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Please contact us at experiment@worldlearning.org or at 800 345-2929 with any questions.

Important 2018 Deadlines

January 17 – Admissions & financial aid applications due for applicants applying to The Experiment Leadership Institute.

February 14 – Admissions & financial aid applications due* for applicants seeking need-based financial aid/scholarships from The Experiment.

Select summer 2018 programs are still available, so apply now!

Admissions and financial aid applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Programs fill quickly, and although our financial aid deadline is on February 14th, there is more financial aid funding earlier in the process. Please apply early!

* Students must submit their enrollment deposit within two weeks of financial aid award notification.

Application Checklist

The application process has two steps. The first is your application for admission to The Experiment, and the second is the submission of your confirmation materials.

In your online application for admission, you will be asked to complete an application form with personal information; short answers; an essay of between 300 and 500 words; and one letter of reference from a teacher, mentor, advisor, or coach.

Once you complete your application for admission, you will be asked to submit, via the online application portal, your confirmation materials, including all of the items on the tabs below.

A Note to Parents/Guardians

After your child submits his or her online application, if your email address was entered, you will receive login credentials to The Experiment’s parent/guardian resource website, where you can view your child’s application, update your contact information, download confirmation materials, and enter additional information about your child. To access the parent/guardian site, you or your child must enter a unique email address on your child’s application.

Passport Copy

Please scan and upload a signed copy of your passport into your online application. See example below:

Alternately, you can scan and email your signed passport copy to us at experiment@worldlearning.org.

  • Passport must be valid through February 2019. (Many countries require your passport be valid for at least six months or longer beyond the dates of your program.)
  • The copy we receive must include the first two pages — photo and signature page.
  • Be sure your passport is signed.
  • A special note to non-U.S. citizens:
    1. You are responsible for making sure that your immigration documents are in order for international travel.
    2. 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.
    3. Students under DACA are required to obtain Advance Parole by April 15.

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.

Conditions of Participation

(The Conditions of Participation for summer 2018 will be available later this fall.)

To confirm participation, applicants and a parent/guardian (if applicant is under age 18) must submit a signed and dated Conditions of Participation form. Instructions on how to submit this form are found in the online application for admission and Parent Portal.

Social Media & Online Policy

Applicants and a parent/guardian (if applicant is under age 18) must review The Experiment’s social media and online policy, which applies to both accepted students and students on program.

Health Form

  1. A parent should complete Health Form Part I (Personal Health History) in the Parent Portal. (Applicants 18 years old or older should contact us at 1-800-345-2929 or at experiment@worldlearning.org.)
  2. (The Experiment’s Health Form Parts II and III, Health Report & Examination & Further Health Information, for summer 2018 programs, will be available later this fall. We will email these forms to active applicants and parents later this fall.)
    (The Experiment’s Health Form Parts II and III, Health Report & Examination & Further Health Information, for summer 2018 programs, will be available later this fall. We will email these forms to active applicants and parents later this fall.)
    Once available, download Health Form Parts II and III (Health Report & Examination & Further Health Information) and schedule a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible. Complete health forms are due within four (4) weeks of your acceptance into a program.

    • The information on this form must be based on a complete physical examination given since June 1, 2017.
    • Only The Experiment’s health forms will be accepted. Other health forms (school, sports physical exam etc.) will not be accepted. The Experiment normally requires that all students participating in the Experiment programs show medical and psychological stability for six months prior to the group’s departure date.
    • Failure to disclose complete and accurate information on the medical form may result in dismissal from the program. Participants and custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) assume any and all liability or costs of any kind related to incomplete or inaccurate health information and forms and treatment or handling of any undisclosed conditions.
    • In order to participate, you must be medically cleared for your program. If you are not medically cleared, you may be asked to join a different Experiment program, or your participation may be denied for medical reasons.
    • We will accept only health forms that have been completed and signed by a health professional (MD, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant) who is not related to the participant or parent.
    • A TB test is required for programs in Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand, and Vietnam.
    • If you have ever tested positive for TB (Tuberculosis), a chest x-ray within the last 12 months is required.


We strongly recommend that students with severe peanut and/or shellfish allergies not participate in the following programs:

Please contact us at 1-800-345-2929 or at experiment@worldlearning.org to discuss alternative programs.

Additionally, please disclose complete and accurate allergy information in your Experiment Health Form. If you have questions, please contact us.

Homestay Letter and Personal Photos

The homestay letter is an important first step in establishing a connection with your new host family, as it provides them with information about you. If there is a language requirement for your program, please write the letter in the language of your hosts. Your homestay letter and recent photograph will be given to your host family.

Begin your letter with “Dear Host Family,” thank them for accepting you into their home, and tell them about yourself. Describe your interests, your community, your family, or whatever you feel might give your hosts some background about you and ways to better engage with you when you arrive.

Please be sure to include a current casual photo of yourself with your family and/or friends.

When you are finished with your letter, save a copy of it. Next, insert your saved letter text and personal photos into your online application for admission in the “Homestay Letter” section.