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International Students

Stratton Mountain School has a diverse population of international students who make up 5-8 percent of the total student population. Please review the information below, and contact Kate Nolan, Director of Admissions, with any questions or inquiries.

Application Requirements & Deadlines

Please visit our Application Process page to submit an online application.We accept applications from November 1 to March 15, and the Admissions Committee will review them on a rolling basis. For all applications received by March 15, Stratton Mountain School will notify applicants by April 15. The Admissions Committee will continue to review applications after the March 15th deadline on a rolling basis.


We encourage all international candidates to visit SMS for a personal interview and a school tour. It is highly recommended that every candidate visit the school for a full day. If it is not possible to schedule a visit to the school during the winter, it is very helpful for us to receive a DVD of the applicant skiing or snowboarding. If you are not able to visit SMS, you must arrange for a telephone interview with our Admissions Department. Contact Kate Nolan Joyce for more information or to schedule an interview.


No testing is required for applicants.

Financial Aid

Admission to Stratton Mountain School is highly competitive. Although our financial aid budget is limited, SMS awards financial aid to some foreign students each year. If you are applying for financial aid, please visit http://sss.nais.org/, The School and Student Services by NAIS (SSS), to fill out an online Financial Aid Application.

Eleven countries are represented at SMS during the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Australia, one student-athlete
  • Canada, two student-athletes
  • Chile, four student-athletes
  • England, one student-athlete
  • Japan, two student-athletes
  • Korea, one student-athlete
  • Poland, two student-athletes
  • Russia, one student-athlete
  • Turkey, one student-athlete

Required Paperwork for International Students

Newly accepted international students are issued an I-20 Form. This form allows international students to remain in the United States for an extended period of time in order to attend Stratton Mountain School. It provides program information and proof of the student’s enrollment at SMS. International students are required to have the I-20 with them each time they enter the United States. Importantly, the I-20 is valid for each year the international student is enrolled at Stratton Mountain School.

In order for Stratton Mountain School to initially process the I-20 Form, 80 percent of the upcoming school year’s tuition must be paid in advance. Once payment is received, the Admissions Director submits the I-20 Form to International Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). An official copy of the I-20 is also sent to the international student’s family. The student must have the I-20 when entering the United States for the start of the school year and any time he or she re-enters the U.S. after traveling abroad. An official I-20 form is also required in order to apply for a F-1 Student Visa* at an American Embassy or Consulate. Please see link below for detailed information on the Student Visa application process. Before applying for a Student Visa, a fee must be paid (I-901 fee) through the internet at www.fmjfee.com. It is a $200 fee.

Each international student must have the following documents when traveling outside of the U.S.:

  • Valid Passport
  • Valid F-1 Visa*
  • I-94 Form (departure record)
  • Original I-20 Form

*At this time, Canadian citizens are not required to have a visa but are required to have an I-20

For more information on SEVP and the Visa application process, visit:


Health Insurance

International students are required to have U.S.-based health insurance. Please click on the links below to read more, and contact SMS Athletic Trainer Kate Boobar at 802-856-1136 to submit your health insurance enrollment form. 

Contact Kate Nolan, Director of Admissions, with any questions or inquiries.

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. 

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