What is the cost of the program?
The program fee is around $3,400 ($4,400 minus the $1000 travel grant given to all undergraduates this year). Fee is subject to change, but will be finalized by December. This includes tuition for 3-6 credits, housing and breakfasts in an upscale bed and breakfast hotel, planned excursions in London and other locations in the U.K., and a pass for local transportation within London for the entire stay. Students must budget additional funds for airfare, meals other than breakfast, and personal expenses. The program fee is the same whether students are enrolled for 3 or 6 credits.
Is there funding available?
Check out the study abroad website to see how you can apply for a $1,000 travel stipend:
Does the program fee include airfare?
No. Students are responsible for their own airfare. Round trip tickets to London cost around $1,000-$1,400.
What airports do we fly into and out of?
Students will fly out of Chicago, O'Hare and into London, Heathrow. The return flight will also be from London, Heathrow to Chicago, O'Hare. Student may fly out of and return to different airports if necessary.
Do we all leave at the same time and will we all take the same flight?
The program leader will find the cheapest flight for everyone to take together, but it is not required for students to take this flight. Students in the past have flown into London on different airlines or a few days earlier. Please note that if you fly into London a day or more earlier than the official program start date you will be responsible for finding your own transportation into the city and accommodations for those nights.
When is the deposit for the program due?
A non-refundable program deposit of $1,000 is due a week after acceptance into the program (due a week after the deadline). The deposit goes towards your program fee. This is a requirement of all study abroad programs.
When is the balance of the program cost due?
After signing up for the program on the Study Abroad website, students will then sign up for the program course(s) during regular spring scheduling. The Bursar's office will send out the bill for the balance of the program mid-April. The total is due at that time.
Do I need a passport? How long does it take to get a passport, and how do I get one?
Students will need to turn in proof of a passport when they apply for the program. However we realized that some students may not have their passports at that time, in which case you will want to begin the application process as soon as you apply. Visit this website for further information: http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html
I'm an international student. Am I eligible for the program?
Yes. However, you will need to contact the study abroad office for information on what special visas you may need and start the process of applying for those as soon as possible. Visas and other applications sometimes take up to or more than 4 months.
I'm an American citizen. Do I need a visa?
No. American citizens do not need visas to enter Britain, or to visit any of the countries of the E.U. Your passport will be sufficient.
Will I have time to travel on my own?
Yes. Students are given some time to explore London, and other surrounding countries and areas on their own. In the past students have used their free weekend to fly to Dublin Ireland, take the train to Edinburgh Scotland, flown to Paris France, Rome Italy, and elsewhere. Graduate students will be given time to do their own independent research.
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