Requirements & Eligibility

Program Costs

Travel, accommodations, and meals are provided at no cost to participants. Students must have or be able to get a passport and provide regular clothing and a sturdy pair of hiking boots. Extreme Cold Weather Gear for use at Summit in Greenland and on King George Island is issued in the field by the program.

Grade Level

  • JSEP: We accept applications from high school students in their junior year (11th grade) at time of application, for participation during the summer between their junior and senior year.
  • JASE: Students are eligible to apply for JASE during their sophomore (10th grade) or junior (11th grade) year. Sophomore applicants would participate during the winter of their junior year, and junior applicants would participate during the winter of their senior year.

The application for both programs is open during the winter (~December through January) before each JSEP (following summer) and JASE (following winter) expedition. We will not make any exceptions for students who are not in 10th (JASE only) or 11th (JSEP and JASE) grade at the time of application.


All students must have or be able to obtain a U.S. passport before the expedition. Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of the expedition.


The JSEP program is run in English but the JASE program is in Spanish, so all JASE participants must be fluent in Spanish.


Students are required to be in good physical health because of remote travel and hiking in rugged terrain. For JASE, you must complete the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Physical Qualification (PQ) Process. This is managed by the U.S. Antarctic Program and is a strict requirement. You will need to fill out forms with your medical history, visit your doctor and dentist, and have additional lab work and testing. Dartmouth will reimburse you for any costs not covered by your health and dental insurance.

Food choices in the polar regions are limited. Fresh fruits and vegetables are not always available, and certain dietary restrictions may be difficult or impossible to accommodate. For example, there may occasionally be vegetarian or gluten-free options available, but they are not guaranteed. Please carefully consider this information in making your decision about whether you can safely deploy to Greenland or Antarctica.

Outreach Project

Students who are selected for JSEP and JASE are among very few people in the world who have the opportunity to travel to these locations. As such, we expect that each participating student will share their experience with their school or community after they return from the expedition. We recommend that you discuss some ideas for this project with a teacher or mentor. As part of your application, you will be expected to describe a project that you would complete if you participate in JSEP or JASE.

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