International applicants

Page - September 12, 2012
International (non-US) applicants are welcome to apply to the Greenpeace Semester. This page has information for people who do not have a US student visa already.

If you already have a US student visa, you can skip this page and apply here.

If you are an international applicant without a US student visa, here is some information you should know before you apply:

1.   Fees - the fees to join the program include:

  • tuition (US $4200 for Jan-April and Sept-Dec; US $2200 for May-June or July-Aug)
  • housing + food (from US $700 - $1200 per month)
  • flight or ground transportation to US and back to your home country (depends on distance)
  • any visa fees (see below)

2.    Visas – If you are already attending a university in the US with a student visa, you do not need any additional documentation to join the Greenpeace Semester and you can skip this page. If you are not already enrolled in a US university, it is not advised that you apply for a US student visa (J-1) because the Greenpeace Semester is not affiliated with a university and it will be very difficult to obtain one. Below are other options.  We will add more as we continue to look into options for international students.

*Please note that fees that Greenpeace pays to petition on the behalf of an applicant must be reimbursed by the applicant.
3.     Language – In order for you to be successful in the Greenpeace Semester, you must be proficient in oral and written comprehension of English.  Documentation to prove your proficiency is accepted but not required.

4. University credit - Since this is the first year that the program is open to international applicants, we do not yet have information on which universities will grant credit for completing the program.  We will provide as much documentation as you or your university needs but cannot guarantee that every university will grant credit.

5.    Housing – Greenpeace does not provide housing for the Greenpeace Semester; however we will connect you to other participants in the program so that you can talk with them about shared housing options.  We will also provide you with a comprehensive Housing Guide to the areas of Washington D.C. that we recommend you live, as well as alternative housing options, including hostels, university housing, and short-stay lodging.
Questions?  Please download the Frequently Asked Questions guide for international applicants.  Any other questions can be directed to . We are happy to help!