you haven’t met before can seem overwhelming at first, so make an effort to give them time to adjust once they arrive.

Make sure their room is clean and ready, and if it helps, try to learn some of their culture by picking up native phrases or cooking a familiar meal.

Invite your student into your family by including them in all of your household bonding times, whether that’s at the dinner table or in the city.

Host Family Spotlight

Michele Schanley

Host Family

Many of our host families have different talents and hobbies to share with AmeriStudents. Michele hosts students from Village Christian School, and shares her interest in cooking and meal prepping with her student Camille. Together they chopped, diced, and bagged all the fresh ingredients to be ready to use for future meals. Many of our students like to cook, and Michele does a great job involving her student in the process!

Why Host Families and International Students Choose AmeriStudent

Our families and students choose Ameristudent because of how much consideration goes into every aspect of our programs.

Between the incredible locations, superior schools, and excellent matches, everyone can enjoy their international student journey along with the assurance that trained staff and support will be there to help at any time.

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