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Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible to apply for EFL?
Students who have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school can attend EFL.

When will I know if I have been accepted?
Applicants will be notified of their admission status within two weeks of submitting their application.

How will I be notified?
We will notify applicants of their admission status through email. Please be sure to provide FTE with an email account that is checked regularly.  If accepted, registration forms will be included with the acceptance e-mail.

I have been accepted,  now what?
Congratulations!  You should log into your student portal (which you created during the initial application process and is now active), complete your registration forms and submit your payment.

  • Early Application Payment Deadline –  February 20, 2018
  • Final Application Payment Deadline – April 5, 2018

Failure to send in the registration forms and submit payment by the specified date will result in your removal from the program.

How much does it cost to attend EFL?
Student participants are financially responsible for a $1700 program fee, travel to and from the site, and dinner on the excursion day.

Does FTE offer financial assistance?
Yes! Scholarship funding is available.  Visit our Scholarships page for more details about scholarship assistance.

How can I pay the program fee? 
Accepted applicants can pay online with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express), or mail in money order or personal check. Checks should be made out to the ‘Foundation for Teaching Economics.’ Payment forms can be found by logging in to your student portal.

What if I need to cancel?
If you cancel by May 1, 2018, you are eligible to have 50% of the paid program fee refunded to you.  Refunds will not be offered for cancellations after May 1st.

How do I get to the college campus where my program will be held? 

All transportation arrangements to and from the program site are the student’s responsibility.  The FTE does not provide a specific shuttle/bus to pick students up at airports, train station or transit hubs.  Ideally, students should arrange their flights (if air travel is necessary) to arrive at the airport around lunchtime the first day of the program – this provides enough time to pick up checked luggage and eat lunch at the airport before catching a taxi or shuttle to get to the program site by check-in time, which is 2pm -4pm on Monday afternoon.

Orientation materials with general airport shuttle/taxi information will be emailed to all accepted students four weeks before the start of the program.  While we realize that solo long distance travel is intimidating for some students and families, the FTE also considers this process a necessary part of learning about the independence and initiative skills that EFL encourages.

Can I come late/leave early?

All students are required to be in attendance for the entire program.  Students check in between 2pm-4pm on the  program start date. Exceptions are only made to the check-in time for travel delays only. Students check out on the morning of the program end-date between 8am-11am.

I’m coming from another country. What type of visa do I need?
International students travelling to the US may require a visa however this will vary depending on country of origin and length of stay.  Click here to find more information on our International Students page.

What should I bring to EFL?
Students should have casual, comfortable clothes for the entire week, and perhaps a light sweater or jacket for air-conditioned classroom and dorm room temperatures.  Check the forecast before you pack! Also, please be sure to have a pair of comfortable, closed-toed shoes or sneakers that can get dirty for the outdoor activities and walking around campus.  Other suggested items include: alarm clock, notebook, swimsuit, camera, pencils/pens, and enough money for extras and the one dinner your group will have off-site.  Sheets, blankets, pillows and towels are provided at each program.

Please DO NOT bring expensive electronics or large amounts of cash – we cannot guarantee dorm room security.  Laptops are not required.

Where do participants stay while at EFL?
Participants stay in dormitories on the campus of their program site.  Dorm rooms are most often a traditional set up – two participants of the same gender per room, with a communal bathroom down the hall.  If the site you have chosen has a different set up (i.e. suite style), you will be notified in the orientation materials emailed to you four weeks before the start of the program.

What is included in the dorm rooms?
Dorm rooms include a bed, closet, desk and chair.  Linens are provided for the week and include a set of sheets, blanket, pillow and pillowcase, as well as a bath towel and hand towel.  We encourage  participants to bring a sweatshirt or sweater as air conditioned dorms can become cool at night (and dorm rooms sometimes do not have individual thermostats).  You’re also welcome to bring extra towels or blankets if you wish.

Additional items such as fans and refrigerators are not included in the dorm rooms.  If you have a medical  reason for such an item, please contact Kate Generelli at kgenerelli@fte.org to inform her of the situation as early as possible and see what accommodations might be made.

What if I have special dietary restrictions?
Please indicate this information when filling out your registration forms online.  We will work with the program site to make sure that any dietary needs, including food allergies, can be accommodated.

When will I receive more information about my program?
Orientation materials will be emailed four weeks before your program start date.