-Must be admitted to upper level before you go.-*COSC 364 (Safety) and COSC 381 (internship seminar) are pre-reqs to internship. 381 will be offered in an abbreviated format for students abroad (but would like to do away with this), and 364 can be fulfilled via OSHA 10-hour certificate (can get online)—the problem with doing away with these options is students who want to go the semester they are admitted to upper level. Ideally however they wouldn’t go that semester.-**This is true, but if following flow chart exactly, you will be three hours short of 120 b/c you are only getting 3 hours of internship rather than 6.-9 weeks of class, 1 week spring break (probably align with TAMU spring break) and 9 weeks of internship for Visa Requirements-Requires 15 hours/week of class, in addition to spring break, there should be some time for travel, but difficult to say because we must defer to our -Ideally, much of these contact hours will be with guest lecturers, site visits, Barristers and Solicitors, Insurance Adjusters Etc.
-Exchange Rate was about 1.6 last time we were there, that will significantly effect the cost.Costs basically inclusive of everything except additional meals, and personal travel/sightseeing/souveniers-Air Fare you purchase on your own, so you can travel early or stay late, or fly on miles/points and save money-SAPO fee includes health insurance and emergency funds-Housing = 2 or 3 bedroom apartments with kitchens in Zone 1 or 2 (central London), with roommate from TAMU-Cultural Events = bus tour of city, visits to sights, theatre events-Texas Tomorrow, 529 plans, all apply—benefit of doing a faculty lead study abroad is that it is just like you are at TAMU in terms of finances-Department, College, and University all have study abroad specific scholarships, and more government financial aide available, so fill out study abroad FAFSA.- Of course in states if you get a paid internship, you would being paid for the 10 weeks.
-Bus Tour of London & Walking tour to all major sights-Architectural Walking Tour-Backstage Tour of National Theatre& Night out at Theatre-Tower of London (Castle & Palace)-Day Trip to Wales Gower Peninsula
-Meals, think about what you would spend/day. $50/day = $6000 over 18 weeks, $25/day = $3000 over 18 weeks. Of course, you would have to feed yourself if you were here in the states, so this isn’t really an additional cost, but you will probably spend more in UK. -exchange rate, and if it costs $5 in the US it probably costs 5GBP in London so about $7.50 -on “holiday” want to try new things, might not cook as muchAlso anticipate being in housing with kitchens, so you can save if you cook for yourself/yourselves.-Remember, you will have long weekends to travel in and around Europe.
-If you want total control of your internship, don’t study abroad on this program. -Had a student intern outside of London at a position he found through parents connections. Had to pay expenses for visa provider to visit the site, and his living expenses for the internship. -Continuing to develop our connections and internship sponsors.
-Plan is to make this an annual study abroad-Summer is 5 weeks, does multiple locations, but still Law 1 and Law 2 or one of those and technical elective
-Online visa application does ask about criminal activity, including traffic violations. No one had any problems as a result. Some people didn’t put in info about traffic tickets, and some did and explained them.
TAMU COSC 2013 Study Abroad Program Overview
• 20 Student Maximum• 12-16 Hours of Upper Level Credit – COSC 381: Professional Ethics – COSC 463: Law 1 – COSC 465: Law 2 – COSC 485: Independent Study (Subs for Tech Elective) – COSC 468: Risk Management (Technical Elective) – COSC 484: 10-week Internship (Pre-reqs*)• 19 weeks (Spring plus January mini-mestester) – January 6, 2013 through May 18, 2013 – Fulfills internship & semester away requirements** – Also fulfills an International Cultural Diversity Credit
• Approximate Costs: $19,000* – TAMU Tuition & Fees (~$4000) – $1000 for Roundtrip Air Fare – Program Fee $15,000 • SAPO Fee & Health Insurance • Room & Board for 19 weeks • Some sightseeing (See next slide) • Travel Card for London • BritRail Pass• All usual Scholarships** & Financial Aid Apply – ONLY GET SCHOLARSHIPS IF YOU APPLY!! – Departmental scholarships can be applied 100% to study abroad semester (Must let COSC office know by end of May)• Costs for the same credit here in the states ~$17,000 & a minimum of two full semesters!*• Many students are able to accelerate graduation by a full semester
• Bus and Walking tours of all major sights in London• Architectural Walking tour of City of London• Construction Site Visits• Inns of Court (where Barristers study/train)• Society of Construction Law Meetings• Meetings with Barristers and Solicitors (Attorneys in the UK)• Oxford/Cambridge Tour• Wales Day Trip• Tours in Scotland• Tower of London• St. Paul’s Cathedral/Westminster Abbey• London Eye
• Costs Not Included – Travel Documents • Passport ($110-$145, expediting $75) • Tier 4 (general) student visa ($400) – Meals ($2000-$6000) • Drinks • restaurants – Personal Travel/Sightseeing/Souvenirs• Consider the Exchange Rate, currently around _1.6_. (Oanda.com)• If something costs $5 in the US, expect it to cost at least 5 GBP=$8.25
• Internships – Wide variety, but all Construction Related • Construction (Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Capita Symonds) • Property Development (London Newcastle, Knightly Properties) • Facilities Management – Part of your fee, but you get what we give you – You can find your own, but still have to coordinate with visa sponsors – Working hard to broaden pool of companies
• Go Away! – Application Deadline: September 30,2012** – Sign-up at studyabroad.tamu.edu – MUST meet with Prof. Daigneault Personally • Langford A130• More Information – www.COSCstudyabroad.com – General program information from 2010 & Spring 2012 – Student posts with more details about what they did and say• Independent Research Opportunities – Taken students to the RICS COBRA conference (Paris, Fall 2013--Las Vegas, Fall 2014--Cairo)• Questions
• Anglo American Educational Services (AAES) – http://www.angloamerican.uk.com/ – Visa Sponsor, Study Center, Travel Passes, Group Tours & Flats – Great Russell Square• IMMEDIATELY – Passport – Resume & Cover Letter – Unofficial Transcript: if not on Study Abroad Application – FINANCIAL AID/FAFSA (More detail in orientation)• Study Abroad Scholarship Applications
• Payments – $150 Application fee when “confirm” application – $300 Deposit (non-refundable after 10/1, plus expenses spent for that student that cannot be refunded) – 50% billed to your student account on or after 11/15 • $7500 – 50% billed to your student account on or after 12/15 • $7500 – Tuition billed as usual• Withdrawal Policy – 31-60 days before departure 50% plus all non-recoverable expenses – 1-30 Days before departure 75% plus all non-recoverable expenses
• Orientations – 2 required Meetings (Need to meet with Study Abroad advisor if not available)• Airfare – Be looking by October – $800-1200 – More than likely fly into LHR (London Heathrow) – Search multiple cities: IAH, DFW, AUS, SAT – Arrive by 1/6/13, and depart after 5/18/13 – Group Rate (must have 12 students all on one flight)
• Visa: We will do a meeting for this• Deadlines: • Apply up to 90-Days • NO LATER THAN October 30 – Documents • Online Application (Visa or Mastercard ONLY ~$240) • Printed Appendix • CAS Letter from AAES • Proof of Financial Support (~$1000) – Bank Statement in your name – Bank Statement in someone else’s name with letter saying you have right and access to funds