International Student Admissions for 2022-2023 is now open.

Maranatha High School invites international students from around the world. In recent years we had students from China, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine. We issue a limited number of I-20’s to college preparatory diploma-seeking students. Green card students are also admitted into our international student program and our homestay program.

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  • International Student Program Details

    Students in Maranatha’s International Student Program have the opportunity to participate in our strong college prep program with 22 AP level courses and 17 Honors Level courses. Under the support of our International Student Program Department, College Counselors, and Advisors, our international students also receive extra orientation, preparation, and support throughout their high school experience. Our experienced faculty also develop relationships with the students to support them through the high school years and into university acceptance.

    Maranatha International Students actively engage
    in student leadership, competitive academic contests, visual and performing arts, athletics, and community service.
  • Why Maranatha?

    • Established in 1965 with 56 Years of Excellence  
    • Strong academics offering 22 Advanced Placement courses and 17 Honors courses
    • Offering a variety of co-curricular activities to complement our rigorous academics
    • Emphasis on extra-curricular involvement in Science, Math, Robotics, and Speech & Debate competitions
    • International students are accepted to top-ranked universities like Brown, Emory, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, NYU, Boston University, Parsons School of Design, ArtCenter College of Design, The Citadel, and Berklee College of Music
    • Limited international student enrollment creates significant opportunities for integration
    • The beautiful collegiate campus in Southern California, located near beaches, mountains, and close proximity to famous cultural landmarks in Los Angeles - California Institute of Technology, Art Center College of Design, Rose Bowl Stadium, Staples Center, The Getty, Norton Simon Museum, and Old Town Pasadena
    • Highly trained and experienced faculty who are experts in their field
    • Inclusive school community of inspiring and engaging faculty, dedicated staff, and welcoming students
    • A wide variety of service opportunities with outstanding organizations
  • Applicant Qualifications

    Maranatha international student admissions is highly selective based on students’ academic records, English proficiency, and willingness to participate in the wide range of co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings.

    Applications are only considered for full academic years, beginning in August of each year.
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  • Tuition and Fees

    In order to secure enrollment for each academic year, tuition and fees, homestay payment, and ancillary reserve fund must be paid in full upon acceptance.

    The tuition and fees for the 2022-2023 school year: 
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  • Application Process

    International Student Admissions for the 2022-2023 academic year will open on October 1, 2021.  Applications are considered as they are submitted followed by interviews for qualifying applicants (all items on the application checklist are required before consideration).

    To apply, begin by following the instructions under the "Apply" tab on this website page.

    Please apply early as space is limited.
  • Application Checklist

    I-20 and Green Card Application Checklist
    NOTE: An official checklist will be sent as soon as you begin the online application. See application details below.
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  • Apply


    Please complete the application process as follows:

    1. Click on the Red "Apply Now" button on this page to submit an Inquiry Form
    2. International Admissions Coordinator will create an account for you and will email you a username, password, and link to the Online Application 
    3. Using the email information, you will log into your myMHS account to complete the application and submit the additional required materials

    International Admissions Coordinator will be in touch with you through the process of admissions.

    If you have questions or need clarification, please contact the International Student Admissions & Program Coordinator, Penny Cheng at or 626-817-4088
  • International Homestay Program

    Provided for I-20 and Green Card students

    Maranatha features a unique school-managed International Student Homestay Program. Students live with our experienced, caring and supportive American families, experiencing cultural immersion and a home environment conducive for learning. As a result of the homestay experience, our students gain confidence and develop socially and emotionally, enabling them to thrive during their high school years.
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  • Summer Institute

    Summer Institute: New International Students enrolled in 2022-2023 will participate in our 2-week Summer Institute beginning the end of July.  The Summer Institute fee of $3,500 covers the complete program as well as the 2-week Homestay accommodation.  Students take the Math placement test and receive an overview of western education and culture. Students also receive an orientation to our curriculum including English class, English literature and grammar preparation, US History, Speech, and Bible in addition to a chaperoned exploration of popular sites of southern California. Our students always remember this program as a highlight of their Maranatha experience. This program gives our new international students an opportunity to develop relationships with each other, with teachers and staff, and to become familiar with our campus before school begins.

International Student Program Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Penny Cheng

    Penny Cheng 

    Interim Co-Director, International Student Program
  • Photo of Angeline (Yee Lim) Chew

    Angeline (Yee Lim) Chew 

    Interim Co-Director, International Student Program


Please contact Penny Cheng, International Student Program Coordinator, at (626) 817-4088 to inquire further about the admissions process.

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  • Host an International Student

    Hosting an international student is a meaningful and rewarding journey. It is also a fabulous opportunity to share your family’s faith and traditions with an international student, impact young lives, and share cultural experiences. Our requirements are:

    • Christian families who live in Pasadena and the surrounding cities (15-30 minute drive away from school)
    • Provide transportation for students to and from school and other extracurricular activities
    • Bedroom for each student and designated bathroom (if hosting more than 1 student, the students can share a bathroom)
    • Three meals a day

    A $1,400 per month stipend is provided.


    If you are interested in Maranatha's  Homestay Program, please contact our International Student Homestay Coordinator, Angeline Chew, at or (626) 817-4022.
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