Frequently Asked Questions

Please click on a link to view questions within the following categories, or see the most popular questions at the bottom of this page.

Summer Program Offerings
Lectures, 3-5 day workshops, 4-week offerings

Participant Preparations: Tools and Materials
Statistical software, course materials, readings

Funding Opportunities
Scholarships, application materials, deadlines

Payment Options
Direct payments, invoices, third-party payers, refunds, discounts

Accommodations, Travel, and Local Interests
Lodging, information on the different sites, local services

Documents of Summer Program Involvement
Certificate of participation, grade equivalency, and other documents

International Participants
Visa-related information, preparation for site destinations

Most popular questions

Can someone help me decide which course(s) to take?

Yes. Email and let us know your previous training, your current research or interests, and your course questions. Our staff will advise you about which course(s) would be most appropriate. For participants in Sessions I and/or II, we also provide course counseling during check-in on the first day.

Where is the syllabus for the workshop?

Each instructor develops his or her own syllabus, which we post to the description page of the workshop as soon as it is made available. Please note that your workshop's syllabus and reading materials may not be available until the first day of the workshop. If your workshop's syllabus is not yet currently posted online, you can view past years' syllabi and reading lists on our website in order to get a general idea of material and texts that may be covered this year.

Can you send me an invoice?

Contact us at with Attn: to our financial manager to request an invoice.

The early discount deadline is May 1. If the Summer Program receives my payment on May 1 as opposed to April 30, will I receive the discount?

No. Payments made on May 1 do not receive the early discount fee. Please see the Fee Schedule on our Registration page for a list of registration fees paid before May 1 and beginning May 1.

Can I receive academic credit at my home university for Summer Program workshops?

This is a decision only your home department can make. We can provide you with a grade letter memorandum, which states the grade you received in the workshop, based on the instructor's evaluation of your work and participation. Many Program Scholars use their grade letter memorandums to obtain academic credit for ICPSR Summer Program courses at their home institutions. Typically, participants make prior arrangements with their academic advisor or home institution faculty to register for a readings course or independent study at their home institution.

Please note that ICPSR only provides the information about the appropriate letter grade; the academic credit must be assigned by the home institution. Program Scholars should definitely check in advance with their own academic advisor to make sure that this option can be used.

I am applying to graduate programs. I need to mail my grade letter to several universities. What is the cost for the Summer Program to do that for me?

We encourage you to submit an electronic version of the official ICPSR Summer Program grade letter memorandum (see the FAQ question immediately prior to this one) to the various schools to which you are applying.

Additional questions?

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