Are you a poet, athlete, ecologist, artist, musician, activist, author or civic leader who contributes deeply to your school and community? Are you a current 10th or 11th grade student in high school?

If so, we invite you to join The Corps. We have a three part application process. You must complete each step before moving on to the next. Here’s how you do it.

The Steps

Nomination – You must first be nominated by a teacher, administrator or mentor who supports your candidacy, asserts your good standing in your home community and your readiness for an intensive cross-cultural or academic program. Please note that you must be nominated by one of SDC’s educational partner schools or youth mentoring organizations.

Written application – Once nominated, we will send you a written application that includes a teacher reference form and questions that will help us get to know you better. Think critically, write beautifully and articulate thoughtful reasons for your interest in The Corps.

Interview Process – Once you have successfully completed the nomination and written application process, you will be interviewed by Student Diplomacy Corps staff or volunteers. You will have an opportunity to express your interest in The Corps and ability to work in a group setting during an intensely cross-cultural program abroad.

Decisions and Enrollment – Corps staff will evaluate your written application and personal interview to make final decisions regarding admissions and program placement.

Opportunities and Scholarships

An investment in your future. A typical 3-5 week Student Diplomacy Corps program fee is $5500-$7800.

The fees include:

  • International airfare (with some exceptions)
  • Room and board
  • Health, accident, emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Program activities
  • Costs associated with staff support.

Fees do not include:

  • Travel documents
  • Relevant immunizations and/or medications
  • Personal spending money
  • Domestic transportation to a US gateway departure airport.

Access & Eligibility. Student Diplomacy Corps is committed to providing individualized scholarship support in partnership with donors, partner schools and mentoring organizations to make our programs accessible and affordable to as many accepted candidates as possible. As noted above, we identify participants for SDC programs through partnerships with a network of youth mentoring organizations and high schools across the USA. With very few exceptions, only students nominated from this network are eligible for SDC programs. For more information about scholarships or eligibility, please contact us at