Are you representing a school looking for an opportunity to bring a group of students to camp? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the special programs we can set up to accommodate international groups.
Participants should apply for the B-2 tourist visa (citizens of some countries may not need visa stamps but will need pre-approval through the ESTA system), which allows for brief stays—usually less than six months—that may include participation in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree. According to the visa guidelines, international students participating in the pre-college program do not qualify for F-1 student visas as this is a non-degree program. Review additional Visitor Visa Information.
Please visit and consult the US Embassy website if you have any questions about visas or the necessary documentation for your visit as there are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary depending on the US Embassy or Consulate where you apply.
If you will be applying for a visa and would like an invitation letter from Michigan Tech SYP to include in your application to the embassy, please indicate so on your confirmation packet or contact us at email@example.com and we will be happy to provide an official letter.
As Michigan’s northernmost airport, Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX), is located in Houghton County nine miles from campus. (Flights into CMX are only offered through United Airlines.) If a student will be 15 years old or younger at time of travel, please see United’s unaccompanied minor policy. These students must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, school chaperone, or someone who is 18 years of age or older. We provide airport pickup to and from CMX for participants at no charge.
Should I Accompany My Child?
That's up to you! Most parents do not fly with their child, but you know your child best. The airlines will not release unaccompanied minors until the proper staff member with identification picks up your child. Again, if flying, please visit United’s unaccompanied minor policy. If students are flying into CMX, we will have easily identifiable staff (wearing our SYP shirts) waiting for their arrival. They will then be transported to campus by our staff in a university vehicle.
What Should I Pack?
The weather in Upper Michigan can change quickly and may be very different for some students. Temperatures at night in June could get as low as 5°C, while a nice day in mid-July could be 27°C at mid-day. It is best to pack for a range of weather and temperatures. There are also certain items that should not be brought to camp. A detailed packing list explaining what to pack and not pack will be sent to students in their SYP International Packet once they have applied. For more information, visit the what to pack page.
How Do Camps Handle Jet Lag (Tiredness From Time Change)?
Some people have a more difficult time adjusting to different time zones. One way to help is to arrive a night early. (Early arrival fee is $75/day if before Sunday morning.) It can also help to encourage your students to sleep on the plane. The first couple days at camp will be an adjustment, but the excitement of it all will keep them awake!
Our program has a set on-floor time of 10 p.m. and students must be in their room for the night from 10:45 p.m. until 7 a.m. We want participants to be well-rested, and sleep is important after a day filled with excitement.
Should I Buy Medical Insurance For My Child?
Yes, please make sure your child is covered! We have medical staff and services on location and close by, but in the case of an emergency, it is necessary to have medical insurance coverage. If your current policy does not cover international travel, you may obtain a low-price policy for child while they are at camp. Here is one plan to consider.
Who Will Be Your Roommate?
Roommate requests are honored whenever possible. However, BOTH friends must request each other. If you request to room with a friend, but your friend does not request you, you WILL NOT be placed together, and it will not be possible to switch rooms when you arrive. We do our best to create the rooming list based off these requests, and to pair roommates of similar age groups. You will have a chance to request your roommate in your SYP International Packet.
Are International Students Eligible For The Competitive Scholarship Programs?
Yes! Any student is eligible to apply for most of our competitive scholarship programs that are privately funded. These programs are a great option for international students, as attendees receive a scholarship valued around $1,000 to attend. The only scholarship programs that do not accept international participants are the Rail and Intermodal Transportation program and National Summer Transportation Institute.
Competitive program* options that are available for international students include:
- Women in Engineering
- Engineering Scholars Program
- Women in Computer Science
- Junior Women in Engineering
(*These programs do have a nonrefundable registration fee of $295 or less.)
Is There Recognition For Participating?
Upon completion of a program, students will be awarded a certificate. We recommend this be included in their high school portfolio. You may wish to refer to it when applying for jobs, colleges, or honors programs.
Additionally, following graduation from high school, past participants who enroll at Michigan Tech are eligible to apply for the Summer Youth Scholars Award, exclusively available to SYP alumni who are new incoming first-year undergraduate students. Visit the Summer Youth Scholars page for more details.