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How to Apply

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Follow the simple steps below to apply for your summer adventure!

Applications are carefully reviewed by our Admissions Committee, and students are selected on the basis of their maturity, enthusiasm, motivation, and willingness to live and participate constructively in a supportive community environment. We make our best effort to act on each application within one to two business days of the date when the application is completed. Because we anticipate that we will receive more applications than we are able to accept, early applicants will have the best chance of being accepted to their first choice of expedition.

We will temporarily reserve a space for an applicant in a particular expedition upon receipt of the Application Form and a $700 Application Deposit provided by credit card or by check. For applications received after March 15, final payment is due within five days after the initial deposit is made.

An applicant’s file is not complete and cannot be considered for admission until we have received a completed application, which consists of the Application Form, signed Agreement Form, Application Deposit, Applicant Statement, and two completed Teacher Reference Forms. Upon receipt of all materials, we will process the application and make a prompt decision. You will receive an email from our Admissions Committee shortly thereafter. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for information on terms of payment.


Complete and submit the online Application Form. As part of the application process you will create an online account and choose a password. When you have completed the form, you will be prompted to provide the $700 Application Deposit via credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or to mail a check made payable to National Geographic Student Expeditions.

Upon completion of the Application Form and Application Deposit, you will receive access to your personal digital locker. Your digital locker will provide the resources you will need to complete the application process and prepare for your trip. Through your digital locker, you will be prompted to submit your Applicant Statement explaining why you would like to join a National Geographic Student Expedition as well as a signed Agreement Form.

In your digital locker, you’ll find the Teacher Reference Form. Fill out the forms with your teachers’ names and email addresses and they will be sent a link asking them to complete and submit your Reference online.

Upon receipt of all materials (Application Form, Application Deposit, signed Agreement Form, Applicant Statement, and two completed Teacher Reference Forms), we will process the application and make a prompt decision. You will receive an email from our Admissions Committee shortly thereafter.

If you wish to apply through the mail rather than online, call us at 1-877-877-8759 and we will be happy to mail you an application.

Apply now or call us for more information at 877-877-8759.

Proceeds from our student expeditions help fund the National Geographic Society's core mission programs. By traveling with us, you are helping support our grantees and explorers in their efforts to preserve species and habitats, protect cultures, and advance understanding of our incredible planet.
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