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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many weeks is my program?
    Programs vary in length. Some programs are offered during a single 2-week session while others require attendance at more than one session for a 4-week immersion experience.
  • How many students will participate in each program?
    It depends on the program. Some programs limit the number of participants to ensure the program’s objectives are met. Other programs, such as our English immersion programs, are able to accommodate larger groups.
  • Will I interact with students from other parts of the world?
    Yes. Cultural exchange is an important feature of the Global Leadership Institute. Many of our Summer Institute programs operate with an international cohort that enrolls students from different parts of the world. Other programs enroll single-background cohorts. When this happens, students will collaborate with students from other programs to ensure cultural exchange goals are met.
  • Can I take a summer institute program for credit?
    The Summer Institute programs are academic enrichment programs only. Many participants receive academic credit from their home institution. Students interested in receiving Clemson University credit for a summer course should consult the Summer Session page.
  • Will participants receive any recognition for their participation in the program?
    All students that successfully complete a Summer Institute program will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment from the sponsoring department at Clemson University.
  • Am I required to attend all Summer Institute classes and events?
    The program elements are designed to complement one another so we ask students to participate in all activities up to 5:00 pm. After 5:00 pm, students are free to choose which cultural and recreational events they want to attend.
  • 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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