The program is designed primarily for teachers and school administrators from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Annually up to 30 selected participants attend; they represent all levels of education and all types of schools, both public and private. The only requirements are an adequate speaking knowledge of English and an interest in gaining a better understanding of the United States and its people. Students who are in their final year of their teacher training are also encouraged to apply.

Spouses, partners, and participant children who are at least 8 years old are welcome to accompany program participants. They will be eligible to participate in all field trips plus social and cultural activities but not program lectures.

All prospective participants are encouraged to contact the respective offices in their country (see Nordic Contacts). These offices may have additional information regarding the program and may be able to suggest additional stipend sources, and provide contact names of former program participants.