Scholarships

In 2018, The Experiment and its partner organizations awarded nearly $2 million in scholarships. This support comes from The Experiment’s generous network of alumni, individual donors, foundations, and corporations.

The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to our immersive international programs.

Most of The Experiment’s scholarships are need-based, and range from $250 to $2,200.

To apply:

  1. Complete your online application for admission
  2. When submitting your online application, be sure to indicate that you are interested in a need- or merit-based scholarship.
  3. Ask a parent or guardian to complete the scholarship application before February 13. Please note: Although our scholarship deadline is February 13, admissions and scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Programs fill quickly, and there is more funding earlier in the process. We encourage you to apply early.
  4. The Experiment office will notify you with a scholarship decision.

* Please be aware that if you are working with a partner school or organization, the admissions and scholarship deadlines might be as early as February 1. The Leadership Institute admissions deadline is January 16, 2019.

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 and/or for participants who are applying for a second program of The Experiment and who submit their application for admission before February 13, 2019. This discount cannot be combined with others, but merit- and need-based scholarships are still available to recipients of this discount.

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 (experiment@worldlearning.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, but merit- and need-based scholarships are still available to recipients of this discount.

Merit-Based Scholarships

For summer 2019, we will offer merit-based partial scholarships to students who live in the Florida Keys (Monroe County, FL), the Houston, TX metro area, and the Seattle, WA 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 2019. Read more and apply online here by January 9, 2019.

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 30 programs around the globe, as well as a waived application fee. Read more and apply online here by January 15, 2019. (Ten students who submit their essays by December 1, 2018, are guaranteed their first choice program and $750 off. Early applicants receiving this discount are not also eligible for the 50% scholarship.)

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 2019. Read more and apply online here by January 9, 2019.

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.

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.

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. In a recent alumni survey, our students reported the following: 85% increased understanding of international and social issues, 75% increased their ability to works with others, and 73% found The Experiment proved useful on academic applications.