Crespi Carmelite High School began accepting international students in 2009. Upon admission to Crespi, an I-20 can be issued through the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The I-20 is a multi-purpose document issued by a government approved, U.S. educational institution certifying that you have been admitted to a full-time study program and that you have demonstrated sufficient financial resources to stay in the U.S.

group of international students and families at dinner

Tuition & Fees

Below you will find a breakdown of the fees for the international program.

Application fee (one-time)$125
Registration fee$750
I-20 fee$900
Full-service tuition & mentoring$35,000

The International fee includes school fees, technology fee, uniforms, and books.

Fees do not include the following:

  • Housing/boarding program
  • Athletic fees, busing, extracurricular activities, entertainment, or meals with friends
  • Medical bills/insurance
  • Cell phones/calling cards
  • Clothing, personal expenses, etc.
  • Personal tutoring fees
  • Testing fees


Students will be placed in a loving, caring, and safe environment. Housing is arranged between home families and host families. Crespi is not responsible for housing. All host families must undergo a comprehensive screening process, receive a cultural awareness orientation, and pass a criminal background check. Students will be placed in home-stays with:

  • An English-speaking family
  • A private room
  • A comfortable bed (including linen, duvet, blanket and pillows) 
  • A night table, lamp, desk, closet or dresser, and mirror 
  • Two meals during weekdays and three meals during the weekend (self-packed breakfast and lunch) 
  • A shared bathroom 
  • Internet access
  • School transportation arrangements by host family

international student holding awards

Application Process

Application Requirements: (prior to processing I-20)

  1. A completed Application form with $125 application fee
  2. 3 letters of recommendation from previous school (English teacher, math teacher, principal or counselor)
  3. Transcripts (translated to English)
  4. Interview
Documents required for I-20 processing
  1. LA Archdiocese I-20 Application
  2. I-20 $900 processing fee (non-refundable) or $300 transfer fee from another U.S. school (made out to “Department of Catholic Schools”)
  3. Copy of passport
  4. A letter of financial responsibility or financial statement from your bank (with a minimum of $25,000 USD)
  5. Notarized Temporary Guardianship Authorization (La Archdiocese form)
  6. Transcript (translated to English)
Student must bring
  1. Passport
  2. I-20 stamped from US Immigration
  3. ID of U.S. Guardian
  4. Evidence of a current physical exam
  5. Immunization record
  6. Transcript of grades in a sealed envelope marked “Official Transcript”
  7. Proof of Medical Insurance 

Crespi Offers

  • A safe and friendly atmosphere
  • A lifechanging experience
  • Highest level of education (99% of Crespi grads go to college)

Our past exchange students have

attended top Universities in the United States such as: University of Pennsylvania, NYU, Columbia, and many more. We not only invest in your son, but also your family!


international student and Crespi faculty member