Eligibility and Nomination
Who participates in the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP)?
While the honor of being a Scholar Laureate is a singular one, you will find our delegations are incredibly diverse in the age and level of academic studies of each participant. That said, your fellow Scholar Laureates will have some things in common. All of you have strong academic records and leadership skills. Also, everyone must be at least 18 years old at the time of the Program and currently enrolled in a college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student or be a recent graduate from the class of 2013. All scholars must speak fluent English.
How are scholars nominated to attend?
Scholars come to the attention of ISLP and are considered for nomination thanks to the input of a variety of sources, including:
- Educators, student organization advisors and participating institutions
- Alumni of previous ISLP delegations
- Alumni of National Youth Leadership Forums
- Alumni of Congressional Youth Leadership Council Conferences
- Members of Golden Key International Honour Society
- Members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)
- Members of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity
- Members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
- Scholarship and financial aid services where students make their information available to colleges, universities and other approved educational organizations
- Self nominations with a record of academic excellence and leadership experience
Is there a way for a non-nominated scholar to be considered for nomination?
If you have not been nominated but believe you would benefit from the experience, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be pleased to send you self nomination information.
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Who facilitates the programs?
Your delegation will be led by Faculty Advisors who are knowledgeable professionals with experience in the corresponding career field of their delegation. Your Faculty Advisor will be responsible for implementing the curriculum, facilitating your briefings, debriefings and small group discussions, participating in all scheduled activities and supervising Program scholars. ISLP also enlists in-country travel managers who function as guides, interpreters and points of contact in your host country. You can expect a scholar to staff ratio of 40 to 1 or less.
What is a typical day like?
Your typical day will begin with a group meeting and briefing session on the day’s scheduled events. While no two days are the same for any program, you will find almost all involve a mix of educational and cultural activities. Educational components may include distinguished speakers, panel discussions, group meetings and university and professional site visits. Free time is also built into the schedule for scholars to explore their host countries independently.
How many people make up a delegation?
Depending on the restrictions of the individual program site, you will have between 30 and 120 scholars in your delegation who will be part of a larger Program of students.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my delegation?
Overall, you should do what you probably do anyway – keep up-to-date on current events and trends in your field of study through print and online media. You may also want to mention your upcoming experience to your professors or other advisors as they can often provide insights into areas that might be of special interest or importance to your career goals. Also, while we do not expect you to know everything about your host country in the weeks or months before your trip, we do believe that the more familiar you are with your destination’s culture and customs before you arrive, the more you will gain while you are there.
Keep in mind that once you are enrolled, you will receive further resources on the country you will be visiting as well as information to help prepare for the Program. This information will cover travel logistics, destination information and academic preparation materials.
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Career and Academic Benefits
How will this help me achieve my career goals?
Each of our career-focused delegations is designed to be a growth opportunity that will further your knowledge of and perspectives on your chosen field through personal and professional enrichment. Previous scholars have found the Program to be an incredible stepping stone to further develop particular interests in their field of study and to enhance their professional and academic résumé.
Can I receive college credit for the Program?
The International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) has partnered with nationally ranked George Mason University to offer college credit to any student who takes part in one of our international delegations. George Mason University has been recognized for three years by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 "Universities to Watch" in the United States! Click here for more information.
What are some of the benefits of the Program?
International educational experiences such as ISLP provide global networking opportunities and insight into career fields. We are also more than happy to provide you with letters of participation that you may include in your applications for graduate programs, internships, jobs, scholarships, etc.
Equally important, ISLP safely exposes scholars to the ins and outs of navigating foreign cultures, the complexity of travel logistics and the myriad of other skills necessary to travel and compete in an increasingly connected global economy.
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Tuition and Finances
How much is tuition?
What does the tuition cover?
Below is a list of general items covered by tuition. For details particular to the delegation and country you are interested in, please see the “What’s Included?” tab on each country-specific delegation page.
- All scheduled Program activities using air, ship, rail and chartered motor coach transportation
- All accommodations (excluding laundry, telephone, etc.). Accommodations vary by country.
- Curriculum materials
- Meals provided during the Program vary by location.
- Faculty Advisors who accompany each delegation
- Full-time, professional travel managers who are fluent in English for programs outside the United States
- All educational components, including speaker fees
- All entrance fees for scheduled Program activities
- All taxes, gratuities and tips
- Basic emergency health coverage for the duration of the Program
Is financial assistance available to help pay for the tuition?
Should you require financial assistance, a special fundraising guide has been prepared to help interested scholars raise the necessary funds within their communities. We strongly encourage scholars to use this guide to fundraise and obtain sponsors to help them pay for the tuition costs associated with attending ISLP. Over two-thirds of our scholars fundraise part or all of their tuition. Click here to read through our fundraising guide and get started. Interested scholars may download the Fundraising Guide here. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required. Experiencing difficulties? E-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition, the Office of Admissions is available to support scholars in their fundraising efforts.
ISLP is also proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to members of Golden Key International Honour Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Delta Epsilon. Please visit the Scholarships page for more information.
How much spending money should I bring?
You will need to purchase at least one meal per day (average $10-20 U.S. dollars, depending on personal choice and destination) and miscellaneous small purchases, including laundry services, internet and telephone calls as needed. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs and enjoy leisure activities during scheduled free time. Once you are enrolled, we will provide additional resources on spending money and currency exchange.
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Travel and Transportation
Where will scholars reside during the Program?
Carefully selected accommodations will be used throughout the Program. These could include hotel, university or other lodgings, depending on the country. For details particular to the delegation and country you are interested in, please see the “What’s Included?” tab on each country-specific delegation page.
Can I make a roommate request?
Yes, you are free to make roommate requests after enrollment through April 1, 2013. Interested scholars should contact the Office of Admissions after they receive their confirmation of enrollment.
The application says that I am automatically enrolled in the Tuition & Travel Protection Plan. Must I enroll in this?
You are automatically enrolled in the Tuition & Travel Protection Plan. This trip cancellation insurance is recommended but may be declined by checking the appropriate box on the front of the Enrollment Application or on the Online Enrollment Form. The Tuition and Travel Protection Plan premium is nonrefundable and may not be purchased after April 2, 2013. Detailed information on the Tuition & Travel Protection Plan will be sent to you upon completion of your enrollment. For an overview of coverage, click here.
How should I plan my international transportation to and from the Program?
The International Scholar Laureate Program has partnered with Worldtek to provide air booking services for ISLP scholars. Worldtek can handle all of your domestic and international flight needs. You may also book your flight arrangements on your own through Travelocity.com, Expedia.com, etc.
To book your travel arrangements online, click here.
Contact Worldtek’s dedicated representatives and identify that you are an ISLP scholar:
Telephone: +1 (800) 522-1733 or +1 (203) 787-6289
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time
Am I allowed to extend my stay in the destination country?
Yes. Scholars are encouraged to take part in the Optional Extensions provided by ISLP. It is a chance for scholars to discover more of their host countries. Optional Extensions for 2013 are Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef for delegations in Australia, Hong Kong for delegations in China and Los Angeles, California for the delegation in the United States of America.
Scholars may also choose to extend their stay on their own for independent exploration.
How will I travel while in the destination country?
During scheduled Program activities, travel in your host country will be by plane or private motor coach except in China where a portion of the trip may be completed by train and the United States where some of the inner city travel will be via subway.
How and when should I obtain a passport?
You do not need to have a passport before enrolling in the Program, but you will need to begin the passport application process to acquire one immediately after confirmation of enrollment. The charge for a passport and/or visas is not included in the program tuition.
For U.S. passport holders, information on how to apply for a passport can be found on the U.S. Department of State's web site: travel.state.gov/passport.
Do I need a visa to enter the host country?
A Chinese visa is required to enter China and attend the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) in China. Depending on your country of citizenship, a visa may also be required for you to enter Hong Kong if you choose to attend the Cultural Extension.
The cost associated with acquiring a visa is the responsibility of each scholar attending ISLP in China. Visa information must be submitted to ISLP by May 21, 2013. More information on how to submit your passport, visa and travel information will be provided post-enrollment.
ISLP’s preferred visa service provider, PassportVisaExpress.com, will assist U.S. citizens in acquiring Chinese Travel Visas for an additional fee. U.S. citizens attending the Hong Kong Cultural Extension are not required to obtain a visa to enter Hong Kong. Scholars may also choose to obtain a visa through a Chinese Consulate or Embassy if convenient.
Please contact the Chinese Consultant or Embassy in your home country to learn about visa requirements for entering China and Hong Kong (if you choose to attend the Cultural Extension). PassportVisaExpress.com may be able to assist non-U.S. scholars living in the U.S. Please call or e-mail PassportVisaExpress.com directly for information.
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Will there be vegetarian options at every meal?
Vegetarians should inform ISLP of their dietary requirements prior to the start of the Program. We will ensure there are vegetarian options available, but the realities of foreign travel do mean that they are often limited. Many meals are buffet-style, and due to limitations, sometimes vegetarian options may be repeated throughout the Program.
Will there be kosher options at every meal?
Due to varying cultures in the various countries, we are not able to guarantee kosher options. However, there will always be a vegetarian option at meals. In some cases, kosher meals can be provided at an additional cost. Please contact the Office of Admissions to speak directly with a staff member for more information.
Will there be opportunities to attend any religious services?
There is time built into the schedule (day or evening) for scholars to do some independent exploration and you are free to use this time for religious purposes or other needs. However, these times do vary by day and country.
Is it possible for scholars with special needs to attend?
Yes. However, the first recommendation we would make would be that you speak directly to a staff member at our Office of Admissions to get a better idea of what potentially challenging activities your delegation might involve so that together you might make the best decision about whether or not to attend and which Program would be best for you.
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