International Students

Upland has enjoyed a successful and robust international program since 1978.

In that year, Dr. John M. Cleveland took his ice hockey team to Turku, Finland, where he met Finnish hockey legend, Jusso Wahlsten. Mr. Wahlsten and Dr. Cleveland shared similar ideologies concerning the lifelong connections to be made for young men and women through international exchange, education and sport. In 1979, Mika Holmberg spent the year as a 9th grader at Upland, and 40-year tradition was born.

Many Countries Hosted

Since 1979, Upland has hosted over 100 international students from the following countries:

Host Family Program

Upland international students stay with host families for the duration of the school year. Host families volunteer through the Admissions Office and are thoroughly vetted for fit before being selected. International students become an extension of their family during their time at Upland and enjoy such luxuries as family vacations, local day trips, holidays and much more.

Costs for the Host Family Program vary according to student needs. Please email for more information.

Applying to Upland Country Day School

International Placements at Upland are highly competitive. We recommend that students have one or more of the following test scores before applying: Jr. TOEFL, TOEFL, ISEE, SSAT.

Application Requirements

Please email all documents to

List of 5 items.

  • Application for Admission

  • Official School Transcript

  • Personal Essay in English

  • Personal Recommendation

  • Skype Video Interview

Centrally Located on the East Coast

Upland is centrally located on the East Coast of the United States. See below for travel times to international airports.
Philadelphia International Airport
45 minutes (30 miles east)
Baltimore/Washington International Airport
1 hour 30 minutes (81 miles south)
Newark Liberty International Airport (NJ/NY)
2 hours (120 miles northwest)
John F. Kennedy International Airport (NYC)
2 hours 30 minutes (150 miles northwest)
Dulles International Airport (Washington, DC)
2 hours 45 minutes (130 miles southwest)