Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about the program?
Here are some of our most popular questions, answered by our alumni and team!
You can read below or watch this video for a more personal experience.
FAQ Video: Chapters
00:45:26 – Why TGP?
01:39:14 – What is TGP?
02:41:29 – Our Program Model
04:26:10 – Education & Exclusive Facility Tours
06:33:08 – Will I get credit?
08:17:56 – How will TGP help me advance my career?
11:59:49 – What are the benefits of being a GREEN alumnus?
14:42:09 – GREEN Alum: Meet Amanda!
15:50:18 – What are the Capstone Projects?
17:42:01 – Capstone Project Examples
22:14:15 – Who can go on The GREEN Program? Do I have to be a certain major to join TGP?
26:48:18 – A Day in the Life With TGP!
29:23:16 – How does TGP get involved with local communities?
31:42:57 – Is it safe?
33:25:07 – How do I apply?
34:11:15 – How much does it cost?
35:31:39 – How can I fund my program?
37:22:18 – Funding: University Funding
37:59:46 – Funding: Become a GREEN Influencer
38:43:14 – Funding: Crowdfunding
39:28:56 – Funding: Financial Assistance
40:00:08 – Funding: TGP Scholarship
40:20:53 – Funding: Advice From GREEN Alumni
44:41:31 – Payment Options
45:46:18 – Advice From GREEN Alumni
47:34:55 – Contact Info
Tell me more about The GREEN Program
What is The GREEN Program?
The GREEN Program (TGP) serves to bridge the gap between traditional textbook learning and career development for positive change through our short-term, accredited, experiential education programs abroad. With the launch of the SDGs, we are fusing the UN’s 17 Global Goals framework with The GREEN Program’s model to continue exposing students to sustainability challenges and initiatives around the world. We aim to continue reshaping higher education curricula for students across 470 universities and 40 countries around the world by embedding The GREEN Program’s model within existing university STEAM degree tracks.
Why should I go abroad with The GREEN Program?
Who goes abroad with The GREEN Program?
The GREEN Program is open to and attracts students and young professionals around the world who are curious about the world and seek opportunities to adventure, break out of their comfort zone, and stand out among their peers as global citizens. We have attracted students from more than 70 countries and 470 universities around the globe. From STEM to Environmental Studies to Communications & Media to Business & Law to Liberal Arts and everything in between, we believe that diversity is our greatest asset! Our participants have one underlying mission in common: they have consciously chosen to pursue a future of possibilities and are determined to be part of the solutions toward a better world.
University faculty, professionals, and executives now have opportunities to travel with TGP too!
Is there a sample itinerary I can check out?
Additional information and sample itinerary can be found on the program pages of our website.
What resources can I share with my parents?
Parents love us, and we love them too! Feel free to pass along our contact information to your parents or guardian any time. We can be reached at: (888) 231 4711 or [email protected]. From here, a member of our team will be able to forward additional information to your parents or guardians as well as answer any questions that they may have.
What's included in a program?
What's not included in a program fee?
Airfare, travel documentation, and travel medical insurance are not included in the program fee as well as discretionary funds for souvenirs or additional snacks, meals, or beverages for the participants’ choosing. If you miss your flight or your flight is canceled you will also be responsible for the cost of transportation to the group.
Travel health insurance is compulsory for all our programs. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation throughout your travels. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When traveling on a trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel health insurance and the insurance company’s 24-hour emergency contact number has been seen by our team. If you have credit card insurance, TGP will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. Students have had positive experiences using World Nomads. If you book your flight through StudentUniverse, you’ll have the option to include insurance.
Where can I find the program dates?
The dates for our open & enrolling programs can be found on our programs pages.
Can I use my debit or credit card abroad?
Yes, you can use your debit card abroad. Note that you may incur international transaction fees, based on your credit/debit card provider. You will also have the opportunity to exchange currency upon arriving at the airport. We highly recommend you inform your credit and debit card provider of upcoming travels.
Will I receive academic credit and will it transfer?
Should I bring a laptop?
What should I pack?
Iceland participants, you will need a sleeping bag for 2-3 nights during your program (camping/tent accommodations for the summer programs May – August; cabin accommodations for programs in December, January, March), Sleeping bags are required; however, there is an option to rent a sleeping bag for a daily rate. Email [email protected] to book your sleeping bag before your program.
How do I make a payment?
Students can use their debit or credit cards to make their payments through the student portal or over the phone with a member of our team.
Will I have access to wifi?
Will I be able to talk to TGP students pre-program?
You will have the opportunity to connect with your cohort on your program orientation and by group chat before your program. If a participant is on the same flight or attends the same university as you, you will have the option to contact the participant prior to the program.
Can I speak with students who have attended the program in the past?
Yes! We encourage this and are more than happy to put you in touch with a GREEN Alumni from your university. Please contact [email protected] to be connected with TGP alumni.
Who leads the programs?
Will I be able to contact my friends and family back home during my time abroad?
What are accommodations like on the program?
Are there language requirements?
Will it be safe where I'm travelling?
All program locations and lodging are properly vetted by our team to ensure a safe environment for our students. In the case of safety concerns, our team will always communicate safety protocols with students. We suggest students review travel and safety tips through travel.state.gov.
What happens if I have a medical problem on the program?
In the event of an emergency while on the program, a member of our team will assist you in seeking medical attention as needed. Students should always let their program leaders know of any serious medical conditions at the beginning of the program. Clinics and hospitals are accessible to students if they request medical attention.
Will I need vaccines?
Participants are responsible for obtaining any necessary vaccinations prior to travel on our program as recommended by the CDC. We also recommend that participants schedule an appointment with a doctor to make sure they are in good health for travel. Learn more here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.
COVID-19: In order to protect the health and safety of our students, team, and local communities we serve, TGP is following travel recommendations and guidelines set forth by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) which recommends that all travelers are fully vaccinated before travel. Accordingly, all TGP participants who are traveling to a program destination must follow the entry requirements of the specific destination at the time of travel.
How physically demanding are the programs? Are there any physical restrictions or things I should be doing to prepare?
Students should feel comfortable walking/hiking for several miles in various conditions (i.e. snow), and open to new adventures and experiences.
What is the food like on the program? What if I have a dietary restriction?
Students can enjoy fresh, locally sourced food while on the program. We provide meal accommodations for students with vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, and gluten-free dietary restriction or preference. If you have questions about dietary restrictions, contact [email protected].
Where can I find the application?
How are applications reviewed?
Who is eligible to participate?
What if I don't have a LinkedIn for my application?
If you do not have a LinkedIn account, you are welcome to submit a copy of your resume as an attachment to your application. You may send your resume to [email protected].
(LinkedIn is a great way to demonstrate your professional endeavors, career interests, and networking tool. Creating a LinkedIn account is TGP recommended for professional development!)
When will I hear back about my application?
Is there a GPA requirement?
Is there a professor or professional recommendation requirement?
When should I submit my application?
Academics of the program
What kind of classes will I be taking?
How much academic credit will I be earning?
Students can earn 1.5-2 U.S. credits on our programs. Currently our programs credit offerings are:
Peru: 52 hours
Iceland: 15 contact hours + 45 additional outside course hours = 60 total hours
Japan: 15 hours per credit x 2 credits = 30 contact hours
Nepal: 50+ course hours = 3 credits
See program details for more information.
Where can I find more information about the courses I'll be taking??
How will I receive my transcript?
Who should I speak with at my university about transfer credit?
What kind of academic credit will I be receiving?
Is there a program fee associated with The Green Program opportunities?
Can I leverage my financial aid?
What are the most popular ways students fund their program?
We encourage students to seek opportunities through their universities, as these institutions are often eager to get students abroad on career-expanding opportunities. The best place to start is to meet with your advisor, explain the educational value of the program, and how it will benefit your educational career and personal goals. Departments may have funding, but you can also look at the international program(s) and Study Abroad offices. If these options are not feasible, another option would be to look to student organizations and outside sources of fundraising (related companies, Indiegogo.com, etc.).
The GREEN Influencer Program
Students who join our GREEN Influencer program have the opportunity to earn their GREEN Program for half price or even free in return for helping us share our mission for sustainable development. Signing up is simple and we provide you with support and resources to make sharing and standing out as a sustainability advocate in your community easy! You are eligible to join the program whether you are an accepted student looking to make the program financially feasible, a student committed to attend one of our upcoming programs, or an alum! Sign up here.
What are The Green Program's payment plan options?
Option 1: Paying the full program fee with a credit card, debit card, or check.
Option 2: 3-Step Payment Plan – Placing a non-refundable deposit to secure your spot on the program. The remainder of your program fee will be split evenly between your second payment, due 4 weeks after placing the deposit, and final payment, due 6 weeks before your program starts.
What does it mean to submit my deposit and how do I do that?
By submitting your deposit, you will officially secure your spot and are added to the program roster. In order to secure your spot, you must place your payment through one of our payment options. When submitting your payment online, this can be done through your Student Portal and found under “Step 1: Submit Payment”. Additionally, you may submit your payment via telephone. Feel free to give us a call Monday – Friday (9:30 AM – 5:00 PM EDT) at (215) 821-0935. Because applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and spots are reserved on a first come first serve basis, we recommend students to secure their spot at their earliest convenience.
*Please note: Deposits are non-refundable. See our Terms and Conditions for more information.
Can I secure my spot without a deposit?
Is there a deadline to secure my spot?
Programs fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, the enrollment deadline is typically 8 weeks before a program’s start date. Program fees and registration materials must be submitted six weeks before the program start date. We recommend for participants to enroll at their earliest convenience as spots are limited and may fill quickly.
How do I make a payment?
What happens after I secure my spot? How do I make a payment?
Through our 3-step payment plan, the remaining balance of the program fee is broken down into 2 equal payments. The second payment is due 4 weeks from the date that you submit your deposit to secure your spot. From here, the final payment is due 6 weeks before the start of your program. However, this may differ from student to student based upon additional scholarships, timelines, or differing payment plans. *Please note that this option is more expensive than the one-time, full program payment.
What credit cards do you accept?
When paying with a debit or credit card to make my second, final, or full payment, why are there additional fees?
Can I mail checks?
How much additional money should I bring with me?
While all GREEN programs include all in-country expenses, we recommend bringing spending money for souvenirs and/or additional snacks. On average, students often bring between $100 – 300 USD for miscellaneous expenses. You can also use your credit or debit cards within the country. Check out our student reviews on Abroad101 for more information and recommendations from our alumni!
If I receive funding for your program, how does this get added to my account and/or removed from my program fee?
Pre-program paperwork & preparation
What kind of classes will I be taking?
A passport and or Visa may or will be required for you to legally enter and exit the country your program is taking place in. It is your responsibility to understand these requirements to the fullest extent before attending the program and to be able to present the required documents upon entering and or exiting the country your program is taking place in. Your personal representative can help guide you based off of our past experience with Passport and Visa requirements. However, we are not experts on the document requirements for you to lawfully enter and or exit the country your program is taking place in. GREEN is not held responsible for any costs incurred in the case you cannot enter and or exit the country your program is taking place. For assistance with Visas or passports, students can contact CIBT Visas.
How do I submit my program paperwork?
Does The Green Program arrange my travel?
Because students are flying from around the world to participate on The GREEN Program, we do not arrange travel plans for our students. Transportation to and from country is a separate expense of our students. However, our team is here to help! The GREEN Program is in partnership with StudentUniverse, a travel management service. For more information about StudentUniverse and to use the booking tool, please visit their website.
Is there pre-program educational materials or "homework"?
Yes, accepted students will receive educational materials 30 days before the start date of their program. Depending upon their GREEN program and interest in receiving academic credit from our in-country educational partner, there may be additional educational components to their registration process.
Who will I be in touch with during my registration process?
Travel To & From the Program Destination
Is the flight included?
The GREEN Program community is global! Because students are flying from all around the world, flights are a separate expense and responsibility of the student. However, our partners at StudentUniverse are here to help. Our Travel Representatives are ready to help you book your flights any time! You can find more information about booking your flights through StudentUniverse.
When do I need to arrive or depart?
Where do I meet the group once in-country?
Do I need a passport?
A passport is typically required for international travel, which is defined as traveling between countries. In general, a passport is a document issued by a government that certifies the identity and nationality of the holder and allows for international travel. It’s important to note that passport requirements can vary depending on the country of citizenship, destination, and length of stay, so it’s always best to check the specific requirements for the countries you plan to visit before you travel.
I don't have a passport. How do I get one?
If you are a looking to study abroad and you need a passport, here are the steps to obtain one below. U.S. citizens should also visit the State Department’s resources HERE for up to date information on how to get apassport:
- Gather required documents: You will need to provide proof of citizenship, such as a certified birth certificate or previous passport. You will also need a government-issued photo ID and a passport photo.
- Fill out the application form: You can obtain a passport application form online or at a Passport Acceptance Facility, such as a post office or county clerk’s office. Fill out the form completely and accurately.
- Pay the fee: The fee for a passport depends on whether you are applying for a new passport or renewing an old one. The fee must be paid at the time of application, and can be paid by check or money order made payable to the U.S. Department of State
- Submit your application: Submit your application in person at a Passport Acceptance Facility. You will need to bring your completed application form, required documents, passport photo, and fee payment.
- Track your application: You can track the status of your passport application online. It may take 10-13 weeks to receive a new passport, but processing times can vary based on demand. Expedited services are available for an additional fee.
It’s important to start the passport application process as soon as possible, as it can take some time to obtain a passport. Some countries may also require a visa in addition to a passport, so be sure to research the entry requirements for your destination. University students should also consult with their university’s study abroad office for support and resources to help you attain a passport.
My flight was cancelled or I missed my flight, what happens now?
Arriving early / staying late:
If you are arriving early, please let us know at your earliest convenience. You will also receive specific instructions on where to meet up with the group on the first day of the program. If you are staying after the program is over, our team will help you get to where you need to be – no problem! However, any additional costs outside of the program dates and logistics schedule will be incurred by the student.
We don’t want you to miss out on any GREEN moments, but we understand that our students may have conflicting schedules. If you are planning to leave the program early, please let our team know. We would be more than happy to assist you in getting to the airport, but please note that you will incur any additional transportation costs, as this is a separate expense.
How do I make flight arrangements?
Round-trip flight arrangements to and from the program location is the participant’s responsibility. Our team and partners are here to assist you throughout the process with logistical program guidelines and suggestions. Upon acceptance into The GREEN Program, participants will have access to our Student Portal with additional logistic information with flight guidelines and details including access to StudentUniverse, our partner travel agency.