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International Participants

Are you representing a school looking for an opportunity to bring a group of students to camp? Contact us at syp@mtu.edu to learn more about the special Youth Ambassadors Abroad program we set up to accommodate international groups.

VISA Process

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. Additional Visitor Visa Information.

Consult the US embassy or consulate in your country if you have any questions about visas or the necessary documentation for your visit. Please visit the US Embassy website to locate the embassy in your country. There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you apply.

If you will by 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 syp@mtu.edu 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, just 9 miles from the Michigan Technological University campus. (Flights into CMX are only offered through United Airlines) If a student will be 15 years old or younger during their time of travel, please see United’s unaccompanied minor policy. These students will need to be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, school chaperone or someone who is at least 18 years of age or older. Our program does provide airport pickup to and from CMX for participants at no charge.

Should I Accompany My Child?

Ultimately that is 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, please visit please see United’s unaccompanied minor policy. If students are flying into the Houghton County Memorial Airport, 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 the Upper Michigan can change quickly and may be very different for some students. Temperatures at night in June could get down as low as 5°C or while a nice day in mid-July it could be up to 27°C at midday. 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, you can also visit the what to bring 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 with this would be 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 10:00 pm and students must be in their room for the night from 10:45 pm until 7:00 am. 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! Our camp does have medical staff and services on location at the camp 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:

Travel Insurance Services

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:

(*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 Summer Youth Scholars page for more details.




Summer Youth Programs 1
June 17 - 23, 2018

Summer Youth Programs 2
June 24 - 30, 2018

Summer Youth Programs 3
July 8 - 14, 2018

Summer Youth Programs 4
July 15 - 21, 2018

Engineering Scholars
July 22 - July 28, 2018

Women in Computer Science
July 22 - July 28, 2018

Women in Engineering
July 29 - August 4, 2018


More 2018 dates will be announced soon!




2018 Forms & Docs





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