Experimenters are high school students of different races, religions, sexual orientations, physical abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Experiment actively seeks to engage and enroll participants from a diversity of backgrounds — from across the US and abroad.
Experiment groups are small, typically comprising 10–15 participants who represent a range of backgrounds: small towns and large cities; urban and rural areas; and public, private, and home-school educational experiences.
The diversity of our groups is an important part of what makes The Experiment different. In addition to learning about the host culture, Experimenters should expect to learn about the diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds that exist within the US and around the world.
The Experiment is committed to diversity. In 2016, The Experiment awarded $2.4 million in scholarship funding to 76% percent of our participants. We work with approximately 60 partner organizations to recruit diverse participants.
As an institution that values inclusion, The Experiment in International Living welcomes transgender students and participants in transition. As such we respect a participant’s gender identity at the time of program participation. We ask all program participants to understand and respect the context, customs and attitudes in the host country.