Application Process

Q)What are the dates for the 2017 Summer Scholars Program (SSP)?

A) July 1 - July 21. Students arrive on Saturday, July 1. Check in at the dorms is on Saturday, July 1, at 12:00 noon.  Students attend a mandatory student orientation on Sunday, July 2. Classes begin on Monday, July 3. The program concludes on Friday, July 21, at noon.

Q)When is the deadline for applying?

A) Applications are accepted from September 1 through May 9. Applications are reviewed once all application materials are received. Students are encouraged to submit their applications early.  Applications received after the final deadline will be reviewed based on program availability.

Q)What are the application criteria?

A) Students must be enrolled in high school and be 15 to 17 years of age.  Students must have an intermediate level of English, as assessed by the personal essay and Skype interview which is part of the application process.

Q)What visa do I need to participate in the IEP SSP?

A) Most IEP SSP students will need a SEVIS Form I-20 and apply for the F-1 student visa.  Students who are US citizens, US permanent residents, and those who already hold visas which permit fulltime study do not need an I-20 or F-1 visa.  Please note that individuals in tourist status (B1/B2 status or ESTA Visa Waiver Program) may not engage in fulltime study while in the US.

Q)Do you students have to live on campus?

A) Yes, students enrolled in the Intensive English Program Summer Scholars Program are required to live on campus in the dormitory.  This is to help students become immersed in an English-speaking environment, and so that all students may take advantage of the social programming offered in the evenings in the dorm.

Q)Where should I send the application materials?

A) The following application materials are submitted online as part of our online application:

  • Personal essay
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Bank letter documenting a minimum deposit of $6,000.00
  • Application Fee of $100.00

The letter of recommendation written by one of your teachers should be e-mailed directly from the teacher to iepssp@miami.edu
Please see our application page for more information on how to apply.

Q)When will my file be reviewed for admission to the program?

A) Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis once all application materials have been received by the program office, including the teacher recommendation and the Skype interview.

Academics

Q)What school supplies should students bring?

A) Students should bring supplies that they would use during the normal academic year like paper, pens, pencils, backpacks, and folders.  These items may also be purchased at the UM Bookstore on campus, or at other local stores close to the University campus.

Q)Will students need to purchase textbooks for class?

A)  No, textbooks are provided to students by the program.

Q)Do students earn academic credit?

A)The IEPSSP is a non-credit program.  As such, academic credit towards a university degree is not possible.  Students who successfully complete their classes will, however, receive a certificate of completion.

Q)Will attending the program help students if they apply to the University of Miami?

A) The University of Miami welcomes Summer Scholars to apply as undergraduates; however, attending the program does not guarantee admission nor is special consideration given to Summer Scholars Program alumni. For information on the undergraduate application process visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Q)Who can I contact if I have questions about applying to UM as an undergraduate?

A) Please contact your regional UM admission counselor for questions about how to apply to the University of Miami as a freshman. Click here to find your regional admission counselor.  As an IEP SSP student, you will have the opportunity to meet with admissions staff during the program.

Tuition

Q)What is the cost of the program?

A) The cost for the summer of 2017 is $5,600.00.

Q)What does the program fee include?

A) The IEP SSP fee includes: tuition, housing, meals, text books/printed materials, access to the campus fitness facility and doctor’s office, evening activities, and weekend field trips.* *Excludes the dolphin encounter and shark tagging excursions, which are optional for an additional fee.

Q)Are there any additional costs?

A) Students must pay their own transportation to and from Miami.  Students are also required to purchase their own medical and emergency insurance for the time that they are enrolled in the program and in the United States.
Optional activities include shark tagging for $199 and a dolphin encounter for $149.
Please note the $100.00 application fee is additional to the program fee and nonrefundable.

Q)Are scholarships or financial aid available?

A) Unfortunately, scholarships and financial aid are not available for the IEP SSP.

Q)Do I need to bring any extra cash?

A) We recommend that students have access to at least $400.00 for miscellaneous personal expenses such as snacks or shopping trips.  We do not recommend that students bring large quantities of cash.  Credit and debit cards are readily accepted around Miami.  A Bank of America ATM is located on campus, and other banks have branches nearby.

Campus Life

Q)Can students select their roommates?

A) Students will be matched with another student of the same gender by the SSP staff.

Q)Is airport pick-up available for students flying to Miami?

A) Airport pick-up is available for students arriving to and departing from Miami International Airport (MIA). Students will be greeted by program staff members. Students arriving via Ft. Lauderdale Airport (FLL) or by other modes of transportation (bus or train) will need to provide their own transportation to and from campus.

Q)Are students chaperoned?

A) The safety of our Summer Scholars is our primary concern, yet there is still a great deal of independence given to participants. SSP staff reside in the residence hall and chaperone on- and off-campus activities. Students leave campus for SSP organized activities only. Parents and guardians should note that students will need a high level of maturity and self-responsibility for this program.

Q)What steps are provided to ensure safety on campus?

A)

  • Public safety is available should the students need assistance at any time. Security at UM operates 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. For more information visit Campus Safety & FAQS.
  • The University of Miami Police Department (UMPD) is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community who study, research, work, and live on the Coral Gables Campus.
  • Housing and Residential Life Security make student safety and security a priority.
  • Housing and Residential Life Security staff consists of Security Supervisors and Security Assistants, who provide overnight services to residents between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.
  • The living areas of the residence halls are only accessible by University issued ID cards.
  • Non-program participants are not allowed beyond the lobby of the residence hall except for move-in and move-out day.
  • Students are not permitted to bring cars to campus nor are they allowed to be in the vehicles of other students or community members.
  • All campus sponsored field trips are chaperoned by SSP staff.

Q)Do students have a curfew?

A) Yes, students must be on the Summer Scholars floors by 10 p.m. and in their rooms by midnight.

Q)Should students bring their computer?

A) Bringing a computer is at the discretion of the student. All SSP students have access to the University of Miami library, however many students prefer to work in their room.

Entertainment and Travel

Q)Do most parents accompany students to campus on the first day of the program?

A) International students typically fly unaccompanied to Miami International Airport (MIA). SSP staff will meet unaccompanied students flying to Miami International Airport on arrival day and provide transport to MIA for their return flight. Students flying to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) airport must make their own transportation arrangements to campus and back to FLL for their return flight.

Q)How will students get around during the program?

A) University sponsored transportation will pick-up students from the airport (MIA) on the day of arrival, take participants to and from program activities, and take students to the airport (MIA) on the day of departure.

Q)What do students do in their free time?

A) Students may use their free time to work on class assignments, study at the library, swim at the campus pool, exercise at the Wellness Center, explore campus, and join evening and weekend activities.

Q)Are there scheduled activities?

A) Yes! The program provides a variety of evening and weekend activities. Weekend activities include: snorkeling in Key Largo, touring the Everglades, attending a Marlins game, touring Miami Beach, going on shopping outings, and earning community service hours. All activities are chaperoned by program staff. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in a dolphin encounter and/or shark tagging experience (additional fee applies).

Visit Campus

Q)Is it possible to visit campus before the program?

A) You are welcome to visit campus. Click here to schedule a campus tour through the Office of Admissions. To meet with the IEP SSP staff, please call us at (305) 284-2752 or email us at iepssp@miami.edu