The student selection process for DCPS Study Abroad is school-based.  It begins when students submit a written application and may include an interview. 

FAQs About the Selection Process

I received a letter saying I've been waitlisted. What does that mean? 
Each year, DCPS Study Abroad receives more applications than there are slots available. That means, unfortunately, there isn't room in the program for every student applicant.  Students who are waitlisted have submitted strong applications and recommendations from their school; however, their application scores weren't among the highest in their school.  Waitlisted students may still have an opportunity to travel, if an accepted student is no longer able to travel and vacates their spot. 

When does the waitlist close?
DCPS Study Abroad stops accepting students from the waitlist in late spring; if you have not yet been contacted by a representative of DCPS Study Abroad by this time, it means, unfortunately, there is not room for you in the program. 

I've received a letter saying I have not been accepted. What does that mean? 
DCPS Study Abroad receives a large number of applicants each year and we are unable to accept everyone. If you received a letter stating that you have not been accepted, you have not been selected to participate in the program.  We hope you continue to pursue global learning opportunities!

How does DCPS Study Abroad determine how many spots are allotted to schools? 
The purpose of DCPS Study Abroad is to make travel more equitably accessible to all students.  Therefore, DCPS Study Abroad intentionally seeks to recruit students from populations who traditionally lack travel opportunities.  That is why we calculate the number of spots assigned to each school by considering the school's total number of applications received and its federal Title I percentage.  Schools with a higher Title I percentage will have a higher percentage of their applications accepted.