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International Students

Tuition for international cadets is $36,300. This includes English as a Second Language (ESL) classes during the school year. There is an additional initial uniform issue fee of $2,598 for all new cadets. A deposit of $2,500 is due upon acceptance and prior to the issue of the I-20 form. The remaining balance is due on or before registration day. Should the student be unable to enroll, the deposit will be refunded, less a $500 processing fee.

Student Visas

International students must have a student visa to attend Riverside Military Academy. To apply for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, you must first have a SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)-generated document called an I-20, which is issued by Riverside Military Academy after you have been accepted for admission. Because you will be required to submit the I-20 form when you apply for a visa, we encourage you to begin the application process as quickly as possible. Please visit our International Application Checklist & Forms web page for more details.

Student Insurance

All Riverside cadets are required to have healthcare insurance and up-to-date immunization records. To purchase USA healthcare coverage, please visit ISM Insurance.

Summer School

International students may also choose to register for Riverside's Summer Academic Program, which features ESL classes and cultural immersion opportunities.

International cadet countries represented at RMA include:

Angola                       Guatemala         Mexico                    South Africa
Bahamas Honduras Mongolia Trinidad and Tobago
Cayman Islands  Italy Nigeria  Ukraine 
China  Kazakhstan  Panama  United Kingdom 
Dominican Republic  Kuwait  Republic of Korea Vietnam 
Egypt  Lebanon  Russia  Yemen 


International cadets comprise 25% of the Corps of Cadets at Riverside.

International Student Diversity at TABS Member Schools (from TABS Reports)

  • At many schools, international students have become essential components of student enrollment. 59% of boarding school students describe their schools as having students from many races and ethnic groups compared with only 19% at private day schools and 39% at public schools.
  • TABS member schools now enroll over 2x as many international students compared with 1994-95.
  • Students from two countries- China and Korea -account for over half of all international students in TABS member schools.
  • Mexico is the 3rd largest international source of boarding school students.

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