Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of student are you looking for to attend an IHS Summer Seminar?
Summer Seminars are open to undergraduate students, recent graduates, and graduate students in North America and the United Kingdom. Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens, nor are they required to have studied in the U.S.
Strong applicants are individuals seeking to learn more about classical liberal ideas, have an interest in a career in academia, and who possess critical thinking skills, which are essential to a rigorous discussion of these ideas.
Please note that IHS cannot assist international students with visa applications. Those applicants will need to contact the appropriate U.S. embassy in order to complete that process. IHS can, however, provide an accepted student with a signed letter of acceptance to help in the visa application process. Therefore, if you would like to receive an acceptance letter, please NOTIFY US IMMEDIATELY after you have been accepted to our program. The earlier you begin the visa application process, the better.
How do I apply?
Stay tuned for 2019 dates and deadlines!
How much will it cost to attend the seminar?
Our seminars are provided at no charge to participants. IHS provides lodging, food, books, materials, and lectures. We ask only for your time and thoughtful participation. However, participants will be responsible for covering the costs for travel to and from the seminar location. Limited travel scholarships will be available for accepted students to apply for later this spring.
This opportunity, worth the equivalent of $1,000 in tuition and room & board, is made possible through the generous contributions of individual donors, corporations, and foundations. IHS is a non-profit educational organization.
Where are the seminars being held this year?
The Foundations of Liberty, June 23-29, 2018 and The Future of Liberty, June 16-22, 2018 will take place at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, PA. The Frontiers of Liberty July 14-20, 2018 will be held at Davidson College in Charlotte, NC.
Participants will stay in on-campus housing and dine in the campus cafeteria.
If I can’t finish my application in one session, can I come back later to complete it?
Yes. You can save your progress and return to it later.
If I had an application selected last year do I need to submit a new one?
Yes, all applicants need to submit a new application to be considered for a 2018 Summer Seminar, even if an application had been selected in a previous year.
How do I confirm that you received my application?
Applicants submitting a completed seminar application will receive a confirmation email. If you did not receive a notification after submitting your completed application, please contact us by emailing Seminars@TheIHS.org, because we may not have received it.
How are applications reviewed?
As you might suspect, the applicant pool is highly competitive. In reviewing applications, we carefully evaluate academic ability, career interests, demonstrated interest in the subjects of the seminars, and any specific requirements for particular seminars. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide information on individual applications.
Will accepting a seminar invitation disqualify me from other IHS programs?
No. If you are selected to attend an IHS Summer Seminar, you are welcome to accept even if you have submitted other applications. If you are selected to attend another IHS program that conflicts with the IHS Summer Seminar, you are free to change your seminar RSVP.
If you could not find the answers to your questions in our FAQs, please let us know at Seminars@TheIHS.org.