Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Summer Camp held?
The location for the Summer Camp 2018 will be Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
How long is the Summer Camp?
The Summer Camp is 13 days long. Students arrive on the afternoon of Sunday, July 1 by 6pm and check into dorms before having dinner together. The program officially begins on Monday, July 2 and concludes on Saturday, July 14 at 10am. The shuttle to the airport will leave Bentley at 10am and arrive at Boston Logan Airport by 11am.
How much does the Summer Camp cost?
The Summer Camp 2018 price is $2350.00 and includes housing, meals, field trips and tuition.
Do I need to apply for a visa?
A visitor (B) visa or the Visa Waiver Program (for those from qualifying countries) may be used, and Wolfram Research will provide a "letter of invitation" to explain the purpose of travel. You may use this letter when you apply for the visitor visa and to show to Customs and Border Protection officers when applying for admission as a visitor upon arrival to the US. The Wolfram Summer Camp is offered by a private organization and is not an academic school. As such, you are not coming to the US as a “student,” but are actually attending an academic enrichment program that qualifies for a visitor visa, so please keep this in mind when you go through immigration and customs upon arrival.
For those utilizing the Visa Waiver Program to travel to the US as a business visitor, please ensure you have a valid approval for ESTA that will cover your period of stay. Further, you may reach out to our senior immigration counsel, Diana Bauerle, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding your travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program.
Can I get documentation to confirm my participation?
Attendees will need to complete the application process on their own, but we do provide a "letter of invitation" that describes the nature of the event for the purpose of applying for a visitor visa and to show to Customs and Border Protection officers when applying for admission as a visitor upon arrival to the US.
Will I have a roommate at the Summer Camp?
Yes, you will be housed with at least one fellow Summer Camp student. The rooms and suites will be divided by gender.
What is free time used for?
During this time you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of activities around campus and enjoy a field trip.
What should you bring to camp?
- Clothes for two weeks, including socks and underwear, T-shirts, shorts, jeans and comfortable shoes for activities
- Alarm clock
- Toiletries, shower shoes
- Camera (optional)
- Wireless laptop with United States–compatible power adapter
- Cell phone and charger
- Notebook, pens/pencils, folder
- Umbrella (optional)
- Spending money for souvenirs, coin-operated laundry and detergent, vending machine snacks, etc.
- Water bottle
Do students need to have computers?
Every student at the Summer Camp needs to bring a reliable, wireless-enabled laptop that meets the requirements for running Mathematica. Windows, Macintosh and Linux are all acceptable. International students must bring a US-compatible power supply for their laptops. Mathematica will be provided. Please review the system requirements.
Do I need to bring my own blankets and pillow?
Bentley University provides linens including blankets, pillows, sheets and towels. Some students prefer to bring their own towel.
Can I do laundry during camp?
Yes, laundry facilities are available as well as vending machines for purchasing detergent.
Can you accommodate special diets?
Yes, Bentley University provides options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free students at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Special arrangements will be made for dining during field trips.
What happens at the Summer Camp?
It's a mixture of lectures, individual interactions with instructors and homework. Each student is expected to do a small project in Mathematica, like creating a multi-step program involving several functions. Students will have the opportunity to publish Demonstrations of their work in the Wolfram Demonstrations Project. Check out what previous students did here!
What time does the Summer Camp end on Saturday?
The program ends at 1pm on Saturday, July 14. Students flying out of Boston Logan International Airport will be able to ride our free shuttle bus to the airport. In order to ensure enough time to get through security, flights should be scheduled for 4pm or later.
Does the Summer Camp accept international students?
How many students participate in the entire program?
We are expecting approximately 45 participants in 2018.
Who chaperones the Summer Camp?
A team of Wolfram Education experts will be running the Summer Camp. This team will include instructors, teaching assistants and residence assistants.
What if there is a medical emergency while at camp?
In case of a medical problem or other emergency, we will notify the parents or guardians immediately, while at the same time prompt medical attention will be administered as required.
Is financial assistance available?
Assistance may be available for students with financial need. Students may apply for financial assistance after acceptance into our program.
What travel arrangements are needed to get to the Summer Camp?
The majority of students fly into Boston Logan International Airport. We will have staff at the airport to make sure students board our free shuttle bus from the airport to Bentley University. Students may also be driven directly to the campus by their parents. In some cases, students have used a train or bus to get to the airport and take our shuttle to campus. We work with each individual student and their parents to ensure they arrive and are accounted for on check-in day.