3142 Policy – International Student Exchange

Bellingham Public Schools recognizes the value of cultural and academic exchanges. Such experiences provide international exchange students with a balanced understanding of our country and provide U.S. students with a broad world perspective.

Students visiting our state for a short stay (B-2 visa) such as a vacation or visit with friends or family, are not eligible to participate.  However, with prior written permission from the school these students may visit classrooms and attend school-sponsored events.

International exchange students who come to the U.S. for a long-term visit (J-1 visa) with the intention of attending school are eligible to register to attend school in the district through a recognized international exchange program.

The district will admit such international exchange students when admission does not adversely impact the instructional program of the district.






Approved By: Greg Baker, Superintendent
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 06/09/94; 03/14/13; 01/23/15
Updated: 07/17/18
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content

Chapter 19.166 RCW, International Student Exchange

RCW 28A.300.240, International Student Exchange

Management Resources: Content

Policy News, June 2009, International Student Exchange Program Requirements