Frequently Asked Questions

We know there are a lot of things to consider when choosing a school. Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you have additional ones, we are just a call or email away! Contact Michelle Kollen the Associate Director of Admissions and International Coordinator via email at kollen.m@kingswoodoxford.org or +1.860.727.5006 to assist with international details.

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Why KO is right for international students?

    Kingswood Oxford has been in the West Hartford community for over 100 years. Our international students will experience integration in our school, our town and their homestay family that will enrich their academic experience and social development. Our mission to nourish all of our students to excel and lead lives of integrity and involvement does not stop at the threshold of our campus gates - - it reaches far and wide into our community and your student from anywhere in the world will become a part of that experience.
  • Who is considered an international student?

    Students who are not US citizens or permanent residents of the US are considered international but those needing the Form I-20 are formally in our international admissions process. Also, any students who have not had their K-8 education in the English language are international students and will have to submit proof of English Language Proficiency according to Application Process requirements. 
  • Where are KO international students from?

    Kingswood Oxford is proud to host students from China, the Republic of South Korea, Germany, Poland and Spain in recent years. We are looking to diversify these countries as part of our international mindfulness and global perspective. KO believes that any diversification only enriches the academic and social experience for all of our students.
  • What are the advantages of a day school?

    At a day school all students are experiencing the similar schedule and pattern of attending school and activities during the day, returning home to their own room and bed in the evening and engaging in social actvity in the weekend. There are no “boarders” or “day” students. Every Wyvern has the pleasure of our campus for school, activities and events while also having a home base on the off hours!
  • What are the advantages of a homestay program?

    Kingswood Oxford wants our international students to feel a true sense of community while also contributing their global perspectives to our area residents. A great way for both sides to engage in that in practice for a day school is the homestay experience. A homestay offers the opportunity to live in a family environment - to integrate, communicate and acclimate in a unique and welcoming way.
  • How are official documents received by KO?

    All documents for the application process can be uploaded to the online application. However, official transcripts, standardized tests including TOEFL scores and school documents will be required for the application to be considered complete.
  • What are the English language proficiency requirements?

    • TOEFL: Kingswood Oxford has a required score of 100 on the TOEFL. Our school TOEFL code is 4796.  Please check the Application Checklist for all admissions requirements at this time.
    • Duolingo: The Duolingo test will be accepted for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. Students can find the Duolingo test online. There is no school code for this. Please select Kingswood Oxford School upon registering. 
  • How is the deposit or tuition paid to KO?

    All families will receive instructions on how to establish a SmartTuition account upon acceptance to KO.  This can take a few days for international families to establish with their home bank, so please plan accordingly.
  • What visa will I need?

    Unless your international student has a dependent visa through a parent or has US Residency Status, all international students will require the F-1 visa.
  • What is the timing for visa documents and the visa application?

    All official admission decisions are made on March 10th of the calendar year. Students have one month, until April 10th, to decide if they will enroll. At the time of enrollment and payment of the deposit or full tuition, the I-20 will be issued. Your student can pay the I-901 fee and make an appointment at the US Embassy or US Consulate and proceed with the initial visa interview. Depending on the timing of the process in your country, the F-1 will be granted at their discretion. Department of State Visa Wait times can be found here for each nation

    Visa wait times are usually a few days after your appointment is complete.  Most students have their visa process sorted out long before our arrival date in August.

    COVID-19 can change these times and openings, so please check with your local US Consulate or Embassy.  
  • What kind of academic support is available for international students at KO?

    As you are aware, the TOEFL score required of Kingswood Oxford applicants is substantial. We find that students who score better on the TOEFL test logically have better command of English - this level of English aids in social integration but also in academic integration. With this high ability in the English language comes a higher ability to perform and achieve. KO does not offer an ESL program so our international students must be highly proficient to achieve in all areas at KO. There is always tutoring available to all students and our faculty are on hand to work independently with students as time allows on projects and school assignments.
  • What about the health form requirements?

    The State of Connecticut requires that ALL students must have a physical exam and tuberculous screening (if coming from a high-risk country) annually. The CT Health Assessment Form is required each year from ALL students. We recommend having the form completed upon arrival in the US. Please make an appointment for your student before they arrive at their normal physician or at the AFC Clinic in West Hartford recommended by our school nurse. The AFC is very familiar with international student health requirements and inoculation requirements for the State of Connecticut.
  • Am I required to have health insurance?

    All international students must have US health insurance policy. Your agent may provide recommended firms.  Proof of insurance must be provided to KO before you are able to attend class, athletic activity or be on campus.
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