International Students at Camp

Artists like you come from all over the world to make Interlochen their home for one summer.

Flags from a variety of nations

Every year, 3,000 students hailing from all corners of the globe come here to study music, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, film and new media, interdisciplinary arts, and dance. On average, 230 international campers come from 40 different countries to spend their summer with us. As an international student, you are an integral part of our community of artists. You'll have the chance to learn from the best, develop your talents, and create lifelong bonds while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of northern Michigan.

We are international. We are Interlochen.

It's so diverse. There's people from all over the world, with so many talents ... and they inspire you each day to be better. It's a great opportunity to grow as a person.

Victoria, Arts Camp student from Guatemala


Admission to Camp requires an online application form and a $65 non-refundable fee. Some programs also require additional materials like an audition or portfolio, which you can upload online. You may also apply for financial aid through the online application process.

How to Apply

What does Interlochen do for homesick students?

It is not uncommon for kids of all ages to miss home during their first day or two at Interlochen, especially if they are on their first extended trip away from home. Our residence life staff is trained to identify when students are having a difficult time and to help them enjoy their experience. Honestly? It's more common for a parent to be more homesick than their child, who is usually focused on their classes, activities, and making new friends.

Have other questions about the Interlochen Arts Camp experience?

Preparing for Camp

Frequently Asked Questions

International Camp Life 

What is camp life like in northern Michigan? At Interlochen Arts Camp, it's about experimenting with your craft, exploring our natural wonder and finding friends for life. Our campus includes 120 cabins, three cafeterias, two sandy freshwater lakes, and over a dozen performance venues.

Campers usually participate in and enjoy several performances, readings, and art exhibitions each week. They use our beautiful grounds to swim, hike, play soccer, and enjoy the fresh air. There are also social activities like picnics, dances, and special off-campus trips.

Virtual Resources & Events

Contact Us

Interested in learning more about international student life and admission requirements? The Office of Admission & Financial Aid is happy to answer your questions.


You can also visit our Preparing for camp page for more information specific to international families.

Preparing for Camp