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Envision FAQs

Answers to all of your questions about Envision, our programs, tuition and financial assistance, safety, travel and accommodations, academic preparation, and more.

Enrollment FAQs

  • Is an Envision program for me?

    Envision programs are for you if you are an elementary, middle, or high school student interested in exploring future career possibilities, preparing for college, and honing your leadership skills. An Envision program can be your springboard to investigating career pathways and learning to be a leader at school and in your community.

    Many of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified students who want to make the most of this opportunity.

    Please see our Program Detail Pages for specifics about each Envision experience.

  • I'm enrolled to attend a program. What happens next?

    After you enroll, you will receive an enrollment confirmation email. A personalized “” page will be created for you where you can find important program updates, mandatory travel and information forms, a travel checklist, pre-conference assignments, and a press release you can use to notify local media about your participation in this prestigious program. You will receive notification in the mail and via email with details about how to access your page.

  • What happens if the program I want to attend is full? Is there a wait list?

    If the program you wish to enroll in is full, you will be placed on a wait list and your payment will not be processed. If space becomes available, we will contact you to confirm your interest to attend before proceeding with enrollment.

  • What is the enrollment deadline date?

    The deadline date is the date that enrollment closes. It is important to note, however, that you enroll on a first-come, first-served basis. Since program space is limited, it is wise to enroll early for this popular summer program.

  • How do I apply for an Envision program?

    Envision understands that diamonds in the rough are often overlooked by our nomination process but we LOVE self-starters. We encourage all aspirational students with an interest in trying a career, building future skills, and a creating a path to success to enroll with Envision. To learn more about our admissions process and acceptance criteria visit our Admissions page.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition includes all curriculum and instruction, program activities, site visits and events, overnight housing, program materials, at least two meals a day, a Certificate of Completion, and local transportation during the program.

    Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you'll need money for meals not provided, snacks, souvenirs, and other incidentals.

  • Is there a payment plan?

    Most Envision programs give you the option of paying your tuition in full or to take advantage of one of our payment plans. Please see your program’s detail page for payment specifics.

  • How do I apply for a scholarship or financial assistance?

    We are proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to eligible students, opening the door to young leaders from a variety of backgrounds. Many students also fundraise to pay for most or all of their tuition costs. See the Envision scholarships and fundraising pages for more information.

    If you intend to fundraise to raise program tuition, we encourage you to enroll using our convenient payment plan. That way you will make sure you have secured your space in the program. It is always a good idea to contact our Office of Admissions once you begin your fundraising campaign.

    If you have applied for a scholarship, you will be notified by email about two weeks after the scholarship deadline date, or by mail approximately three weeks after the deadline date has passed. The scholarship deadline date can be found on the scholarships page.

Travel and Accommodations

  • Where will I stay?

    Depending on your program, you and other students and staff will reside at safe and secure locations that include hotels, college campuses, and conference centers.

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house two to four students, depending on the housing location. You will have your own bed. Your room will include fresh linens and towels (but extra blankets and towels are recommended). The bathroom is shared.

  • Will I have a private bathroom?

    Most college dormitories have shared bathrooms on each floor that are divided by gender. Other options may be available upon request prior to the beginning of the program.

    At hotels and conference centers where students may share ensuite bathrooms, students will share their bathrooms with their assigned roommates.

    Students have separate bathrooms from staff.

  • Can I request a roommate?

    We do honor roommate requests. However, one of the important benefits of attending an Envision program is the opportunity to network with and get to know peers outside your current circle of friends.

  • Do I need to make my own arrangements to get to the program location?

    Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation between your home and the program location. We recommend that you make necessary flight or other travel arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

  • Who will meet me at the airport?

    Envision staff will meet all students who arrive and depart within the specified travel window(s) at the designated airport. We will also ensure that there is shuttle service to get you from your program’s designated airport to your program site on the first and last day of your program. The shuttle service fee is $50 each way or $100, respectively round-trip. This fee is comparable to, and in some cases less than, what you would pay for a ride-sharing or taxi service, and students will be supervised by staff.

    More details about the designated airport, travel windows, and the airport shuttle service will be available on your personal page after you enroll in the program.

  • Where will staff meet me at the airport?

    If you are attending a middle school program and arrive within the specified arrival window, Envision staff will meet you at your arrival gate. You may travel with an Unaccompanied Minor status with your airline as long as you are arriving within the specified arrival window.

    More details about Unaccompanied Minor status for our middle school programs will be available on your personal page after you enroll in the program.

    If you are attending a high school program and arrive within the specified arrival window, Envision staff will meet you at the designated meeting location in the baggage claim area. Envision staff are unable to meet you at your arrival gate; therefore you may not travel with an Unaccompanied Minor status with your airline. As airline policies vary, it is important to check with each airline about their Unaccompanied Minor requirements before booking your flight(s).

    More details about the designated airport meeting locations will be available on your personal page after you enroll in the program.

  • What does Unaccompanied Minor status mean?

    When airlines offer the additional assistance of their personnel to a minor traveling without a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult, the airline refers to this as Unaccompanied Minor (UM) status. When flying with Unaccompanied Minor status, an adult must escort the minor to their departure gate and remain at the gate until the flight is in air. Upon the minor’s arrival at their final destination, an authorized adult must be present at the arrival gate to greet the minor and escort them through the airport.

    Not all minors are required to travel using Unaccompanied Minor status. Generally, airlines require passengers within a given age bracket to use the Unaccompanied Minor status and each airline has different age requirements to define the status. Additionally, almost all airlines charge a fee for Unaccompanied Minor service. As each airline sets their own Unaccompanied Minor policies and fees, it is advisable to contact the airline directly for specific information.

  • Does my tuition cover any Unaccompanied Minor fees?

    No. Any fees associated with traveling as an Unaccompanied Minor are not included in the program tuition. Unaccompanied Minor fees are set by the airline and are considered part of your transportation cost, which is not included in the program tuition. Please keep this in mind when choosing your airline.

  • What is the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan?

    Envision offers the option to purchase Tuition and Travel Protection Plan coverage through US Fire. Plans contain both insurance coverage, underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company, as well as non-insurance assistance services provided by On Call International. You may purchase this plan when you enroll. You also may select this option after enrollment through your post-enrollment page at Please note that the benefits, terms & conditions may vary by state. If you or your parents would like more specifics about the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan, please call the plan administrator at (866) 282-3987.

  • Will I need to bring spending money?

    Students should bring money for offsite meals, snacks, and any gifts or souvenirs. We recommend bringing $15-25 for offsite meals. Students will visit gift stores on campus and excursions.

Program FAQs

  • How will I be supervised?

    Your safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that you will reside in a safe, controlled environment. You will be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel, and a program lead.

    For over 35 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other Envision safety measures include:

    • Greeting students at the designated airport upon their arrival, providing shuttle service directly to the program site, and providing shuttle service back to the airport on Departure Day*
    • Maintaining an overall student-to-staff ratio of 17 to 1
    • Attendance is taken throughout the program, and students are required to attend all program activities
    • Checking rooms nightly and working with hotel security for any after-hours concerns
    • Staff member rooms are interspersed among student rooms on each hallway in residential housing
    • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices


    *There is an additional fee for shuttle service.

  • Can my parents attend the program?

    Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program, so your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you. However, they and your other family members are welcome to enroll in the NYLF Law & CSI Family Program.

    Available during all sessions, this program allows attendees to enjoy a unique D.C. experience while preparing for your college transition. Family program attendees will also join NYLF Law & CSI scholars for select portions of the program, including a speaking event, a simulation, and more.

  • How can my parents contact me while I am attending the program?

    You are permitted to bring a mobile phone to keep in touch with parents, but it must be turned off during program activities. You may call home before activities begin in the morning and after they have ended in the evening.

    Your parents or guardians will have the telephone number to the program’s site office, where they can leave you messages. Additionally, parents and guardians may email the office should they need to relay information to you.

  • I am a student requiring specific accommodations. Can I still attend?

    Yes, we encourage you to enroll. Envision by WorldStrides believes in working with families to accommodate student needs and encourages the participation of students who feel prepared to meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional demands of the program environment. We may be able to provide appropriate auxiliary staff and services to assist students as needed if notified in advance. We encourage families, guardians, legal representatives, or educators to contact the Office of Admissions for more information and to discuss particular accommodations before applying for enrollment in the program.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    We make every effort to meet the dietary needs of all our students, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the conference. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

  • Is there a dress code for Envision programs?

    Different programs have their own dress codes, but in general, students are expected to be professional and presentable during program activities and course time. Comfortable shoes should be worn, as students will be walking a great deal during most programs. Detailed information about your specific program’s dress code will be included in your acceptance materials and on

  • What is the code of conduct for Envision programs?

    Attending an Envision program is fun, but it is also an honor. Like all meaningful experiences, you only get out of it what you put into your time spent at this exciting forum. You are expected to conduct yourself as a mature and responsible leader as you represent your school and community. You must abide by the Student Code of Conduct. You must also abide by and uphold all conference rules. Failure to do this may result in dismissal from the program and forfeiture of tuition.

Envision FAQs

  • Who is Envision?

    Envision is a leading experiential education organization dedicated to enabling students of all ages to explore their interests and gain critical learning experiences beyond the classroom. Envision offers programs to help students develop the leadership, scholarship, and career skills needed to succeed in the competitive 21st century. See Our Story for more detailed information about our history of successful educational programs, our leadership, and our partners.

    All Envision programs are designed to align with Common Core State Standards and other national standards for education.

  • How is Envision funded?

    Envision is a tuition-based, self-supporting organization, with many students securing financial support from local business, civic, community and leadership organizations. Scholarship funds are also available for qualified nominees.

  • Is Envision affiliated with a political party or the U.S. government?

    No. Envision is a nonpartisan educational organization.