Join fellow students to visit some of the world's most prestigious universities. During this tour, you'll visit:
In addition to these university tours and info sessions, you'll also have chances to explore the amazing historical and tourist attractions in the fantastic East Coast cities we'll be visiting. See sample itinerary below for more details. Itinerary is not final and is subject to change.
→ VACCINATION REQUIREMENT
NSHSS Academic Tours are available to participants who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the start date and have proof of vaccination.
Proof of vaccination, as follows, will be required at tour check in:
Original vaccination record issued by the country’s health authority that administered the vaccination (i.e., U.S. CDC's Vaccination Record Card). Copies or photos are not accepted.
The name and birth date on the vaccination record must match the participant’s travel documents and show the participant is fully vaccinated. The vaccination dates must indicate the participant has completed the required doses no later than 14 days prior to the tour start date. Vaccine type, dates administered, and lot numbers must be clearly visible. Participants are strongly encouraged to review their vaccination records and ensure they meet our standards, prior to traveling to the starting point of the tour to prevent a situation where they may not be able to participate in the tour.
→ *You may be placed on tour in either week. By reserving your spot, you are acknowledging your availability to attend either tour.*
→ $150 deposit is NONREFUNDABLE, but will be put towards total fee.
Flights are NOT included in program fee.
→ Travelers on this tour should book their flights arriving by 1:00pm on day one. Recommended departure time on day six is AFTER 4:00pm. Tours staff will coordinate airport pickups and drop-offs.
→ All NSHSS travelers are required to agree to the official EF Booking Conditions before departing on tour.
→ Tour fee payments may be made incrementally over time, but 50% of the tour cost is now due after enrollment and the remaining balance must be paid in full by June 1, 2022 in order to attend the tour.
NOTE: THIS ITINERARY IS NOT FINAL AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Meet NSHSS and EF Tours Staff at Boston Logan International Airport
NOTE: Travelers on this tour should book their flights arriving by 1:00pm on Day 1. Tours staff will coordinate airport pickups.
Guided sightseeing of Boston and Cambridge
A local guide introduces you to Boston's most historical sites.
Dinner and hotel check-in in Boston
Breakfast in Boston
Harvard University campus visit
Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus visit
Dinner in Boston
Breakfast in Boston
Transfer to Providence
Brown University campus visit
Transfer to New Haven
Yale University campus visit
Transfer to New York City
Dinner in NYC
Hotel check-in in New Jersey
Breakfast in New Jersey
Round-trip Metro pass
Do as the locals do and hop on the subway for an unforgettable ride underneath Manhattan.
Columbia University campus visit
New York University Campus Visit
Dinner in New York City
Enjoy your Broadway show, sure to be an unforgettable theater experience!
Breakfast in New Jersey
Princeton University campus visit
Transfer to Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania campus visit
Dinner and hotel check-in in Philadelphia
Breakfast in Philadelphia
Transfer to Baltimore
Johns Hopkins University campus Visit
Transfer to Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University campus visit
Depart for home from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Recommended departure time on DAY 6 is AFTER 4:00pm. Tours staff will coordinate airport drop-offs.
Find the answers to all of your tour questions here!
NSHSS made the decision to implement a vaccine mandate for our tours as part of our commitment to the health and safety of our staff and tour participants. We follow CDC guidance, which currently recommends that individuals who are not up to date on their vaccines delay domestic travel. We believe vaccines are necessary to protect our staff and tour participants as accommodations are such that many students are sharing hotel rooms (and often beds) as well as eating meals and riding the shuttle together.
Read more about the NSHSS COVID-19 policy here.
These terms refer to hotel room occupancy. All aspects of the tour are the exact same for each attendee, so we base the tour price on the attendee's hotel room preference. If you select QUAD, you are reserving ONE SPOT for yourself in a hotel room with 3 other people. The hotel room will have two beds with two people in each bed and 4 people in the room total. If you select TWIN, you are reserving ONE SPOT for yourself in a hotel room with 1 other person. The hotel room will have two beds with one person in each bed and 2 people in the room total. If you select SINGLE, you are reserving an entire hotel room for yourself. All tour pricing is per person.
Yes! To attend the Ivy League University Tour, each attendee must purchase a tour by filling out an enrollment form individually with their personal information. Parents are allowed to accompany their students on this tour, and they would participate in all aspects of the tour just as every other member does.
Each attendee (parents and guests included) must fill out their own individual enrollment form to attend the tour. Please note tour prices are per person regardless of group size. Adults can only be placed in a room with students they are attending the tour with. If a parent and a student would like to attend the tour and room together, the student would fill out an enrollment form and select TWIN and the parent would fill out their own enrollment form (with their information as both the traveler and emergency contact) and select TWIN. If the student does not want to room with their parent and would like to be paired with other students attending the tour, the parent must select SINGLE and then the student can select any rooming option. For a group of 4 attending the tour (any combination of parents, student, siblings, guests), ALL attendees would fill out their own individual enrollment form with their personal information and ALL select QUAD.
No! As an NSHSS member benefit, members along with their guests can use the NSHSS member tour pricing. Please note tour prices are per person. Non-Member pricing is reserved for students unaffiliated with NSHSS that would like to attend the tour.
Each attendee is responsible for their own transportation arrangements. NSHSS does not assist with airfare and flights are not included in this tour price. With NSHSS members all over the country, it would be too difficult to facilitate flights for every member coming from different airports at different times. Some members are also within driving distance and don't need flights, so we are able to offer a lower price for everyone without flights included.
The package includes hotel accommodations for the week, shuttle transportation, breakfasts and dinners, guided tours and activities, full time tour director, overnight security, illness and accident coverage, and all gratuities.
NSHSS will provide a welcome dinner reception upon attendee arrival in Boston on Day 1. On each full tour day, breakfast and dinner will be provided. Some lunches will be provided, but on the other days tour participants will be taken to a popular area and be given free time to eat lunch on their own. Be sure to plan to provide your lunches as tour participants are welcome to eat at an eatery of their choosing. This is always a great opportunity for students to make friends with other participants, shop for souvenirs, and have some freedom to explore the area a little. On departure day, attendees can enjoy breakfast at the hotel before the days activities and then making their way to the airport.
The NSHSS Ivy League University Tour is only sold as an all-inclusive tour package, so unfortunately, we are unable to remove the cost of the hotel from the tour price as that is a large part of the package. Keeping all tour participants at the same hotel makes it easier on us overall to keep everyone accounted for overnight and so we don't run into logistical issues in transportation to and from the hotel and daily activities. This is also a traveling tour, so attendees are often staying at a new hotel each night. The package however does not include airfare as members are flying in from all over the country, so that's great you are so close and won't have to worry about purchasing travel arrangements!
As NSHSS tours are entirely optional to our members, we currently do not have any financial assistance programs for our tours at this time. However, payment arrangements are very flexible to allow participants to create their own payment plan and pay the tour fee in increments of their choosing at any time and as many times as they would like up until the final due date. Please be sure check out our NSHSS Scholarships page for multiple scholarship opportunities where many of the scholarships are open to both high school and college students. Keep an eye out as new scholarships are always being added!