OCEAN's students come from a variety of backgrounds and must submit to very stringent screening and selection procedures. All students are between the ages of 14 and 18 and must have an English proficiency level sufficient to participate in an American classroom. Students are required to receive a minimum score of 222 on the ELTiS (English Language Test for International Students). Students must also have grades equivalent to a "C" average or better in their home country high school. All of OCEAN's students are thoroughly screened by one of our home country representatives to determine their maturity level and ability to cope in a new environment. In addition, students are required to receive a complete medical examination, as well as any immunizations required by the American high school.
Once all of these requirements have been met, OCEAN's home country representative conducts a personal interview with the student. All of the completed application forms are forwarded to our main office for final approval. After the student has been accepted for participation in our program, he/she must attend several home country orientation meetings, which include his/her natural parents. The student must also participate in an orientation conducted by OCEAN's directors upon his/her arrival in the U.S.
While attending school in the U.S., the Participant must follow the program's rules and regulations, to include maintaining a full course load, as well as achieving a grade of "C" or better in each of his/her classes. The student is expected to become a true member of the host family and to participate in their daily activities.
Interested in Joining Our Program?
If you are between the ages of 14 and 18, live outside of the U.S. and are interested in participating in OCEAN's cultural exchange program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can put you in touch with our nearest home country representative.