The Experiment offers high school summer abroad programs on five continents and various global virtual exchange programs. Participants explore the world through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme.

Summer 2021: We understand the need for young people to connect with their peers globally now, more than ever. In our 87-year history, 2020 was the first time The Experiment paused all operations abroad. It is our sincere intention to run programs abroad this year, no matter how small the selection. We hope the stars align in our favor as we do everything we can to make study abroad for high school students a reality once again. Read our FAQs to learn more about The Experiment’s 360-degree approach to risk management related to the global COVID-19 pandemic as well as our enrollment process and timeline.

You can Apply now to the following programs Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology & Sustainability and Jordan: Arabic Language & The Middle East . For summer 2021, applicants must be ages 16 and up given COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

Please check back in early February for our final summer abroad program selections.

We also encourage you to apply online for The Experiment Digital, our international virtual exchanges for spring and summer 2021.

Virtual Eligibility Requirements 

The Experiment Digital Youth Leadership & Community Service

  • Are between the ages of 14–19 years old
  • Currently enrolled in or have not yet completed high school
  • Reside in the United States or the MENA region, including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank & Gaza, and Yemen 
  • Have basic English language competency
  • Have regular access to the Internet*
  • Can devote 4 hours each week to the program

During our application review, we look for participants who: (1) Demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals; (2) Are passionate about developing their leadership and cross-cultural communication skills; (3) Have an open-minded attitude and are willing to learn from others; (4) Have a demonstrated interest in civic engagement; (5) Have not had extensive travel experience.

Alumni of The Experiment Digital are ineligible to participate in a second Experiment Digital program. Alumni are invited to apply as Digital Peer Mentors – to inquire about the Digital Peer Mentor role, please email digital@experiment.org

The Experiment Digital STEAM Discovery Lab 

  • Are between the ages of 14–19 years old
  • Are currently enrolled in or have not yet completed high school
  • Reside in the United States or Egypt
  • Have basic English language competency
  • Have regular access to the Internet*
  • Can devote 3-4 hours each week to the program

During our application review, we look for participants who: (1) Demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals; (2) Are passionate about developing their leadership and cross-cultural communication skills; (3) Have an open-minded attitude and are willing to learn from others; (4)Have a demonstrated interest in STEAM; (5) Have not had extensive travel experience.

The Experiment Digital Climate Change & the Environment

  • Are between the ages of 14–19 years old;
  • Are currently enrolled in or have not yet completed high school;
  • Have basic English language competency;
  • Have regular access to the Internet with a computer, tablet, or mobile device;
  • Can devote 3–4 hours each week to the program;
  • Are interested in climate change and the environment;
  • Fully complete the application for admission by February 1, 2021; and
  • Demonstrate motivation to complete the program.

During our application review, we look for participants who: (1) Demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals; (2) Are passionate about developing their leadership and cross-cultural communication skills; (3) Have an open-minded attitude and are willing to learn from others; (4)Have a demonstrated interest in Climate Change and the Environment; (5) Have not had extensive travel experience.

*If selected to The Experiment Digital Youth Leadership & Community Service or The Experiment STEAM Discovery Lab program, we will provide support for data plans if you do not have consistent access to the Internet. Questions? Contact us!

In-Person Eligibility Requirements

Most Experiment programs are open to all students who have completed their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade year but have not yet entered college or university. (For summer 2021, applicants must be ages 16 and up given COVID-19 vaccine requirements.)Students applying for The Experiment Leadership Institute programs must be rising seniors (detailed eligibility requirements for the Experiment Leadership Institute are outlined on each program webpage).

Helpful Suggestions

If you do not have a passport valid through the end of February 2022, apply for one now, especially if your program requires a visa. (Many countries require your passport be valid for at least six months or longer beyond the dates of your program.) If you have not had a medical physical since May 2020, make an appointment as soon as possible. We encourage you to visit the US State Department’s passport website for more information.

A Special Note to Non-U.S. Citizens

You are responsible for making sure that your immigration documents are in order for international travel. These may include a U.S. alien registration card, a valid passport, a visa for the country(ies) you would be visiting, and a U.S. reentry permit. Consult the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service office in your area, and the embassy or consulate of the country you will visit as soon as possible. Some documents can take as long as three months to obtain.