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International Students

Learn a little about our International Students:

Daria Zhidkova
11th Grade

Where are you from?
Nevinnomyssk, Russia

What do you want to study at the university?
International Relations.

What is one thing you would really like to try this year?
I would like to go on the New Mexico mission trip with a group from my New Testament class.

Xiaowei "Kate" Zhang
11th Grade

Where are you from?
Nanning, China

Why did you choose Oak Grove?
I choose Oak Grove because it is so cool!

What is one thing you would really like to try this year?
I'd like to try Volleyball and Yearbook.

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Lixian "Lee" Feng

11th Grade

Where are you from?
Fuzhou, China

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A teacher. I think the teacher is good for society. I will make my student happy everyday.

What is one thing you would really like to try this year?

Greetings from Oak Grove!

2015-09-03 International Students_GROUP_web2015-2016 Oak Grove International Students

Back Row (left to right): Lee Feng, Roy Duan, Nobel Tseng, Kai Ding, Michael Guo. Middle Row (left to right): Mingyu Fu, Logan Zeng, Thiago Choi, George Li, Richard Zhang, Vy Dao, Yifan Wang, Roy Yuan, Chung Cheng. Front Row (left to right): Daria Zhidkova, Healy Li, Kate Zhang, Nati Teshager, Aqel Alkhulani, John Kim, Yohannis Lulu, Wasi Ewetnu, Mohanad Alkhulani, Lucia He. Not pictured: Wandi Wang, Kate Li, Magd Alkhulani, Muskan Guptka, Peter Chen, Jose Alcivar.

Countries Represented:

1 China                  5 Russia                8 Vietnam
2 Ecuador              6 South Korea        9 United States
3 Ethiopia               7 Taiwan               10 Yemen
4 India

What to expect:


  • Oak Grove has 600+ students in pre-school through 12th grade on two campuses.
  • We currently accept international students to our high school program: grades 9-12.
  • Our high school has approximately 170 students. 30 or 15% are international.


Oak Grove's high school campus is on a wooded 20,000+ square meter piece of land next to the Red River of North Dakota. Our location near downtown Fargo, but next to the wooded river gives our students close access to shops and stores while still being inspired by the natural beauty of the outdoors. Our five building campus allows students fresh air each day as they walk between classes. The beautiful oak trees on campus and in the surrounding park were the inspiration for Oak Grove's name when the school began over 100 years ago.

American Culture:

Oak Grove is located in the Fargo-Moorhead area: population 174,000. Fargo is known for being a "big city with a small town feel": it has all the major attractions of a city, but retains a close-knit and supportive community. The area is also known for its Midwestern values of kindness, generosity, honesty, and integrity. Fargo is growing! With three major universities, two with esteemed post-graduate programs, and a high employment rate, Fargo is growing as a place for immigrants and non-immigrants to be educated in America.

Host Families:

Each student stays with a host family while enrolled at Oak Grove. All host families provide a personal room, food, and transportation to their new son or daughter. Treating each student as their own child, our families help students with homework, bring them to sporting events, and encourage them to get involved and spend time with friends.

On Site Support:

Our International Coordinator and English Language Learning (ELL) Instructor assist all international students with academic and personal concerns as they adjust to life at Oak Grove. An orientation is planned for each semester to help new students adjust to school, the metro area, and life in the United States.

School Calendar

Courses Available

Co-Curricular Options

Flight Information:

All visitors can arrive to Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota.

How to Apply:

Thank you for considering Oak Grove Lutheran School! We have open enrollment while space is available. The following materials will be submitted in English with your Application:

1.  Completed application form

2.   Non-refundable application fee of $150 USD

3.   Official academic records (translated to English) from the previous two years, including
        all secondary school transcripts

      • Entering 9th: 7th and 8th grade transcripts required
      • Entering 10th : 8th and 9th transcripts required
      • Entering 11th: 9th and 10th transcripts required
      • Entering 12th: 9th,10th, and 11th transcripts required

4.   Two Recommendation Forms from different instructors or school officials

5.   Evidence of English Proficiency unless from a country whose official language is

         English or whose primary language of instruction has been English. Preferred
         evidence includes:

      • IELTS General Training
      • TOEFL Jr.
        • Preferred score of 60 on Internet based; 500 or higher on paper test
        • School Code: B404
        • Information at www.toefl.org

6.   Most recent immunization records. These are required to be up to date before classes
Updates can be at completed at an International Clinic or after arrival in the U.S.

7.  Affidavit of Support must be completed and sent in with your application.
     if you have questions on how to fill out this form please see the following link.

When you have submitted your application, a representative of Oak Grove will contact you to schedule a Skype interview. Once you have a completed your interview, Oak Grove will contact you with an admittance decision.

Do you have questions, comments or concerns? Please contact Lisa Nicholas, International Coordinator lisa.nicholas@oakgrovelutheran.com at 701.373.7115.

Additional information:

For more information about our International Program, click here.

Interested in Becoming a Host Family?

If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact Lisa Nicholas at lisa.nicholas@oakgrovelutheran.com or 701.373.7115 or fill out the Host Family Profile and email it to her.