Hey :) I don’t think there would be a difference of when you submit your application, I know many people who have waited as late as possible to ensure their application is as strong as it can be so you wouldn’t be the only one submitting it later on! You pay for different things at different times but a couple things need to be paid as soon as possible once you accept your offer. Hope this helps :)
You are correct - the cultural exchange program is the same as the international college program - it has just been renamed :)
EDIT: nukagirl, for the cultural exchange program you need to be studying at an accredited university, it is the cultural representative program you don’t need to be at uni for.
Hello :) applications are currently open for the 2015 summer program and close on 30th September next month.
Hi :) my first program I had a phone interview and a face to face interview, my second program I had two face to face interviews! I have some interview tips on my FAQ page if you scroll down to “Interview FAQ” :)
Hi! In your application process you need to state which university you are attending along with the title of your course so I don’t think you will be able to apply until you find out where you will be. Their eligibility tab also states “Applicants must also have completed at least one full academic semester at the time of application.” so you may be best emailing them for a definitive answer on this. Hope this helps :)
No not at all! There are so many other things to do than go out to clubs and drink. Most clubs will allow under 21’s into the venue but you just aren’t allowed to drink, so if you do make friends with those over 21 and want to go out with them you still can. You are also still allowed to go to parties in the housing complexes if there is alcohol there, you just aren’t allowed to consume it. Hope this helps :)
Hi :) yes you will, I applied in my first year of university so the program was when I was on my summer break before going into second year. Hope this helps!
There’s no age limit to the program :) I knew a lot of people who were 21 or over on both my programs so you have no need to worry! I couldn’t give you a rough idea on how many people apply to be honest, I believe they need to keep numbers confidential. I’d say there are maybe 150-200 places? Could be totally inaccurate though but this is just a rough estimate! :) and thank you, I loved writing it! :)
Hello! :) the accommodation costs vary from each apartment size and also the complex (of which there are 4) I paid around $86 a week on my first year there and $101 a week on my second year there. The price varies from around $86 to $105 (approximately as this may have changed). It cost around £1000 for everything (flights, visa, medical & travel insurance, travel expenses to London for visa appointment etc.) I basically broke even making around the amount I spent getting there and took home $200. You could probably take home more money if you saved but I didn’t have the mindset of making money I was there for the experience over anything else.
I was there for 2 months & 2 weeks in my second year and just under 3 months in my first year (from the beginning of June to mid August).
I only had waitressing experience prior to applying and was given an Operations role as I stated I didn’t want to go out there and do the same job I have at home and I wanted to try a new experience.
Personally I haven’t applied for Dofe so I wouldn’t say it’s essential but I’m sure it would help :).
I didn’t have to change my accent although sometimes I had to tone my accent down as some people couldn’t understand my Scottish accent haha but it’s not a requirement.
I loved all my flatmates in 2012 and 2013! I shared with 7 other girls in 2012 and only 1 other girl last year and we all got on really well. Usually you barely see each other though as your work schedules are all different!
Hope this helps, feel free to add me on Facebook if you want any more info via message! You’ll find me under Carly McIntyre :)