International Students 

Wahlert Catholic accepts international students from all over the world.  In recent years, Wahlert has had students from Spain, Mexico, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Nigeria and Vietnam.  Our international student population makes up approximately one to three percent of our total student enrollment, allowing international students to fully immerse themselves in an American high school experience.  For many international students, a high school diploma is their primary goal while attending Wahlert Catholic High School.  Wahlert provides a curriculum and advisory support for college readiness.  In addition, international students have taken part of our theater program, state basketball championship teams and engineering curriculum. One international student has even become Homecoming king!  

Application process for international students:

Applications for international students must be received by May 31 for the following academic school year.  Classes begin around the third week of August.  International students should plan to arrive before the first day of school and attend classes until the last day of school, approximately the first week of June.

Application requirements:

  1. A written letter from the student explaining why their interest in studying at Wahlert Catholic High School.  Include grade level he/she wishes to enter and how long he/she plans to stay.  We do not accept students for less than one full year of study.

  2. English Proficiency:  This can be established with a TOEFL score or through a Skype interview.

  3. Arrangements for housing while in the United States (proof of host family).

  4. Translated official transcript from student's previous school.

  5. Translated official immunization record.

  6. Proof of finance:  This may include a translated bank statement.  Must be able to pay tuition costs, fees, school meal plan and living expenses.  Tuition payment is requested prior to student arrival.

  7. Please fill out the general application and send with all forms and a $250 application fee that is applied toward tuition.


Once Wahlert receives and reviews all of the information and officially accepts the international student, he/she will receive an Application for their F-1 Visa and the Archdiocese of Dubuque will process and send the international student his/her Form I-20.


Wahlert Catholic accepts students on an individual basis and through international placement agencies.


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Contact Us


Rebecca Mueller
Director of Enrollment
(563) 582-5456, Ext. 289

Holy Family Catholic Schools

2005 Kane St., Dubuque IA 52001
(563) 582-5456