Frequently Asked Questions

Applications & Admissions

Step 1: Start an Application.

If you are new to Putney Student Travel, visit our Online Application.

If you are a Putney alumni family, use your existing account information to Log In.
For an existing account Log In information, you can reset your password here.

Step 2: Hold Your Space.

In order to hold your space for a program, you must complete the Online Application Form, submit an e-signed Agreement Form, and provide a $700 payment, consisting of a $200 non-refundable Application Fee and a $500 Tuition Deposit. The $500 Tuition Deposit is applied toward your tuition. After March 15, we must receive full payment within five days of your initial $700 payment to hold a space in the program.

Step 3: Complete Your Application.

Before we can make a final admissions decision, you must submit your Applicant Statement and two Teacher Reference Forms. These documents are available as part of our Online Application.

Our Admissions Team will review your application within a few days of completion and notify you of the decision by email.

We have a rolling admissions process and will accept applicants until a program fills. Every year, however, we receive more applications than we are able to accept, so early applicants have the best chance of being accepted into their first choice program.

Applications are carefully reviewed by our Admissions Team and students are selected on the basis of their maturity, enthusiasm, motivation, and willingness to live and participate constructively in a supportive community environment.

Putney Student Travel encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Putney staff and leaders work with our students and families to foster a safe and supportive experience for all students regardless of their race, national origin, religion, sex, gender, or sexual orientation.

You may pay by credit card (Mastercard, Visa, or Discover) through our secure online system, by personal check, or by wire transfer. Our admissions staff is also available to take credit card information over the phone. Personal checks must be in U.S. dollars and must be drawn on a U.S. bank. Checks should be made payable to Putney Student Travel with the student’s name written on the memo line. Please note that a 2.75% convenience fee is added to payments made by credit card, but is waived for the initial $700 payment. Please contact us for bank details if you prefer to pay by wire transfer.


Tuition for Putney programs (except for international Pre-College programs as set out below) covers all day-to-day expenses including three meals each day, lodging, excursions, any theatre and concert tickets, entry fees, bike and boat rentals, local guides, ski passes and equipment rental, tips, and all ground transportation during the program, including trains, buses and taxis. Tuition does not include the $200 Application Fee, international or internal airfare, baggage fees, visa and entry/exit fees, laundry, communication home, health care, gifts, snacks, or other personal expenses.

Tuition for international Putney Pre-College programs includes all accommodations and two meals each day. Tuition for domestic Putney Pre-College programs includes all accommodations and three meals each day. For Pre-College programs, both domestic and international, tuition also covers instruction, use of campus facilities, transportation during the program, entrance fees to museums and cultural sites, field excursions, guest lectures, social events, taxes, and tips. Tuition does not include the $200 Application Fee, transportation to and from the program destination, classroom supplies, art materials, some optional activities, laundry, communication home, health care, gifts, other personal expenses, or the optional supplemental activities, trips, and fees listed below under Program Specific Supplemental Fees.

Application Fee • $200

Travel Coordination Fee • A minimum fee of $150 is assessed when students require special travel arrangements. Please see details below.

Arrival to or Departure from the U.S. Gateway Airport: If your arrival to or departure from the U.S. Gateway Airport falls outside of the designated window(s) we have indicated on the Travel Information document for your program AND you miss the group flight and/or your connection because of this, you will be charged a minimum of $150 to cover the cost of our staffing and logistical support.

Arrival to or Departure from the Program Destination: If your arrival to or departure from the program destination falls outside of the designated window(s) requiring special coordination from our staff, you will be charged a minimum of $150.

Unaccompanied Minor Fee • $150 fee each way if your child flies as an Unaccompanied Minor to/from the U.S. Gateway Airport or program destination requiring a Putney representative as an escort. Many major airlines have policies that require students under a certain age who are flying independently to register as an “Unaccompanied Minor.” Please note that registering with the airline as an “Unaccompanied Minor” often incurs a fee in addition to your ticket cost, and requires you to be escorted at all times (between security, departure/arrival gates, and connecting flights) when you are not with your leader(s) and group.

Travel Logistics

How do I get to my program?
Most students on programs outside of the contiguous United States use Putney's escorted group flight, departing from a U.S. Gateway Airport to the program destination. The escorted group flight cost is not included in the program tuition. Students are responsible for all travel costs and arrangements to and from the U.S. Gateway Airport. Students on U.S.-based Putney programs are responsible for making arrangements to arrive at the program destination at the designated time.

For most programs outside of the contiguous United States, families will be directed to book their own seats on a roundtrip group flight itinerary designated by Putney to fly with a leader and other students.

For select destinations, families may be directed to purchase their seats through Putney (in this case a group flight charge will be added to your final invoice in your digital locker).


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