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.
Chapter 19.166 RCW, International Student Exchange
RCW 28A.300.240, International Student Exchange
Policy News, June 2009, International Student Exchange Program Requirements