During this time when political tensions are high around world, it is important to remind those that the Catholic culture has always welcomed all nationalities into its community of faith. In our very own Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, the doors are open to all faith, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. We do this for good reason, as we wish to create an environment that is rich in diversity, all in the name of personal and spiritual growth.
The Catholic school commitment to supporting students in the search for knowledge, meaning, and truth is perceptible in our daily workings. In order to further this effort for foreign students, the Archdiocese of Hartford has become certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the Student Exchange and Visitor Program/Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVP/SEVIS) to admit F-1 (Nonimmigrant) students who have come to the United States with the specific intent to study. What better way to practice our love and acceptance of all God’s children.
The Bible reminds us:
“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7)
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:33–34)
In order to qualify for international student enrollment, a student must:
- Be in the United States on an F-1 Visa for the purpose of attending school
- Meet all applicable legal requirements (both family and child)
- Meet all the school’s requirements for admission
For more information on the visiting student process, visit the Homeland Security page “Study in the States.” You should also reach out to us. Our page “International Student Enrollment” provides a basic introduction to our program and offers links to the key steps in becoming a part of it, for both the student and the prospective school. As always, the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC) and the individual schools within the Archdiocese of Hartford will assist, where appropriate, potential students in the application process.
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