Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine?

The Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine is a seven-day residential program for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who have demonstrated leadership and interest in medicine and science. The Summit focuses on the future of the industry and developing leadership, networking and management skills. You can expect to gain a unique, behind-the-scenes insight into the dynamic world of health care through experiential learning, guest lectures and networking opportunities with the leaders and innovators in the global medical community. The Summit is held on the campus of Brandeis University and at select venues in Boston, Massachusetts.

How is the Board of Advisors involved in the Summit?

The Board of Advisors help us develop the program and curriculum and in some cases actually deliver talks and lectures to the delegates.

How many students participate in the Summit?

Approximately 230 delegates from around the world were selected to represent their schools, states, and countries at the 2017 Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine.

The materials I received stated that the Summit is taking place in Boston, but I see that I will be staying in Waltham on the Brandeis campus. Will I still spend time in Boston?

Yes. The Summit will bring the best of both worlds together. By staying on the Brandeis campus, outside of Boston proper, we are able to provide a college experience at a prestigious university in a very safe environment. At the same time, you will spend a great deal of time exploring many educational resources, and great sights, that Boston has to offer.

Application and Enrollment

Is there an application fee?

No, there is not an application fee. 

How do I log into the online application?

The Global Youth Summit extends invitations to the Summit to select students based on information we receive through national surveys and standardized tests. In addition, we accept nominations from educators and Global Youth Summit alumni. Those who are invited to apply will receive an email with application instructions shortly after receiving the invitation. Please email us if you were invited but did not receive the application information.

I submitted an application to attend the Summit. How soon can I expect to hear a decision?

Admissions is handled on a rolling basis. You can expect a decision within 5-10 business days of submitting your completed application. All admissions decisions will be made by April 15, 2018.

My brother/sister/friend was invited to the Summit and I am also interested. How can I request an invitation?

The Global Youth Summit extends invitations to the Summit to select students based on information we receive through national surveys and standardized tests. In addition, we accept nominations from educators and Global Youth Summit alumni. Students who are interested in applying and did not receive an invitation, may ask a teacher or school counselor to nominate them. To find out more about the nomination process visit the nominations section of the website.


What does the program fee cover?

The Program fee for the Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine is $2,980 and includes the following:

  • 7 days of medical and leadership training, including hands-on activities and distinguished speakers

  • A dedicated Faculty Mentor

  • All materials and supplies

  • Residence in state-of-the-art facilities

  • Shuttle transportation to and from Boston Logan International Airport or MA 128-Westwood Amtrak Station

  • Private, deluxe motor coach transportation throughout the Summit

  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners - though you should bring cash for snacks while traveling off-campus

  • A Closing Semi-Formal Gala Dinner

  • All activity fees including cultural events

  • A commencement ceremony with personalized certificate of completion

  • Night security staff to monitor residences during the night

  • 24-hour staff to address emergencies

Is there a payment plan?

Yes, we do offer a payment plan. Each student is required to pay a deposit of $280 at the time of admission using our online system. Three subsequent monthly installments of $900 will be required until the full Summit program fee is collected. Registration must be paid in full by May 15, 2018.

Only students who have paid their program fee in full will be eligible to attend the Summit.

Delegate Safety

Where will I reside during the Summit?

You will reside in state-of-the-art residence halls on the campus of Brandeis University. All residence halls are air-conditioned, have a wireless internet connection, and will be staffed by Summit faculty and monitored by adult, campus staff 24 hours a day.

Who will be watching over the students at night? Will there be an RA for the residence halls?

You are housed on single sex floors with faculty of the same gender living on each floor with you. In addition to an on-call advance team and roving night security, we also benefit from our Campus Public Safety division that monitors all activities 24/7. You must keep your name badge, containing emergency contact information, with you at all times, should you ever need assistance in the residence halls after hours.

How will safety and security be addressed during the Summit?

The safety, security and educational outcomes for our students are at the forefront of all Summit activities. You will be led in small groups. The resident faculty to student ratio will be approximately 1:17.

You will be supervised both on campus and during all excursions and off-site activities. There is limited leisure time, as you work and study in small groups with adult staff at designated meeting times. The Summit faculty includes two dedicated program managers, professional curriculum designers, a seasoned advance team and experienced educators. All Summit staff complete an extensive background check before being hired.

All delegates must reside in Brandeis' secure residence halls that are monitored at all times by adult faculty members. Parents and guardians can reach a member of our team at any time during the Summit.

Are students supervised by a staff member of the same gender?

During small group meetings and large group functions, you will be in coed groups and will work with both male and female staff members. When staff are conducting security checks in the evenings, or if personal issues need to be addressed, this will be done by a staff member of the same gender.

Will students use public transportation while attending the Summit?

All transportation will be by private coach and students will be supervised while traveling between venues.

Can my parents visit while I'm at the Summit?

Yes. We do encourage parents to plan visits during meal times so that students will not miss any of the fantastic opportunities planned for them. In order to visit, parents will need to check in with the Summit staff in order to ensure their student’s safety.

Can I leave the Summit with another family member or a family friend who lives in Boston?

Yes, these visits are allowed. Parents will need to submit a parent permission form in advance to allow anyone else to visit with or take their student off campus. To ensure safety, students must sign out of the Summit with our staff when they are leaving and sign back in upon their return.

Do I have to stay on Brandeis campus during the Summit?

Yes. Residency at Brandeis is a requirement of the Summit. One of the best parts of the Summit experience is meeting new people, interacting with them throughout the day and being able to get a real-life glimpse into college living.

Will students be split into groups for the program? Who will lead these groups?

Yes. You will interact in small groups of 17 with a faculty mentor and then attend seminars and site visits in groups of 17 to 200. Our overall delegate to staff ratio is 14 to 1. Our mentors are college educated professionals ranging from current medical school students to seasoned professionals.


How do students travel to the Summit?

Please make travel arrangements (arrival and departure) as soon as possible.

Traveling by Plane:

If you are arriving by plane, please arrange your travel to Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS). We will meet you at the airport and provide transportation to Brandeis University. We will also provide transportation back to the airport at the end of the program. We ask that all participants try to book travel that gets the to Logan no later than 1pm on arrival day. On departure day flights can be booked anytime after 11am (for App Design, Service Corps, BIMA and Genesis) or anytime after 2pm (for YLS and GYS).

We will be running free shuttles to and from the airport to Brandeis on arrival and departure days. You will receive instructions about where to meet our Brandeis staff. On arrival days, shuttles from the airport to Brandeis will run from 8am-2pm.  On departure days for App Design, Service Corps, BIMA and Genesis, shuttles to the airport will run 9am-12pm.  On departure days for YLS and GYS, shuttles to the airport will run 11am-2pm.  

Traveling by Train:

If you are arriving by train, please arrange your travel to the Route 128 train station in Westwood, MA (RTE). We will meet you at the station and provide transportation to Brandeis University.  We will also provide transportation back to the station at the end of the program. Please try to book travel that will have you arriving to Route 128 no later than 1pm on arrival day. On departure day, trains can be booked anytime after after 11am (for App Design, Service Corps, BIMA and Genesis) or anytime after 2pm (for YLS and GYS). A Brandeis staff member will meet you in the waiting area of the train station.

If you are unable to arrange travel during those times, we understand. Brandeis Precollege Programs will pick up ALL teens arriving to Boston Logan Airport and Route 128 (RTE) train station, and will ensure their return at the end of the program. Please be aware, however, that if you book a flight that arrives very early on arrival day, or departs very late on departure day, you will end up with a longer day at the airport.

Traveling by Car:

We ask that participants arriving by car arrive between 1pm - 3pm. Participants of App Design, Service Corps, BIMA and Genesis should be picked up between 9-11am on departure day. Participants of YLS and GYS should be picked up between 12pm-2pm on departure day. Signs will be posted on the campus to direct you.

If I cannot book a flight close to the check in time, will I receive transportation?

If you are unable to arrive during the travel window of 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., you may take a taxi to Brandeis University located at 415 South Street, Waltham MA. The taxi driver should drop you off in the Admissions parking lot, which is clearly marked, so that you can check in. If your arrival is well after hours and you are traveling by cab, you should call the main Summit phone number, 781-736-8416, and someone will meet you and get you checked in.

What opportunities will I have to spend time off campus in Boston?

In addition to numerous visits to prominent institutions around Boston, we are planning several outings off-campus as we know that cultural exploration of Boston is an equally exciting opportunity for you as the academics of the Summit. Outings will be announced in early June, but you can be certain they will include many of the historically important sites in and around Boston. All off campus transportation and events are included in tuition, though you may want to bring a little spending money for souvenirs and incidentals when out and about.

What are some nearby hotels?

Nearby hotels in Waltham include the Westin, Embassy Suites and Marriott – all just off 1-95. Additionally, guests who stay in Lexington at the Element or aLoft receive a 20% discount by mentioning Brandeis at the time of reservation.

Special Requests

Can special dietary needs be met?

Vegetarian options are always available, and kosher meals can be made available upon request. All dietary needs must be indicated on the special needs section of your travel form, and, if necessary, a staff member will contact you to discuss any special arrangements that need to be made for you.

Can students who require reasonable accommodations attend the Summit?

Yes, we will make every attempt to accommodate all students. Please contact our office via phone or email for more detailed information.

If I find I'm not enjoying the Summit and want to return home, what is the policy?

We believe that all students who attend the Summit can have a positive and meaningful experience there. However, we understand that sometimes it can be challenging to be away from home in a different setting for a new experience. We will work with you to create strategies to make your time enjoyable and to address concerns or issues you have. If you are not able to continue with the Summit, you will be able to return home at any time. According to the Summit policy, there would be no refund available at that time.

If I cannot arrive on the first day, can I still attend the Summit?

Yes. However, we strongly encourage you to limit the amount of time missed. Every moment of the Summit is carefully planned to create a valuable experience for you and you should plan to take advantage of all those opportunities by being present for the entire Summit.

My friend/brother/sister will also be attending the Summit. Is it possible for us to room together?

We will accept roommate requests and do our best to accommodate them on a case-by-case basis. While we do allow roommate requests, one of the most important aspects of the Summit is interacting with other students and we encourage students to meet new students and create a diverse peer group. Additionally, we have a number of single rooms for students.