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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply to a Summer Institute program?
    The first step is to complete the online enrollment form. Enrollment for all 2018 programs will open in November 2017.
  • Do participants have to submit test scores to be accepted into a program?
    For current university students, there is no required test for admission to Summer Institute program. Clemson works with university officials and agency partners to ensure that each participant has the ability to benefit from the program.
  • What is the required English level?
    We do not require English Language Learners to submit test scores but each participant should already have basic skills in the English language before the program begins. Generally, students in English language immersion programs should have a minimum of three years of formal language studies. Some Academic Focus programs may have additional language requirements.
  • Will I need a visa to enroll in a Summer Institute program?
    Generally, students participating in a Summer Institute program that need a visa for entry will enter the U.S. on a B-1 visitor’s visa. Once your enrollment form is processed, you will receive an invitation letter from Clemson that may be used to apply for your visa.
  • How much does it cost to attend a Summer Institute program?
    The final program price depends on a variety of factors. Please consult your government representative, school official, or sponsoring agency to confirm your program cost.
  • How do I pay my program fee?
    There are two methods of payment. In some cases, students will pay the program fee to the designated office at their home university. In other cases, students will pay directly to the Clemson University Marketplace using a link that is e-mailed to them once their enrollment form is processed.
  • What if I have to cancel once I am enrolled?
    An enrolled student may request a withdrawal up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. A written refund request is required. Approved withdrawals will be assessed a $150 processing fee. Withdrawals less than four weeks from the start of the program may be eligible for a 50% refund of the program fee. At the discretion of the program director, exceptions can be made for extenuating circumstances such as major illness or family emergencies.

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