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Please review the application prompts (PDF) attached, including the short answer questions, essay, and homestay letter, and teacher reference. We encourage you to save your work in an MS Word document, and copy and paste your text into your application in one sitting. We waive the essay and teacher reference for students not applying for a scholarship; type “waived” into the essay fields on the application to bypass the essay section. (Leadership Institute applicants are required to complete a total of four essays.)

If you’re applying for a scholarship, you will be asked to enter the email address of an adult teacher, mentor, or coach to complete a letter of recommendation. Your reference writer will receive a reference web form via email.


Notice for new applicants:

Enter your name and email below to create your account. Once you have created your account, you will receive an email with your username and login instructions. . (If you created an account on Request Catalog, we will need to reset your password. Contact us at or 1-800-345-2929.)


Notice for incomplete applicants:

Applicants who have already submitted their application and whose admissions status remains at Incomplete should contact their Admissions Counselor directly to review the status of supporting documents and to confirm The Experiment’s receipt of your Reference(s), Host Family Letter, and Passport Copy. Your status will be updated to Complete once all supporting documents are received and reviewed.


Notice for students who have been offered admission:

Once offered admission, you will have access to the Confirmation Materials page within the Application Portal where you can download and upload the Conditions of Participation and Health Forms. You will also be able to provide your domestic travel plans within our secure portal.


Application Portal Login:

When you are ready, please enter your contact information below, and you will receive login information to our application portal. Be sure to check your SPAM folder for the login email if you do not see it in your inbox. Please add emails from to your safe list so that you don’t miss any important information.


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