The Appalachian State University Youth Language and Leadership Academy

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The Appalachian State University Youth Language and Leadership Academy
Jul 13 2019 - Aug 10 2019
Registration Deadline: 
Apr 1 2019

The Appalachian State University (AppState) Youth Language & Leadership Academy (YLLA) is a competitive, rigorous, and fun academic program that helps students improve their English language proficiency and prepares them for university life in the United States. The program provides a mixture of academic sessions in English language, leadership skills, and a variety of academic sessions across disciplines during the mornings. In the afternoons, students are exposed to a variety of fun, cultural, and outdoor activities that teach students about life in the U.S. highlighting the diversity that exists in Boone, NC, and across the U.S.

The program is designed for students between the ages of 14-16 years.

Program Details:

Session 2: July 13 - August 10, 2019

Arrival: Students arrive at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, July 13. Program staff will meet the group upon arrivals and transport them to Boone, NC.

Departure: Participants depart for their home countries from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, August 10. Program staff will transport students from Boone to the Charlotte airport and help them check in to their different flights.

Meals: Participants eat breakfast at the hotel and all other meals at Roess Dining Hall unless otherwise marked on the program schedule.

Accommodation: Participants reside at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone, NC.  Accommodations will be provided to and from the hotel and campus.

Program Cost: $9,000

Program cost includes all costs except international flight, U.S. visa application fees, and personal money for souvenirs.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2019.

Application Fee: $500
The fee is part of the total program cost.

U.S. Visas: Letters of invitation for U.S. tourist visa applications will be sent to parents of successful applicants by April 5. If a student is not successful in acquiring a visa by May 30, the student will be withdrawn from the program, and the application fee will be refunded. Documentation of rejected visa is required for the refund.

Final Payment: Once visa is acquired, the remaining balance of $8,500 will be due by May 30, 2019. You may log into registration site anytime between now and May 30, 2019. Payments may be made by MasterCard or Visa.

For more information, email Karen Trefz at or visit

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