VISA AND TRAVEL INFORMATION

 

Visas

In order to study in the U.S., it is necessary for students to obtain a visa. When applying for a visa to study abroad, you can choose between the following visas:

F-1 Visa

An F-1 visa is a student visa and we strongly recommend it if there is any possibility that the student will stay in the United States to study at Sandy Spring Friends School or any other school for the year. Without an F-1 visa, a student will not be allowed to remain in the United States to study.

B-2 Visa

A B-2 visa is a tourist visa that is valid for only six months and we recommend it if the student will only attend our summer program. It is not valid for students intending to study at an academic institution for the school year.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the visa process, Young World Leaders enrollment or any other aspects of the program, please feel free to contact our office at +1-301-774-7455 x163 or email us at ywl@ssfs.org.


 

Travel Information

 

The Winter Travel Itinerary

Students’ flights should arrive on Monday, January 11th for Session I and on Monday, February 15th for Session II. Departure flights should be arranged after 9:00 am on Saturday, January 30th for Session I and Saturday, March 5th for Session II. All air travel should be through the Dulles International or Baltimore Washington International Airports. A shuttle will transport the students to and from airports.

The Summer Travel Itinerary

Students’ flights should arrive on Sunday, June 19th for Session I and on Monday, July 18th for Session II. Departure flights should be arranged after 9:00 am on Friday, July 15th for Session I and Saturday, August 12th for Session II. All air travel should be through Dulles International or Baltimore Washington International Airports. A shuttle will transport the students to and from airports.

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Airports

 

Young World Leaders students can land in one of three airports in the DC metro area. However, students are encouraged to purchase tickets landing at BWI Thurgood Marshall. If their carrier does not fly to BWI, students are then encouraged to fly to Dulles International or Reagan National.

Washington Dulles International Airport – Located approximately 25 miles south of Washington DC in Dulles Virginia, Dulles International Airport is the second largest airport in the Washington DC area (after BWI), and the largest international airport in the Mid-Atlantic. Most international flights fly through concourses A and B. Airlines serving Dulles International are Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aero Mexico, Air China, Air France, Alaska Airlines, ANA, American Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Elite Airways, Ethiopian Air, Etihad Airways, Frontier, Iceland air, JetBlue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Porter, Qatar Airways, Saudia Sky Team, Silver Airways, South African Airways, Southwest, SAS, Sun Air International, Turkish Airlines, United, US Airways, Virgin America, and Virgin Atlantic. For more information on Washington Dulles International Airport, please see http://www.metwashairports.com/dulles/dulles.htm.

Airport Codes – IATA: IAD / ICAO: KIAD / FAA LID: IAD

 

Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall) – Located between the cities of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC, BWI Marshall is the easiest airport for YWL arrivals and departures. All international flights fly through concourses D and E. Airlines flying to and from BWI are Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Condor, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and WOW Air. For more information on BWI Marshall Airport, please see http://www.bwiairport.com/en.

Airport Codes – IATA: BWI / ICAO: KBWI / FAA LID: BWI

 

 

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – Located three miles south of Washington DC, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, is the closest airport to Washington DC. However, all flights coming to and from Reagan National are domestic flights only, as they do not carry any international flights. Airlines at Reagan National are Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United, US Airways, and Virgin America. For more information on Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, please see http://www.metwashairports.com/reagan/reagan.htm.

Airport Codes – IATA: DCA / ICAO: KDCA / FAA LID: DCA

 

If you haven’t already done so, please submit your relevant travel information during the online registration process.