Terms and Conditions
The International Youth Initiative Program

Please note: In case information given elsewhere should differ from what is given here, the information found on this page takes precedence.  Also, a copy of this will be sent to Accepted Participants to sign and return before the start of the Program.

YIP 9 Term Dates

The 2016 – 2017 YIP Year runs from 28 August 2016 to 23 June 2017.


Requirements

18 – 28 years old (18 on the day the program starts, up until 28 on the day the program ends)
You need to be able to understand, speak, read and write English at least at an intermediate level.


YIP Costs & Finances

The YIP Program Cost is SEK 100.000.-

The YIP Program Cost covers:

  • The Program, Courses, Course Materials, Evening Activities
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from Monday through Friday when on campus at YIP)
  • Accommodation (single-sex twin-share bedrooms on campus)
  • Travel to and from International Internships
  • Transportation (in connection with the curriculum)

YIP is dependent on donations and sponsoring for the running costs of the program. If you would like to make a donation to YIP please visit the YIP website: www.yip.se/donate


Meals

The YIP Program Cost includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from Monday through Friday served on campus. Meals are freshly prepared, using organic, biodynamic, and local produce and ingredients.

Participants are responsible for providing and preparing their weekend meals. All student houses have cooking facilities where these can be prepared.

The cost for meals covers the weeks of the two terms and do not include personal travel, time spent off campus or holiday periods. There will be no refund given for meals skipped or missed.


Accommodation

Participants will share single-sex twin-share bedrooms in one of two Student Houses at Kulturcentrum Järna.

A room deposit of SEK 1000 is to be paid in cash upon arrival at YIP. This deposit is not covered by the program costs and will be refunded at the end of YIP provided the room is left clean, undamaged and in good condition.


Drug and Alcohol Policy

Social conduct and behaviour that ensure a positive campus life and the ongoing work of the program prohibit:

  • The use and/or distribution of drugs
  • Attending class, events and/or activities under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Smoking inside any building
  • Parties on campus without permission from the YIP Staff

Any of the above behaviour and failure to abide by these rules may result in the Participant being asked to leave the program.


Travel & Transport

Part of the YIP curriculum is an extended stay at an International Internship, where participants contribute to and learn from work being done by a growing list of international organizations, initiatives and projects. The YIP Program Cost covers the travel expenses to and from this Internship. Additional costs may be necessary to cover room and board while abroad.

Some participants might be limited as to which countries they can travel to, due to visa restrictions because of their nationality.

The YIP Program Cost also covers some travel and transport expenses within Sweden in connection with YIP and the YIP curriculum.


Passport

All accepted participants will need to bring a passport that is valid for at least the entire duration of the program.

NOTE: The european ID card is not sufficient for traveling abroad during your internship.


Fees, Costs & Policies

The YIP Program Cost is SEK 100.000.- for the full duration of the Program.


Application Fee

The Application Fee for YIP is SEK 750.- It is not refundable. This fee must be sent with the application or be transferred to the YIP account before the application can be processed. YIP charges this fee to cover some of the costs of processing the applications and to ensure the seriousness of the applicant.


Reservation Fee

A Reservation Fee of SEK 5.000.- is due within one month of acceptance to YIP. The Reservation Fee enables us to reserve your place in the program and is credited towards your total Program Cost. If you withdraw your Participation from YIP three (3) months or more before the program is due to begin, you will be refunded half of this fee (SEK 2.500.-). Withdrawal after this point makes the entire Reservation fee non-refundable.


Program Payment Timeline

There are two payment options:

  • Option 1: Pay the remaining balance of SEK 92.000.- at once before the start of the First Term (EarlyBird discount of SEK 3.000.- is deducted)
  • Option 2: Pay SEK 55.000.- before the start of the First Term and the remaining SEK 40.000.- before the start of the Second Term.

Cancellation Policy

YIP reserves the right to withdraw the course if the number of participants is not sufficient, or if the financial resources needed for running the program are not secured two months prior to the beginning of the first term. Fees and costs will be refunded in full if the YIP cancels the course. In case of cancellation, you will be notified one month in advance.


Refund

If you leave before the end of the program, you are expected to pay the required Program Costs until the end of the term in which you leave, provided notice in writing has been given at least four weeks in advance. Exceptions can be made for medical reasons (subject to medical report).


Payments or Fund Transfers to the International Youth Initiative Program

Beneficiary: The International Youth Initiative Program
Beneficiary’s address: Kulturcentrum Järna 25, 15391 Järna, Sweden
Bank: Nordea Bank Sweden AB, Hamngatan 10, 10571 Stockholm, Sweden
Bank address: SE-10571 Stockholm, Sweden
Account #: 47 86 47-1 SEK (Postgiro)
IBAN: SE45 9500 0099 6026 0478 6471
BIC/SWIFT: NDEASESS

Please note: YIP can not accept checks.

Please note: State clearly that the payment is for YIP and include the name of the Participant that the payment is for.

Please note: All fees or costs (outgoing and incoming, sending and receiving) that incur during the transfer of money to YIP are to be paid by the debtor (the person paying). This must usually be specified when making the payment. YIP can not accept any payment as being in full unless the correct amount in SEK (Swedish Kronor) is credited to us. Please contact your bank for information on transfer fees and costs.


Copyright and Ownership

YIP accepts and emphasises the Participants’ customary right to ownership of rights to commercial use of artistic or literary works (meaning music, photos/paintings/drawings, presentations, research papers, and the like) produced as a part of or related to YIP Program Activities during the YIP Year, with the following exceptions:

  • YIP may use the above-mentioned artistic or literary works (if made available to YIP in physical or digital form) for the purpose of promoting YIP free of charge. Participants must request in writing if specific works should be excluded from this use. Excluded from this use are also any documents which (if published) would be a breach of Swedish law or infringing upon the privacy, integrity or wellbeing of the Participant or others.
  • For works produced by Participants specifically for YIP’s use upon YIP’s request (such as Public Lecture recordings, promotional videos and published products thereof), YIP retains the ownership and right to commercial use.

Participating in YIP

What is expected of you as a part of the YIP Community?

The success of the YIP Program relies on the mutual commitment of everyone involved. The YIP staff commits to high quality content for the program, staying flexible to adapting the program according to actual needs, creating a personalised positive learning experience, and securing effective use of financial resources. As a participant your commitment includes attending the program in full, paying costs of tuition and acting responsibly in any of the roles you may take on during YIP.

As the name suggests, YIP is about initiative, not about sitting back and consuming what is prepared for you in the program. YIP is about each person working with and taking on their initiative in a responsible way, not just for themselves, but also being conscious of others and the effects of their words and actions. Only active involvement from all parties will make the YIP a healthy and productive learning experience. In order to gain a real sense of community and with the effect of keeping costs for participation low, everyone (Staff and Participants) is asked to contribute time and work to help the functioning of daily life at YIP.


Swedish Student Visas

Students who are not citizens of Sweden/EU/EEA/Nordic countries will need a Student Visa to study at YIP.

The agreement to take part in YIP is conditional upon the Participant obtaining the appropriate Student Visa or Permit to enable him/her to live and study in Sweden. Admission does not guarantee that the Participant will be issued with the appropriate student visa or permit. The Participant is responsible for complying with all conditions relating to the student visa or permit. The Participant is responsible for providing a copy of the student visa or permit to the YIP office at the beginning of the Program. If the Participant fails to obtain or maintain a valid student visa or permit or is required to leave Sweden for whatever reason, this agreement will lapse and the YIP may offer the place of enrollment to another person. If this agreement lapses in this way, the refund policy that applies to choosing to leave YIP before the end of the course is in order, and the Participant may be entitled to a refund.

Participants Applying as Citizens of EU Countries:
Citizens of the EU/EEA/Nordic countries, are allowed to study in Sweden without contacting the Swedish Migration Board. Citizens of Switzerland need to apply for a residence permit when studying in Sweden.

For details and requirements on Swedish Visas and Permits please visit: www.studyinsweden.se and www.migrationsverket.se

Also please visit the YIP website or contact the YIP office if you have questions or need further help or documentation for your Visa application.

Participants Applying as Citizens of Non-EU Countries: 
It is highly recommended that you apply for your Student Visa at least 3 months before your arrival in Sweden. In some instances, where we have noticed that it has been difficult to obtain a student visa, the program reserves the right to request payment of costs in advance. In return the program will send you an invoice showing the payment made, which can then be used as supporting documentary evidence for the visa application process, which may strengthen your application. If your visa is refused, the full sum, minus the non-refundable element of the deposit and any bank charges, will be refunded.

For details and requirements on Swedish Visas and Permits please visit: www.studyinsweden.se andwww.migrationsverket.se

Also please visit the YIP website or contact the YIP office if you have questions or need further help or documentation for your Visa application.


Health and Travel Insurance

Participants are required to have appropriate health and travel insurance for the period of their studies at the YIP. Please visit the following link for more information:
http://www.studyinsweden.se/Living-in-Sweden/Medical-insurance/

This agreement is conditional upon the Participant obtaining the appropriate health and travel insurance for the time studying at the YIP. Admission does not guarantee that the Participant will be covered for any cost related to health or travel. The Participant is responsible for complying with all conditions relating to the health and travel insurance. The Participant is responsible for providing a copy of the health and travel insurance policies to the YIP office at the beginning of the Program.


Applying to The International Youth Initiative Program

Applications are only considered from applicants aged 18-28 within the program dates shown above. We will only process your application for a place in the program once your full application and non-refundable application fee of SEK 750.- has been received on time.

Applications will be processed as they arrive and eligible participants accepted on an ongoing basis.
When we have reached the maximum number of participants, applications will close.


Application Requirements

For the complete Application Requirements please download the Application Form HERE.

Step one: Who Are You?

Your application must be submitted with the one page biography and the interview questions. This section of the application is for us to get to know you and hear the reasons and inspirations as to why you would like to participate in YIP. For this section please submit no more than four(4) and no less then two (2) pages.

  • Biography
  • The Call
  • The Landscape
  • The Horizon

Step two: Your Initiative

In this practical aspect of the application, we challenge you to take initiative!  There are three options of how to meet this challenge, none of which can involve the exchange of money in any way.  Choose one of the following that you are drawn to the most.

  • Option 1. Design a poster
  • Option 2. Experiment with the reach of the globe
  • Option 3. Interact with what inspires you

Step Three: Required Attachments

Reference Letters

Two (2) Letters of Reference must be submitted with your application. Both reference letters must be completed by people who know you well (teacher, mentor, employer, family friend) who can comment objectively on your character, abilities, capacities and/or past experiences. References may not be written by your spouse/partner, a relative or close friend. Reference Letters must be sent to us by your referees and should not be included in the email that contains the other supplementary forms.

Health Report

The provided health report must be completed, signed and stamped by a qualified medical doctor. If you require a special diet, or have any serious allergies please include details of this on your health report. If you have any previous medical conditions that may affect your stay at or participation in YIP, they must be clearly stated on the health report.

Certificate of Proficiency in English

YIP is an intensive full-day course taught in English, with challenging content and in-depth theory based discussions. For your admission it is required that you understand and speak, read and write in English at least at an intermediate level. If English is not your native language, you will need to provide a certificate of proficiency in English.

Portrait Photograph

You must attach a recent portrait photograph showing your face only (a passport photo or similar) with your application. It is possible to upload a portrait photo when filling in the application form.

Step Four: Pay Your Application Fee

The Application Fee for YIP is SEK 750.- It is not refundable. This fee must be sent with the application or be transferred to the YIP account before the application can be processed. YIP charges this fee to cover some of the costs of processing the applications and to ensure the seriousness of the applicant.

Application Fee or Transfer Receipt

Your application will not be processed until proof of payment of your non-refundable Application Fee has been received.


Application Correspondence

We will confirm the receipt of your fully completed application within a week of its arrival. If you have not heard from us within a week of sending your complete application, please contact the YIP office.

There are three application statuses: Accepted, Wait-Listed and Declined.

When you have been Accepted

When you have been accepted we will send you details of how to get here, what to bring, a letter for the immigration authorities (if applicable) and an invoice for the balance of your program costs. It is recommended that you begin the required Visa application process as soon as possible.