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Juniors Abroad Information May 2021

The following is general information you will need for all of the Juniors Abroad courses for May 2020. This year George Fox University is offering fourteen trip options for Juniors Abroad.

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JUNIORS ABROAD
INFORMATION MEETING
6:00 PM, Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Zoom

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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 approximately 50 minutes.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL INFORMATION THAT IS SHARED AT THE MEETING.

 PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE DOCUMENT.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING IN IT.

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WARNING!

PASSPORTS - You must have a current passport to travel. NOTE the following:

  • You must apply for your passport by October 30, 2020, or you will NOT be allowed to participate in Juniors Abroad.
  • If you do not have PASSPORT OR RECEIPT, dated before November 1, 2020, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN JUNIORS ABROAD! 

SEE FURTHER INFORMATION ON OBTAINING A PASSPORT BELOW.

SENIORS WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO TRAVEL IN MAY 2020 - You do NOT need to turn in a new passport copy or another liability form. You DO need to check on your $300 deposit with Student Accounts and complete the online Medical form (Health & Counseling still has a copy of your childhood immunization records).



What is next:

You MUST pay your $300 deposit AND turn in ALL of the following forms by October 30, 2020or you will be dropped from the class list and you will lose your place in the course.  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 October 30, 2020.  IF YOU CHANGE TRIPS THE DEPOSIT IS STILL GOOD FOR THE NEW TRIP.

Health Center will email you the link to their online form around October 1st. If you do not receive the email by October 8, 2020, please send them an email requisting the link - hcc@georgefox.edu
Medical form and Childood vaccination records (Due by October 30, 2020)

•Turn into Student Financial Services:
$300 deposit

• Email a scanned copy to Center for Study Abroad - studyabroadcenter@georgefox.edu
Copy of passport (Copy first two pages. Please sign passport.)
Signed liability form (Download here)

• Complete on-line:
IMPORTANT DATES (Please add these to your calendar

October 30, 2020 Medical Form due – this is an online form. Childhood vaccination records should be emaild to the Health Center - hcc@georgefox.edu

October 30, 2020 – Deposit, liability form, on-line form, AND copy of passport due

February 15, 2021 – University account must be paid in full (except for Juniors Abroad)

March 1, 2021– ½ of remaining Juniors Abroad payment due

April 1, 2021Final Juniors Abroad payment due

May 30, 2021 – Complete an on-line course evaluation

• ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • These include Junior Standing (third year of college) 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 lose good standing with Student Life BEFORE 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 in 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. For all of the Juniors Abroad policies see Policies.

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. 

• HOW DO I SIGN UP?

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CHANGE IN JUNIORS ABROAD COURSE:

Juniors Abroad is now two courses (previously it was one 3 credit course), a 2 credit course offered in the spring semester before your trip and a 1 credit course offered in May for the actual trip.   You first must register for the 2 credit course  (GEED 365-Cross-Cultural Experience).  You will then be automatically registered for the 1 credit course (GEED 465-Cross-Cultural Experience) the spring before you travel.   

• GEED 365 is a pre-requisite for GEED 465.
• The Cost of Juniors Abroad is included in GEED 365.  
• Both courses must be taken in the same year. 
• There is NO tuition charged for GEED 465.
• Both courses will be graded. 

Register for one of the following Cross-Cultural Experience Courses:

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND COSTS 

Course #
Course Faculty Day
GEED 365 B Australia Melanie Mock / Jil Beals M
GEED 365 E Greece 2021 Sean St. Jean / Erin Johnson Tu
GEED 365 F Iceland/Ireland/England Pete Rusaw / Rebecca Yazzie W
GEED 365 G India/Indonesia Matt Meyer Tu
GEED 365 I Mongolia/Siberia Paul Chamberlain / Carlisle Chambers Tu
GEED 365 J New Zealand Seth Sikkema Th
GEED 365 K Southern Africa Andrea Alexander / Catherine Kacalek W
GEED 365 L Switzerland to Austria Laurie Koehler / Kelly Chang Tu
GEED 365 M Thailand/Cambodia Kathy Weiss / Tim Timmerman W
GEED 365 N Prague to Budapest - June Adam Puckett / Craig Inglesby Tu
GEED 365 O Egypt Jim Foster / Steve Grant W
GEED 365 P Greece 2020 Bob Harder / Jeffrey Walters W
GEED 365 Q Italy Jillian Sokso / Ashley Lippard Tu
GEED 365 R Poland to Croatia David Martinez M
GEED 365 S Vietnam, Hong Kong, S. Korea Jeff Duerr / Brent Wilson M
GEED 365 U  Australia - June Adam Haldorson / Dale Isaak Tu

 

• 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.

• Attend class sessions for your study course. CLASS ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY.

Make payments by March 1, 2021 and April 1, 2021. (It is fine to pay in full at any time) If you are on a monthly payment plan Juniors Abroad payments are NOT part of your monthly payment plan.

Pay your student account in full by February 15, 2021 (except for Juniors Abroad)  If you are on a payment plan you do not need to worry about these dates.

• Maintain your academic, financial, and student life eligibility.

• Communicate any questions with your faculty leader and/or the Director, Center for Study Abroad.

• Complete an online course evaluation upon your return from the trip.

• Complete a Global Perspectives Inventory before and after the trip.

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FURTHER INFORMATION

• 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.

  • IMPORTANT
    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 an official passport photo. You may need more depending on your trip. Instructions for photos are on the U.S. Passport site.  Locally, you can obtain passport photos from Fred Meyer or Walgreens.

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. You do not need to do anything until next spring when your class meets.  You faculty leader will help you with this. 

International Students
If you are an international student you may also need to obtain visas that U.S. 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. If you have any questions contact the George Fox Center for Study Abroad.  
If you are a non-U.S. citizen you may need a Schengen Visa
to enter Europe. You will need to travel to the consulate of the FIRST country where you enter Europe.  Please read the information on this link to see if you need a visa to travel to Europe and to obtain all of the information for obtaining a Schengen Visa. 

 • 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 MyGeorgeFox, select Student Center/Enroll/My Class Schedule.  Your 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.

• CAN I AUDIT THE JUNIORS ABROAD COURSE?
Yes, you can audit your Juniors Abroad course, but you will not receive college credit. Your obligations for course work may be different than a student taking the course for credit, but you will still need to attend all courses and do work designated by the course instructor. Audit credit for Juniors Abroad courses is charged at the same rate as regular tuition.

• 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 may 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 meeting. Non-US students may 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. You do not need to do anything about these trip specific immunizations until you meet with your faculty leader in January.

• IS THERE A CLASS BEFORE THE TRIP?
Absolutely. Classes typically meet approximately 8 - 10 times throughout the semester. Attendance is mandatory.

• WHAT WILL MY TOTAL TRAVEL COSTS BE?
Your total travel costs consist of two categories:
  1. Trip Costs.  The trip cost includes transportation, lodging, food, and required activities. Everyone signing up for a trip will receive a statement and a 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. The university pays approximately 50% of the actual trip cost.
    Transfer students will be charged an additional charge, dependent on the number of semesters spent at George Fox. Students 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.
  2. Out-of-pocket expenses which are not included in the trip charges include passport charges, visa fees, 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 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/Debit cards to obtain cash in foreign countries. Check with your individual faculty leaders to see if this is appropriate for your trip.

DOES THE SCHOOL PROVIDE INSURANCE WHILE I AM OVERSEAS?
The university provides emergency medical insurance while traveling on Juniors Abroad. However, 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.

• HOW DO I USE JUNIORS ABROAD CREDIT IN MY PROGRAM?
All study tours are offered as GEED 365 Cross-Cultural Experience courses for 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 the same as a regular course. The audited course will NOT fulfill the Intercultural GE requirement.

• 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 may 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 October 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 may 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:

David Martinez, Director, Center for Study Abroad, ext. 2154,
StudyAbroad/Intercultural House, dmartinez@georgefox.edu

Lynn Scott, Assistant Director, Center for Study Abroad, ext. 2150,
StudyAbroad
/Intercultural House, lscott@georgefox.edu

For answers to specific questions about the activities and requirements of a particular study tour, see the Faculty Leaders for that trip.