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How to Apply

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

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STEP 1: APPLICATION FORM & DEPOSIT

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 online Application 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. We will temporarily reserve a space for an applicant in a particular expedition upon receipt of the Application Form and Application Deposit.

STEP 2: APPLICANT STATEMENT
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.

STEP 3: TEACHER REFERENCES
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.

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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. 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 (normally within one to two business days). You will receive an email from our Admissions Committee shortly thereafter. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for information on terms of payment.

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.

WHEN YOU TRAVEL WITH US, YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
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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