Welcoming Students Globally

International Student Program

In January 2012, FPD issued our first student visa to Nicholas Shao from China, who made school history by becoming the first international student to graduate from First Presbyterian Day School with the Class of 2013. Since then, FPD continues to seek ways to broaden the international experience while teaching from a Christian world view. FPD has hosted international students from China, Korea, Vietnam, Spain, and Italy.

FPD international students are accepted to top U.S. colleges & universities and prepared to be leaders in their communities and careers.

100% of Students Accepted

College Preparation

FPD’s academically rigorous education provides the skills students need to excel at our nation’s top colleges and universities. Likewise, FPD’s college counseling department works with each student and family as they navigate the college admissions process. 100% of FPD graduates are accepted to college; 95% of graduates are accepted to their top first or second choice.

International Student Perspective

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Growing & Learning Equipping Tomorrow's Leaders

FPD students learn how to become leaders by discovering their talents and using those talents to help others. Through academic studies, leadership programs, and after-school activities, students learn to grow their talents and inspire others.

Jackson Dai

Jackson Dai partnered with peers to win the China Thinks Big competition. Their team's winning project studied autism in young children and how books and songs could be used to communicate best with them.

Elementary Pals

FPD International Students partner with students in elementary school to teach them about their culture and traditions. In return, FPD elementary students love spending time and sharing treats with their international friends.

Grow and Learn Outside the Classroom

Housing Options for International Students

Both options included in investment.

Homestay Option with Host Families

FPD offers host family options for international students who prefer a home option. Host families undergo a rigorous application process to be approved, and FPD takes great care to connect international students with host families who share similar interests and preferences.

Jones Family International Residence

FPD offers the Jones Family International Residence for students who prefer a dormitory living arrangement. The residence houses multiple students under the leadership of a host family. Students participate in activities and meals together along with trips and outings in the local community.

FPD International Staff

Andy Edgren

Director of International Relations

Andy Edgren graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in management, with an emphasis on marketing and international business. He lived in the city of Taiyuan, China in 1984-85, and again from 1989 to 1992, where he taught English at Shanxi University. Mr. Edgren and his father have worked with international students for over 25 years, and his heart’s desire is to help international families navigate a great education for their children.

Matt & Jamie Buren

International Residence Host Family

Matt and Jamie Buren serve as host parents for international students residing in FPD’s Jones Family International Residence. Matt holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, as well as two bachelor’s degrees in theology and business from Trinity Christian College.  He teaches middle school Bible at FPD. Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell University and is a strategic program manager in the healthcare IT space. They met in Madison, Wisconsin, where Matt served as a pastoral resident prior to their call to Georgia to work with FPD’s international student community.

Matt and Jamie partner with host families around Macon to support all international students through outreach and fellowship. They enjoy connecting with students to help them flourish in all aspects of their life and prepare for the next phase of their lives after graduation.


All-Inclusive Investment: $44,700

Includes full daily academic programming, personal tablet computer, participation in arts and athletics, housing and meals, school lunch, local/regional travel & entertainment, health insurance, ESL support (if needed)


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