International Scholars Program

The International Scholars Program is an opportunity for high-achieving students who wish to experience an authentic American way of life in a safe and welcoming community, as well as receive a high-quality education. 

Niskayuna Central School District invites English language-proficient international students (including current exchange students) who are between 15 and 18 years of age to apply for participation in the International Scholars Program. Participants will learn about American life and culture first-hand by residing in the local community with host families and attending Niskayuna High School. Niskayuna’s global student body has included students from Turkey, France, Germany, Japan, China, Russia and many other countries.

In addition to becoming an integral part of the host family, each international scholar will participate in school traditions such as homecoming, prom and high school graduation. Students also are encouraged to participate in athletic teams and/or the music program, as well as the vast array of clubs Niskayuna High School offers.

Why choose Niskayuna?

Niskayuna High School has been recognized as one of the top schools in the region and the nation, including recently being ranked No. 26 on Newsweek magazine’s listing of “America’s Top High Schools.” Students can choose from dozens of honors-level, Advanced Placement (AP) and college-level courses.

Partnerships with select colleges and universities, such as Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University and the University at Albany, allow Niskayuna students—including international students—to earn college credits while still in high school.

94 percent of Niskayuna graduates go on to colleges or universities after high school graduation, including such prestigious institutions as Harvard University, Yale University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Boston College, Princeton University and Georgetown University.

Participants in Niskayuna’s International Scholars Program can earn a high school diploma by:

  • Showing proof of completing 22 high school academic credits;
  • Successfully completing five required New York State Regents exams (World History, U.S. History, Integrated Algebra, Comprehensive English and Science)
  • Maintaining a full academic schedule; and
  • Maintaining an academic average of B (equivalent of a grade point average or GPA of 3.0).