How to Enroll (Summer & Gap)

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The Application Process:

Follow the steps outlined below to apply for a Dragons program. Please carefully review the set of instructions relevant to your type of program. 

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Applying for a Summer or Gap Year program

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Step 1 – Apply

Fill out an online application. Submission of this application will hold your place on the program for 7 days. To confirm your place on the final student roster, submit a program deposit within the week.

      • We ask you to apply to a specific summer or semester program. However, this decision is flexible throughout the application process. We will review your course choice during your interview, at which point you may move your application if it seems another program is better suited to your interests.
      • Your teacher reference will receive an automatic student referral request upon submission of your application. Follow up with your teacher reference to ensure that he/she submits a recommendation on your behalf.

Step 2 – Submit a Deposit

Submit an $850 deposit to hold your place on the program. This deposit can be submitted online or by check, to:

Where There Be Dragons
741 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302 – USA

DEPOSIT REFUND POLICY

There is a $200 non-refundable application processing fee. The entire deposit is non-refundable after twenty-one days or after being accepted to the program.  If a participant goes through the application process and is not accepted, we will refund all $850 of the deposit.

Step 3 – Schedule an Interview

Call to schedule an interview: 800.982.9203 or 303.413.0822. In preparation for your interview please:

      • Read through your program information, available in the course catalog, on our website, and on the Yak board.
      • Submit a copy of the front page of your passport via email or fax, 303.413.0857, prior to your interview. This will expedite the course-planning process.
      • Be prepared to provide contact information for any counselor(s) or therapist(s) that you have seen within the last two years.

Step 4 – Interview

Interviews are conducted over the phone with a Dragons Admissions Associate. Plan for 30min – 1 hour. This is an important step in the admissions process. The four main goals of the student interview are:

      • To discuss goals and aspirations for your summer or semester program.
      • To walk through the program itinerary, allowing you to ask questions about each program component. Next, we will assess whether or not the chosen course is the right fit for you.
      • To review your medical history. This includes basic health information, allergies, dietary restrictions, and relevant medical history.
      • To assess whether the student is a good fit for Dragons.

The interview is an opportunity for you to learn what to expect on a Dragons course, and for us to understand how to best support you. Therefore, it is crucial that you are honest and ask questions throughout the interview process.

Step 5 – Status Update

Applicants will be notified of their application status within 7 days of interview or when application is complete.

Timeline

We admit students on a first come, first serve basis. While there is no application deadline, we often receive more applications than we are able to accept and advise applying well in advance for both summer and semester programs. We will generally notify you of your acceptance within a week of your interview. Please note that missing teacher references or counselor contact information/forms can slow down the admissions process. While we strive for timeliness, our admissions team evaluates every student application individually. We may slow down the admissions process to ensure that the selected course is an appropriate choice for the applicant; as well, that he/she is well-suited for a Dragons course.

Wait-listed Applications

Wait-listed applications must include an $850 deposit to reserve their place on the waitlist. The deposit is fully refunded if space does not become available, or if the applicant chooses to withdraw his or her application before a space becomes available.

 Summer or Gap Application


Applying for an Independent Spring Experience

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Step 1 – Review Eligibility Requirements

Independent Spring Experiences are open to:

  • Alumni of extended-length (1+ month) group programs, such as a Dragons course or similar offering from another program provider.
  • Applicants who demonstrate the desire, maturity, and capacity for more self-directed and autonomous international travel
  • Applicants interested in co-creating an immersive, respectful, and engaged cultural experience
  • Ages 17-25 years old

Step 2 – Apply

Please complete an Independent Spring Experience application*

In order to finalize your application, we will also need a completed reference from your past (or current) course instructor (e.g., a Dragons instructor or program leader from another organization). We will email the form directly to your reference according to the information provided in your ISE application. Please follow up with your reference to ensure that he/she submits this form on your behalf.

*NOTE: The ISE requires a different application than a standard Gap Year or Summer program. Please use the above link for the correct ISE application form.

Step 3 – Submit a Deposit

Submit an $850 deposit* to hold your place on the program. This deposit can be submitted online or by check, to:

Where There Be Dragons
741 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302 – USA

Deposit Refund Policy*

There is a $200 non-refundable application processing fee. The entire deposit is non-refundable after twenty-one days or after being accepted to the program.  If a participant goes through the application process and is not accepted, we will refund all $850 of the deposit.

Step 4 – Schedule an Interview

Call to schedule an interview: 800.982.9203 or 303.413.0822. In preparation for your interview please:

  • Read through the ISE program page on our website.
  • Review your application responses and be prepared to speak about your motivations for applying to an ISE program
  • Submit a copy of the front page of your passport via email prior to your interview. This will expedite the course-planning process.
  • Be prepared to provide contact information for any counselor(s) or therapist(s) that you have seen within the last two years.

Step 5 – Interview

Interviews are conducted over the phone with a Dragons staff member. Plan for 30 mins – 1 hour. This is an important step in our admissions process. The four main goals of the student interview are:

  • To discuss goals and aspirations for your program.
  • To walk through the program structure and expectations in more detail.
  • To assess whether the applicant is a good fit for Dragons.

Step 6 – Status Update

Once we receive all application materials, a completed recommendation, and conduct an interview – your application will be reviewed and you will be notified via email of our acceptance decision, usually within 7-10 days after receipt of all materials.

Timeline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with limited spaces available per program location. ISE programs are capped at 6 students per country, so we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible to ensure a program space.

Wait-listed Applications

Wait-listed applications must include an $850 deposit to reserve their place on the waitlist. The deposit is fully refunded if space does not become available, or if the applicant chooses to withdraw his/her application before a space becomes available.

 Independent Spring Experience Application