Programs and Services

The International Program Office runs a number of programs designed to help international students acclimate to the school community and thrive in their academic, extracurricular and social activities. These include the Venture Orientation Program, Transitional English Program, Host Family Program and two exchange programs.

Programs and Services

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  • Exchange Program

    The International Program currently manages the Japan Scholars program, which gives St. Stephen’s students the opportunity to study abroad while welcoming students to our campus from Japan. The program is designed to foster a stronger sense of international community along with a greater understanding of and appreciation for different cultures.
    The Japan Scholars program was established in 1973, when the St. Stephen’s faculty nominated a freshman, Nicholas Palter, to represent the school abroad. In September of that year, Palter arrived in Osaka, Japan, where he joined other American students from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Jackson, Mississippi. Meanwhile, Japanese students Yoshinori Yokoyama and Tsugunori Yasuda arrived at the St. Stephen’s campus in Austin, marking the first-ever exchange between the schools. Since that time, more than 80 students have participated in the St. Stephen’s-St. Andrew’s Japan Scholars program.
  • Host Family Program

    St. Stephen’s started the Host Family Program more than two decades ago. Managed by the International Program staff, the program pairs international and American expatriate students with local St. Stephen’s families, who include them in family activities throughout the school year. Host families provide a personal touch that helps international students feel like they have a home away from home. Host families and their students often get together for celebrations of birthdays and other events. Some families attend sporting events or fine arts performances that their international students are involved in. For many of our international students, their connection with their host family is one of the most important relationships they have during their time at St. Stephen’s.

    Read more about the Host Family Program.
  • Travel, Immigration and Visa Support

    Adriana Redmond is the primary immigration specialist in the International Program Office, and has 20 years of international experience working in Europe and Mexico. She assists international students in managing a full range of travel and immigration concerns, including college transfers and other processing issues.
  • Venture Orientation Program

    The Venture Orientation Program is designed to welcome new international students to St. Stephens, help them adjust to all aspects of being a boarding student and ensure that their first year on The Hill is successful. The program takes place each year in August before the school year begins. 
    This orientation program gives international students an introduction to many essential parts of the school. Students participate in activities focused on both academic and extracurricular skills. They become familiar with the campus and meet many people who will be supporting them during their first year at St. Stephen’s. Returning boarding and day students serve as proctors during the program, living in the dorms with the new students to answer their questions and help address their concerns. The International Program team along with residential faculty and staff also take our international students to restaurants and shops, and host a variety of on-campus cultural events.
  • Transitional English Program

    St. Stephen’s Transitional English Program enables students whose first language is not English to enter their classes with the language skills needed for success. Led by Grant Brennon, the classes familiarize students with everyday vocabulary and give them a safe space to practice discussion skills. 

    Transitional English students benefit from:
    • The opportunity to engage in a comprehensive revision process for every assignment.

    • Individualized writing support and grammar instruction geared specifically toward ELLs.

    • Multi-sensory pedagogical approach.

    • Small class size.

    • Individualized feedback.

    • Unique opportunities for participation in discussion.

    • Learning historical, cultural, and biographical context.
Address: 6500 St. Stephen's Dr., Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (512) 327-1213