Located at Lake Tahoe, California, Sugar Bowl Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory high school for competitive skiers. It's a world-class ski academy for Alpine, Nordic and Freeride athletes.

A Unique Experience

A Global Community

Each year, Sugar Bowl Academy welcomes student-athletes from different countries around the world. Skiers from Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore have recently added to our culture and community while establishing life-long friendships and becoming well-versed in the academic and athletic lifestyle in the United States. Upon graduation from Sugar Bowl Academy, most international student-athletes plan to attend U.S. colleges and universities.


Contact Kristen Giordano, Dean of Student-Athlete Life for additional information.

Applying as an International Student

  1. International students complete the same application form and admissions process as U.S. applicants. However, you should also include a copy of your passport with photo and name page.

  2. Your school transcripts must be translated into English.

  3. Once you're accepted, you'll need to provide proof of cash funds for the upcoming year's tuition.

  4. After we receive the above information, we'll issue you an I-20 form, which you'll need to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. You'll need both the I-20 form and F-1 visa in your hand (not in your luggage) to enter the country at a U.S. port of entry.

  5. Before applying for the F-1 visa, you must pay an I-901 fee of $350 at www.fmjfee.com.

You can find more information about the student visa process on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.