Information for International Students

Information for International Students

We welcome applications from all over the world, and every summer we have scholars from 2-4 countries outside the United States. If you are applying from outside the United States, please note the following:

  1. The Youth Theological Initiative is a program that includes classroom learning as well as other activities. You will be expected to read and write in English for homework outside of class, and engage in classroom discussion in English.
  2. Please submit a copy/scan of the main page of your passport when you submit your application to the program. If you hold a “greencard” (permanent resident card) or have a valid visa to enter the United States already, please send a copy/scan of this as well.
  3. If you do not have a U.S. Passport or already possess a visa, you will need to apply for one in order to enter the U.S. to participate in the program. Because YTI does not offer academic credit, you can attend the program using a B-2 Tourist Visa. We can provide a letter you can use to support your visa application. For more information about applying for a visa, go to: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visitor.html
  4. The sooner you begin applying for your visa, the better, so if you turn in your application early, we will process it early. When you submit your application, please indicate that you are international and would like to get started on your visa process early.
  5. We are NOT able to cover the cost of your airfare, or any costs that you incur in your home country (visa fees, travel to the airport, etc.). It is YOUR responsibility for covering the costs of getting to Atlanta to attend the program.
  6. If you require financial aid to help with the cost of the tuition ($1,700 USD), you must write to request this directly to the director, Beth Corrie, at ecorrie@emory.edu. Financial Aid funds are limited. We CANNOT guarantee that there will be funds available to cover your tuition.
  7. As you make travel arrangements, please note that you CANNOT stay in the residence hall earlier than the start date of the program or later than the end date. If you need to arrive or leave on different days to save money for airfare, you must make arrangements to stay with friends or family in the area.
  8. We require that you have Travel Medical Insurance for your time in the United States. Health care is very expensive in the United States, and you do not want to make a trip to the doctor without some basic insurance coverage. Check your current insurance in your home country to see if it covers you when traveling abroad. If not, you can purchase short-term travel medical insurance coverage for under $50. If you want to know more about this, email Beth Corrie for more information.
" YTI is a community where you come in understanding that you are going to disagree and that you come with different perspectives."
-Anais Hussung '12