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APPLICATION PROCESS

There is no deadline for regular or scholarship applications. We accept applications on a rolling basis until our programs are full.

 

April 13th, 2024 UPDATE: Limited spaces are still available for our Summer High School Program.

Applications are open for our 2024/2025 Gap Year Programs.

If you have any questions about our programs or application process, please get in touch with Andrea Mardon, Artistic Director at andrea@berridgeprograms.com

CREATIVE SEMESTER GAP YEAR

Before you apply:

Please read through the website and make sure that you familiarize yourself with the program. Please read our Eligibility Criteria and Code of Conduct carefully. These are the rules and ethos that guide our program which you will be expected to uphold. You will also need to read through our Participant Handbook which outlines how we run our program. 

First Steps - Schedule a Zoom 

Please schedule a zoom meet up with the Program Director before you apply. This is a chance to ask questions about the program and make sure it is a good fit before completing the application.  Parents are welcome to join but we ask that you take the lead with your application at all steps of the process.

Schedule a zoom here

 

Note to Parents: We are happy to have exploratory conversations with you before your student takes the lead in the application process. Please feel free schedule a zoom with the Program Director at the link above. 

Application

Once you have had your initial zoom interview, you may complete the GAP YEAR APPLICATION FOUND HERE. You can attach your personal statement and supporting materials in the online application form.

Scholarship Information

We have a range of scholarships available for our programs. Please read our scholarship information HERE before you apply for a scholarship. 

Acceptance/Deposit

Your application will be reviewed within 7-10 days, you will receive a decision regarding your application. This may include some additional questions around your application or an additional zoom interview. You will be offered a place on the program via email which will include an Acceptance Letter. A $2500 deposit will then be due to secure your space.

Payment Deadlines

Final payment is due July 1st for Autumn Session and Nov 1st for Winter Session. If you apply after this deadline, payment in full will be due when you are accepted into the program.

Withdrawal/Refunds

You may withdraw up to the final payment deadline and receive a refund minus a $500 administrative fee.  After the final payment deadline there are no refunds.

Pre-program Zoom Meet Up

There will be a pre-departure meeting 2 weeks before arrival day. These are an opportunity for you and your parents to ask questions, meet us and meet other program participants. 

Forms to Complete

Complete and return the following forms 60 days before the start of your program (A link will be sent to you)

  1. Online Medical/Travel/Dietary Forms

  2. Online Assumption of Risks

  3. Online Policies and Conduct Acknowledgement 

It is recommended that you book your travel 60 days before the start date of your program.

SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

Before you apply:

Please read carefully our Eligibility Criteria and Code of Conduct carefully. These are the rules and ethos that guide our program which you will be expected to uphold. We also encourage you to read through our Participant Handbook which outlines how we run our program. 

To apply you will need a 500-word personal statement telling us a little about yourself, why you would like to attend your chosen program and what you hope to get out of the program. This can be written or video taped.

Application

Complete the SUMMER PROGRAM APPLICATION FOUND HEREYou can attach your personal statement and supporting materials in the online application form.

Scholarship Information

We have a range of scholarships available for our programs. Please read our scholarship information HERE before you apply for a scholarship. 

Acceptance/Deposit

Your application will be reviewed, and you should hear from us in 7-10 days. Once you are offered a place on the program in the form of an Acceptance Letter, a $1000 deposit will then be due to secure your space.

Payment Deadlines

Final payment is due April 1st for our Summer High School Program. If you apply after this deadline, payment in full will be due when you are accepted into the program. 

Withdrawal/Refunds

You may withdraw up to the tuition due date and receive a refund minus a $250 administrative fee. You may withdraw between April 1st and May 1st and receive your full tuition minus your $1000 deposit. There are no refunds after May 1st.

Participant Handbook

An updated copy of our Participant Handbook will be sent to you about 2 months before your program start date. This includes packing lists, arrival day procedures, staff contacts and other information you will need to plan your trip.

 

Pre-program Zoom Meet Ups

There are two pre-program zoom meet ups for all parents and participants, one 6 weeks before arrival and one pre-departure meeting 2 weeks before arrival. These are an opportunity for you and your parents to ask questions, meet us and meet other program participants. 

Forms to Complete

Complete and return the following forms 60 days before the start of your program (A link will be sent to you)

  1. Online Medical/Travel/Dietary Forms

  2. Online Assumption of Risks

  3. Online Policies and Conduct Acknowledgement 

It is recommended that you book your travel 60 days before the start date of your program.

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