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International Students

Columbia Christian School is authorized to issue I-20 forms to qualifying international students for F-1 student visas. An international student wishing to apply to Columbia should submit the following by August 1st for fall semester or by January 7th for spring semester:

  • Completed Application
  • Signed Standards of Conduct Agreement and Student Releases
  • Evidence of English proficiency, one of the following scores is required for 9th-12th grade students: (Columbia Christian does not have an ESL program)
    • ELTIS score at least 225
    • IELTS score at least 6
    • iTEP score at least 3.5
    • SLEP score at least 50
    • TOEFL score at least 500 (PBT) or 70 (IBT)
  • Educational records/transcripts translated in English
  • Bank statement showing funds to cover educational costs for one school year
  • Copy of passport
  • Application fee
    • $150 non-refundable fee
    • Payment can be made by mailing a check payable to "Columbia Christian School" 9101 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97216 or by wiring funds (add $20 wire fee, contact International Coordinator Laura Walthinsen: for bank information.)

After submitting the required documents and application fee, a video interview will be scheduled for the student with a school administrator.


Upon acceptance, the following items are required to secure student placement in his/her class:

For information about International Student Tuition, Registration, and I-20 Rates, please email International Coordinator Laura Walthinsen:


If an international student wishes to be placed with a host family arranged by Columbia, he or she should complete and submit the Student Profile for Host Families. Host family placement is for the academic year (August 30 - June 15) and includes housing, meals, and transportation. Early arrivals and late departures will incur an additional fee. There is no discount for students arriving late or departing early.

Payment of tuition and host family fee is due at least two weeks before the first day of attendance.

Email questions, requests, or application materials to International Coordinator Laura Walthinsen:

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