Who Should Apply?
Our students go on field trips to historic locations and/or museums almost every day. While some historic sites are near-by, others are quite some distance away. Some of the historic places we will visit are well off the beaten path; some require an hour or more of one-way driving in College vans. Tidewater Virginia can be very hot and humid in the summer. Archaeology sites are, by their nature, dirty places. Bugs can be a problem. (The same can sometimes be said of tourists.)
Still interested? Good!
We are looking for highly-motivated high-school students with a deep commitment to learning about the past; who believe they have excellent analytical ability; whose writing skills are sound; who thrive in a competitive, though structured, discussion class format; and who would like a taste of life in a college dorm. A particular background in American history is not required. An open mind, independent thinking, creativity, healthy constitution and, above all, a spirit of adventure are the essential ingredients. If you fit this description, the three weeks of this program will seem terribly brief, and what you take away with you will be priceless.
ELIGIBILITY: Students who have completed at least their sophomore year in high school and are rising juniors, rising seniors or graduating seniors are eligible to apply and attend the program.
International Students: If English is not your first language, you will be required to submit TOEFL scores. A TOEFL score of at least 100 on the internet-based test or a 600 score on the paper test are W&M minimum requirements for application. Students will need to obtain an F-1 student visa. Since this process can take several months, we will work with accepted students to prepare an I-20 Request Form. After we have received all necessary payment paperwork, we will process the I-20. This may take several weeks for processing and for express mailing the I-20 to accepted students. Students should then contact their U.S. Embassy to obtain the F-1 visa. This may also take 2-4 weeks. Therefore students should plan their appplications with the understanding that this is a long process which will take time to complete. International students should submit their applications and their TOEFL scores to our office before MARCH 20 of each year in order to process all paperwork necessary for F-1 visas.