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International Pathways to U.S. Universities

A special opportunity for international CTY students interested in U.S. university study.


Gifted students often have interests and abilities in multiple areas and a variety of opportunities to choose from – including where to pursue university studies. This program offers international students insights into the diverse US university options. Families will be guided through several university campuses and activities to help students better understand their own priorities in choosing where to apply and how to differentiate themselves in the admissions process. The program also connects you to other CTY families going through the same explorations.

This six-day/five-night program is designed specifically to guide CTY international students and their families through the U.S. university undergraduate admissions process—from identifying schools that match students’ interests and goals, to learning about universities’ international application procedures, to preparing strong college applications.

The program begins with a workshop designed especially for CTY families. The workshop will include an open forum exploring the university journey of international students and exercises to help students understand their unique strengths and interests, and identify what type of school may be a good fit. Throughout the five days, families will visit a variety of U.S. universities and have the opportunity to connect with admissions representatives, counselors, international student advisors, and current students. Take advantage of this opportunity to understand the diverse academic options in the United States, hear from people who best understand the challenges for talented international students, and refine your search for the appropriate school for you.

Who: Program enrollment is limited to CTY international students and Talent Search participants in grades 9 through 11 and their families. Each student must be accompanied by at least one parent or adult guardian.

Where: Program begins at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and ends in New York City. Participants will visit a variety of universities along the Mid-Atlantic coast representing public/private, urban/suburban, and large/small campuses.

When: Sunday, July 15 to Friday, July 20, 2018.

Cost: $2,750 USD per person. Fees based on double occupancy. For triple occupancy, contact CTY for pricing. Fees do not include airfare to and from program.

Program Content

This program is designed to educate international students and their parents on the U.S. undergraduate admissions process and to help students understand the many types of university options in the United States. Special focus will be given to how CTY students can best develop and present their abilities during the university search and application process. The program includes:

  • Lodging accommodations for five nights at hotels and university apartments.
  • Daily meals, including five breakfasts and five lunches (Monday - Friday). Dinners are not included in program fee.
  • Coach bus travel to and from the universities. Please note: Tour begins in Baltimore, Maryland and ends in New York City.
  • Structured campus visits to a diverse set of universities in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region of the U.S. Campus tours will include comparative analysis provided by CTY College Counseling. A list of past university visits includes:
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • University of Maryland, College Park
    • Franklin & Marshall College
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • Columbia University
    • Princeton University
    • New York University
  • Exercises to help students understand their unique strengths and interests, and identify what type of school may be a good fit
  • Open forums exploring the university journey of international students
  • Program materials including a resource binder to take home
  • Scheduled program concludes by 6 p.m. each day. Families are free to explore the areas we visit and have dinner on their own.
  • Program does not include airfare to Baltimore at the program commencement or from New York City at the end of the program.


Register now for 2018 programs!

If you have questions about the program, please call 1-410-735-6115, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT, or email