Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Parent Information

More than 30 years ago, the George Fox faculty and administration made the decision to begin a program that would introduce students to the world: Juniors Abroad. The vision was to help students gain an understanding of the emerging global world and to provide another opportunity for the development of mentoring relationships. It has since become one of our signature and most popular programs. For many students this is the first time that they have left the North American continent.  Students have traveled to every continent except Antarctica, and have been able to experience and interact with diverse cultures around the world. Destinations change every year depending on faculty interest.  

Questions:

Many of your questions will be answered below or on our FAQ page.  If you have further questions please feel free to contact Lynn, Assistant Director or Paul, Director. See Contact Information.

Requirements:

  • Students must maintain three years of full-time enrollment. Transfer students may participate but are charged an additional fee.
  • Students must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the end of the fall semester preceding the May study-tour.
  • Students must be in good standing with the Office of Student Life.
  • Students must be approved by the George Fox Health and Counseling Center.

The Process:

  • Faculty propose trips in January for the next years trips.
  • The Juniors Abroad Committee reviews the proposals and approves courses/trips based on the faculty members experience, the academic content, the potential student interest, and the mix of countries to be visited.
  • Information on the registration process and the trip options are sent to students the first of March and the students are invited to meet for an information meeting in early March.
  • The ASC determines registration priority via a lottery and tent city event the night before the official registration for Juniors Abroad trips.
  • Students register beginning at 8:00am the next morning. 
  • Students receive an information packet and are invited to attend an information meeting in early November. The final student cost for the trips is determined by November 1st and is typically around $2000 - $2400. This cost includes air travel, ground transportation, food allowance, and entry fees into all required activities. Transfer students will be charged an additional fee depending on the number of semesters that they attend George Fox.  As long as the credit is 18 hours or less there is no additional tuition cost. There may be an additional cost for visas to some countries.
  • A medical information form is to be completed and submitted to the GFU Health and Counseling Center by the first of December.
  • A $300 non-refundable deposit, copy of passport and several forms are due the first Friday of spring semester. Classes begin as other classes the first week of spring semester. Once the deposit is paid the student commits to paying the entire amount for the trip.
    • NOTE - Passports should be applied for as early as possible but the application must be submitted by January 1st of the trip year or the student will NOT be allowed to participate. If a student does not have a passport by the due date they must submit a receipt showing that they have applied by January 1st.  There will be a $200 late fee if they have a receipt but not a passport. Passport fees are not included in the trip cost.
  • One-half of the remainder of the Juniors Abroad fee is due on March 1st and April 1st.
  • Trips typically leave the Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday after graduation and return approximately three weeks later.

Safety:

Safety of our students is our number one priority as we travel internationally.  Obviously, travel is never 100% safe, however, we make every effort to ensure the safety of our students, including the cancellation of a trip  if the location to be visited becomes unsafe. Our safety protocols included the following:

  • International Risk Management Committee:  The University's Risk Management team is composed of the Director and Assistant Director of the Center for Study Abroad, the Vice President of Student Life, Dean of Students, Director of Health and Counseling Services, Director of Security and Dean for Spiritual and Intercultural Life. This group overseas safety issues and is available in case of emergencies.
  • All faculty leaders undergo safety training.
  • Students are given a Safety and Travel Handbook.
  • Faculty are required to discuss the Safety Handbook with the students.
  • Students are required to pass a safety quiz in order to participate in Juniors Abroad
  • One person, typically the Assistant Director, is available 24/7 to answer the phone in case of an emergency.
  • The GFU security office is available 24/7.
  • All faculty must carry a mobile phone with all of the student contact information including phone numbers and email addresses.  
  • Students are required to have a cell phone with them at all times. Exceptions are made if a student does not have a phone.
  • All students must provide an emergency contact.
  • All trips carry a first aid kit, prepared by the GFU Health Center.
  • All trips must register with the U.S. Government Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
  • All students and faculty are covered under the University AIG health insurance.
  • All trips must register with AIG.
  • All students must complete and submit a Health Information Form which is reviewed by the GFU Health Center.  After review of the form, if the Health Center determines that a student has a condition that may impede the student's successful participation or completion of the trip the trip faculty are notified and are requested to meet with the student to discuss a possible plan for travel with the group.
  • The faculty and Center for Study Abroad constantly monitor U.S. Government Travel Advisories.
  • All students must sign a liability waver.
  • All students must obtain all required immunizations including childhood immunizations.