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  • 1. London FYSAE Parents Orientation England Spring 2013 Welcome! The webinar will start at 6:00pm EST.©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 2. England©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 3. London FYSAE Parents Orientation Who’s Who  Prof. Bill Meiers, FYSAE Faculty Director  Jan Finn, Associate Dean for International Affairs  Jacki Daddona, Program Manager, The College of Global Studies  Tim Barton, Director of Student Services©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 4. London FYSAE Parents Orientation • Congratulations! Your student is part of the spring 2013 FYSAE cohort of students to live and study in London! • London is a diverse, energetic, and stylish city with over 40 higher education institutions and 390,000 students. It is a global centre of learning and academia. • Information includes: – Academic information – Logistics – Health and Safety – Finances – Returning to AU in fall 2012©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 5. Great Britain and Ireland
  • 6. Academics • Four courses in spring semester @ four credits each • One online course: Global Connections Reflection (2 cr) • Option for one course at City University in London • Students prepped throughout fall semester for academic success in London • Pre-requisite of 3.0gpa in fall semester to remain eligible for FYSAE Spring. • Academic and co-curricular support from London Center staff while overseas©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 7. Finances • Financial Aid Pin Number to check http://finaid.arcadia.edu • Home address • Refund requests to OneStopShop • www.paymentportal.pnc.com for direct deposits • Work Study in 2012-13? Deadline is July 1, 2013 • Earliest Stafford Loan disbursements is 1/21 • FAFSA©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 8. Finances AU Charges for Spring Semester 2013 • $17,810 Arcadia tuition and fees • 495 FYSAE program fee • 4,430 Room • $22, 735 TOTAL • These fees also include: Transatlantic Flight Health Insurance Orientation Administrative and Support Services Students retain all institutional, federal and state aid during spring, ‘13.©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 9. Finances • Pound vs. Dollar (12/1/12) • £1.00 : $1.60 • £20 = $32.00 • ATMs • The easiest way to handle money • Credit Cards • Notify bank of going abroad • Talk to bank and credit card co to learn international ATM and service fees • Office emergency funds are available©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 10. Budgeting • Recommend $3135 for additional costs $ 245 Books $1000 Meals $1890 Personal costs $3135 TOTAL – Cost of weekend travelling within UK and Europe not included • Break your budget down into 15 weekly increments, beginning on January 2 • Most students budget $3,000 + • We encourage students to talk with parents about budgeting for the semester – what are student and parent expectations?©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 11. Health and Safety • AU’s Counseling Center Role • Arlene Snyder – Director of Health Safety and Security • Parents visit: http://www.arcadia.edu/abroad/parents for further information and videos on health and safety, emergency phone numbers and detailed outline of health and accident insurance policy • Importance of disclosing special needs information to us • Emergencies– Who to call and when to call – Parents – Arcadia Security Office: 215-572-2900 • Timothy Barton, Director of Student Services: 267-218-1488©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 12. Health and Safety HTH Worldwide Insurance • All students are already enrolled for Spring 12 • Students create a “Well Prepared” account online with access to their resources • Any medical concerns or plans to take prescription medication with to UK , contact HTH – 1-800-257-4823 Included in program fee $500,000 coverage per incident Most pre-existing conditions covered No deductible Drug Translation Guide City-based health and safety profiles©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 13. Health and Safety©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 14. Accommodation Thoresby House and Palace Court • Single, double, or triple rooms • Shared, fully-fitted kitchens and great • Each building houses 26 – 35 study lounge space abroad students • Shared showers and toilets • You will receive your accommodation • You are provided with a duvet and assignment in late December pillow • On-site Graduate Resident • Internet access • Coin operated on-site laundrette • TV/DVD in the lounges – Region 2 DVDs only©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 15. What to pack? • “Pack everything you might need, then take half of it out. Seriously.” – Claudia Tang, former first-year study abroad student • Students are responsible for carrying all luggage. • Student rooms are equipped with only a foot and a half of hanging space and two, three-foot bureau drawers or the equivalent shelf space • Leave room for pictures, mementos and other stuff to make your room feel ‘like home’ • Be sure to check your airline website for baggage allowance and restrictions: www.united.com©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 16. Bring to London• Basics: • If you need it: – Passport, plus a photocopy of your – Contact lens solution passport – An extra pair of glasses – Electric plug adaptor for the UK – Travel size toiletries – Small, battery-operated alarm clock – Laptop – Small travel umbrella – Prescription medication for the – Extra set of single sheets (two flat semester sheets are best) • May need accompanying doctor’s – Pictures of friends & family note • US prescriptions may not be filled in England – Layers, Layers, Layers! ©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 17. Buy in London  Mobile phone  Duvet cover and sheets  Towel  Hangers  Additional toiletries  Phone cards  Hairdryer, Curling iron, etc (don’t bring these from home!)©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 18. Communication • Purchase mobile phone in London • Most students will pay £20 - £30 for a • “Pay as you go plan” phone and inclusive of minutes • Orange, O2, Virgin, and Car Phone • Incoming calls are typically free Warehouse are good providers • www.Skype.com for free internet • Average rate to the US from England phone calls is .11 cents per minute. • When calling London from the U.S. dial : 011-44 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 19. Miscellaneous London’s weather: Highs from 55 – 45 / lows from 45 – 35 (F) • Greenwich Mean Time – GMT is 5 hours ahead of EST • City University has no spring break • Students must attend class, regardless of travel plans©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 20. Spring 2013 Calendar January 1 United 8 departs Newark International 8.50pm January 2 Flight arrives 9.25am London Heathrow (local time) January 2-4 Orientation January 7 Classes begin April 18 Program concludes April 19 United # 29 departs Heathrow 10.05am arrives 1.05pm Newark International©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 21. The London Study Centre • Located in Holborn – heart of the University of London. • London staff consists of academic and student services professionals. • The London office is there to assist students and encourage personal growth and responsibility • “For student development to occur, the college environment must balance the challenge and support presented to students.” Nevitt Sanford, Educational Researcher©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 22. What to Encourage • Create ‘Well Prepared’ account with HTH • How will student manage health care abroad? • Contact HTH to discuss medication availability. • Think about expectations – how often will you communicate? Budgeting? • Start learning a few simple recipes and begin to cook at home • Make a weekly budget • Communication with Jacki Daddona: excursions, housing assignment (two weeks prior to January 1) and Oyster cards • Research London: • http://www.guardian.co.uk/ (newspaper) • http://www.bbc.co.uk/ (news, video) • http://www.timeout.com/london/ (what’s going on in London)©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 23. FYSAE Mentors • Students have been assigned a mentor over the summer, and have been in contact with them during this semester. • Mentors are FYSAE alums and are matched by semester, location, and when possible gender and major. • Mentors will make regular contact with your student while theyre abroad and plan activities for the group when they return. • Encourage your student to contact their mentor with any questions or concerns at any point.©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 24. Returning to Arcadia Residence Life • Housing deposits • Housing selection for Fall 13 Academics • Registration for Fall 2013 classes • Transcripts©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  • 25. Student Quotes“Words cannot explain the amount of growth, learning and loving that I haveexperienced in this semester.”“ This experience is a 180o from my life back home in the United States. I never had tocook meals for myself and grocery shop for the ingredients. My mom is very protectiveof me and being given 100% freedom and responsibility was a little shocking. I wasable to adjust to the new lifestyle but it was so different that it took me a while to do so.”“ When you have a Northern Irish professor for British History, which covers the twoWorld Wars up to current times, you are learning a whole new outlook on America andits foreign image.”“ I would also tell them that the next four months are going to be a complete rollercoaster. There will be ups and downs and unexpected situations will arise.However, this is one of the positives of this experience! The ups and downshelp you figure out how to deal with situations and in the end, you’ll be a strongerperson and have a great time getting to that place. This entire experience has beenfilled with highs and lows, but I would not trade it for anything in the world!” ©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.