Frequently Asked Questions
Sponsors, parents, and students often have questions during trip-planning. We have answered many of them here. If you have other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN IS THE FUTURE SCHOLARS PROGRAM OFFERED?
We offer programs from January-August. We encourage early confirmation of dates as certain weeks fill quickly.
HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN EACH PROGRAM?
It depends on the program theme. To make sure each student gets the individual attention he or she needs, we usually limit the program cohorts to 15-25 students. In most cases, a session cohort is made up of students from one school or a group of cooperating schools.
DO PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO TAKE A TEST?
There is no test required for a short-term program. Clemson works with the school administration, government department, or cooperating agency to ensure that each participant has the ability to benefit from the program.
What is the required English level?
Our scholars come from both English and non-English speaking backgrounds. We do not require English Language Learners to submit any test scores but each participant should already have basic skills in the English language before the program begins. Upon arrival, each participant will be evaluated by our language facilitators to determine the appropriate level of instruction at Future Scholars.
WILL PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE ANY RECOGNITION FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM?
All students that successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Recognition from the Youth Learning Institute of Clemson University.
WHO WILL SUPERVISE PARTICIPANTS?
In addition to classroom instructors present during all academic activities, participants are supervised 24 hours a day by trained counselors and staff members. Health and safety is a top priority. Additionally, participating schools are encouraged to send a teacher with their participating students.
What airport should I fly into?
We recommend the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) as it is close and convenient to the Clemson campus and learning sites. A free airport shuttle is provided to participants using this airport. You may also consider using the airport in Atlanta, GA (ATL). Transportation to and from the Atlanta airport can be arranged for an additional cost.
What is the weather like in South Carolina?
Winters are generally cool with average daily high temperatures of 11-17 Celsius while summers are hot and humid with temperatures regularly reaching 30-35 degrees Celsius.
Will I have access to Wi-Fi at Future Scholars?
Yes, our campus and all learning sites have free Wi-Fi to allow you to complete assignments and contact your friends and family. Guidelines for the use of phones and other electronic devices will be given at the orientation session.
Will I need US dollars for spending money and how will I get those?
Your program cost includes all lodging, meals, and learning activities so you may not need additional money. However, if you wish to purchase snacks, gifts, or other personal items, you may want to have some additional money for spending. Most participants find that $50 USD is enough for the 2 weeks although you may want more if you plan to purchase items for friends and family back home.
It is easiest if you secure US dollars before you travel or at one of the airports you fly through, but International programs staff can also help you exchange money once you arrive.
Where will I eat my meals?
You will eat most of your meals together with the rest of the participants at one of the campus dining facilities. When you are on a field trip, you will eat at an area restaurant. All meals are covered in your program cost.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A STUDENT IS SICK OR INJURED?
Medical coverage is provided through the Future Scholars program. There are also medical personnel on campus and at each of the learning sites to assist you with non-emergency medical care.
What should I pack for the Future Scholars program?
A packing list and recommended items is available through the International Programs Office.