Youth Language and Leadership Academy

Due to COVID-19 Concerns, the AppState YLLA program is cancelled for 2020. We will resume in 2021. 

The Appalachian State University Youth Language & Leadership Academy (AppStateYLLA)  is a competitive, rigorous, and fun academic program that helps students improve their English language proficiency and prepares them for university life in the United States. The program provides a mixture of academic sessions in English language, leadership skills, and a variety of academic sessions across disciplines during the mornings. In the afternoons, students are exposed to a variety of fun, cultural, and outdoors activities that teach students about life in the U.S. highlighting the diversity that exists in Boone, NC, and across the U.S.

The program is designed for students between the ages of 14-18 years.

Sample Session

Arrival:  Students arrive at the Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, NC in Mid-June. AppState program staff will meet the group at arrivals and transport them to Boone, NC.  

Departure:  Students depart for their home countries from the Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, NC in Mid-July. AppState program staff will transport students from Boone to the Charlotte airport and help them check in to their different flights.

Meals:  Participants eat all meals at Roess Dining Hall unless otherwise marked on the program schedule.

Insurance: All students will be registered in the University-approved insurance plan for international students and visitors. This insurance plan covers sickness and accidents, and AppYLLA program staff will make sure students see a doctor if needed.

Accommodation:  Students reside in a residential hall on the West Side of Campus.  Appalachian staff persons are assigned to live in the residential hall with the students.

Total Program Cost: $3,500. This cost includes all costs for the 4 week program except international flight, U.S. visa application fees, and personal money for souvenirs. Participants who register before the registration deadline will be entered in a lottery to receive a scholarship.

Application Fee: Application fee at time of Application: $300, This fee is part of the total program cost.

U.S. Visas:  Letters of invitation for U.S. tourist visa applications will be sent to parents of successful applicants by March 20. If students are not successful in acquiring a visa by April 30, the student will be withdrawn from the program and the application fee will be refunded. Documentation of rejected visa is required for the refund otherwise the refund will not be given.

Sample Past Schedule

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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About Boone

Boone, N.C., is a college town in the best sense — a place where people say hello on the street and a vibrant downtown is just a block from campus. Its eclectic hub, known as King Street, features specialty shops, restaurants and cultural attractions that appeal to students, parents, residents and tourists. Whether in town for a weekend or a four-year education, many people find it difficult to leave Boone.

Boone’s accolades include Southern Living’s “South’s Best College Towns,” National Geographic Adventure magazine’s “Best Places to Live and Play,” Outside magazine’s top 10 “Best Towns in America,” USA Today’s “10 Great Small Towns with Huge Backyards,” U.S. News & World Report’s “10 Best Places to Retire in the U.S.,” TripAdvisor’s “Hidden Gems: 13 U.S. Towns That Are Diamonds in the Rough” and Trips To Discover's "6 Most Charming Downtown Areas in North Carolina."

Boone was ranked the 22nd safest city in North Carolina in 2017 by, based on the latest FBI crime report data.