How to Apply

Read about the application and selection process for National Geographic Student Expeditions and what steps to take to apply.

Applications are carefully reviewed by our Admissions Committee, and students are selected on the basis of their maturity, enthusiasm, motivation, and willingness to live and participate constructively in a supportive team environment. High school and middle school students ages 13 and older are eligible to participate in National Geographic Student Expeditions. Learn more about our Admissions Details.

Upon receipt of all materials described below, we will process your application and make a prompt decision (normally within one to two business days). You will receive an email from our Admissions Committee shortly thereafter.

Follow the simple steps below to apply for your summer adventure:

Step 1: Application Form & Payment

Click on the Apply Now link and fill out the online Application Form. When you have completed the form, you will be asked to make a payment of $700 (a $200 application fee plus a $500 tuition deposit). You may pay by credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or by check, made payable to Putney Student Travel.

Step 2: Agreement Form

Once you have submitted the Application Form and payment, you will receive access to a personal digital locker. Your digital locker will provide the resources necessary to complete the application process and prepare for your trip. First, find the Agreement Form and sign it. When we receive your signed form, we will temporarily hold a space for you in the program.

Step 3: Applicant Statement & Teacher References

Submit your Applicant Statement explaining why you would like to join a National Geographic Student Expedition, as well as contact information for two teachers. We will email your teachers a link where they can find and complete your reference. Upon receipt of all materials (Application Form, $700 payment, signed Agreement Form, Applicant Statement, and two completed Teacher References), we will process your application and make a prompt decision.