Foreign Exchange Student Participation

For information on foreign exchange student eligibility, please view the IHSAA Handbook. 

Below is a mandatory form and list of approved applicants for foreign exchange student participation in IHSAA activities. Notification forms below are to be submitted on behalf of each male student who wishes to participate in an interscholastic athletic activity. Forms for female students should be sent to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. 



Notification of Foreign Exchange Student Participation

In Athletic Events Sanctioned by IHSAA


Completion of this digital form serves as notification that the following foreign exchange student desires to participate in interscholastic athletic contests and competitions on behalf of the school named below.

Iowa Code section 256.46 was amended, effective July 1, 2006, to state that foreign exchange students (those with J-1 visas) shall have immediate eligibility to participate “unless undue influence was exerted to place the child for primarily athletic purposes.”

In accordance with this change, the IGHSAU and IHSAA, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Education, have developed this form for high school to use to report their foreign exchange students who desire to participate in an athletic contest of competition sanctioned by the Union or Association. As with all secondary students, foreign exchange students must also be under 20 years of age, not have completed eight consecutive semesters of high school following the entry of the ninth grade or its equivalent for the first time, possess an appropriate physical examination report, and be eligible under the scholastic rule.

NOTE: Failure to submit this form before competition starts for the student’s first sport shall result ineligibility of the student.



Name of submitting member school.
Name of applying foreign exchange student.
Date of Birth(Required)
Type of Student Visa(Required)
Students on F1 visas are not considered foreign exchange students and are subject to the general transfer rule.
Sports for Participation(Required)
Please select all that may apply.
Please describe any communication with or about the student regarding athletic participation in Iowa prior to arrival by any school officials, students, parents of students, or host family members.
Name of Administrator(Required)
Name of submitting member school administrator.
Email address of submitting member school administrator.




2022-23 Approved Applicants

Student Name High School
Matija Tanevic North Fayette Valley
Thierry Mueller Nashua-Plainfield
Luis Romero Triste Mormon Trail Community School
Adrian Haetta Balchen Riceville
Guglielmo (William) Barbiere Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
Baiel Ulanovich Zhenishev Winterset
Markus Ljungberg Pella
Jean Huillier-Perochon AHSTW
Barnabas Nagy ADM, Adel
Thiago De Santana Aju Williamsburg
Tigran Bayatyan WACO
Leandro Ficone Jr Oskaloosa
Jaime Esquivel Mena Washington
Frederik Jensen Washington
Ivan Paredes Millan Mount Vernon
Christopher Macartney Grinnell
Moritz Hansch West Bend Mallard
Nils Passalacqua Harris Lake Park
Krzystof Koziej Waverly-Shell Rock
Otar Jinchveladze Waverly-Shell Rock
Gonzalo Quiroga Waverly-Shell Rock
Jesse Goertsches Gilbert
Pedro Zen Mire Webster City
Kaya Pedersen Panorama
Pelle Weiss South Tama County
Maike Beran Panorama
Emil Buhl Panorama
Henrik Schoeps Panorama
Valentijn Niet Lynnville-Sully
Bork Ersnes Greene County
Arseni Ceban Johnston
Kostiantyn Tsymbal Johnston
Simon Dirk Lukesch Northeast, Goose Lake
Dylan Yodsuwan Woodbury Central
Michal Dudek Albia
Justin Wu Graettinger-Terril
Sean Tayarat Graettinger-Terril
Rasmus Brandt Dike-New Hartford
Pedro Teixeira Patricio Newell-Fonda
Samuel Mikle Cedar Rapids Washington
Tobias Chemnitz Cedar Rapids Washington
Vinicius Carvalho New London
Leo Gebauer New London
Tai Hsain-Hui (Wayne) Cedar Rapids Washington
Philip Backmann Davenport North
Daniel Acebes Davenport North
Edoardo Pozzi North Polk
Leander Buettner Decorah
Francisca Munoz Infante Decorah
Jeronimo Rico Ballard
Caio De Carvalho Cedar Valley Christian
Gioele Rinaldi Gehlen Catholic
Luis Fernando Ballard
Oskar Aalund Exira-EHK
Tyler Bratkowski Mediapolis
Jules Bois Cardinal
Claudio De Fabritiis Des Moines Lincoln
Shahriyorkhodja Khojaev Urbandale
Akram Sawalha Hampton-Dumont
Sergio Daghfal Hampton-Dumont
Anthony Karanu Hampton-Dumont
Mitterand Tchamba Hampton-Dumont
Oomatbek Baratov Union Community
Hamed Agossa Union Community
Casper Kohlrusch Marion
Stefano Soddu Le Mars
Ismail Ergene Colo-Nesco
Kaloyan Gerasimov Davenport North
Leonard Nolden Washington
Lorenzo Brugnone Des Moines Lincoln
Camiel De Vre Norwalk
Rayan El Alami Xavier
Leonard Nolden Washington
Juan Cruz Stratta Peretti  Grinnell
Marcos Diaz Tan Xavier
Jannis Franke Ottumwa