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International Students


The Foundation for Teaching Economics welcomes students from around the world who seek a unique opportunity to learn about economics principles and leadership skills in a university setting in the United States.

To prepare yourself for success at Economics for Leaders (EFL) and Economic History for Leaders (EHFL), carefully review the following information regarding language proficiency and VISA requirements before submitting your application.

Language Proficiency
Students who struggle with English listening, speaking, reading, or writing skills will find that their challenges with the language itself can present significant obstacles to their learning and interaction in the program. Determining that your level of English language proficiency is appropriate is essential to a successful outcome at FTE programs. All EFL and EHFL programs require competency in English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

We do not require the TOEFL as part of your application, but we may request further evidence of proficiency in addition to what you provide us in your application.

Immigration/Visa Guidelines
It is the sole the responsibility of the applicant to determine the appropriate visa requirements to attend EFL and/or EHFL. Please note, the Foundation for Teaching Economics and the universities where our programs are hosted cannot sponsor visas for any student attending our programs.

Please consult the U.S. Department of State page below, where you will find helpful information to determine what type of visa you may qualify for, links to specific consular locations, and other information:

Medical Insurance
Medical insurance is highly recommended for foreign applicants to the EFL/EHFL programs, but is not required. It is up to the applicant to determine whether or not medical insurance is desired.

There are several websites that offer medical insurance coverage to international students in the U.S.:

Arrivals/Departures at EFL/EHFL
All students should plan their travel to FTE programs based on a Monday arrival and registration check-in between 2pm and 4pm at the site you will be attending. Students who arrive after 4pm must contact FTE staff for specific directions.

Students departing from FTE programs are required to be off campus by 11am on Sunday. Early arrivals and late departures unfortunately cannot be accommodated.

Additional Questions
Please contact us by email: information@fte.org

Or by phone: (530) 757-4630 – Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm PST