University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office of International Education (OIE) WEB GUIDE
Larissa, Meteora, Makrinitsa, Athens - Greece; London - England
Dates: May 13 - June 4, 2013; Spring interim 2014
Courses: Liberal Studies 331
Program Model: Faculty-led
Contact: Courtney Bauder, 920-203-9549; N/E 613
Experience Greek society and culture while attending informational seminars in the seaside communities of Volos and Athens, two of the 2004 Summer Olympic cities. Participate in social service activities to observe practices addressing societal issues.
While in Volos, explore such places as the traditional villages of the Pelion mountain region of Thessaly, the majestic rock formations with ancient monasteries and ancient ruins at Meteora, the Athanassakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos and perhaps one of the outlying islands.
After departing Volos, travel to Athens and tour the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Akropolis with its Parthenon, the Plaka area, the Benakion Museum of Greek Civilization, the Greek National Historical Museum, and the Athens 2004 Olympic village building. These communities reflect urban, rural and diverse environments and offer unique opportunities for professional and personal growth.
- learn skills for working with children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds;
- better understand variations in beliefs, traditions, and values across cultures within and the effect of the relationships among child, family, and schooling as related to special education placement and instructional decisions;
- better understand the characteristics and effects on educational performance of the cultural and environmental milieu of the child and the family including cultural and linguistic diversity, socioeconomic level, abuse/neglect, and substance abuse;
- learn to incorporate strategies that consider the influence of diversity on assessment, eligibility, programming, and placement of individuals with exceptional learning needs;
- better understand cultural perspectives influencing the relationship among families, schools, and communities as related to effective instruction for individuals with exceptional learning needs;
- learn to promote better understanding of diverse cultures and manifestation of cultural differences in classroom interactions; and
- develop effective communication and collaborative strategies for relationships with professionals, families of children with disabilities, and families from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Liberal Studies 331- Study Tour (3 credits)
International Studies 333 1 unit (cr.)
Prerequisites: none; syllabus
If you request enrollment in this course on the study abroad application, you will be automatically enrolled and will not be contacted about the coursework involved. Assignments for this course must be done independently. Contact the Office of International Education with questions.
Study Abroad and Graduation
Students graduating at the end of this study abroad experience must choose a summer graduation date. Summer graduates may choose to walk in the May or the December graduation ceremony.
The "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" includes your Program Fee (the amount due directly to UW Oshkosh), your airfare and other expenses related to your participation on this program.
Full Estimated Cost of Participation: $6,220 in spring interim 2013; TBA for spring interim 2014
As part of the application process for this program, you are required to review, sign and submit the "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" worksheet for your program. The worksheet includes all of the cost details for your program and is linked from STEP III of the "Apply" section of this guide.
Check the link for your accommodation for amenities, room size and location. Rooms can be extremely small. It isn't unusual to have very little space around the bed, shorter beds, only a few inches for a closet pole, tight showers and/or buildings directly outside your window.
Glyfada - Hotel Emmantina
Address: 33 Possidonos Ave, Glyfada, 166 75 Athens: Tel: 011-30-210-898-0683; Fax: 011-30-210-894-8110
You and your friends may request each other as roommates by editing your on-line study abroad applications. The Office of International Education will not assign roommates unless students request EACH OTHER!
In some cases, participants may be able to elect a single room. There is always a significant fee; check with the Office of International Education for an estimate if you are interested.
Those who do not make a request will be assigned a roommate.
Daily continental breakfasts, dinners in Athens and all meals while on your cruise, beginning with lunch on the day of embarkation and ending with breakfast on the day of disembarkation, are incuded in your program fee.
Review the estimate for the amount of money you should bring to cover meals in the Full Cost of Participation worksheet. It is not reasonable to think that you can save money by spending less than the food estimate provided by the OIE! This estimate is meant to be the BARE MINIMUM in relation to your particular destination!
Undergraduate students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 and be in good standing, have a clean disciplinary record, and meet course prerequisites. Undergraduates who do not meet these requirements should contact the program leader. In some cases, the eligibility requirements can be waived.
If you have a disability that requires reasonable accommodation, it is best to consult with disability services on the UW Oshkosh campus at least a few weeks prior to the study abroad application deadline. If this isn’t possible, consult with disability services as far in advance as possible or by the study abroad application deadline. If you are a student on another campus, please consult your own disability services office first and then ask that office to contact the UW Oshkosh disability services office at (920) 424-3100.
Inability or failure to attend may affect your participation, course grades and ability to receive and use financial aid.
- Fall Interim & Spring Semester Programs: Sat, 11/9/13, 9:00-1:00, Location TBD
- Spring Interim, Summer & Fall Semester Programs: Sat, 4/13/13, 9:00-1:00, Location TBD
Spring Interim 2013 Program
- Friday, April 12, 2013, 5:00 - 8:00 pm in NE 221
- Friday, April 19, 2013, 5:00 - 8:00 pm in NE 221
- Friday, May 3, 2013, 5:00 - 8:00 pm in NE 221
Spring Interim 2014 Program
- Friday, April 11, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 pm in NE 221
- Friday, April 18, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 pm in NE 221
- Friday, May 2, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 pm in NE 221
Before You Apply
- Write the Study Abroad Orientation dates in your calendar.
All participants must attend from beginning to end. Inability or failure to attend orientations may affect your participation. Approximately 95% of our participants bring one or more family members, though family participation is optional.
- Write all payment deadlines in your calendar.
If you aren't the person who will be making payments, share this information with the person who will be.
- Understand how seats are assigned on study abroad programs.
- Write all pre-/post-travel class dates in your calendar. Missing a session may make you ineligible for program participation.
Seats are assigned in the order in which qualified applicants have completed STEPS I & II of the application process, provided STEP III has also been completed by the STEP III application deadline.
This means that you may be conditionally admitted following completion of steps I & II, but NOT receive a seat if you then fail to complete STEP III on time.
If you are on the waiting list, you may receive a seat if applicants who have been conditionally admitted have not completed STEP III by the deadline.
After the deadline, seats are assigned in the order in which qualified applicants have completed all three steps.
Spring Interim Programs
STEPS I & II: 1st Friday of Spring Semester by 12:00 pm.
STEP III: 2nd Friday of Spring Semester by 12:00 pm.
Application STEPs & Application Checklist
Complete the three steps below in order, or work on all three steps simultaneously. Check off items as you SUBMIT them to the Office of International Education.
|Complete the on-line study abroad/away application.|
|Print the application packet and sign where appropriate.|
|Pay the UW Oshkosh application fee
($100 for in-state residents and $200 for out-of-state residents) per the instructions in the application packet and turn in your receipt to the OIE. If you have mailed the application fee to the Cashier's Office, notify the OIE so that OIE staff can contact the Cashier's Office for confirmation.
|Print an unofficial copy of your university transcript
Highlight course prerequisites (if applicable) and final GPA.
To print your transcripts, EITHER copy and paste your transcript from TitanWeb into Word and print OR follow these instructions:
1) Open your transcript in TitanWeb using Internet Explorer.
2) Highlight all of the information in your transcript.
3) Go to "print preview"
4) Click on "as selected on screen"
5) Change the orientation to "landscape"
|Credit Overload Form
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you will exceed the maximum credit limit for the semester.
|Special Student Form for Undergraduate Admissions
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not a student at UW Oshkosh OR if you are not a student at all.
|Graduate Registration Form and Graduate Special/Non-Degree Information Form
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn graduate level credit, or if you are in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn undergraduate level credit.
|Submit the Disciplinary Clearance Form
Complete ONLY IF you are a student at a university or college OTHER THAN UW Oshkosh. Submit this form to the appropriate office on your HOME campus; request that the office on your HOME campus submit the form directly to the UW Oshkosh OIE by the deadline for this step of the application process.
Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:
none for STEP II
|Review, sign and submit the Full Cost of Participation worksheet.
|Edit the "medical" and "medical III" sections of your on-line study abroad application to ensure that every question is complete. Each and every question must be answered, even if the answer is obviously "none" or "n/a"!|
|Provide proof of passport
Complete only if you will travel outside the U.S.
If you already have a passport, edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include all requested passport details.
If you do not already have a passport, apply for one and submit a copy of your receipt to the OIE showing that you have applied.
Click here for passport forms and instructions.
|Edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include your full name.
If you are traveling OUTSIDE the U.S., enter your full name EXACTLY as it appears on your passport or on your passport application. DO NOT GUESS!
If you are traveling WITHIN the U.S. (including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), enter your name EXACTLY as it appears on your driver’s license. DO NOT GUESS!
Your name will be printed on your airline ticket exactly as you enter it. If the name on your airline ticket does not match the name on your identification, you will be charged a correction fee or may not be allowed through airport security.
Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:
none for STEP III
Log in to your on-line study abroad/away application to see the status of your application; this is explained in the the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
Use the "application status" tab on your on-line application to check for missing application materials. Because our on-line application system is unable to generate application materials lists which are specific to each individual study abroad program, missing "program-specific" materials aren't outlined on the system. Use the check boxes above to keep track of forms you've completed and then to track forms you've submitted to the OIE.
"Add Comment" vs. UW Oshkosh email
Prior to completing a study abroad application, OIE staff will correspond with you via your UW Oshkosh email account.
After completing the first step of the study abroad application process, which is done on line, you'll mainly communicate with the OIE via this same application. This allows all staff in the OIE to review questions or issues even when the primary staff member working with you is out of the office.
To ask or respond to a question, log in to your application and click on "Add Comment". Comments are emailed to you and to firstname.lastname@example.org and are saved in the application "history".
Communication to groups will be via UW Oshkosh email.
To avoid having our messages to you end up in the cyber trash, if you do not have a UW Oshkosh email address you must use your work or university email address. The OIE will not accept hotmail or yahoo addresses under any circumstances.
I've never used my UW Oshkosh email address before. How do I do this?
See http://www.uwosh.edu/titanapps for instructions. For help, call (920) 424-3020.
You are subject to the withdrawal and refund policy which you signed (or will sign) when you applied to a UW Oshkosh-sponsored study abroad program. Because this is a financial contract between you and the university, it is in your best interest to read this if you haven't already!
If at any time in this process you decide to withdraw, you must formally request to withdraw following the OIE Withdrawal Process.
Program Cancellation by UW Oshkosh
If a program is cancelled by UW Oshkosh, you will receive a full refund.
Using financial aid to cover some or all of your costs? See our detailed financial aid information.
Spring Interim Programs
- First Payment of $1,000 (or full fee if the total due to UW Oshkosh is less than $1,000) is due the last Friday of March.
- Final Payment, including all related tuition fees, is due the first Friday of May.
First Program Fee Payment
Your emailed study abroad acceptance letter (the one that says that you have been officially accepted to participate) includes a link to a statement for your first payment. This statement will not be sent to you in any other way. No one else will receive this statement or a copy of your bill; no further reminders will be sent. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the payment deadlines; you will need to forward your statement to the person who pays your bills if you are not that person!!!
The initial Program Fee Statement is also provided here. You can use this copy or the copy included in your acceptance letter (they are identical) when paying your fees.
Second Program Fee Payment
You will receive a link to a statement for your second payment VIA EMAIL from the Office of International Education just prior to the second payment deadline. Some programs have been advertised using a range of fees; if this is the case, you must plan to cover fees at the top end of the range until you receive your second statement. This statement will indicate whether there have been cost savings due to increased participant numbers, exchange rates, etc. and, therefore, a reduced program fee.
If your program includes a required tuition payment IN ADDITION TO YOUR PROGRAM FEE, this will be clearly indicated on the Full Cost of Participation Worksheet linked within the "Apply" section of this guide.
For interim programs, follow the program fee payment deadlines ($1,000 total due by the first deadline date, the remaining tuition and program fee due by the final deadline date).
For semester & summer programs, tuition will be billed by Student Accounts just before the term at UW Oshkosh begins, just as it normally is. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the normal university tuition payment deadlines.
Payment by Cash or Check
All payments by cash or check must be accompanied by a copy of your program fee statement. Make checks payable to “The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh” and write “Study Abroad” in the memo section. Pay fees at the Cashier's Office on the second floor of Dempsey Hall or mail your check to: Cashier's Office, UW Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901. Cashier office hours: Mon – Fri 8:30-4:00 (8:30-3:00 the day after Thanksgiving).
Payment by Credit Card or E-check
Payment by MasterCard or American Express carries a 2.5% convenience fee and can be made through TitanWeb http://www.uwosh.edu/tw/. E-checks carry a fee of $0.50 per transaction.
Payment by Financial Aid, Grant, Scholarship or External Loan
Submit the "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form to Student Accounts by the first payment deadline. Students who plan to to cover some costs on their own and remaining costs using financial aid, grants or scholarships must pay costs not covered by aid/loans/scholarships, up to $1,000, by the first payment deadline.
For UW Oshkosh students, financial aid will automatically be applied toward study abroad-related fees on your student account. If you are a student elsewhere, you may need to pick up your change check from your home campus, cash the check, and send payment to UW Oshkosh.
Once your "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form has been submitted, a "positive service indicator" will appear on your record indicating that financial aid will be paying your study abroad program fees. This should not prevent you from doing anything except printing transcripts.
Oshkosh - Departure (2013 Program)
Mode of transportation: school bus
Meeting Date & Time: 13 MAY 2013 at 10:30 am
Departure Time: 10:45 am
Departure Location: Parking Lot 30 (corner of Wisconsin and Pearl), there will also be a pick up in Milwaukee at the Park N Ride on the SW corner of HWY 45 and Watertown Plank Road. The bus will pick up there at 11:45 am.
From Oshkosh to the Airport
If the "mode of transportation" to the airport for your program is "bus", there is a bus scheduled to take participants from Oshkosh to the airport.
If there is a bus, and if you plan to ride the bus...
your on-line study abroad application must show "I will take the group bus from Oshkosh to the airport" on the transportation tab. You may request a pickup or end-of-program drop-off in Milwaukee by emailing email@example.com. If you don't make this request in advance, the bus will not stop in Milwaukee. Check your on-line application if you aren't sure what you indicated when you first applied; if the information is incorrect, edit your information AT LEAST two business days prior to your departure.
If there is a bus, and if you do not plan to ride the bus...
your on-line study abroad application must show "I will arrange for my own transportation from Oshkosh to the airport" on the transportation tab. It is then your responsibility to arrange for transportation between your residence and the airport and to arrange to meet the group at the airport. Check your on-line application if you aren't sure what you indicated when you first applied; if the information is incorrect, edit your information AT LEAST two business days prior to your departure.
Park in UW Oshkosh Lot 30 with a Valid UW Oshkosh Parking Permit
If you have a valid UW Oshkosh commuter parking permit (look for the “S” on your permit) AND will be away for one month or less over summer break or interim, you may park in university parking lot 30 (located behind Gruenhagen Conference Center), for the duration of your study abroad program. You must use one of the stalls that is furthest from the parking lot entrance. Check the expiration date on your parking permit to be sure that it is valid for the duration of your program.
Students with “evening parking permits” (also called a night permit) may not leave cars parked in this lot for the duration of their program.
If you don't have a valid permit, you may purchase a temporary permit from Parking Services ((920) 424-4455) in the lower level of Blackhawk.
Flight - Departure (2013 Program)
13 MAY 2013
05:15 pm Depart Chicago O'Hare on British Airways FLIGHT#294
14 MAY 2013
06:50 am Arrive London Heathrow
08:15 am Depart London Heathrow on British Airways FLIGHT#640
01:50 pm Arrive Athens, Greece
Program Schedule (2013 Program)
Please bring your student ID with you, you will receive discounts at some attractions. Without it you may be subject to higher admission costs!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Upon our 13:50 arrival on BA 640 in Athens Greece, we collect our luggage and transfer with our motor coach to Volos. Check in at the hotel and relax, overnight in Volos
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
At 9:00 a.m. we enjoy our guided walking tour of Volos & visit the Volos Archaeological Museum which presents the exhibition in a way which allows the visitor to have a more direct contact with the antiquities & comprehend their function easier. We continue to visit the Volos Jewish Community Center and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Overnight in Volos.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Service Learning Experience at ELEPAP Center for individuals with learning disabilities. Overnight in Volos.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Service Learning Experience; Visit Volos Municipality's Early Childhood Education Center & overnight in Volos.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
After breakfast, we enjoy a guided day trip to Makrinitsa (17 kilometers from Volos) to visit the beautiful village on a precipitous cliff at an elevation of 850 m (2590 ft), otherwise known as the “Balcony of Pelion” and the central square overlooks Volos. We then visit an Environmental Education Center and then return to Volos for our overnight.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
After breakfast (early start), we have a guided day trip to Meteora. We will drive to Kalambaka the town located under the rock towers of Meteora and then drive up to visit one of the 14th century monasteries perched precariously high above the ground on rock formations. Return to Volos in the late afternoon. Overnight in Volos.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Mid morning coach transfer to Athens. Check into the hotel & enjoy an orientation tour of Glyfada. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Glyfada
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Breakfast at the hotel. We will then take public transportation to our service Learning project location. Dinner and overnight in Glyfada.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Breakfast at the hotel. We will take public transportation to Smile of a Child, a Non-profit organization serving children (visit booked by UW Oshkosh). Dinner and overnight in Glyfada.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Breakfast at the hotel. We will take public transportation to Athens, where we will meet our guide and enjoy a visit to the new Acropolis Museum; a walk through its galleries is a walk through history-between the masterpieces of the Archaic and Classical periods and also in the ancient neighborhoods of Athens. After our visit, we continue on by train to the US Embassy for our visit with the US Ambassador. Return to Glyfada for dinner and overnight.
Friday, May 24, 2013
At 8:30 a.m. we transfer with our representative to the port of Piraeus for our 3-Day Cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey. Embarkation and sail for Mykonos at 10:30 a.m. In the afternoon (6:30 p.m.), call at Mykonos, an island that combines the dazzling white beauty of a typical Cycladic island with a sophisticated international jet-set atmosphere with a very active nightlife. Stroll at leisure through the whitewashed, flower-decked alleyways to the sculpture church of Paraportiani or along the waterfront of «Little Venice» to the well-known windmills-picture taking at its best! Sail to Kusadasi, Turkey at 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Port of call at Kusadasi, starting point for our optional excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus. Tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC. See the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theater, Temple to goddess Diana of the Ephesians. Return to Kusadasi for some shopping time before sailing for Patmos, Greece at noon.
Arrive at this beautiful mysterious rocky island where the exiled Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation. Enjoy free time at leisure or join the optional tour which takes you up to visit the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, and have a wonderful view of the island. Visit the Grotto of the Revelation. After some free time for browsing, return to the ship for an evening sailing to Santorini.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
At 7:00 a.m. we arrive at Heraklion,the capital of Crete. Here you can join an optional tour which takes you from the lively bustling city to visit the nearby famous Knossos, seat of the once mighty Minoan civilization and site of the legendary maize where according to legend, the notorious Minotaur (half bull and half man) lived, or enjoy exploring the port and city area of Heraklion. Return to the ship and sail for Santoriniat 11:00 a.m. At 4:30 pm we arrive at the magical island of Santorini, famous for its unique architecture, its panoramic view of the sea and its breathtaking sunsets. We disembark by tender-boats and take a mule or the cable car up to the white-washed town of Thera; perched high on the rim of the ancient volcano, the eruption of which (1,600 BC) literally buried a flourishing Bronze Age town which has now been excavated at Akrotiri. Or join one of the optional excursions to visit Oia or to sail on the Caldera and visit the volcano. At 9 pm we sail for Piraeus.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Our ship arrives at Piraeus port in the morning and we disembark after breakfast at 7:30 am. We collect our luggage, meet our guide and board our bus for our Athens City tour. Our tour begins with a climb up to the marble-capped Acropolis to visit the famous Parthenon and the Erechteum. We then continue with a panoramic bus ride viewing the highlights of modern Athens: we pass by the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Panathenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Academy, the University and the National Library and continue on to Athens International Airport and check in for our departure flight to London BA641 departing at 14:50.
Upon our arrival on BA639 4:40 pm arrival into London Heathrow terminal 5 we will meet with our guide and journey to London with a panoramic tour enroute to our Hotel viewing some of the London highlights. Your London Transport Pass commences. It is valid for 8 days and provides you with free transport on the underground and London buses within zones 1 and 2 on the transport network. Check in at hotel and evening at leisure.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
At 10:00 am we meet our local guide and board our motor coach into Central London where you will begin your walking tour.
12:00 Lunch at Leisure
14:00 Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Westminster Abbey which is steeped in more than a thousand years of history.
4:30 pm depart Westminister Abbey and return to Kent Hall Hotel
Evening at leisure.
Wednesday, May 19, 2013
Service Learning TBD. Overnight London.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Service Learning TBD. Overnight London.
Friday, May 31, 2013
At 8am we meet with our local guide in the lobby and depart for our full day excursion to Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge. At 10:00 am we enjoy a group visit to Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world. It is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen and remains very much a working royal palace. The magnificent State Rooms are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection. Queen Mary's Dolls' House is a masterpiece in miniature and St George's Chapel, in the castle precincts, is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England, where 10 monarchs are buried.
At 12:00 noon we journey to Stonehenge, where we stop to marvel at the great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world. What visitors see today are the substantial remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC and 1600BC. Each monument was a circular structure, aligned with the rising of the sun at the midsummer solstice. We depart from Stonehenge at about 3:15 pm and travel to Bath.
At about 4:30 we arrive at Bath, one of England's most beautiful, elegant and historic cities, and classed as a World Heritage City. The Roman's were captivated by the area of Bath over 2,000 years ago, when Bath was a vast green valley with a miraculous stream of endless hot water. More recently, Bath became a fashionable health resort in the eighteenth century and today the remains of the Roman Baths and graceful Georgian architecture combine to make Bath one of Britain's most popular attractions. At 6:00 pm we begin our drive back to London at 2:30 pm. Estimated time of arrival at Hotel is 9:30 pm
Saturday, June 1, 2013
At 5:00 am we beet in the lobby and transfer to Kings Cross St. Pancras. At 06:18 am Eurostar is due to depart from Kings Cross St Pancras for Paris Gare Du Nord. At approximately 9:47 am we arrive directly in the heart of Paris. Paris is a captivating city with bustling street life, cosmopolitan cafés and the some of the most spectacular buildings and monuments in Europe, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame are example of some of the city’s fine architecture. Upon arrival we meet our guide Cecile Fetu for our journey into central Paris board our coach and enjoy a panoramic tour enroute. At 11:00 am we enjoy a group visit to the Eiffel Tower. Break for lunch at 2:00 pm. At 3:30 we enjoy a group visit to the Louvre one of the most captivating museums in the world. . At 6:00 pm we board the waiting motorcoach to Paris Gare Du Nord Station. At 8:13pm Eurostar is due to depart from Paris Gare Du Nord to Kings Cross St. Pancras. Upon our return at 9:39 pm we will use our travel cards to return back to the hotel.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
At leisure, overnight London.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Service Learning project TBD.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
At 7:30 am we check out of the hotel and meet with your local guide Tim Hudson and transfer by private motorcoach to London Heathrow airport for check in at Terminal 5 for our flight BA0295 departing at 11:50 am.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh reserves the right to make changes to itineraries, travel arrangements, hotels, excursions, activities or other arrangements made necessary by factors beyond its control. On certain dates when some attractions or activities may not be available, UW Oshkosh reserves the right to substitute alternate attractions or activities.
Flight - Return (2013 Program)
27 MAY 2013
02:50 pm Depart Ahtens on British Airways FLIGHT#641
04:40 pm Arrive London Heathrow
4 JUNE 2013
11:50 am Depart London Heathrow on Airways #295
02:20 pm Arrive Chicago O'Hare
Oshkosh - Return (2013 Program)
Mode of transportation: 4 JUNE 2013
Estimated date & time: no earlier than 6:15 pm
Return Location: Parking Lot 30 (corner of Wisconsin and Pearl)
Family Orientation Options, Dates and Deadlines
Participants may choose to attend in-person Family Orientation OR participants may exempt themselves from in-person Family Orientation by completing family orientation on line PRIOR TO the in-person Family Orientation date.
Family orientation is mandatory FOR PARTICIPANTS ONLY and must be completed on or prior to the in-person Family Orientation date. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
For dates, see Orientation & Pre-/post-travel Class Dates.
Family member attendance at the in-person orientation is not required. Family members who don’t plan to attend the in-person orientation, or who would like to review the orientation prior to attending in person, may also access the on-line orientation. However, please encourage family members not to submit the orientation quiz.
Prior to in-person or on-line orientation, be sure that family members who plan to attend have access to the print documents and have reviewed these documents in advance.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MAY YOUR FAMILY MEMBER ATTEND ORIENTATION IN YOUR PLACE.
All participants, regardless of whether you will complete the on-line or the in-person orientation, must review these print materials prior to orientation. Share these with interested family members as well.
Most of these materials are referenced throughout both the on-line and the in-person orientation. A few are provided only in print below and are not referenced.
- Orientation Notes Pages
You won't have to write EVERYTHING down! Print the notes from below and use these to follow along while you watch the on-line presentation or while you attend the in-person orientation. Not everything in the presentation will reference these notes; references will also be made to other sections of this web guide (especially the Full Cost of Participation worksheet and your schedule).
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Information on immunizations & much more. Read the highlighted version now. Refer to the most up-to-date information prior to travel.
- Highlighed CDC information on Greece - (last updated on 2/27/13)
- Highlighted version of the CDC for the U.K. (last updated 2/27/13).
- CISI Health Insurance Policy and CISI Security Evacuation Policy
Your insurance doesn’t cover the things you don’t know about! (In other words, if you’ve never read your policy, you won’t know when to go to the insurance company for reimbursement.) Know what your policy covers and how to get reimbursed PRIOR to travel. If this is your first experience with health insurance, review this with a family member.
- U.S. State Department Country-specific Information
How do Americans know what not to do when they travel? What should Americans be aware of when traveling to a particular place? Find out here. Read the highlighted version now. Refer to the most up-to-date information prior to travel. More information like the above will be available in “guide books” written specifically for your country/ies.
- Up-to-date Country-specific Information for Greece, including links to other Department of State-generated advisories.
- Highlighted Country-specific information for Greece (updated on 2/27/13)
- Up-to-date Country-specific Information for the U.K., including links to other Department of State-generated advisories.
- Highlighted Country-specific information for the U.K. (last updated 2/27/13)
- U.S. State Department Special Warning About Drug Offenses Abroad
Drug offenses abroad will lead you to straight to jail.
- U.S. State Department Worldwide Caution
Know what the U.S. State Department has to say about your safety in the world today!
- Transportation Security Administration
What you can & can’t take along when you fly. Prohibited & Permitted Items and
- Luggage Limits
Carry-on, checked and excess baggage restrictions on British Airways.
- Packing List
Very basic; you'll need to add to this! If you are traveling with a UW Oshkosh professor, you may also receive packing guidance specific to your program. If you are traveling independently, your host may also be providing packing guidance.
Adapter plug pictures and basic informtation on using electronics and appliances abroad.
- Emergency Communication Form
Optional form for your own personal use to record important phone numbers and information.
- Withdrawal & Refund Policy; Uniform Statements of Responsibility
This is the policy you signed when you applied to participate.
- Culture and Conversation
Review the materials linked above, grab some paper and a pencil, and schedule about 90 minutes to focus on your on-line orientation. Complete your orientation requirement by submitting this orientation quiz to the Office of International Education by the Thursday prior to in-person orientation.
In-person Orientation Registration
All participants who have not completed the on-line Family Orientation PRIOR TO the in-person Family Orientation date are REQUIRED TO ATTEND IN PERSON. Arrive at the designated room at least 15 minutes before this event is scheduled to begin to sign in. Registration will close approximately 5 minutes before the event.
Driving Directions to In-person Orientation
From highway 41, take the highway 21 exit east into Oshkosh (from the south, take a right; from the north, take a left). After crossing the bridge, take a right onto High Avenue. Parking is available in Parking Lots 15 & 32 (available from High or Algoma) or Lot 34 (available from Elmwood). You can purchase a parking permit on campus (the parking office is accessible from Lot 15) or park only in lots with a meter. Campus Map
Accommodation During In-person Orientation
Accommodation is available on the Oshkosh campus to participants & family members. To make reservations, contact Gruenhagen Conference Center at (920) 424-1106. Be sure to reference the study abroad orientation when you call.
UW Oshkosh Course Enrollment
(for courses taken during study abroad)
You will automatically be enrolled in your UW Oshkosh courses as late as a few weeks before your program departure date.
Grading Outside the Normal Academic Cycle
In many cases, study abroad program dates do not conform to regular university academic course schedules. When classes run past the end of a semester or session, your grades will be reported outside of the normal academic cycle. THIS MAY AFFECT NOTATIONS ON YOUR TRANSCRIPT. In addition, if you need official transcripts immediately following a study abroad program, be sure that you don't request them until you have verified that the grades have been posted to your academic record by checking on Titan Web through the "View My Grades" option.
Dean's List and Honor Roll
To qualify for Honor Roll/Dean's List, a student must have completed at least 12 credits (full-time status) AT UW OSHKOSH, not including "P" grades (e.g. INTRNTL 333). The Dean's List and Honor Roll process is run the day grades are posted at the end of the official semester. An "I" or "blank" grade (grade not yet recorded) in any class for the term automatically disqualifies a student for Honor Roll/Dean's list. If your course ends after the official semester end date, you will not be included in the award processing but you may request that the notation be added by visiting the Dean's office for your College.
Most airline tickets for international flights are now e-tickets. You will receive a copy of your e-ticket via email prior to travel; you must print at least one copy to take with you when you travel. While having the copy with you is not a requirement, if the airline is having trouble finding you in their system when you show up to check it having the copy with you may be the only way to resolve the issue quickly.
If you will be on flights abroad which are not part of your international flight, you may receive paper tickets. Often, U.S. airlines cannot issue e-tickets for flights which originate and end entirely within countries outside the U.S. If there are paper tickets for your program, you will either receive yours when you board the bus at UW Oshkosh or, if there isn't a bus or you aren't taking the bus, be asked to stop in the OIE prior to travel to sign for your ticket. To avoid loss of ticket, the OIE does not mail paper tickets to participants.
You must pay your entire program fee IN FULL BEFORE you receive your e-ticket or paper tickets.
Frequent Flyer Miles
See our information on Frequent Flyer Miles for basic information on how these programs work. See the website of the specific airline you will fly for program enrollment information.
In a life and death emergency ABROAD
U.S. Department of State Citizen Emergency Center (1-202-647-5225) will relay messages to the foreign Embassy. Embassy personnel may try to locate your student, pass on urgent messages and, consistent with the Privacy Act, report back.
To reach your student directly
If your student is staying in a hotel, use the hotel contact information listed on the web page for your student's program. The Office of International Education cannot give out private residence or homestay phone numbers unless authorized in advance by the student, but we will contact your student for you in an emergency.
To reach someone at UW Oshkosh during office hours (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F)
Office of International Education Phone: 1 (920) 424-0775
Jenna Graff: Director, Office of International Education - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanya Kollross, Study Abroad Advisor - email@example.com
Emily Hoffmann: Hessen & NSE Advisor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Reinke: Program Manager - email@example.com
Sarah Christensen : International Student Advisor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of International Education Fax: 1 (920) 424-0185
Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-1410
Office of the Provost & Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-0300
To reach someone at UW Oshkosh outside of normal office hours
University Police: 1 (920) 424-1216
To reach local contacts associated with our program ABROAD
Courtney Bauder, the program leader from UW Oshkosh, will accompany the group throughout the program. He can be reached using the contact information listed for the hotels above.
Emergency contacts at Aristotle Travel (travel agency):
Address: 6 Lazaraki Street, Glyfada; Tel: 011-30 210-894-1417, Fax: 011-30-210-894-3704; Dino Roussos Tel: 011-30-6944344167; Fotini Kiamou Tel: 011-30-6398813325
Anderson Coaches: Tel + 44 (0) 207357 7639
Local Guide: Tim Hudson
Emergency 24hr Number
When dialing from inside the UK: 07623 944 763
When dialing from outside the UK: +011 44 7623 944 763
**This is a pager service and if you leave a message the duty manager will contact you back**
Local Rep in England, Select Travel Service Riverside House 160 High Street Huntingdon Tel: +011044 (0) 1480 455850
Covering Personal Expenses (Bringing Money Abroad)
In addition to advertised program fees, you will be responsible for other expenses. The budget estimate for your program is based on an average person's expenditures and takes into account pricing for goods and services at the destination. It is unreasonable to think that you may spend significantly less than the estimates for your trip. If you enjoy shopping or plan to spend evenings out, bring more than the budget estimate! Official exchange rates are available from the Currency Converter at http://www.xe.com.
Cash (foreign currency)
It is typically least expensive and recommended to purchase foreign currency once you arrive at the international destination airport unless you are traveling to a place where currency exchanges & ATMs may be closed outside banking hours (Japan) or exchanging in the airport is unsafe (Mexico, countries in Africa). You may also purchase most (but not all) foreign currencies before traveling from a currency exchange outlet at an international airport or by ordering through your local bank or credit union. For up-to-date locations and hours of operation - Currency Exchange at O'Hare Airport.
Purchase enough traveler’s checks at your bank or credit union to bring as backup when a credit or ATM card cannot be used or is stolen. PROs: given increasing credit, debit and ATM card fees, traveler's checks may be less expensive. CONs: traveler's checks can only be cashed at the airport, in banks, at money exchanges and in SOME hotels. Expensive hotels tend to give bad exchange rates for traveler's checks. If there is an American Express office in the city you plan to visit (and you are on a program with a flexible enough schedule to conveniently get there), cash your traveler's checks there. American Express will not charge commission.
Credit, Debit & ATM Cards
Plastic is extremely convenient in some parts of the world and useless in others. Use your guide book to determine whether this type of currency is accepted at your destination. You'll be charged a percentage of each transaction; this fee is "rolled" into the exchange rate and can be the daily rate of exchange plus 2.5% or higher. You may also be charged per transaction by your bank and/or by the foreign bank (owners of the ATM machine).
In order to use your cards abroad, you must let your credit/debit/ATM card company know you plan to travel abroad. If you don't, it's quite common, even for regular travelers, to find that their card has been red flagged and cancelled by the issuing bank's computer system. In addition, for security reasons some cards are not validated for overseas travel and may be confiscated by a machine even after entering the correct PIN. *At least one area Credit Union has cut off all access to ATM's from abroad due to fraud.
Credit Cards: Bring VISA or MasterCard only. American Express may be used at American Express offices. PROs: credit cards typically offer protection against unauthorized use provided you follow the company's reporting policy. CONs: numbers are often stolen; credit card cash advances are extremely expensive and require a PIN. *Know your credit card limits--charging over the limit is an arrestable offense in some countries. Paraphrase from a US State Department Consular Information Sheet: Credit card fraud is on the rise in many countries, and both theft and 'number skimming' are common. Retain all your credit card receipts and check your accounts regularly to help prevent unauthorized use of your credit cards.
Debit Cards vs. ATM Cards: In the U.S. we typically use debit cards rather than ATM cards. Debit cards allow users to withdraw cash using a PIN or make purchases WITHOUT using a PIN. In other countries, because of the high incidence of theft, ATM cards are a better choice because they always require a PIN. PROs: In developed countries (except Japan) ATM cards are typically the most convenient way to access money. CONs: Your account can be emptied if your numbers (or numbers and PIN) are stolen. You should keep only the money you plan to spend on your trip in your account; remove overdraft protection. To protect your PIN
- never access cash from machines visible to other people
- always shield both your hand and the PIN pad to protect against cameras planted near ATMs
- avoid ATM machines which require you to swipe your card in order to open the door to the ATM booth
- Paraphrase from a US State Department Country-specific Information publication: avoid using debit cards for point of sale purchases, as a skimmed number can be used to clean out an account.
Money in an Emergency
To send money by wire transfer, you will need the following information from the institution/organization/individual you are paying:
--Name of the institution/organization/individual --Account # (at the bank) --Address --Fax Number (optional) --Phone Number --Email (optional)
You will also need the following information from the bank which will receive the money. The institution/organization/individual you are paying will give this information to you.
--Bank Name --Bank Fax --Sort Code --Bank Address --Branch Number --Swift --Bank phone --ABA
When requesting a wire transfer at your local bank or credit union, present the information above and ask that the bank "cover the wire transfer fees at both the sending and the receiving banks." If you don't cover the wire fees at the receiving bank, your payment will be reduced by the amount of the fee and you will end up still owing.
When you order the transfer, you do so in foreign currency. Therefore, you will typically be charged in U.S. dollars after the transfer has been processed. Your fee will include the equivalent of the wire transfer in U.S. dollars plus a bank fee (ask how much this is before ordering the transfer).
Wire transfers typically take 3-5 days to process. Be sure that you make payments by wire transfer far enough in advance of payment deadlines.
Bank Drafts in Foreign Currencies
To make a payment in a foreign currency by check, you will need to order a "bank draft" in that foreign currency through your local bank or credit union.
When you order the draft, you do so in foreign currency. Therefore, you will typically be charged in U.S. dollars after the draft has been processed. Your fee will include the equivalent of the draft in U.S. dollars plus a bank fee (ask how much this is before ordering the draft).
Be sure that you make requests for drafts far enough in advance of payment deadlines. Bank drafts take at least several days to process before being mailed to the bank and then to you. Plan for an additional 10 days to mail the draft to a foreign country.
Health, Safety & Security
If I am on a UW Oshkosh-sponsored program, do I have insurance for medical and emergency services while studying abroad?
YES - but only during your official program dates! UW System requires all participants on UW Oshkosh-sponsored programs abroad to purchase insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This insurance is included in your study abroad program fees; your coverage will begin on the first day on which you are required to be in the host country and end on or just after the last day on which you are required to be in the host country.
In addition to CISI, all students studying through an Australian, German or New Zealand university are required by the foreign government to carry additional health insurance. You will receive instructions and the necessary paperwork to obtain your insurance card at your host university’s orientation.
- Students studying in Australia must purchase "Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
- Students studying in Germany and New Zealand must purchase health insurance offered through individual universities.
What does CISI cover?
CISI coverage can change from policy year to policy year. All benefits are clearly explained on the Description of Coverage. If your program begins
- on or after August 1, 2012-May 1, 2013: http://www.uwosh.edu/oie/abroad/handbook/CISIpolicy20122013.pdf
on or after May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014: http://www.uwosh.edu/oie/abroad/handbook/CISIpolicy20132014.pdf
Additional Comprehensive Security Evacuation Insurance is outlined on a separate Description of Coverage, available from http://culturalinsurance.com/pdf/security_evac_comprehensive_ace.pdf.
How do I access information about my CISI coverage and print my insurance card?
Instructions on accessing information and printing your insurance card, among other things, are available from http://www.uwosh.edu/oie/abroad/handbook/myCISI.pdf.
In addition, use the CISI Participant Portal to
- View, print and email your
- Consulate letter (if you are applying for a visa to enter a foreign country, you may need this),
- Claim form (submit this directly to CISI)
- Access travel-related sites.
- Research country specific information.
- Access a personal security assistance website.
- Extend your coverage (prior to or following your program dates).
I will arrive abroad prior to my official program start date and/or will return after my official program end date. Do I need to extend my insurance coverage if I'm on a UW Oshkosh-sponsored program?
YES! If you don't extend your insurance coverage, you won't be covered. Follow the instructions available from http://www.uwosh.edu/oie/abroad/handbook/myCISI.pdf to extend your coverage. You must pay for the additional coverage directly at the time that you request the extension.
Can I use my personal health insurance plan without purchasing additional insurance for travel abroad?
If studying on a UW Oshkosh-sponsored Program, no. UW System does not allow for the exemption of any participant for any reason.
If you are studying through a program not sponsored by or affiliated with UW Oshkosh, sickness and accident coverage while in a foreign country may be included in your personal health insurance plan, but it is rare for personal health insurance plans to cover medical evacuation, security evacuation, repatriation or emergency medical reunion. BEFORE you travel you should be familiar with the type of coverage you have and the steps you need to take in order to use your policy abroad. If you are not satisfied that you have sufficient coverage abroad, you can purchase a temporary policy.
My insurance company requires me to be a full-time student in order to take advantage of a lower premium. Will study abroad affect my ability to keep this premium?
Your insurance company may require you to be a full-time student in order to take advantage of lower premiums. IF you are NOT enrolled in classes at UW Oshkosh for a full semester (i.e. you are transferring credits back to UW Oshkosh at the end of your study abroad program), AND you are NOT enrolled for full-time credit through another accredited U.S. institution, this may affect your premiums. Information on your enrollment status is automatically extracted from UW Oshkosh records and sent to a Clearinghouse, which many insurance companies monitor. You will show up in the Clearinghouse as “not enrolled” at UW Oshkosh IF you are not enrolled for courses AT UW OSHKOSH, and your premiums may be affected.
In order to avoid problems, contact your insurance company BEFORE leaving for your study abroad destination. Your insurance company will either give you a form or a list of information which they need. You can fax this form/list to the institution abroad for verification of full-time status while studying there.
Please note that if you are on Academic Leave of Absence, you are being reported by UW Oshkosh as "not enrolled."
What are some insurance supplements or alternatives?
At $22, the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is a popular option for students. The ISIC can be purchased on line; policy details are available from the link above. To call STA Travel: 1-800-329-9537 (menu option “Student, youth and teacher identity cards”). A second option is to search on the internet or contact your local travel agent. There are many other insurance companies that will cover you during your time abroad.
What are medical evacuation, security evacuation, repatriation and medical reunion?
Medical evacuation, security evacuation and repatriation benefits cover the insured when the insured is moved to a location outside of the host country or returned to the U.S. because a medical condition cannot be treated locally, because of a security risk at the site abroad or because of the death of the insured. Medical reunion benefits cover a family member who travels to the location where the insured is undergoing medical treatment. If you have medical reunion, identify one or more family members who have a valid passport as your emergency contact. Anyone not holding a valid passport will need to apply for one before being able to take advantage of emergency medical reunion.
Is the insurance offered through CISI sufficient?
CISI insurance is not comprehensive. It is each participant's responsibility to review the policy for sufficient coverage. If you feel that coverage is insufficient, purchase additional coverage through your insurance agent. Do not cancel your health insurance policy in the U.S. while you are gone. In most cases, your international policy will cover you while you are gone and/or bring you back to the U.S., but once you return, your domestic policy will need to provide coverage.
Do I need trip cancellation insurance or baggage insurance?
Because the UW Oshkosh OIE runs all programs on a cost-recovery basis, it is not possible to make exceptions to the withdrawal and refund policy for any reason, including withdrawal for medical reasons or family emergencies. To protect yourself, reach through the CISI insurance policy provided through UW System and then consider purchasing TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE to cover other potential eventualities. If you choose not to purchase trip cancellation insurance and the CISI policy does not cover your withdrawal, study abroad fees assessed by the OIE will be your responsibility regardless of your reason for withdrawing. Trip cancellation insurance may provide reimbursement for CERTAIN financial losses UNDER A LIMITED SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES. Read policies carefully and shop around. Not all policies cover pre-existing conditions.
Baggage insurance typically provides coverage related to lost or delayed luggage. Because there are fairly low limits on the claims you can make, you may also need to purchase insurance riders through your home insurance policy to cover items such as digital cameras or other expensive equipment.
Insurance for Loss, Theft or Damage of Personal Property
If traveling with valuable personal property such as cameras, laptops or equipment, your (or your parents') rental or homeowner's policy may provide sufficient coverage or you may need to purchase a rider to cover specific items; items normally covered without a rider may not be covered while traveling.
Security Evacuation Alternatives
If traveling to parts of the world which are difficult to reach or are considerably less safe than you are accostomed to, you may want to consider purchasing additional insurance to cover security or medical evacuation (above and beyond what is provided by the university insurance or by your own insurance). Two options are International SOS (http://www.internationalsos.com/en/) and Global Rescue (https://www.globalrescue.com/).
The Center for Disease Control provides health information on specific destinations, information about specific diseases that can affect travelers, immunization recommendations, tips on avoiding illness from food or water and more through it's web site. For information specific to your destination/s, see http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/.
When reviewing the CDC information, it's important to understand the distinction between "recommended" and "required" immunizations.
- Required immunizations are those immunizations which a foreign country requires that you prove you have had in order to enter that foreign country. For example, a country that requires the yellow fever immunization will require you to present your "yellow fever vaccination card" when you show up in the foreign airport or you apply for a visa. If you don't present this, you may be required to get the immunization (and pay for it) on site or you may be sent back to the U.S. (at your own expense).
- Recommended immunizations are those immunizations which the CDC recommends that all travelers have prior to visiting a particular foreign country. Unless you face serious health risks if you receive a particular immunization, it is extremely unwise to ignore these recommendations. If you think you'll save a bit of cash by not getting the recommended immunizations, think again! If you were to contract a disease overseas, you could be faced with $1,000's of dollars in medical expenses upon return. In addition, depending on the disease, you may miss a semester or more at UW Oshkosh upon your return. This can happen! A UW Oshkosh student did not to get the Hepatitis A vaccination prior to traveling to Peru, contracted the disease and was too ill to attend UW Oshkosh over the semester following her program abroad.
If you can't afford an immunization, you may be eligible for a financial aid loan.
If you aren't sure whether you've already had a particular immunization recommended by the CDC, you may be able to check your records with your healthcare provider or on the Wisconsin Immunization Registry.
Visit the Student Health Center or Your Healthcare Provider
The student health center offers the most frequently used immunizations, and can get others on order with advance notice, at lower fees than travel clinics and other healthcare providers. Make an appointment with the student health center (424-2424), a Travel Health Clinic (listings for Aurora available through International Travel Clinic) or your healthcare provider at least 6 weeks before leaving for a foreign country. Some immunizations must be administered over time in order for them to be effective. You will be asked to provide information on your specific destination/s (within each country), date of departure, length of stay and childhood immunizations (bring a copy of the actual record, if possible) either when making the appointment or during your visit.
Travel to an unfamiliar environment can increase stress levels; honestly evaluate your mental health in relation to support systems you can reasonably maintain while studying abroad. If traveling to a developed country, consider setting up an e-mail and phone-support system with friends and family before you leave. Keep in mind that some study abroad sites have very limited means of communication.
The Student Health Center can also provide certification of physical and mental health if needed to apply for a visa. Take care of all dental work, eye exams, and other things which may be offered at a different level of quality or standard of care efore you leave for abroad.
Find English-speaking Doctors
U.S. embassies often maintain lists of English-speaking doctors by city. For a list specific to your destination, find the embassy or consulate nearest your destination city using the link above, click on "American Citizen Services" and look for a "medical" list.
Put Together A Personal Medical Kit
Many prescription and over-the-counter medications available in the U.S. are not available abroad or cannot be found in the same form or at the same quality. Carry all prescription medications AND a letter from your doctor describing your condition and your prescriptions (using both the generic names and the drug name which appears on the prescription container) in your carry-on luggage. All prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs must be carried through customs in original containers. Consider bringing a medical ID bracelet if you have allergic reactions.
For those who wear glasses or contact lenses, carry an extra prescription or extra lenses. Not all countries use the same scale for determining prescriptions, so arrange to have someone send a replacement pair in an emergency. Contact lens supplies can be rare and expensive, so bring saline and cleaner or wear glasses.
Check Department of State Country-specific Information, Travel Alerts & Travel Warnings
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs regularly publishes country-specific information, travel alerts and travel warnings; U.S. embassies abroad publish messages for U.S. Citizens and emergency messages for U.S. Citizens.
- Country-specific Information includes health conditions and crime and security information. If an unstable condition exists in a country that is not severe enough to warrant a Travel Warning, a description of the condition(s) may be included under an optional section entitled "Safety/Security.
- Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, either transnational or within a particular country, that pose significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert.
- Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.
- Message for U.S. Citizens is used to disseminate information about routine topics such as voter registration, income tax season, new passport procedures, and other non-security issues of interest to the local U.S. citizen community.
- Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens is used to inform U.S. citizens about events or threats that can affect their personal security. This includes demonstrations, civil disturbances, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other breaking events. Whenever the Department revises the Worldwide Caution or issues a Travel Alert or Travel Warning for a country or region, posts (Embassies or Consulates) will also disseminate it with an Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens. To ensure that you receive these messages, register on the State Department's Smart Traveler's Enrollment Program (STEP).
Smart Traveler's Enrollment Program (STEP)
The Smart Traveler's Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service which allows you as a U.S. citizen to record travel details which help the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad locate you when you need them the most.
All UW Oshkosh students traveling abroad are required to (and responsible for)
completing the registration at
Faculty Leader/Host School Responsibilities
For faculty-led programs, your faculty leader is responsible for the activities of your group for the entire program. For student exchange programs, your host school is only responsible for activities such as course registration and orientation. In either case, your faculty leader, program sponsors or host school:
- cannot guarantee or assure the safety of participants or eliminate all risks from the study abroad environments.
- cannot monitor or control all of the daily personal decisions, choices, and activities of individual participants.
- cannot assure that U.S. standards of due process apply in overseas legal proceedings or provide or pay for legal representation for participants.
- cannot assume responsibility for the actions of persons not employed or otherwise engaged by the program sponsor for events that are not part of the program or that are beyond the control of the sponsor, or for situations that may arise due to the failure of a participant to disclose pertinent information.
- cannot assure that home country cultural values and norms will apply in the host country.
Participants are responsible for preparing academically and personally for their experience abroad. All participants must understand that the orientations offered by the OIE and by faculty offer only an INTRODUCTION to issues related to travel abroad and cultural/language differences you will encounter. We do our best to cover the most important topics, but there is absolutely no possible way that we can tell you everything you will want to know or feel you need to know before your trip. You can prepare by reading resources suggested to you at orientations, by exploring on the internet, by knowing your itinerary and checking out your hotels on-line, and by reading books and articles related to your destination. The more you know before you go, the steeper your learning curve will be while abroad.
You also signed a statement of responsibility which you will be expected to abide by. Faculty leaders and host school liaisons have the right and responsibility to remove any participant from the program for disruptive or unsafe behavior.
Bring a student ID to take advantage of student entry fees. Make sure you have both your passport and a second official form of identification (e.g. driver’s license). Consider bringing your birth certificate (with the raised seal) as this is helpful if replacing a lost passport.
Avoid bringing electrical appliances if possible; buy adapters (plug shape) and a converter (to change voltage) if necessary and use both. Try to AVOID purchasing an UNFUSED adapter (otherwise the charge goes either into the appliance or into the wall - potentially starting a fire - if it blows). For more information on adapters and converters, go to http://www.walkabouttravelgear.com/wwelect.htm.
Pack to Stay Safe!
For you own safety, follow this simple rule: Don't bring anything that someone else may want. Don't pack clothing or accessories that will make you a target for theft. Leave name brand clothing at home and don't wear any jewelry. Empty your wallet or purse before traveling. Remove extra credit cards and other items you won't need.
Pack to Walk!
You will walk a lot. Codes pertaining to the height and depth of steps, sidewalk conditions, the height of signs (this is for you tall people!) etc. may be different. Avoid foot and ankle injuries by packing appropriate shoes, socks and lots of bandages!
Your airline will limit the number and size of both carry-on and checked bags. Check baggage restrictions on the website of your airline of choice and know in advance what fees you may need to pay for excess baggage.
Note that most airlines impose a maximum of excess baggage as well (in other words, you can't just pay to bring as much as you'd like). If you show up at the airport with baggage which exceeds the maximum excess baggage limit, you will not be allowed to bring this baggage with you.
Convert kilograms to pounds.
Regardless of the luggage limits for your flight, limit yourself to one reasonably-sized check-on piece of luggage and one small carry-on. Leave extra space for things you buy abroad to avoid paying fees for going over luggage limits on your return. Label every piece of luggage both inside and out and buy TSA-approved locks (so that your locks aren't removed during airport inspection) for use at hotels. If you can't carry your luggage (all of it at once) up and down the block and up and down a few sets of stairs, you have probably packed too much.
International flights can take anywhere from several to fourteen hours. Generally, passengers are offered food and beverages, movies (depending on the airline and length of the flight) and music channels & headphones. If you think you might require other entertainment, you'll need to bring it with you.
To avoid jet lag on flights where there is a large time difference, it is best to immediately adopt the sleeping schedule of your destination; this means either attempting to sleep or to stay awake according to the time of day (or night) it is at your destination before arriving. You should begin doing this at the front end of your trip (i.e. while riding to the airport if someone else is driving or immediately upon take-off on the first leg of your trip).
If there is a large time difference between Wisconsin and your destination and you arrive at your destination during the day, DON’T SLEEP! If you can manage to stay awake on the first day, jet lag will be less difficult for you during the days to come. You're going to be extremely tired either way, so it’s best to fight it at the very beginning of your trip so that you can enjoy the days to come!
Procedures at U.S. International Airports
Arrive at a U.S. international airport (O'Hare, Minneapolis, etc.) a minimum of 3 ½ hours early so that you complete your check-in 3 hours early. Passengers who show up later to check in on planes which are oversold don’t always get a seat assignment. Go through security immediately after checking in; if you run into trouble with security you may still have enough time to get cleared and make your flight. You must be through security a minimum of ½ hour to 45 minutes (the exact timing depends on the airport) before your plane is scheduled to BOARD. If you aren't, you may not be allowed through security and you will miss your flight. Boarding times are typically 30 to 45 minutes before scheduled take off. Anyone who is not flying will not be allowed to pass through security.
For airport maps, terminal information, parking information, etc., check the appropriate web pages below:
Minneapolis/St. Paul: http://www.mspairport.com/maps.aspx
Outagamie County (Appleton): http://www.atwairport.com/
Customs Declaration Form
Either just prior to check-in or while on the flight, you will receive a customs declaration form; be sure you have the form for U.S. citizens (unless you are a citizen of another country) written in English. Complete this form—front and back—either before check-in or before the plane lands. You will need this form to go through customs (explained elsewhere in this guide).
Remain with your group
Whether you've navigated foreign airports on your own or not, please remain with your group while exiting the aircraft and going through immigration, baggage claim and customs. Your faculty leader will appreciate your help with students who haven't traveled and, if you happen to be pulled aside at immigration or customs, will want to be right there with you to offer assistance.
When you go through immigration, officials inspect your passport and may ask for your hotel/host family address and telephone number; it's a good idea to carry this information with you. If asked what you will be doing in the host country:
- short-term programs with NO ENROLLMENT in a university or school ABROAD, “I'm here on a cultural visit with my U.S. professor.” Do not say “to study” or "for international business."
- short-term programs WITH ENROLLMENT in a university or school ABROAD (LdM, Germany, Spain), "I'm here to take classes at (institution name) for # (number) weeks."
- semester or longer, “I'm here to study at (institution name).”
- USA Summer Camp, “I'm here to participate on a language camp.” Do not say "to work at a summer camp."
- Wisconsin in Scotland, present a letter to immigration officials (included in a packet sent to your permanent address before departure)
- Even if you hope to find a legal job later, do not mention working.
If you say “to study,” "to work," or “for international business" when you are not studying at a university or getting paid for work, you will confuse immigration officials, who may assume that you then need a special student or work visa.
Photographs and Fingerprinting
Just as the U.S. does with foreign nationals entering the United States, you may be photographed and fingerprinted upon entry in the foreign country. Data collected may be checked against a database of international terror and crime suspects, checked against domestic crime records and/or used for other purposes. The U.S., Japan and Brazil are photographing and fingerprinting.
After immigration, you will go to the baggage claim to get your luggage and then head through customs. At this point, officials will decide whether or not to search through your luggage. In general, you cannot bring meat or agricultural products across borders. These items will be confiscated. For more information on customs regulations, see the U.S. State Department's Country-specific Information for your destination.
Family Communications Plan
Develop a reasonable family communications plan that includes contingencies for emergency situations. Use the Emergency Communication Form to record important information; leave a copy of this form, your itinerary and other important information with someone back home.
UW Oshkosh also has Emergency Response Plans in place.
Upon Arrival (this could take more time than you had planned!)
It's not easy to contact friends and family upon arrival! By the time you get off the plane, go through immigration & customs, travel to your accommodation, purchase an international calling card, learn how it works and locate a public phone or an internet cafe, all when you're jet lagged and dealing with a new environment, you may not be able to call or email until the next day.
You may or may not have easy access to reliable email from hotels, internet cafes or universities, depending on your study abroad site. In some countries where crime and computer theft are problems, internet sites may be protected by guards. In this case, avoid sites which are open to the street or are not guarded.
When using UW Oshkosh TitanApps:
- Turn off the pop-up blocker on the computer you are using. TitanApps WILL NOT WORK with the pop-up blocker turned on.
- Remember that staff & faculty at UW Oshkosh will continue to use your UW Oshkosh email address. If you are away for an extended period of time, you must continue to check this!
Sending mail to the U.S. can take two to several weeks, depending on your location. Choose DHL to ship important items and USPS for regular mail. If staying in hotels or hostels, you will not be able to receive mail and you will not have an address abroad. If staying with a host family, your address will be the same as the host family's address, but ask friends and family to use both your host's name and your name when addressing the envelope. At USA Summer Camp, you can send mail from some camp sites but not from others. If possible, buy stamps in Japan before you get to the camp. Mail should be sent to your host family's house rather than to the camp so that it can bereturned to you if you are no longer in Japan when it arrives.
- It's best to use pre-paid phone cards purchased in your destination country. If you purchase these in the U.S., call the customer service number on the back of the card before departing from the U.S. to get the access number from your destination country!
- Avoid using an international phone card tied to your phone number in the U.S. It’s very easy to rack up a $100-200 phone bill in just a few nights.
- Do not make international phone calls from your hotel room, even with a calling card or pre-paid calling card, without asking the hotel desk clerk whether or not you'll be charged by the hotel for time spent on the telephone line! Hotels are notorious for charging for time spent on the phone, regardless of how you are paying for the actual call.
- Never call the U.S. from your host family's phone without a calling card. This is expensive, and it will be difficult to pay the family for the calls after you return to the U.S.
- Wisconsin in Scotland: international prepaid calling cards purchased in the U.S. do not work on the phones in Dalkeith House.
While most cell phone companies will tell their customers that their U.S. cell phone will work abroad, the reality is that some U.S. cell phones work abroad and others don't. In some cases two people with the same cell company experience different results. In many cases cell phone customers have been unpleastantly surprised upon returning home to enormous phone bills. Unless you have a cell phone which is specifically designed for use outside the U.S. or you have successfully used your U.S. cell phone abroad, use your U.S. cell phone at your own risk!
If you plan to use your cell phone a lot while outside the U.S. and perhaps plan to continue traveling into the future, consider purchasing a phone which will work anywhere in the world. Otherwise, consider renting a phone. There are lots of options available on the internet - here's what you're looking for:
- GSM Quad Band (850/900/1800/1900)
- It must be unlocked!
You will also need to purchase a SIM card. Your phone number will be on the SIM card (not on the phone). Without a SIM card, your phone is useless.
- If you plan to be abroad short-term, for many countries you must now purchase your SIM card PRIOR to traveling. In many countries, you now need to show that you'll be residing in the country for a significant period of time before you can purchase a SIM card in-country. If purchasing before travel, consider purchasing a card which can be replenished on line. A simple google search should turn up multiple companies selling SIM cards.
- If you plan to be abroad long-term (a semester or longer), purchase your SIM card in-country after speaking to other students in the area to find out which company is currently offering the best deal for international students.
Purchase a Travel Guide
Purchase a travel guide for your study abroad destination for current information on money/currency, customs & duties, staying healthy, public transportation, travel tips, telephones, sending mail, tipping, and a lot more. Choose the guidebook which fits your needs, and make sure it is current for the year in which you are traveling! Guidebook titles include Frommer's, Fodor's, Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Let's Go and more.
A Little Advice (from us and from you)!
For getting through the tough times and the culture shock ups & downs...
It isn't better. It isn't worse. It's just different.
Learn to accept -- not to expect. False expectations can lead to disappointment.
Don't be afraid to ask directions.
Don't be afraid to get lost. Getting lost can lead to wonderful discoveries!
(But stay safe.)
Be flexible -- tolerate ambiguity.
Talk to the locals as much as you can.
Remember that you are a guest who has traveled to learn about cultural differences--not an intruder who has come to make a difference.
Work hard to find the positive in everything you do and see--this will have a tremendous effect on your own attitude and, in turn, on the type of experience you have.
Take lots of pictures and keep a journal.
Don't worry about what's going on back home - just enjoy where you are!
Know about your own country before you go.
Learn to budget your money before you go.
Be practical with your packing.
Have fun and enjoy the time that you are there. You will be gone before you know it!
- Volos Archaeological Museum
- Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Volos)
- Makrinista “Balcony of Pelion” & Environmental Education Center
- Meteroa – Greek monasteries in the hills
- Back in the U.S.A.: Reflecting on your study abroad experience and putting it to work
- Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication
- Cross Cultural Communication: A Visual Approach
- Developing Intercultural Awareness: A Cross-Cultural Training Handbook
- Do's and Taboos of Preparing for Your Trip Abroad
- Everybody's Guide to People Watching
- Mindsets: The Role of Culture and Perception in International Relations
- Safety and Study Abroad (32 minute video)
- Study Abroad: A Parent's Guide
- Survival Kit for Overseas Living: for Americans planning to live and work abroad
- Whole World Guide to Culture Learning
- FAA Airport Status Reports (general airport conditions)
- Subway Page (links to subway maps)
- World Airport Guides
Culture & Key Facts
- What’s Up With Culture? On-line training resource for study abroad
- Issue Briefs – understanding issues as a means to connect with people
- Culturegrams –4-page reports on history, religion, greetings, etc. ($)
- StudyAbroad.com Handbook: exploring cultural differences, health & nutrition, safety & security, legalities & emergencies, careers, pre-departure checklist
- Atlapedia Online physical and political maps; key facts on countries of the world
- International Affairs Resources
- Travlang travel resources; signs and road rules, foreign newspapers, flags
- U.S. Department of State Country Maps
- World Factbook
- World Holiday & Celebration Calendar
- WorldWide Classroom Travel Planner culture shock, people & culture, air/bus, weather, world news and much more!
- International Phone Calls
- Fodors: French, German, Italian, Spanish useful phrases and word lists
- Travlang: foreign language useful phrases and word lists with AUDIO
- Time Zone: Greece
- Universal Currency Converter
Centigrade x 1.8 + 32 = Fahrenheit
Fahrenheit - 32 / 1.8 = Centrigrade
- Electricity Guide (from Walkabout Travel Gear)
- Mobility International U.S.A. for people with disabilities
Health & Safety
- OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council)
- International Society of Travel Medicine
- World Health Organization
- Center for Disease Control
- Intercultural Press Books/videos dealing with intercultural issues
- Transitions Abroad Publishing
- TravelMedicine Information & products for safe travel (not just medicine!)
- WalkAbout Travel Gear (surge protectors, converters, adapters and much more)
This page was last updated on: May 10, 2013