INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FAQS

What is the weather like? 

Virginia's climate is humid, sub-tropical, enjoying pleasantly hot summers and relatively mild but crisp winters, with moderate rainfall throughout the year. The most pleasant months of the year for Virginia Beach are May, September and June. In Virginia Beach, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. July is the hottest month for Virginia Beach with an average high temperature of 87.8°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Virginia. 

 
How do you assign rooms

We ask admitted students to complete a short questionnaire and we use their answers to try to match roommates of approximately the same age who have compatible habits and interests. However, we also want to have a good mix of students of different ages and backgrounds in each house, so we make no guarantees about assignments.

New students who know each other from home are not allowed to live together. International students who are in the English as a Second Language program cannot room with someone who speaks their native language. If you are in the English as a Second Language program, we will make every effort to room you with an English-speaking roommate.

 
How many international students will I be with?

During the 2020-2021 school year about 10 percent of VBSA students are from countries other than the United States.

 
Does VBSA help families apply for a Visa?

No. All international students who do not have a U.S. passport or a U.S. green card must apply to their local U.S. consulate or embassy to obtain an entry visa.

 
Does VBSA give an I-20 form?

Yes

Where can my son or daughter stay when the school is closed?

During long weekends, international students can stay in their rooms. However, they must leave the campus during major school breaks. If a student is unsure about making plans during breaks, he or she should contact the Global Engagement Office, which will help find the best options.

 
When is the best time for parents to visit?

One weekend each term the school hosts Family Days, when parents are invited to come to campus, visit classes, attend athletic activities, and meet with teachers and advisors. These are scheduled at the beginning of the year, so international parents have plenty of time to schedule flights.

 
When is the best time for parents to visit?

Because VBSA is a boarding campus, the majority of students are on campus during weekends. Popular dances are well attended. On Saturdays there are usually sporting events, and a shuttle to the mall is available.

Religious services and meetings are offered on the weekends as well, with transportation available to other religious affiliations.

 
How are international students supported throughout the school year?

Advisors and house directors are there to give individual support. Special activities, social groups, and meals help students remain connected with those who share their culture.

 
What opportunities are there to gain knowledge of american culture?

Because we are an American boarding academy, everything from living with students from across the United States to participating in one of our various clubs and activities groups helps students learn about American culture from their peers.

Field trips taken by classes as well as weekend trips to neighboring cities like Raleigh or Williamsburg further their knowledge of culture.

 
What opportunities are there for international students to enhance english skills?

The ESL program at VBSA provides an alternative to the humanities program for ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders. Students for whom English is a second language are tested prior to there arrival at VBSA and are placed in courses according to their grade level as well as their skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

 
What is the weather like? What clothes should I bring

Yes. VBSA offers courses that prepare students to enter any of the United States colleges and universities.

Also, VBSA students can take advanced placement (AP) courses. 

Beginning in junior year, each student is assigned a college counselor who works with him or her through senior year. 

Learning Center: 5741 Cleveland St, 120 

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Athletics Complex: Landstown Centre Way

Virginia Beach, VA 23456

‪(757) 278-5558

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