Q: What is a typical day at Freedom Week like?

A: A typical day might include two lectures in the morning. Followed the lectures, students break into groups of 8-10 to share their perspectives on the lectures and bring up questions that haven’t been addressed. This is followed by lunch and an afternoon break during which you can explore the surroundings, read, or just relax. Students reconvene at 4:30PM for another lecture, which is followed by dinner and an evening lecture. Finally, an evening social gives everyone a chance to unwind and chat about big ideas with other students and seminar faculty.

Q: Is there a cost to attend Freedom Week?

A: No. There is no registration fee and participants will be provided with accommodations and most meals. Participants are, however, responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation.

Q: I don’t know anything about classical liberal ideas, would I enjoy Freedom Week?

A: Yes! Many participants come to Freedom Week with little prior knowledge of the subjects we’ll be discussing. You don’t need to be well-versed in classical liberal ideas, but you should have a passion for talking about ideas.

Q: I already know a lot about classical liberal ideas, would I enjoy Freedom Week?

A: Yes! We can almost guarantee you’ll still learn from the lectures, and your contributions will be valuable during the breakout group discussions.

Q: Is there funding to assist with travel?

A: The ILS does not provide travel assistance. Students looking for help to with travel funds can apply for a grant through the Montreal Economic Institute. You may also want to ask about travel support from your university.

Q: I can only attend some of the seminar. Is that okay?

A: No. You must be able to attend the full seminar.

Q: I can attend most of the seminar, but may need to miss one or two sessions. Is that okay?

A: No. You must be able to attend the full seminar.

Q: I’m not sure of my schedule for the summer yet, what should I do?

A: We realize that some people who are accepted to Freedom Week will no longer be able to attend due to schedule changes or other unexpected events. That’s fine. We do ask that you notify us immediately if anything happens that will prevent you from attending.


Q: Who should apply to Freedom Week?

A: We are looking for people who will be between 18 and 29 years of age. You should be a current student (undergraduate or graduate) or have graduated within the last two years. We look for participants with a diversity of backgrounds, academic qualifications, and political ideologies.

Q: I’ve already graduated, can I still apply?

A: If you have graduated within the last two years, we are happy to consider your application.

Q: I’m a mature student, can I apply?

A: We are happy to consider your application, but may give preference to traditional students.

Q: I’m a part-time student, can I apply?

A: We are happy to consider your application, but may give preference to full-time students.

Q: I’m a high school student, can I apply?

A: We do not accept high school students for Freedom Week. The Foundation for Economic Education does host seminars for high school students.

Q: I’m not a classical liberal, am I a good candidate for Freedom Week?

A: Yes! We select participants with a broad range of backgrounds. We’re looking for people with a variety of beliefs and perspectives to help enrich the conversation.

Q: My degree is in arts/science/underwater basket weaving. Am I a good candidate for Freedom Week?

A: Yes! While the most common majors among Freedom Week applicants are Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy we like to include people from other backgrounds too. Having people with different knowledge, experiences, and perspectives adds to the seminar.

Q: I previously attended Freedom Week, can I apply again?

A: No. In order to allow as many people as possible to attend Freedom Week, we will not consider applicants who have previously attended. However, we encourage you to apply for seminars from groups like the Institute for Humane Studies, the Foundation for Economic Education, the Mises Institute of Canada, the Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute, and the Independent Institute.

Q: I plan to apply for the ILS Summer Fellowship and/or the Dobson Bursary for the Study of Free Enterprise. Do I need to complete another application to be considered for Freedom Week?

A: No. Both the Summer Fellowship and Dobson Bursary applications can also be used for Freedom Week. If you are applying to these programs and wish to also be considered for Freedom Week, be sure to indicate your interest in Freedom Week in the appropriate field.

Q: Can I apply to more than one Freedom Week seminar?/Can I apply to only one seminar?

A: Applicants can apply to just one seminar, or to both. If you are interested in both seminars, you’ll be asked to rank them in order of preference. You will only be accepted to one seminar.

Q: What is the difference between the two seminars?

A: While the faculty speaking at the Montreal and Vancouver seminars are different, the general themes of the seminars are the same. Both seminars will deal with big questions about a free society from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Q: What are my chances of being accepted?

A: That will depend on the number of applications received. Last year, we were able to accept about 35% of those who applied.


Q: I’m not Canadian, can I still apply?

A: Yes! Students from other parts of the world bring valuable experiences and perspectives.

Q: Will you help me get a visa to come to Canada?

A: Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any advice on immigration questions. If you are accepted to Freedom Week and require a visa to visit Canada we can provide a letter confirming your acceptance to the seminar to include in your visa application.

If you still have questions, please contact us.