International Student Program
Since 2011, NRCA’s International Student Program has provided high-quality, biblical-worldview academic instruction combined with engaging opportunities in fine arts, athletics, and campus life activities to well over 100 globally diverse students. From serving in student government to competing in varsity sports to flourishing in the visual and performing arts, international students enrich the school culture at NRCA.
Among the colleges and universities NRCA international alumni have attended are UC-Berkeley, UCLA, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, NC State University, New York University, Penn State University, The Ohio State University, Parsons School of Design at The New School, Savannah College of Art and Design, California Polytechnic State University, Liberty University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Students in NRCA’s International Student Program are fully immersed in the student body, but they also have opportunities to gather with other international students at program events. Our annual orientation provides international students with information vital to their success. New Year festivities, end-of-academic-year celebrations, and monthly international student lunches allow students to socialize and connect.
Located in the North Raleigh area of Raleigh, North Carolina, NRCA is less than an hour from three major research universities—NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Triangle region of North Carolina is a major technology hub and medical research center.
NRCA’s International Student Program holds the International Student Program Endorsement from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
International Student Support Services
Currently, NRCA works with three agencies: TBI New Oasis, American Home Life International, and RedArc Education. These agencies offer 60 hours of English Language Learning for first-year students. They also provide a program coordinator to assist students and host families.
NRCA’s Director of Academic Advising, Susan Etheridge, will assist international students in the International Student College Admissions Process.
Host Family Information
The secret to the success of NRCA’s International Student Program is our host home parents. Many caring and committed NRCA parents and friends have joined hands for this ministry, enabling visiting international students to attend an American school and experience American culture.
Interested in Hosting?
If providing a welcoming environment for international students to flourish during their time at NRCA interests you, we would love to talk.
Here is what we look for in a host family:
A warm and welcoming attitude and an eagerness to share American culture with an international student
An interest in other cultures and a willingness to accept an international student as a member of the family
The ability to provide the following for the student: a private bedroom, three nutritious meals per day with groceries available, wireless internet, and transportation between school and home
And here is what host families can expect:
Agencies to screen students through local representatives and to match based on interests, ensuring a high-quality match
Orientation and ongoing support for student and host families
Students to arrive approximately one week before the start of school and leave as soon as the academic year ends
Students to be able to speak/understand English well enough for everyday communication
A dedicated local coordinator to assist with monthly check-ins
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a host home or know of a family that might be interested, our local Program Coordinator will be happy to talk to you. You may contact her directly.