Welcome to WLA!

It is my privilege to serve as the International Program Coordinator at Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Our school is a wonderful place to experience American culture and receive a comprehensive high school education that prepares students for life.

Our international student program has had more than 20 countries represented throughout the years and we love the diversity that this program brings to our student body.

Whether you have questions about applying to our program or becoming a host family for one of our international students, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kristin Mose
International Program Coordinator – Winnebago Lutheran Academy
[email protected]

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How to Apply to the International Program at WLA

Thank you for your interest in applying to the International Program at Winnebago Lutheran Academy! This page contains admissions information including prerequisites for enrollment, tuition, admissions requirements, the international application, and contact information for our international program coordinator.

Prerequisites for Enrollment

Please note: all documents must be translated into English.

  • Applicants must be in 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade, from 14 to 18 years old.
  • Must have proficient English ability (Eltis score over 200).
  • Academic transcripts from the previous three years.
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers.
  • A letter from parents (guardian) explaining why they want their student to enroll in Winnebago Lutheran Academy
  • The students personal statement explaining why the student wishes to enroll in WLA (must be written by the student without assistance from others)
  • A photocopy of the student’s valid passport
  • U.S. $100 non-refundable application fee
  • A picture of the student together with parents

Tuition and Payments

The total fee for international students may be obtained by contacting Winnebago Lutheran Academy by emailing International Program Coordinator Kristin Mose at [email protected].

This fee will include tuition, room and board. Applications for the fall semester are due by the end of June.

After the student’s visa has been issued, the student must pay the full fee of the first school year by electronic funds transfer to the school account; from the third semester, the student may pay by the semester, rather than the whole year, if desired.

Admissions Requirements

  • The student must provide required documents as listed on Winnebago Lutheran Academy’s website.
  • The school administration will assign students to the appropriate grade level based on previous achievement.
  • We ask that all students arrive at the Milwaukee or Appleton airport. It may be your best option to fly into Chicago and take a Coach USA bus or a short flight from there to Milwaukee.
  • In order to allow international students to have the opportunity to experience real American life and to be immersed in an English-speaking environment, the school will arrange for an American family to host the student.
  • All visa and travel fees are the responsibility of the student.

Admissions Policy

In the summer of 2003, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) of the United States Government approved Winnebago Lutheran Academy (WLA) as a host school for international students. As a result, WLA is authorized through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to register and enroll international students apart from an established foreign exchange program. SEVIS is a web-based system for maintaining information on international students and exchange visitors in the United States.

The following guidelines are intended to provide information regarding the process and tasks necessary for international students to attend WLA. It is recommended that an application be made early for the best opportunity for enrollment. Winnebago Lutheran Academy welcomes students from the area and from across the world. The WLA admissions department seeks a balance in representation with students from a variety of countries to create an academic environment that facilitates developing conversational English. Winnebago Lutheran Academy does not discriminate according to race, gender, or heritage, but reserves the right to accept and decline applicants in a manner that leads to the most conducive learning environment for all students. The majority of Winnebago Lutheran Academy’s student body comes from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) churches of the Winnebago Lutheran Academy High School Association. Students from other church bodies, and from foreign countries – along with students from other WELS congregations in northern Wisconsin complete our student body.

All students will follow WLA’s religion curriculum and attend chapel with the rest of the student body.

Enrollment and full participation in all classes and co-curricular is open to all students who are willing to abide by the philosophy and policies of Winnebago Lutheran Academy. WLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its educational programs. All international student admissions to WLA will be reviewed and approved or denied through the International Student Department and the Guidance Department.

Tuition and Payments

The total fee for international students may be obtained by contacting Winnebago Lutheran Academy by emailing International Program Coordinator Kristin Mose at [email protected].

This fee will include tuition, room and board. Applications for the fall semester are due by the end of June.

After the student’s visa has been issued, the student must pay the full fee of the first school year by electronic funds transfer to the school account; from the third semester, the student may pay by the semester, rather than the whole year, if desired.

Admissions Requirements

  • The student must provide required documents as listed on Winnebago Lutheran Academy’s website.
  • The school administration will assign students to the appropriate grade level based on previous achievement.
  • We ask that all students arrive at the Milwaukee or Appleton airport. It may be your best option to fly into Chicago and take a Coach USA bus or a short flight from there to Milwaukee.
  • In order to allow international students to have the opportunity to experience real American life and to be immersed in an English-speaking environment, the school will arrange for an American family to host the student.
  • All visa and travel fees are the responsibility of the student.

Admissions Policy

In the summer of 2003, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) of the United States Government approved Winnebago Lutheran Academy (WLA) as a host school for international students. As a result, WLA is authorized through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to register and enroll international students apart from an established foreign exchange program. SEVIS is a web-based system for maintaining information on international students and exchange visitors in the United States.

The following guidelines are intended to provide information regarding the process and tasks necessary for international students to attend WLA. It is recommended that an application be made early for the best opportunity for enrollment. Winnebago Lutheran Academy welcomes students from the area and from across the world. The WLA admissions department seeks a balance in representation with students from a variety of countries to create an academic environment that facilitates developing conversational English. Winnebago Lutheran Academy does not discriminate according to race, gender, or heritage, but reserves the right to accept and decline applicants in a manner that leads to the most conducive learning environment for all students. The majority of Winnebago Lutheran Academy’s student body comes from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) churches of the Winnebago Lutheran Academy High School Association. Students from other church bodies, and from foreign countries – along with students from other WELS congregations in northern Wisconsin complete our student body.

All students will follow WLA’s religion curriculum and attend chapel with the rest of the student body.

Enrollment and full participation in all classes and co-curricular is open to all students who are willing to abide by the philosophy and policies of Winnebago Lutheran Academy. WLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its educational programs. All international student admissions to WLA will be reviewed and approved or denied through the International Student Department and the Guidance Department.

Apply to the International Program at WLA

You can begin registration by submitting the following document to International Program Director Kristin Mose at [email protected].

WLA INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION (PDF)
WLA INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION (Word)