Frequently Asked Questions
*These FAQs are meant to supplement the program and procedural information already provided on the CGS website. Please feel free to contact the Center for Global Studies with any questions you have regarding semester off-campus programs, however before doing so please read our policies and procedures as well as our program pages which contain a wealth of information and may provide the answers you seek. As well, many questions, especially program and country specific, are better answered by the program itself and not by the Center for Global Studies. If you need assistance in finding contact information for a program, please contact our office and we would be happy to provide you with this information.
Q: Do I still pay normal GFU tuition as I have previous semesters?
A: Yes, you will be billed by GFU – usually equal to GFU tuition + room & board (with some variations, depending on the program).
Q: Do I keep my GFU financial aid package?
A: Yes (If you have financial-related questions, please direct to Student Financial Services)
Q: Will my credits transfer? How do I find out what they will transfer as? (GE, elective, major, etc.)
A: Yes. Talk to your enrollment counselor and/or your academic advisor for specifics.
Q: Am I responsible for booking my own flight?
A: Yes, unless your program costs include a flight (if so, you know who you are). After booking, please pass on receipt to Center for Global Studies coordinator by email.
Q: Will my flight cost be reimbursed?
A: No costs are ever ‘reimbursed’. With the exception of the SSO and NYCAMS programs; your flight amount will be credited to your student account, within reason. (ie. Please purchase the lowest possible fare; please book plenty of time in advance)
Q: Do I have to depart from Portland airport?
A: No, you are free to depart from other large airports if Portland is not your closest departure airport (within reason).
Q: Does George Fox pay my deposit and any application fees?
A: No, you are responsible for paying both deposit and application fee. Your deposit will be credited to your student account (for ALL programs), your application fee will not.
Q: Will I be able to fly with other GFU students to my semester off-campus destination?
A: This depends on:
1. Whether other GFU students are going to your same destination
2. Whether you coordinate your flights together
(This is your responsibility – the Center for Global Studies does not do this for you)
Q: Can I go to my destination before the semester begins and/or can I stay longer?
A: Yes, as long as you are present when your program begins through its conclusion.
(The Center for Global Studies will not pay for any flight changes or multiple destination tickets)
Q: I need assistance with applying for a VISA, whom do I ask?
A: All program-related questions, including VISA questions, are to be directed to the program itself NOT the Center for Global Studies. (Except for those attending the Spain program – see next question)
Q: The Semester in Spain program requires that I apply in person for my VISA at the consulate in San Francisco. Does the Center for Global Studies assist with this?
A: Yes, the Center for Global studies travels to SF to apply on student’s behalf.
Q: My program begins at a later date than George Fox. Can I live on-campus during this time?
A: No. Although you are still considered a GFU student for the semester, you are not eligible for on-campus housing.
Q: Does the Center for Global Studies require anything of me before/after my semester off-campus?
A: Yes, students accepted for off-campus semester study are required to:
- Attend an initial acceptance meeting in early February
- Attend two Saturday pre-departure orientation sessions facilitated by the Center for Global Studies
- Attend two Saturday re-entry workshops facilitated by the Center for Global Studies upon return (graduates exempt)
- Complete a two-page (minimum) reflection of the off-campus semester experience
Q: If I have concerns during my semester off-campus, whom do I talk to?
- If it is related directly to GFU - Your first contact should be the Center for Global Studies at GFU.
- If it is related to your semester off-campus program - Your first contact should be within your off-campus program. Your secondary contact should be the Center for Global Studies at GFU.
Q: I’m having trouble adjusting back to GFU life after I return. Are there resources on-campus to help with this transition?
A: Yes, the Center for Global Studies is available to meet with you and help you navigate re-entry. Please don’t hesitate to approach us.
Q: I want to make sure I am well prepared for my semester off-campus. Are there specific resources available that might assist me?
A: Yes, please contact the Center for Global Studies who will assist you by:
- Providing a relevant reading list
- Connecting you with other GFU students who are either alumni of your program or are attending your same semester.
- Scheduling a meeting with the director or coordinator to discuss concerns and suggest preparation.