International Students

International students at St. Joseph’s Prep will be challenged and cared for by their teachers, counselors, and coaches in an environment that rewards hard work, embraces difference, and prepares you for whatever lies ahead.

Why choose St. Joseph’s Prep for your son?

Because you want him to…

  • Gain a competitive edge by studying in one of the best countries in the world.
  • Stay with a family that you can trust and whose son is part of the Prep community.
  • Learn English at a school that has a strong reputation for its excellence
    and that will challenge him through a classical curriculum.
  • Learn from men and women dedicated to the Jesuit philosophy of education that includes “cura personalis” (or attention to the individual student and respect for his potential).
  • Receive an individualized curriculum and care that focuses on his home school requirements.
  • Learn more about the American culture by attending a school whose location attracts a diverse mix of students and gives him access to all of Philadelphia’s cultural and historical landmarks.
  • Join a brotherhood that permeates life at the Prep, a bond of friendship and family that is incomparable with a commitment to strong moral and ethical values.

At the Prep, young men become “men for and with others,” men who strive to understand not only themselves but also the global world in which they live—and to cultivate the best of both.

How to Apply?

We currently accept international students for one-semester and two-semester programs. Because our international students can apply directly with us without needing a sponsoring organization, space is limited and we encourage students to apply as soon as possible.

Our application deadline for the 2016/17 school year is April 1st, 2016.

To apply successfully, each applicant must do the following:

  1. Submit the Online Application for international students;
  2. Submit the most recent Transcripts in English;
  3. Submit an Essay in English titled: Why is an international study program at St. Joseph's Preparatory School important to you? (Minimum of 250 words, maximum of 300 words);
  4. Submit a copy of your Passport;
  5. Submit two (2) Letters of Recommendation: one from a teacher of your choice and the other from your English teacher;
  6. Submit the Health Form verified and signed by a doctor as well as the Copy of your Immunization Records;
  7. Submit a copy of an International Medical Insurance valid for the entire program time.
  8. Have a SKYPE Interview with the Director of International Studies.


Please contact Mrs. Mareile Watson, Director of International Studies, at mwatson@sjprep.org with any questions.

NOTE: If you are a Chinese student, your application process is different. Click here for information.

Click here for the application.

Tuition and Fees

Our programs are highly customized to fit each student’s individual needs and the requirements from his home school. Please contact Mrs. Mareile Watson, Director of International Studies, at mwatson@sjprep.org for more information.

Where do international students live?

International students who come to our school for a short or long-term studying experience live with host families in our community for many good reasons:

  • Homestays provide safe language learning environments to try out new words or practice the local language.
  • Spending day to day life with a local host family gives foreigners priceless firsthand experiences hardly available in any other way.              
  • Living in a local home gives endless opportunities to impeccably explore familial traditions of the nation.

All our host families have been carefully selected based on their and the international student’s backgrounds.

German Exchange Students

St. Joseph's Prep is hosting ten students from its partner school, Collegium Josephinum Bonn, Germany, for the third time now since 2012. The German students stay with Prep families and attend Prep classes. The highlight was a trip to New York City together with 29 Prep students, who have been taking German at the Prep. Current Prep student will visit them in Germany in June 2017.

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
tel: 215.978.1950
fax: 215.765.1710
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