BASIS Charter Schools

BASIS Global's International Student Program offers a dynamic and rigorous American educational experience for F-1 international students.

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International students interested in a unique exchange opportunity to experience American culture and the BASIS.ed curriculum for one academic year have an option to enroll at one of our nine SEVP-certified public high school campuses in Arizona. Each of these campuses is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students: BASIS Ahwatukee, BASIS Chandler, BASIS Flagstaff, BASIS Mesa, BASIS Oro Valley, BASIS Peoria, BASIS Phoenix, BASIS Scottsdale and BASIS Tucson North.

Enrollment at BASIS charter schools through the International Student Program is limited to a maximum of one academic term (10 months). Space available to international students is limited in order to ensure that students can fully integrate with the rest of the BASIS student population.

Incoming students typically arrive in August and depart the following May. The International Student Program offers placement into 9th, 10th or 11th grade at a SEVP-certified campus managed by BASIS.ed. Students have the option to transfer to a private U.S. high school upon successful completion of their academic program at BASIS Charter schools.

The International Student Program grew out of the desire to combine our world-renowned curriculum with the American cultural experience. The program fosters fantastic educational experiences for our students and instills in them a love of learning and lifelong curiosity. Our international students bring to the classroom their own unique educational seasoning and, in return, receive a challenging and enriching educational experience.

Our program welcomes a diverse international population, attracting students with assorted backgrounds and areas of interest. Our international students are motivated, academically high-performing individuals with a great appreciation for an amazing educational and cultural exchange opportunity. All incoming students are selected to the program through a series of placement tests, evaluation of their English language skills, and a Skype or in-person interview.

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BASIS Global is now accepting applications for study at a BASIS charter school.

Quick Facts: BASIS Charter Schools
Program Rigorous, comprehensive Liberal Arts Program with Advanced Placement Courses
Type of Visa F-1
Type of School Public
Locations Arizona
BASIS Ahwatukee, BASIS Chandler, BASIS Flagstaff, BASIS Mesa, BASIS Oro Valley, BASIS Peoria, BASIS Phoenix, BASIS Scottsdale, BASIS Tucson North
Grades Accepting Applications 9, 10 or 11
Length of Program 10 Months (one academic year of study)
Students may transfer, see Transfer requirements below
Transfer Transfer to a private U.S. high school only. Students have the option to transfer to BASIS Independent Brooklyn or BASIS Independent Silicon Valley upon successful completion of an academic term at a BASIS charter school.
Program Fees $17,000
Accommodation Families are responsible for securing a host family for their student. Referrals available upon request.

BASIS Tucson North is a phenomenal school. Teachers are experienced and supportive, and have interesting ways to inspire us and evoke our passions for different subjects.

Program Fees

For the 2017/18 school year, the International Student program charges a fee of $17,000 for public school enrollment.

In order to secure enrollment into the program, program fees must be paid in full upon each student's acceptance into the program.

The program fees include:
  • Tuition
  • International Student Injury and Sickness Insurance
  • Additional administrative fees
Additional fees not included in program fees:
  • Text books
  • School supplies
  • After school (extracurricular) activities
  • Sports
  • Trips
  • Host family stipend
  • AP Exams

Students are expected to bring their own spending money for the duration of their stay to cover the cost of additional fees and other expenses such as clothing, gifts, recreational trips, mobile phone usage plan and device, etc.

A non-refundable application fee is also required at the time of each International Student application submission.

International Student Program Admissions Procedures

  • Complete the Application Form and e-mail it to
  • Pay the Application Fee of $500
  • Submit TOEFL exam score via e-mail (minimum 80 score required, score of 90 preferred)
  • Complete a Skype interview with an Admissions person (instructions will be e-mailed after submitting an application)
  • Complete an online math test (instructions will be e-mailed after an interview)
  • Complete and submit the Registration Packet (this will be e-mailed to accepted students)
  • Pay tuition fee of $17,000 (wire transfer instructions will be e-mailed to accepted students)
  • Receive an I-20 form from BASIS Global
  • Receive a student F-1 visa at the U.S. embassy
  • Find a host family
  • Prepare for school by reading the recommended list of books