Juniors Abroad May 2017 Information
The following is general information you will need for all of the Juniors Abroad courses for May 2017. This year George Fox University is offering thirteen trip options for Juniors Abroad.
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE DOCUMENT.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING IN IT!!
6:00 PM, Wednesday, November 16, 2016
This meeting is an essential opportunity for all Juniors to obtain information on the Juniors Abroad courses, sign-up requirements, and to ask questions. Please make every effort to attend. This meeting should last 30 – 40 minutes.
• IMPORTANT DATES
December 2, 2016– Medical Form due – Turn in at the Health Center
January 13, 2017 – Deposit, liability form, on-line form, AND copy of passport due
February 15, 2017 – University account must be paid in full (except for Juniors Abroad)
March 1, 2017 – ½ of remaining Juniors Abroad payment due
April 1, 2017 – Final Juniors Abroad payment due
May 30, 2017 – Complete an on-line course evaluation
• ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
These include Junior Standing or above, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the end of the fall semester preceding the May trip, and good standing with the Student Life Office preceding the May trip. Students who do NOT meet these requirements may NOT be allowed to participate.
What happens if I am caught breaking the University’s lifestyle statement before I leave for the trip?
The policy as stated in the catalog is:
Students must be in good standing with the Office of Student Life in the fall and spring semesters preceding the May tour (see Standards of Conduct). If you lose good standing with the Student Life Office before you go on the Juniors Abroad trip you may NOT be allowed to participate on the trip.
What happens if I am caught breaking the University’s lifestyle statement while on the trip?
You signed the following statement as part of the liability statement:
That in the interests of the entire group, the appointed faculty of GFU reserve the right to send a person home at that person’s expense for reasons of disciplinary action or if the person is unable due to injury, illness, or other circumstances, to maintain the tour itinerary. Your grade will be lowered one letter grade and the faculty/director of Juniors Abroad also reserve the right to fine a person, up to an amount equal to the University’s cost of the trip, for behavior outside of the GFU lifestyle statement.
Please note carefully all of the academic, student life, and financial eligibility requirements as listed in the George Fox University Catalog.
• TRAVEL HEALTH EXPECTATIONS - Please read carefully.
As you consider traveling abroad please understand accommodations, travel, and basic living will be very different than at home. For example, many towns, communities, and institutions abroad are not easily accessible for those with certain disabilities. It is important that you understand that travel is stressful (this is not a vacation, but work). You will be traveling with a group on a demanding itinerary, rest and private time will be limited. Further, some trips involve strenuous activities, including lots of walking, climbing and strenuous hiking. The Center for Study Abroad and the George Fox Health and Counseling Center will seek to advise students about particular activities that may cause concern for some students with physical and health related limitations. It is imperative, that if you have any physical (eg, diabetes, food allergies) or mental health issue (eg. depression, anxiety, eating disorder) that you notify the Health Center and your faculty leader and engage in an open and realistic conversation about how the trip may affect you. Pre-trip thought, discussion and planning will save possible disruption of the trip for the entire group.
Questions? Contact Paul Chamberlain, Director, Center for Study Abroad, x2154, Lemmons 9
Lynn Scott, Assistant Director, Center for Study Abroad, x2150, Lemmons 9
__________________________• HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Register for one of the following Cross-Cultural Experience Courses:
|GEED 365 A||M||Australia||Jim Foster, Mark Weinert|
|GEED 365 B||M||Berlin to Pula||Josh Sauerwein, Seth Sikkema|
|GEED 365 C||W||Central America||Viki Defferding, Isabelle Corneaux|
|GEED 365 D||W||East Africa||Carlisle Chambers, Anderson Campbell|
|GEED 365 E||M||England/France||Caitlin Corning, Phil Smith|
|GEED 365 F||W||India/Sri Lanka||Steve Winterberg, Jeff Tatum|
|GEED 365 G||W||Ireland/Scotland||Kathy Heininge, Tim Timmerman|
|GEED 365 H||W||Israel/Jordan||Kathy Weiss, Stephanie Fisher|
|GEED 365 I||Tu||Peru||Kevin Jones, Dawn Ford|
|GEED 365 J||Tu||Rome to London||Gary Spivey, Cliff Rosenbohm|
|GEED 365K||Tu||South Africa||Mary Schmitt, Gina Miller|
|GEED 365L||Th||Spain/Portugal||Jillian Sokso, Nicole Enzinger|
|GEED 365M||Tu||Tibet/Nepal||Paul Chamberlain, Nate Peach|
|GEED 365N||Tu||Greece||Steve Grant,Tim Tshohantaridis|
• YOU CAN BE REGISTERED FOR ONLY ONE TRIP. You can also be waitlisted on an additional trip or waitlisted for two trips.
• All classes meet at 6:30pm on the day of the week listed.
• WHAT DO I DO AFTER I REGISTER?
1. Submit a copy of your passport to the Center for Study Abroad, Lemmons 9 by January 13, 2017.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PASSPORT YOU CAN BE REMOVED FROM THE COURSE AND TRIP.
If you have ordered your passport but have not received it by January 13, 2017 you MUST turn in a RECEIPT (along with $100 late fee) as proof that you have ordered your passport by this date.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PASSPORT OR RECEIPT YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN JUNIORS ABROAD!
2. Submit a medical release form by December 2, 2016.
3. Submit a nonrefundable $300 deposit to Student Accounts.
This deposit will be applied to your charges for the trip; however, it will not be refunded if you withdraw, so consider your plans carefully. Deposits are to be made in the Student Accounts Office in the Edward Stevens Center. The deadline for deposits is January 13, 2016. IF YOU CHANGE TRIPS THE DEPOSIT IS STILL GOOD FOR THE NEW TRIP.
4. Complete on-line deposit and information form by January 13, 2017.
5. Submit the signed Liability Form to the Centere for Study Abroad, Leemmons 9, by January 13, 2017.
6. Attend class sessions for your study course.
7. Make payments by March 1, 2017 and April 1, 2017.
8. Pay your student account in full by February 15, 2017 (except for Juniors Abroad) If you are on a payment plan you do not need to worry about these dates.
9. Maintain your academic, financial, and student life eligibility.
10. Communicate any questions with your faculty leader and/or the Director, Center for Study Abroad.
11. Complete an online course evaluation upon your return from the trip.
• WHAT HAPPENS TO WAITLISTS?
Waitlists are updated periodically throughout the year. There is typically not much movement until the December before the May course. Between December and the first week of spring semester the waitlists change dramatically. You can find out how many people are on the waitlist by going to the course schedule. The number of students on the waitlist is given at the far right.
You can find your position in a waitlist by going to MyGFU, select Student Center/Enroll/My Class Schedule. You waitlist position will be given under each course.
• WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE ANOTHER CLASS AT THE SAME TIME?
You cannot double-book classes. You can NOT register for another course that meets on the same night and time as the Cross-Cultural course. Please make sure that you do not enroll in a Juniors Abroad course at the same time as a required course for your major.
• CAN I STUDY ABROAD THE SAME SEMESTER THAT I AM ENROLLED IN JUNIORS ABROAD?
You cannot attend an off-campus program and be enrolled in the Juniors Abroad course the same semester. You can go on Juniors Abroad the following year and have the same priority as a junior. You are responsible for contacting the Director for the Center for Study Abroad the year of your trip.
• IS TUITION FOR JUNIORS ABROAD EXTRA?
Not as long as you are enrolled in 18 credits or less. You can include the course as part of your spring semesters block tuition. However, if you go over 18 hours you will be charged for the extra credits.
• WHO CAN GO ON JUNIORS ABROAD?
Juniors Abroad is a transportation-subsidized Cross-cultural course, offered to any junior student who has fulfilled the requirements. Seniors who have not been on a trip can also go but will be put at the bottom of the waitlist. Transfers will pay a "buy-in-fee."
• CAN A TRANSFER STUDENT GO ON JUNIORS ABROAD?
Yes, transfer students can go on Juniors Abroad. However, they will be charged an extra fee based on the number of semesters that they attend George Fox.
• WILL I NEED A VISA?
Maybe. Most trips do not need visas, but there are usually a few trips where visas are required. Your course faculty will let you know if you need one in the first class meeing. Non-US students will need a visa to Europe.
• ARE IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIRED?
Yes! It is required that everyone have their childhood vaccinations including tetanus, measles, etc. Certain trips to developing countries will REQUIRE additional immunizations. These MUST be obtained or you cannot go on the trip.
• IS THERE A CLASS BEFORE THE TRIP?
Absolutelty. Classes typically meet approximately 8 - 10 times throughout the semester. Attendance is mandatory.
Your total travel costs consist of two categories:
- Charges for lodging, meals, and other trip expenses. This figure may also include some of the airfare for especially expensive destinations. Everyone signing-up for a trip will receive a statement and reminder of these charges included with your spring semester bill. Your $300 deposit is applied toward these charges; half of the remaining balance is due March 1st and the remainder is due April 1st. Transportation costs are paid by the University for eligible juniors; this transportation subsidy represents approximately a 50% discount of the actual trip cost.
Transfer students will be charged an additional charge, dependent on the number of semesters spent at George Fox. Students, staff, alumni and other friends of the University, who are not eligible for the Juniors Abroad transportation subsidy, may apply to join a study tour, paying full expenses for the trip. They will be accommodated on a space-available basis and with permission of the Director for the Center for Study Abroad.
- Out-of-pocket expenses which are not included in the trip charges include passport charges, cost of passport photos, cost of birth certificates or other documentation needed for passport applications, health-related expenses such as immunizations, spending money for souvenirs, snacks, postcards, stamps, independent meals, and optional excursions, etc. Your faculty trip leader will give you suggested guidelines at your group meetings during spring semester on the amount of spending money to take along for your particular trip. Typical amounts students take range from $200 - $600. Where possible, it is usually best to use ATM cards to obtain cash in foreign countries. Check with your individual faculty leaders to see if this is appropriate for your trip.
• HOW DO I GET A PASSPORT?
Passport applications for U.S. citizens are available online at http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html
You must have an official copy of your birth certificate (OFFICIAL birth certificates are typically obtained in the County Courthouse of the county where you born) and an official passport photo. Detailed instructions and lists of charges are on the passport application. Please read these instructions carefully. You will need to turn in your applications and show the supporting documentation at one of the official passport offices; the nearest office to Newberg is the Dundee Post Office in Dundee at 279 SW. 5th Ave (800-275-8777). Have your photos taken at any place that does passport photos.
Besides a photo for your passport, some trips will require VISA’s which often require additional passport photos.
Please note that your passport must be good six months after you travel.
Also, if you obtained a passport as a child, you will need to get a new passport now that you are an adult.
It is imperative that you begin the process of obtaining your passport as soon as possible
Steps to getting a passport:
1. Obtain an official copy of your birth certificate (Your parents or guardians should have this). If not you will need to obtain a copy from the county courthouse (NOT the hospital) where you were born. This can sometimes be a time consuming process and should be done as soon as possible.
2. Obtain a passport application online.
3. Obtain two official passport photos. You may need more depending on your trip.
4. Take money, passport, passport photo and birth certificate to an official passport office. DO NOT SIGN THE PASSPORT UNTIL YOU ARE AT THE PASSPORT OFFICE.
5. Some trips will require a visa to enter the country. See your trip leader next spring for further information.
If you are an international student you may also need to obtain visas that US students do not. Please check with your faculty leader or the consulate of the country you will be visiting for more information. It is essential that you begin this process as soon as possible, since it often takes weeks to obtain visas. Please see Alex Pia in the International Student Services for further assistance.
• DOES THE SCHOOL PROVIDE INSURANCE WHILE I AM OVERSEAS?
The University does NOT provide separate major medical coverage for students. Typically, your current insurance, either through the University, or through your parents, will also cover you while you are traveling. You are encouraged to check with your insurance carrier about coverage while you are traveling in a foreign country.
The University does, however, purchase emergency travel insurance for each student.
• HOW DO I USE JUNIORS ABROAD CREDIT IN MY PROGRAM?
All study tours are offered as GEED 365 Cross-Cultural Experience courses for 3 semester hours. Students can use the course credits to meet the Global and Cultural Understanding General Education requirement, or upper-division elective credits. If you wish to use the course in lieu of another course, please consult with your academic advisor, the faculty leader and the course's department chair.
Occasionally students wish to register for the course as an auditor; this is permitted but please keep in mind that you will not earn college credit for an audited course, and that audited courses are billed as 1.5 hours.
• WHAT HAPPENS IF DEMAND EXCEEDS SPACE IN A TRIP?
The Juniors Abroad program offers a variety of attractive destinations each May, but cannot guarantee a trip to a specific location. In order to keep groups at a manageable size, trips are typically capped at 20 or fewer. If a trip fills, students will be given priority over non-students, and, among students, juniors will be given priority over seniors. If the number of juniors signed up still exceeds space, the Director of the Center for Study Abroad will work with students on waiting lists to match them up with other trips. Students who have not made deposits by the January deadline will have their spots offered to students on the waiting list. Students are encouraged to make a second choice if they are not selected for their first choice.
NOTE: Seniors will automatically be put at the bottom of the waitlist.
• CAN I STAY AFTER THE GROUP RETURNS HOME?
Maybe. Airline tickets are purchased as a group. Thus it is up to the individual airline if they will allow a deviation from the group itinerary. Most airlines allow up to 20% of the tickets to deviate. There is typically an additional cost for changing the itinerary from the group itinerary. Again, this is determined by the airline. If you would like to change your itinerary, you need to discuss this with the faculty leader as soon as possible after the start of classes in the spring. The faculty member will then contact the travel agent to determine if your itinerary is possible and what the additional cost will be. You must have all of the information, including the actual return dates BEFORE the faculty member can contact the travel agent.
NOTE: Once you leave the group all arrangements are your responsibility.
• WHAT IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?
For answers to general questions about the Juniors Abroad Program, policies, eligibility and procedures, or if you need to find out the best place to go to get a response to other questions, see:
Paul Chamberlain, Director, Center for Study Abroad, ext. 2154, Lemmons 9, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Lynn Scott, Assistant Director, Center for Study Abroad, ext 2150, Lemmons 9, email@example.com
For answers to specific questions about the activities and requirements of a particular study tour, see the Faculty Leaders for that trip.