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Fysae parents ractical info stirling_spring 13

  1. 1. Stirling FYSAE Parents Orientation Scotland Spring 2013 Welcome! The webinar will start at 7:15pm EST.©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Scotland©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. Stirling FYSAE Parents Orientation Who’s Who  Professor 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, The College of Global Studies©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  4. 4. Stirling FYSAE Parents Orientation • Congratulations! Your student is part of the spring 2013 FYSAE cohort of students to live and study in Stirling! • Information includes: – Academic information – Logistics – Health and Safety – Finances – Returning to AU in fall 2013©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  5. 5. Great Britain and Ireland
  6. 6. Academics • Students take three courses @ 5 credits each • Global Connections Reflection (2 cr) online • Students prepped for academic expectations • Students must earn minimum 3.0 gpa in fall ‘12 to satisfy academic eligibility requirements • Academic support services readily available at Stirling and from Arcadia Center in Edinburgh©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  7. 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 2013-14? Deadline is July 1, 2013 • Stafford Loan disbursements Week of January 21 at earliest • FAFSA©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  8. 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 include: Transatlantic Flight Health Insurance Orientation Administrative and Support Services Institutional scholarships, state and federal financial aid retained in spring.©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  9. 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. 10. Budgeting • Recommend $2505 for additional costs: – $ 220 Books – $1025 Meals – $1025 Personal expenses – $ 235 Local travel $2505 TOTAL – Cost of weekend travelling within UK and Europe not included • Break your budget down into 15 weekly increments, beginning on Feb 4th • Many students budget $3,000+ for the semester • 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. 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. 12. Health and Safety HTH Worldwide Insurance • All students are already enrolled for Spring 13 • Students create a “Well Prepared” account online with access to their resources • www.hthparents.com • 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. 13. Health and Safety©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  14. 14. Accommodation • Bedrooms are fully furnished and • 24 hour porters in the building duvets, pillows and bed linen, which • Access the Universitys computing are laundered by the University, are resources, including email and provided as standard internet • Sinks in the bedroom • Laundry facilities are readily available • Shared shower and toilet facilities in your building down the hall©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  15. 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. 16. Bring to Scotland• 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 – 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 – Towels note – Pictures of friends & family • US prescriptions may not be filled in Scotland ©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  17. 17. Buy in Scotland • Get in Scotland – Mobile phone – Towel – Hangers • You can also find – Additional toiletries – Phone cards – Hairdryer – Curling iron – Kitchenware – Wellies©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  18. 18. Communication • Purchase mobile phone in Stirling • 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 Scotland phone calls is .11 cents per minute. • When calling Scotland from the U.S. dial : 011-44 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  19. 19. Miscellaneous • Scotland’s weather: Highs from 50 – 40 / lows from 40 – 30 (F) • Greenwich Mean Time – GMT is 5 hours ahead of EST • University of Stirling Spring break – March 29 – April 5 • Students must attend class, regardless of travel plans©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  20. 20. Spring 2013 Calendar Feb. 3 Depart from U.S. - United #36 Newark, NJ 7:40pm Feb. 4 Arrival in Edinburgh - 7:35am (local time) Feb. 4-6 Arcadia Scotland Orientation Feb. 6-9 Homestay Experience Feb. 10 University of Stirling Orientation Feb. 13 Semester begins March 29-April 5 Semester Break May 31 Classes end June 1 Flight to Newark– United # 37, arrives 12:00noon©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  21. 21. 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 and housing assignment (two weeks prior to February). • Research Scotland: http://www.scotsman.com/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/ http://www.timeout.com/edinburgh/©2011. Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies. All rights reserved.
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. 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.
  24. 24. 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.

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