2021 Scholarship Update

The Experiment in International Living unfortunately cannot offer scholarships to programs abroad at this time. We plan to offer need-based scholarships for summer 2022 programs abroad. We encourage you to apply to our virtual exchange programs which are fully funded, meaning there is no cost to participants.


Alumni Discount

The Experiment offers an early application discount of $400 for participants who have an immediate family member who is an alumnus/alumna of The Experiment (including The Experiment Digital alumni) and/or for participants who are applying for a second program of The Experiment. This discount cannot be combined with others.

Educator Discount

Educators are eligible to receive $400 off an immediate family member’s program fee. Educators include teachers, school administrators, guidance counselors, and education staff at nonprofit organizations. This discount cannot be combined with others, but scholarships are still available to recipients of this discount. To be eligible, the applicant, or the applicant’s parent, must inform The Experiment in writing (info@experiment.org) that an immediate family member is an educator.

Early Enrollment Discounts

We offer early enrollment discounts ranging from $200 to $600. To be eligible, students must complete the online portion of the application (student profile, short-answer/essay questions), pay the $50 application fee and non-refundable enrollment deposit of $400, and confirm enrollment by the deadline. This discount cannot be combined with others.

Merit-Based Scholarships

For summer 2020, we will offer merit-based partial scholarships to students who live in the Florida Keys (Monroe County, FL), the Houston, TX metro area, the Seattle, WA metro area, and the Washington, DC metro area. Please read below for more information and contact Admissions if you have any questions.

Houston Global Leaders Essay Competition

The Experiment invites Houston, Texas metro area high school students to enter our Global Leaders Essay Contest. We will offer 20 merit-based scholarships this year. The top 20 essays and the winners will receive competitive merit-based scholarships of $2,000 OFF program tuition for any Experiment program summer 2020. Students should apply online here by January 15, 2020.

Monroe County, FL Global Leaders Essay Competition

The Experiment invites high school students in Monroe County, Florida, to compete in the Global Leaders Essay Competition. The 35 winners will receive merit-based scholarships to study abroad this summer with The Experiment in International Living. The scholarship includes 50% off the tuition of The Experiment’s 20 programs around the globe, as well as a waived application fee. Read more and apply online here by January 15, 2020. Students who apply before December 9, 2019, are guaranteed their first-choice program and $750 OFF only. (Early applicants receiving this discount are not also eligible for the 50% scholarship.)

February 2020 Update: Scholarships for summer 2020 are still available! Contact us as soon as possible at info@experiment.org to learn more.

Seattle Global Leaders Essay Competition

The Experiment invites Seattle, Washington area high school students to enter our Global Leaders Essay Contest. We will offer five merit-based scholarships this year. The top five essays and the winners will receive competitive merit-based scholarships of $2,000 OFF program tuition for any Experiment program in summer 2020. Students should apply online here by January 15, 2020.

Washington, DC Area Global Leaders Essay Competition

The Experiment invites Washington, DC area high school students (within a 35-mile radius of Washington, DC, including students in Maryland and Virginia) to enter our Global Leaders Essay Contest. We will offer five merit-based scholarships for summer 2020. The top five essays and the winners will receive competitive merit-based scholarships of $2,000 OFF program tuition for any Experiment program in summer 2020. Students apply online here by January 15, 2020.

The Experiment's Value

International travel can be expensive, but The Experiment is an educational organization, not a teen tour company; our programs are an investment. Every year, The Experiment completes an extensive industry pricing analysis; on a per-day basis, our programs have the most value while maintaining high quality.  For roughly $200 per day, our students receive lodging, three meals per day, itinerary activities, including famous sites, in-country transportation, in many cases teachers and/or subject-matter experts, daily health and safety monitoring, and adult supervision by certified group leaders.

Along with our educational value, our programs challenge students to get out of their comfort zone, improve their interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills, gain a deeper understanding of a culture, and develop lifelong friendships with teens in their groups and the international community they visit.  Parents often tell us that their children return home more mature, independent, open-minded, and prepared for college and beyond.

According to a recent publication by Dr. Alvino E. Fantini (Intercultural Communicative Competence in Educational Exchange: A Multinational Perspective, Routledge, 2019), based on research conducted by members of the Federation of The Experiment in International Living, in which qualitative and quantitative data were collected from 2,000+ students of The Experiment and SIT Study Abroad programs, alumni reported that: 92% said their experience influenced their educational choices and was helpful in gaining access to academic programs, 94% said their experience (and the homestay in particular) was helpful in gaining language abilities, and 85% said their experience was helpful in gaining employment.

Other Funding Ideas

There are many ways prospective Experimenters can take ownership of their experience from the start. Here are some funding ideas and options to consider.

Pull in your local community and raise money for your Experiment tuition. You may consider finding a part-time job that could help you earn and save your own money. Or, pledge volunteer hours for a local nonprofit in your home community in exchange for donations. Get as creative and as committed as you want — not only will an ambitious project attract more potential donors and others willing to assist you in your funding efforts; it could spur you on to greater things as well.

Consider the following:

  • Reaching out to local Rotary clubs, Lions clubs, and/or local foundations
  • Contacting community-based organizations
  • Finding a part-time job
  • Setting up bake sales, car washes, or other fundraising initiatives
  • Crowdsourcing (fundraising on social media)—details on crowdsourcing are below

To help you reach out to community organizations, The Experiment has created a fundraising template letter. Be sure to personalize your letter with your name and Experiment program.

Questions? Do not hesitate to contact the Experiment’s admissions team at 1 800 345-2929 or at experiment@worldlearning.org.

Crowdsourcing Your Experiment Tuition

Consider expanding your fundraising to the web. Are you going on the photography program to Argentina? Sell your travel prints from your trip — in advance.

Here are some crowdfunding instructions to help you:

  1. Pick a Platform. Websites such as Gofundme, Piggybackr, Indiegogo, and Youcaring are examples of sites set up to launch your cause, attract followers, and track your fundraising progress. A lot of these sites will have service fees — usually a tiny percentage of the money you raise — so remember to adjust accordingly when setting your goal.
  2. Craft your Hook. When writing a compelling campaign to convince people to donate, remember the following:
    • Address your audience beyond family and friends — aim to convince strangers.
    • Think of yourself as a business start-up. What product, service, or concept can you offer?
    • Remember that successful fundraising is more like trading; your donors are buying a cause they support.
    • Keep it informative, personalized, and brief.
  3. Talk the Talk. Promote, promote, promote! Use Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. Post links to your campaign as well as updates on your progress. Ask friends, family members, and supporters to spread the word. Maintain a regular schedule of updates, but avoid blitzing people’s feeds (until the final days of the campaign).
  4. Walk the Walk. After reaching your goal, follow up on your promises! Stay organized about who donated how much and what you owe. Like step three, publicize the results of your campaign and their donations. And, of course, share highlights of your time abroad.

School Partnership Opportunities

The Experiment invites schools to create collaborative need-based scholarships to enroll students in our summer abroad programs who have demonstrated financial need. In addition to providing a partial need-based scholarship match for a designated number of students receiving funding from your school to participate in The Experiment, we can:

  • Coordinate visits to your school for The Experiment, including assembly presentations and/or classroom visits
  • Provide content about The Experiment that can be shared via school websites, parent listservs, and emails.
  • Provide The Experiment’s posters and catalogs for distribution.

Over the years, The Experiment has had the honor of partnering with the following independent and charter schools, as well as 60+ mentoring and sponsoring organizations in the U.S. and internationally. Students who have received funding from the schools below have been some of our most engaged, reflective, and successful students on our programs, and have written about The Experiment in their college admissions essays. Read about The Experiment’s impact here.

We hope your school will join the list below:

Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA
Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT
University Academy, Kansas City, MO
Ewing Marion Kauffman School, Kansas City, MO
Match Charter Public School, Boston, MA
MESA Charter High School, Brooklyn, NY

“This is one of our favorite programs for university Academy students. We know the scholarships we provide toward The Experiment empower students to embark on adventures of lifelong significance. We know students who participate are primed to persist in college and gain a competitive edge that promotes their ongoing success.” – David Rucker, Executive Director of University Academy

If you are an educator and would like to form a collaborative scholarship,* please contact us at info@experiment.org.

If you are a high school student or parent who would like your school to form a collaborative scholarship* with The Experiment, please contact us atinfo@experiment.org. We would encourage you to:

  1. Find a supportive teacher or school administrator who has time to meet with you/your family.
  2. We can provide information about the educational benefits of studying abroad with The Experiment to discuss with your teacher or school administrator. Contact us at info@experiment.org to learn more.
  3. Ask your teacher or school administrator if your school has funding opportunities for external study abroad programming. If yes, please contact us to discuss formalizing a scholarship partnership with your school in a written agreement* signed by both parties.

*Funding from The Experiment is not guaranteed until a memoranda of understanding (MOU) is completed.

Longstanding Partnerships

The Experiment creates and maintains longstanding partnerships with more than 60 mentoring organizations, after-school programs, home-school organizations, community groups, public and private schools, and foundations located across the country. These important partnerships provide tremendous access and opportunity annually to a range of high school students who choose to spend their summer on an Experiment program. Some partnerships provide partial or full scholarship funding for Experimenters. Read more information about The Experiment’s partnerships. If you are an educator and would like to form a scholarship partnership with your school or community-based organization, please contact us at info@experiment.org.