KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
April 30, 2019
By Addie Davis
Did you know that Katy ISD has a robust Foreign Exchange Student Program? Applications to host an international student for the 2019-2020 school year are now open.
Every year, each Katy ISD school hosts a number of foreign exchange students. This year, Katy ISD hosted students from 15 different countries.
Katy ISD's goal is to provide international students from diverse cultures the opportunity to experience the rewards of participating in quality educational programs, to meet and interact with students with a variety of interests, and to become more fluent in both written and spoken English.
Lotte Wa participated in the Katy ISD foreign exchange student program in the 2013-2014 school year. She left her home in Frankfurt, Germany to live with a host family in Katy and attend Taylor High School.
"It was an amazing experience that I am very grateful for," says Wa. "I knew English before I came, but hearing it and speaking it every day really helped me develop it better."
Wa now studies fashion design in her home country, but still keeps in touch with a lot of the friends she made at Taylor High School. She also makes occasional trips to Texas to visit her host mom and friends.
"My host family became a real family to me and I made some great friends here," says Wa.
Anyone who lives in the Katy ISD school zone may apply to host a foreign exchange student. Acceptance is granted on a first-come/first-serve basis after all required components of the application process have been met. Foreign Exchange Students must attend the high school to which their host family's residential address is zoned.
The host family is responsible for enrolling the exchange student at the high school at which the student has been approved for enrollment.
Interested in opening your home to a foreign exchange student for the 2019-2020 school year? Get details here.
The deadline for turning in applications is Friday, June 14, 2019.