Applications and deposits are due by June 1, 2015. Application deposits will go toward tuition for the Institutes.
If you intend to apply by May 1st to qualify for the Early Application Discount, both your application and deposit must be received by May 1st.
Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail your deposit to Georgia Debate Institutes, 617 Caldwell Hall, Athens, GA 30602 or email us to pay the deposit by credit card.
Subsequent paperwork should be send to this address as well.
Yes—a $500 deposit is required for the Two Week session and a $250 deposit is required for the One Week session. Application deposits will be applied toward tuition for the Institutes.
Checks and money orders should be made out to “University of Georgia.” Please write the student's name in the memo line.
Yes! If you'd like to pay by credit card, please email us at email@example.com so we can connect you with UGA Marketplace, the University of Georgia's online payment system.
Unfortunately, deposits are non-refundable.
Tuition includes a dorm room, three meals per day, instruction, library and internet access, and access to all evidence produced at the GDI.
Any recreational or spending money is not covered by camp tuition. Any sources of food or beverage from outside the residence hall cafeteria is not covered by the camp tuition.
Unfortunately, once tuition is paid we cannot refund it. If a student is expelled from camp for breaking the rules, they will not receive a refund.
Application deposits will go toward tuition for the Institutes. The balance of the tuition is due on or before registration on the first day of camp (June 16 for the Two Week session and June 23 for the One Week Session). We recommend that you pay early to help the registration process go smoothly.
Campers should arrive June 20 or June 21 (depending on your specific camp), 2015 between 2:00-5:00 pm. Public forum begins on June 20, 2 week policy on June 21.
The last day of camp is June 28, 2015 for the public forum students, July 4 for the 2 week policy students. Students should plan on checking out before 12:00 PM.
We recommend arriving and departing during the scheduled times, but contact us in advance if this is not possible.
The best airport to fly into is Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson (http://www.atlanta-airport.com/). The best way to get to Athens from Hartsfield-Jackson is to arrange a shuttle (www.groometransportation.com/athens.html). Unfortunately, the GDI cannot provide travel to the camp.
The GDI will be housed in Creswell Hall, a dormitory on campus. Students will eat in Bolton Dining Commons, which is right next door.
Yes. The dorms are very safe. All students are required to be in the dorms by 10:00pm. Students are required to stay on their floor after 11:00pm bed check. We have four Residential Assistants who patrol the floors at night and are available to assist students. There will be at least two full time staff members living in the dorms, as well as UGA dorm staff.
Two students live in each dorm room.
No. Floors are segregated by gender and students will not be allowed on floors of the opposite gender. Staff living on the floors with the students will be the same gender.
Yes. Students may request roomates if the requests are mutual, the students are the same gender, and the students are staying for the same length of time. We will do the best we can to honor these requests.
No. Campers will live in a dorm with other high school students and university staff only.
Yes. When the student registers on the first day of camp and is assigned a dorm room, you will have the exact address for mailing purposes.
Please do not send student mail to the Terrell Hall address. This is our debate team office, and will not be staffed during the camp.
If you live near Athens, you can commute. Commuter price is $1300 and includes everything (including meals) EXCEPT a dorm room to stay in. If you apply early and pay the $500 deposit by May 1st, the total price would be $1100.
Yes. Please include this information in your acceptance packet so the cafeteria can accommodate you.
Most days will be full for the students. The exact schedule will change day to day, but most days will go from 9:00am to 9:00pm including lectures, practice speeches, lab discussion, meal times and some free time for the students to relax. Our small student-to-staff ratio means that we can easily tailor our schedules to students’ needs.
Lab will take place in the Miller Learning Center (http://mlc.uga.edu/).
Students will have access to the MLC computer labs as well as computer access in the UGA library (http://www.libs.uga.edu/).
If you plan on debating paperless, you must bring a laptop with MS word. Also, pack for a variety of temperatures. Georgia summers are hot, but all buildings on campus are air-conditioned. Cell phones, alarm clocks, linens (twin size bed), and tennis shoes are all high-priority items. Bringing expensive items like jewelry and unnecessary electronics are not recommended. Unfortunately, the GDI cannot be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property. Please do NOT bring: weapons, animals, drugs or alcohol, fireworks, game systems/tvs, or cars.
If you are planning on debating paperless, bringing a laptop is required. If you are not planning on debating paperless, a laptop is optional but not required. Unfortunately, the GDI cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen laptops.
Bringing a laptop with Microsoft Word is required if a student wants to debate paperless. Unfortunately, the GDI cannot provide laptops or copies of Microsoft Word to students.
Students can bring either cash or debit/credit cards. We do not recommend that students bring cashier’s or traveler’s checks because of the difficulty of finding locations close to campus to cash these forms of currency.
If a student is injured or sick, we will take them to the UGA University Health Center (http://www.uhs.uga.edu/). Please remember to submit your Health form--it is essential for students to get access to the University Health Center. The camp does not pay medical costs, so please bring a copy of your medical insurance card (or send us a copy to keep on file). If a student is seriously injured, we will call 911.
Yes! Anyone who plans on visiting the student, or checking them out for a few hours, must be noted on the Check-Out form. The best times to visit are weekends, but alternate times can be arranged. Please let us know in advance if you plan on checking out the student during the camp and check in and out in the GDI office when you arrive. For safety, we will not release a student to anyone except parents and those explicitly authorized on the student's check-out form.
Yes! Simply let us know in advance which type of church services you'd like to attend so we can arrange transportation.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (recommended)
Georgia Debate Institutes
617 Caldwell Hall
Athens, GA 30602
We will have a camp cell phone that you can use to call - that number will be published before the start of camp.