Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

1. Who can take this class?
2. Do I have to take the class for credit?
3. Can I take this class for credit if I am a graduate student at another school at Regent University?
4. Can I take this class if I am a Regent undergraduate student?
5. What will be my out-of-pocket expenses in Oxford?
6. Do I need travel insurance?
7. Do I need a passport? Do I need a VISA?
8. Will I need to have any vaccinations?
9. Do I need to check with my physician before I leave?
10. How do I know if it is safe to travel to the United Kingdom?
11. What if the trip leaders are unable to continue the trip?
12. How physically demanding is this program?
13. Do I need to bring a laptop computer?
14. Is there a phone in the room?
15. What dress is appropriate?
16. Will my blow dryer or curling iron work there?
17. Does the hotel have laundry facilities?
18. How do I exchange U.S. currency into pounds?
19. Should I contact my bank and/or credit card company and let them know I will be travelling overseas?
20. Are there any suggestions for travel?
21. How do I get to Oxford?

 



1. Who can take this class?

Anyone can sign up. However, preference will be given to current degree-seeking students from the School of Communication & the Arts. There are a limited number of spaces so those who have paid the deposit will be considered first.

 

2. Do I have to take the class for credit?

No, you do not have to take this class for credit. In such a case, you will not pay for tuition and pay the non-credit Oxford Program Fee of $2,350.

 

3. Can I take this class for credit if I am a graduate student at another school at Regent University?

Yes. You must get approval from your advisor by submitting “Approval to Enroll in a Class in Another School.”

If this course is not part of your approved program, any financial aid you are receiving will not be applied. Please talk to your advisor in the central financial aid office for more details.

 

4. Can I take this class if I am a Regent undergraduate student?

Yes. Undergraduates who apply for credit would need to follow the established RCAS policy governing the taking of graduate credits. Note that there are requirements regarding GPA and class status that may affect who can participate, and there is a very specific procedure that undergraduates need to follow to enroll. The credits undergraduates would receive could either fulfill their general education requirements or be used as elective credits. Please open link for complete details on undergraduate policy governing CAS student taking Regent graduate courses.

By taking this graduate class, you will also pay the graduate tuition and school fees.

You must get approval from your advisor by submitting "Undergraduate Approval to Register for Course in Another School". If you are seeking approval to take a course that is not part of your approved program, any financial aid you are receiving will not be applied to this course. Please talk to your advisor in the central financial aid office for more details.

 

5. What will be my out-of-pocket expenses in Oxford?

Your Oxford Program Fee, between $1,490-$2,350, includes sharing a double room, daily breakfast at hotel and two meals and an afternoon tea. Average cost for 12 meals in Oxford between $120-$256, average airline ticket between $1,000-$1,500, average round trip bus from Heathrow to hotel is $62. Your total average out-of-pocket expenses, not including tuition, is between $2,672-$4,168.

Meals in pubs suggested in the itinerary listed as "On your Own" are just suggestions and are not required. You are welcome to eat at any establishment you desire.

 

6. Do I need travel insurance?

You are not required to obtain travel insurance. **Regent will incur certain unavoidable expenses in anticipation of the tour. Therefore, if Regent University cancels the tour for any reason, travelers will NOT receive a refund for monies paid. (**Please refer the International Liability Waiver for details.) We encourage all study abroad/tour travelers to protect themselves with the "Cancel for Any Reason Insurance" plan. The plan provides comprehensive protection for travelers should something unexpected happen during or prior to the tour.

Regent University has partnered with RoamRight if you choose to purchase this additional insurance through them. This is not required.

What does Cancelation Insurance include?

  • Flight delay insurance
  • 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Baggage and property insurance
  • Tour cancellation and interruption insurance

 

7. Do I need a passport? Do I need a VISA?

Yes, you will need a passport. If you haven't already ordered your passport, do it ASAP! You will not be able to travel without it. You can apply for a passport online or at a number of local agencies including the US Post Office. A VISA is not necessary. To find out more passport information or apply online visit the U.S. Department of State passport webpage. New airline rules state that you must have your passport before you can reserve an airline ticket overseas. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

 

8. Do I need to check with my physician before I depart?

We do not require a physician’s report as a condition of acceptance in the program, but we strongly recommend that you have medical and dental checkups before going abroad. If you have a specific physical and/or mental health problem of which we should be aware, you are required to inform the trip coordinator in writing before departure so that your study abroad experience will be as safe and as comfortable as possible. We keep this information in the strictest of confidence and do not use it for admission purposes. If you are taking medication, make sure to bring enough with you to last the trip. If needed, bring medication for pollen as you will walk through/along grassy fields.

 

9. Will I need to have any vaccinations?

The United Kingdom does not require vaccinations. However, travelers should check with their physicians to determine if additional vaccinations are required to travel to the United Kingdom. Vaccinations depend on travelers' vaccination history. Also, travelers should check the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) website for updates on the United Kingdom.

 

10. How do I know if it is safe to travel to the United Kingdom?

To find out about any travel alerts or warnings posted by the U.S. Department of State in various countries go to http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html for complete details. You can also find information about passports, tips for traveling abroad and updates on emergencies and crises. All American citizens are advised to register their time abroad for the trip with the U.S. State Department at https://step.state.gov/step/

 

11. What if the trip leaders are unable to continue the trip?

In case professors Brown or Fraser are unable to continue an emergency plan has been established. Information will be sent to all participants.

 

12. How physically demanding is this program?

This international program can be rigorous, and some of the events may require demanding physical activities. Participants should possess the ability to:

  1. Walk twelve miles each day
  2. Stand for 30 minutes without sitting
  3. Climb three flights of stairs without assistance as the hotel does not have an elevator
  4. Hear instructions in a group setting with environmental noise present
  5. Read and understand written instructions and signs
  6. Step in and out of buses or shuttles

Regent University may be unable to provide special accommodations for people with disabilities. If someone needs accommodation or assistance, that person must bring a companion/assistant at full price. Also, those who have a health or mental condition that may interfere with participation in program activities, need to consult with their physician to determine if they are able to participate in a physically demanding study abroad program.  If a potential participant has any questions, they should contact Mr. Adam Williams at 757-352-4894 or at disabilities@regent.edu.

 

13. Do I need to bring a laptop computer?

A laptop is optional, but you will need to bring an adapter (and perhaps a converter) as outlets in England use different voltage and the plugs are shaped differently.

 

14. Is there a phone in the room?

Yes, all calls would be charged to your credit card which would be swiped upon check-in for any 'extras'.

 

15. What dress is appropriate?

The weather can be unpredictable but it is usually between 54-73 degrees with an average of 64 degrees in June. Wear casual, comfortable layered clothing and comfortable walking shoes, as you will be walking outside frequently. Be prepared for inclement weather.

 

16. Will my blow dryer or curling iron work there?

Not without an adapter and converter. Outlets use different voltage and the plugs are shaped differently. You can purchase adapters here at travel stores or in England. Warning: Voltage surges can occur causing such items to be hotter than normal. More expensive adapters do have voltage controls.

 

17. Does the hotel have laundry facilities?

No. A laundry facility is available about 10 minutes from the hotel.

 

18. How do I exchange U.S. currency into pounds?

The best places to exchange U.S. dollars into the English pound are at various locations such as your local AAA office, a local exchange house and post offices in the UK. Anyone can exchange dollars into pounds at a local AAA and/or obtain a VISA TravelMoney Card which is a prepaid reloadable VISA debit card which offers an alternative to traveler checks and cash. You may want to check out this website, www.xe.com/ucc/, for the current rate of exchange. However, most places will accept a credit or debit card. You may find this to be easier than cash. Another option is to use your ATM card to withdraw money. Check with your bank and credit card company for their fees and exchange rates. It would be helpful if you exchanged some U.S. dollars before you leave the states.

 

19.  Should I contact my bank and/or credit card company and let them know I will be travelling overseas?

Yes, some banks and/or credit card companies will put a hold on your account when they see unusual activity on your bank card if they are not informed of your travels.

 

20. Are there any suggestions for travel?

  • Before you leave U.S. get adapters for computer and hair dryer. Purchase umbrella, sensible shoes and layered clothing. You will be walking an average of twelve miles every day.
  • When arrive at Heathrow Airport check for information with people dressed in purple, change currency and buy maps. We recommend you purchase a round trip ticket to Oxford from the bus driver as it will be cheaper at approximately £26.
  • Before going home submit VAT receipts and exchange money.
  • Optional - VAT Receipts:  With a VAT form receipt, which you have to ask for, 20% of your purchase price, including dining, is refunded to you when you leave the country. You have to get a VAT receipt from each vendor, which is a pain, but if you spend more than fifty pounds on meals and merchandise, you get 20% back when you submit the receipts to the VAT people at the airport.  https://www.gov.uk/browse/tax/vat

 

21. How do I get to Oxford?

Getting here from the airport by bus:

  • Heathrow (recommended airport): The easiest way to get from Heathrow to Oxford is by bus. Go to the Central Bus Station which is not located at the terminal but within a 10-15 minute walk from terminals 1, 2, 3. You can also access escalators and lifts. If you are landing at terminal 1, 2, 3 go to the Central Bus Station and find Bus Stand #15 to get to Oxford. If you are landing at terminal 4 or 5 find Bus Stand #10 to get to Oxford. We recommend you purchase a round trip ticket from the bus driver as it will be cheaper at approximately £26. The Gloucester Green Coach Station in Oxford is the last stop from Heathrow. To get to the Royal Oxford Hotel from the Gloucester Green Coach Station in Oxford, go out of the main entrance and turn right onto George St. At the corner, take a left. At the next traffic light, the car park will be on the right and Nuffeld College is on your left. There is a crossing signal. Walk past the car park and just past the Staples, the hotel is on the right. At the bottom of this road you will see a car park on your right past Duke’s Cut pub into Park End Street. The hotel can be found at the bottom of this road on your right. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to walk to hotel.
  • Gatwick: The easiest way to get from Gatwick to Oxford is by bus. Follow the sign for coaches after you get off the plane. At the coach station, look for the City Link X80. For schedules and fares check out the Oxford Bus Company site http://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/. The trip should take just over 2 hours. There are several stops in Oxford, and it is easiest just to stay on till the last stop, Gloucester Green. To get to the Royal Oxford Hotel from the Gloucester Green Coach Station in Oxford, go out of the main entrance and turn right onto George St. At the corner, take a left. At the next traffic light, the car park will be on the right and Nuffeld College is on your left. There is a crossing signal. Walk past the car park and just past the Staples, the hotel is on the right. At the bottom of this road you will see a car park on your right past Duke’s Cut pub into Park End Street. The hotel can be found at the bottom of this road on your right. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to walk to hotel.