- How to Apply
How to Apply
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. Learn more about our Admissions Details.
Upon receipt of all materials described below, we will process your application and make a prompt decision (normally within one to two business days). You will receive an email from our Admissions Committee shortly thereafter.
Follow the simple steps below to apply for your summer adventure:
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 Putney Student Travel.
Step 2: Agreement Form
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 a signed Agreement Form. Upon receipt of this form, we will temporarily hold a space for you in the program.
Step 3: Applicant Statement & Teacher References
Through your digital locker, you are required to submit your Applicant Statement explaining why you would like to join a National Geographic Student Expedition as well as two Teacher Reference Forms. 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.
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.