Greensboro Day School has welcomed international students from more than 15 different countries around the world. We value the diversity, talent, and perspective our international students bring to campus.
Our international students have had great success academically at GDS and with university admission. We are thrilled that you are considering our school, and we hope you will take the time to learn more about GDS and the unique programs offered in our Upper School. We look forward to getting to know you!
Information for International Applicants
International students are defined as those wishing to study in the Uniterd States under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Form I-20. International students must comply with all federal regulations before an I-20 can be issued. Such requirements include, but are not limited to, demonstration of English proficiency, proof of financial resources, and all of the admission requirements for Greensboro Day School.
Greensboro Day School partners with several agencies that assist international students with the admission process, securing a host family, and travel arrangements.
The following are required for international applications All documents should be translated into English.
- Completed online application
- Academic transcripts from the last three years
- Parent questionnaire
- Writing sample
- TOEFL score of 80 or above
- English and mathematics teacher recommendations
- Personal interview via Zoom
International Student Tuition & Fees
In addition to tuition and required fees as set by the Board of Trustees, international students can expect the following:
- Administrative fee: $2,800
- Textbook fee: $1,000
Additional costs may be incurred by food, athletics, transportation, etc.
Support for International Students
The GDS faculty recognizes the special needs and concerns of international students and their families. They take pride in providing support and guidance in all areas of cultural adjustment as students get accustomed to the U.S. educational system, school, and community life. Students enrolled in the program find a wonderful sense of community at GDS, where diversity is widely celebrated.
Greensboro Day School is committed to providing:
- Excellent academic preparation for college through challenging courses and academic advising.
- College counseling and support for the college admissions process, including visits to area colleges and universities.
- Support that addresses all aspects of adjusting to and adapting to the school, the host family, and the broader American culture.
- Support services for the student’s social and emotional growth and development.
- Opportunities for extracurricular involvement in interscholastic athletics, performing arts (music and drama), and numerous clubs and community service and service-learning opportunities.
Therefore, international students who enroll in Greensboro Day School are responsible for:
- Being fully engaged students in every class, pursuing an appropriately challenging set of courses, and applying themselves in order to be academically successful in each course.
- Using English whenever in class and in any setting when English is the predominant language, in the interest of language immersion.
- Understanding and abiding by the principles of the GDS Honor Code and the school’s Community Cornerstones of Respect, Kindness, Integrity, and Responsibility.
- Seeking opportunities to share their knowledge of native culture and global perspectives in classes and through presentations in assemblies and other venues.
- Seeking to become active, engaged members of their host families; treating the host as family, not just provider of room, board, and transportation; and recognizing this as a challenge and opportunity for personal growth requiring time, attention, and commitment.
- Intentionally engaging in the work of cultural adaptation.
- Seeking to become active members of the GDS and Greensboro communities.
Enrolling at Greensboro Day School was an amazing experience! The teachers at GDS are some of the most caring, responsible, and easy-to-talk-to teachers I’ve ever had in my entire life. With their encouragement, I was able to make quite a few American friends who were also my track and field teammates. The GDS community is welcoming, and the classes are balanced.
Jianchen Ren, GDS ’19, Georgia Institute of Technology ’23
I chose GDS because my family and I knew GDS had a great reputation and would provide me with a great education. If you have any questions about schoolwork or just need a person to talk to, I know my teachers, classmates or even other GDS parents will always be there. During the past four years at GDS I’ve made many great friends, and I believe our friendship will last for a long time after we graduate.
Menghan Liu GDS ’20, Wake Forest University ’24
GDS is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS).
Greensboro Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, disability (to the extent that reasonable accommodations are possible), sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, or any other programs administered by the school.
Greensboro Day School does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs, services or facilities, including admissions, enrollment, and access to educational programs offered by the School in accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.