FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Thank you for your interest in our summer programs.
Many international teenagers have traveled with us and we look forward to making your participation safe and comfortable. Here are a few helpful notes about joining us:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS – REQUIRED LEVEL AND OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE
Daily life on our programs is conducted in English (except for our Spanish Language programs). Students joining us from overseas must have at least a beginner, basic understanding of the English language.
Students have used our experiences to improve their English language skills as about 85% of our enrollment is American. We limit the number of students from a given country on each program and can, if you like, assign international students to an English-speaking roommate. As an option with no additional cost, we can also arrange private English lessons or conversations one-on-one on different topics with our staff. This can be daily or a few times a week as needed.
AGES & GRADES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
As we attempt to provide the best social experiences possible, we try to keep participants of similar ages together. On our website and in our brochures, we indicate eligibility for a program by the “grade completed” before the summer. We understand that every country’s educational system is different so here is a helpful guide for international participants of how grades relate to age:
|Grade Completed in USA & Canada||This age by summer|
13 years old (some 12)
14 years old (some 13)
15 years old (some 14)
16 years old (some 15)
17 years old (some 16)
18 years old (some 17)
LANGUAGE TRANSLATION OF OUR WEBSITE
To translate our website to the language of your choice, scroll to the bottom of this webpage and on the bottom right column there is a dropdown to Select Language of your choice.
DATES OF TRAVEL
The dates we list online and in brochures are the date students are flying from the USA and landing back in the USA. For example, for European trips, the departure date listed is the date we leave the USA and we arrive the next day. Please confirm with us prior to purchasing flights.
Safety is our highest priority. To promote a safe environment, our rules include no drugs, alcohol, smoking or illegal activity. Students are not allowed to leave the group without permission; this includes leaving one’s room (or tent on camping trips) after curfew. For more information, please call us or visit Safety First.
You are responsible for obtaining any required entry visas in a timely manner.
Contact the local Embassy or Consulate of countries you will be visiting for details on any required visas.
For Programs to the USA: If you require a visa, due to the brief period of time of our programs, you should obtain a short stay B-2 TOURIST visa (not a STUDENT visa) from the American Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
For Programs to Canada: Citizens (from visa exempt countries) who enter Canada by air require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Complete the form in just a few minutes at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp.
REFUND IF VISA DENIED
Westcoast Connection will refund the tuition less $500 if you are denied a travel visa prior to June 1. We will refund the tuition less $2,000 if denied a travel visa after June 1. Proof of denial is required for a refund.
FLIGHTS – CHECK WITH US BEFORE PURCHASING
Please check with us prior to booking any non-refundable airfare! This avoids costly mistakes later.
To ensure a smooth first and last day, we require everyone to arrive and depart in the appropriate time frame for that trip. Due to the number of students traveling, time parameters provided for your program must be followed. This allows us to greet flights properly upon arrival. We cannot be responsible for airline change fees, extra fees incurred or for missed activities due to flights booked outside our guidelines.
COMPLIMENTARY AIRPORT GREETING AND TRANSFER
We will greet you at the airport after you come through immigration and customs. We transfer you to the accommodations with no added fee as long as you arrive in our designated times. Our staff will be wearing Westcoast Connection clothing with our logo and have a sign with your name on it for easy recognition upon arrival.
COMPLIMENTARY NIGHT STAY BEFORE CERTAIN PROGRAMS
For our teen tours and community service programs in the USA, Canada, and Central or South America, as a special service for our overseas participants, if you are flying directly from overseas, you can join us the night prior to the trip official start date with no additional cost for the hotel night. One of our chaperones will greet you at the airport after you come through immigration and customs and supervise without any added fee.
On our Pre-College Enrichment programs in Montreal or Los Angeles, our arrival times are later in the day and you can fly in on the first day similar to our American and Canadian students. If you are flying directly from overseas, and wish to get on our local time zone to rest an extra night, you can join us the night prior to the trip official start date with the additional cost of one night at the college residence plus private airport transfer.
Tuition is in US Dollars and includes accommodations, entertainment and activities described, airport transfers in designated times, gratuities, taxes, breakfast and dinner daily. Lunches included varies by program from none or a few to all included, please see individual programs. We will recommend a spending amount of money per week for personal purchases and souvenirs. Spending money should be by Credit or Debit card.
Your deposit and second payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. You may also pay by check on a U.S. Bank or electronic transfer. Final balances are by check on a U.S. Bank or electronic transfer only.
PAYMENT & TRAVEL PROTECTION FOR RESIDENTS OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. & CANADA
An insurance plan offered is available for most international students: trip insurance details. For more information, call +1.317.575.2656. The policy number will be provided after enrolling in the plan.
Please call or email us to review any special arrangements (or to set up a Skype call) so we can help make your trip more convenient. We look forward to sharing an incredible experience with your family!