International Students

OES has been enriched by enrolling international students in the Upper School for over 50 years. In recent years, our international students have come from Afghanistan, Brazil, Canada, Chad, China, Hong Kong, Kenya, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. These students bring a rich experience of culture to our school.

Applicants who meet one of the following criteria should apply as an International applicant:

  • The student will require an I-20 to study at OES.
  • The student’s primary residence is outside of the United States.

Children of US citizens employed outside of the USA are not considered international applicants.

Do you enroll students mid-year (i.e. spring semester)?

The OES school year begins in early September and continues through mid-June. We do not admit international students mid-year.

Does OES issue I-20’s for students to apply for a visa?

YES. OES is authorized to issue an I-20 and enroll students with an F-1 visa.

Does OES provide English Language Support?

YES. We provide English Language Support (ELS) classes for international students entering 9th and 10th grade and language/academic support for all international students grades 9-12. 

How do I schedule an interview?


Students will be offered a SKYPE interview upon receipt of the Applicant Profile and application fee. If you are planning to visit our campus, please sign up for a tour in the Admissions Portal. In-person interviews will be scheduled to coincide with the campus tour, when applicable. 


I am coming to Portland, how do I schedule a campus visit?

We are delighted to share our campus with you. You may sign up for a campus tour in the Admissions Portal.

Can international students apply as day students?

International students may not apply as day students.

Will you accept the TOEFL, Jr?

OES only accepts the TOEFL at this time. We are not able to accept the TOEFL, Jr.

Do you accept international students in lower grades?

Currently, our language support and residence program for international students is available in grades 9-12 only. We do not allow homestays for younger students. Younger international students, who are proficient in English and are moving to Portland with their parents, are encouraged to explore our school.

2018-2019 Quick Facts

Grades 9-12
Boarding: 55 students
Day: 258 students

45 international students

South Korea