Current Blue Lake Campers

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp students may apply for the International Exchange Program during their time at camp. There is no obligation to participate when applying. More than 2,500 campers apply each season for approximately 200 student positions. Invitations are offered based on a student’s personal interview at camp, their written application, counselor and faculty evaluations, as well as their audition ranking from the summer camp ensemble.

Other Applicants

Limited positions are available for those who are not affiliated as Blue Lake campers. The acceptance process includes an application, interview, recommendation letters, and an audition. For more information on openings, contact the Blue Lake International office.


Artistic ability, maturity, manners, and character play an important role in a student’s acceptance. Members of the International Program not only perform at a high level of artistic proficiency, but also serve as goodwill ambassadors for Blue Lake, the United States, and their own communities and families. Students enrolled in the International Exchange Program are expected to demonstrate a high standard of maturity and discipline, as well as an eagerness to travel to new countries, regions, and cultures.

The Enrollment Process

Enrollment in the International Exchange Program is by invitation only. An invitation, contract, and supplemental materials are sent from the administration office once a student has been accepted. Families are given two to three weeks to complete the contract and ensure enrollment.


Tuition for the International Program consists of a non-refundable deposit plus monthly payments through June 1st of the of the year in which the student travels. Some limited scholarships are available for key artistic positions, as well as for Blue Lake alumni. An additional discount is available if tuition is paid in full at the time of enrollment. Tuition includes lodging, meals, supervision, artistic instruction and group preparation, travel expenses, as well as limited fees for some group activities while traveling. Families are responsible for travel to and from Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for rehearsal and homecoming commitments, required uniform items, personal passport fees, and spending money.


Many students who travel with the Blue Lake International Exchange Program have substantial portions of their tuition covered by their own fundraising efforts. Family, friends, local businesses, school booster organizations, and service organizations understand the value of such an exchange program for students and are often willing to help if asked. Past students have quite successful in grassroots-style fundraising. Beyond the typical bake sale and pop can drive, students have used social media, performed in fundraising play-a-thons, given recitals, held craft sales, and partnered with local restaurants for sales proceeds. Creativity is the key!