by Lette Berhe
If you were looking at our high school programs but don’t think you’re ready to commit to four years away from home, keep reading. Or, maybe you are ready but you know your parents are not. It happens. Whatever the reason is, we have a solution for you: U.S. summer camps.
When you think of summer camp, images of people sleeping in cabins, swimming in a lake, or eating together at long wooden tables might come to mind. This definitely exists in the U.S., but guess what? There are many more options that will allow you to sleep in a bed – in a city.
Types of Summer Programs for International Students
The most typical or common type of summer camp is this:
But there are actually plenty of summer camps that will let you come to the U.S. to improve your English, learn a new skill, or continue one of your hobbies. These summer camps can be divided into categories:
Why Choose an Academic or Sports Camp?
If you already have big goals and plan to apply to a top U.S. university (think UC Berkeley, MIT, Columbia) or you are trying to get an athletic scholarship, going to an academic or sports camp could help make you a stronger candidate.
The admission rate for these elite universities is very competitive and showing interest in activities outside of school (extracurricular activities) is a way to show that you are a well-rounded person and dedicated to achieving your goals.
Even if one of these top schools isn’t on your list if you are interested in developing a personal hobby or working towards a specific career goal, why not start now? If you’re not sure what you want to do, even better! Experimenting is the perfect way to discover what you love and what you’re actually good at.
Where Will I Sleep?
This will depend on the type of program you sign up for. If you choose a non-traditional summer camp (everything except Outdoor Summer Camps), you could have a couple of options.
All camps that are not language camps usually require international students to have a certain level of English. The language level needed is to make sure that you will be able to fully take advantage of all the activities. If you don’t think you have a high level, don’t worry. Camps are purposely in English so that you can improve both your listening and speaking skills in a more natural and fun way.
Why You Should Talk to Your Parents Today
If you’re reading this in the middle of summer, it may be too late to sign up for a summer camp this year. But we think you’ll probably need some time to convince your parents. Especially if this is your idea and not theirs.
If you’re reading this blog, then we are assuming you are responsible and probably a bit organized. But we also know that you may not have the money in your bank account to pay for these programs, which means you’ll have to convince your parents. That’s why we want to give you a summary of how to sell them the idea and convince them.
If you already know your parents are going to say yes – congrats! But maybe these tips can be helpful for a friend.
The table above shows what is usually included in the price of a U.S. summer camp program. This can change depending on the company you work with and the program you choose, but these are the basics you should be prepared for.
If anything, our biggest tip would be to start saving your birthday money. Why? Your parents may be willing to pay for the whole program, but may want to set a limit for spending money. But that is something you can have a little control over.
Check back soon because we’ll have another post for the adults in your life who you have to convince to let you plan your U.S. adventure today.
If you are still interested in our high school programs or want more information about our university programs contact us today for a free consultation!