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International Students

Welcome. Bienvenidos. Willkommen. Salvete. 欢迎. Bienvenue. ようこそ. Salve. Добро пожаловать!

Hospitality, engagement, and mutual enrichment - perhaps these words more than any others capture the heart of CHCA’s vision for our International Student Program and its impact for both national and international students.

What began in 2007 as an opportunity to welcome three Korean students who wished to complete their high school education in the United States, has become an intentional and vital part of life and community at the Upper School. Home to one of the largest programs in our region, and having hosted students from over 25 countries, CHCA continues to strive for a strong cross-cultural program and a diverse representation of students from around the globe.

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Community cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, their unknown and undiscovered brothers. Howard Thurman
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A mutually enriching experience


The mission and ethos of CHCA is to create a welcoming environment that celebrates our diversity within the Body of Christ and develops students to make an impact in an increasingly multicultural world. CHCA intentionally fosters an atmosphere of hospitality that embraces students into a community that feels like an extended family. CHCA believes that cultivating students who engage in the world with an attitude of openness, curiosity, and a willingness to ask critical questions is imperative. We believe the inclusion of international students into our community provides a mutually enriching experience and is a critical ingredient for each student’s success.


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A strong start for a strong finish


All new international students complete an orientation course during the first two weeks of August. This enables students to practice their English skills, acclimate to the academic and cultural environment of CHCA, and explore the arts, culture, and cuisine of Cincinnati.

Orientation activities include:

  • Meeting student ambassadors
  • Meeting key faculty
  • Meeting with Upper School Counselor to finalize a course schedule
  • Introduction to Christian Studies
  • Travel to Washington D.C.
  • Host family introduction
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A time of choices and opportunities


CHCA is committed to integrating international students into the life of our dynamic learning community. They are a vital part of enriching classroom discussion by enabling cross-cultural dialogue and broadening global awareness and understanding. In return, interaction with national students provides a meaningful immersion into an American experience which helps international students significantly increase their knowledge of the English language and American culture. Students mutually benefit, as they better understand our increasingly multicultural world while sharing life together.

University Acceptances & Matriculations

A sampling of where our most recent graduates were accepted to and are continuing their academic careers.
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