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Seminar FAQ

Who should apply for FEE programs?

FEE's programs are open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 25 who is interested in developing core reasoning skills and exploring the freedom philosophy. We encourage people who are new to these ideas to apply, and all we ask is that you are respectful, intellectually curious, and willing to engage in the presentations and discussions.

How advanced are these programs?

The programs are introductory. We will talk about big ideas, and our goal is for you to leave with more confidence and prepared to take on the world! These programs should be a starting place on your journey to better understand the world and to change it for the better.

How much do the programs cost?

Housing, meals, and tuition are completely free to you thanks to our generous donors. All you are responsible for is travel (including to and from the airport) and any incidental spending during the seminar.

Through a partnership with the Staley Foundation, we are able to offer a limited number of travel scholarships. Information about the scholarship is available on the seminar application. Apply early!  Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis.

Can international students apply?

Yes. International students are welcome to apply and attend. Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and for completing any necessary paperwork required by your country for a visa.

How do I get a visa after I am accepted?

If you need a Visa to enter the United States, contact the US Embassy or Consulate in your country and find out what options are available to you and what their requirements are. Be sure to do this as soon as possible as it may take a few weeks or months to complete the process.

If you need a letter from FEE, please complete this form.

I applied for a program; when will I hear if I am accepted?

Students are accepted on a rolling basis; however, we receive many applications, so it may take a few weeks for us to get back to you. You will hear back by the middle of April at the latest.

I was told that I was “Overqualified” for the program, what does that mean?

Our seminars are designed for students who are new to economics and the freedom philosophy. If you were told that you are overqualified, it means that we believe you are too advanced for our introductory material. Don’t worry, you can apply to a Young Leaders program!

What should I pack?

The dress code for Young Thinker seminars is business casual while it is casual for all other seminars. Be sure to bring all toiletries and personal items you would need for any overnight trip. To see if you need to bring linens, please refer to your seminar location on the Locations page. We also recommend that you bring a notebook to take notes during the lectures.

Will there be exercise facilities available?

Exercise facilities will depend on the location of the seminar, please refer to theLocation page for updates on which locations will have gym access. Of course, you are welcome to run or workout during your free time, but keep in mind that the seminar days are very full, and you are expected to attend all lectures and activities.

Do we have to attend all of the presentations and discussion groups?

Of course! Why wou