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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 your level of English language proficiency is essential to a successful outcome at FTE programs. All EFL and EHFL programs require competency in English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

To demonstrate your language proficiency, you will be asked to provide one of the following exam results as an upload to your program application:

  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Exam
  • International English Language Testing SYstem (IELTS)
  • Person Academic Test of English
  • SAT I Critical Reading/ACT-English
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

International applicants who have completed a course of study at a school in the United States, Canada (excluding the province of Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, or another school where classes are conducted in English, are considered to have met the level of English proficiency required and do not need to submit additional documentation.


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 for 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 via email at admissions@fte.org, or by phone at 530.757.4630 (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm PST) with any questions.