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Frequently Asked Questions

How many international students attend IMG Academy?

Over half of our students come from international backgrounds. Our student-athletes experience different cultures and become friends with others from around the globe. If you are uncomfortable speaking English, you will find that many IMG Academy faculty and staff members are multilingual.

Do I need to speak English fluently in order to be accepted?

International student-athletes do not need to speak English fluently. However, we do expect students to have a basic proficiency level in order to participate in the classroom, particularly in high school. English ability will not affect your acceptance, but IMG Academy reserves the right to mandate Intensive English instruction before beginning the college preparatory program.

Do I need a student visa?

Most academic programs at IMG Academy are considered full-time study by the U.S. government. If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you will need to obtain a student (F-1) visa or check the status of your current visa. Certain categories of visa holders are eligible to enroll.

How do I get a student visa?

After completing our application and enrollment processes, IMG Academy will provide you with the documents needed to present at the Embassy. It is up to you to make an appointment and appear for an interview. Please allow several weeks for the Embassy process. We are always happy to provide guidance and basic instructions; however, we are unable to provide legal advice or assist with change of visa status requests. We take pride in helping our students have as comfortable a visa application process as possible. International Advisors are available to answer your questions or concerns.

Which visa should I choose?

Student Visa (F-1) If you are going to be enrolled in any type of academic full-time program and will be attending a school. Tourist Visa (B1/B2) If you are going to be enrolled in a sports-only program, or will be enrolled in any type of camp. 

Are TOEFL or IELTS scores required?

TOEFL or IELTS results are required from all non-native speakers applying to grades 11-12 and Post Graduate High-School Program. For all other grades, if you have TOEFL, TOEFL Junior, IELTS or other standardized English test exam results, you are welcome to submit them with your application.

Are children able to sponsor their parents’ visa?

Parents of a student are not able to use their child’s visa to enter the U.S. Parents must enter on a tourist visa, the Visa Waiver Program or enroll in their own academic program. Parents are encouraged to contact one of the International Advisors at IMG Academy to discuss their options. For more information, contact Aga Cram at or 1-800-872-6425.

If I’m in a specific grade in my home country, will I be in that grade at IMG Academy?

Perhaps. All non-U.S. school records will be evaluated by an independent company that specializes in international academic credentials. Since the U.S. education system is credit-based, this evaluation will identify your current number of high school credits, which will help us determine how many more credits you need in order to graduate from IMG Academy.

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