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 student at another school at Regent University?
4. Can I take this class if I am a Regent undergraduate student?
5. Do I need travel insurance?
6. Do I need to provide Health Insurance?
7. Do I need a passport? Do I need a VISA?
8. Will I need to have any vaccinations?
9. How do I know if it is safe to travel to the United Kingdom?
10. What if the trip leaders are unable to continue the trip?
11. How physically demanding is this program?
12. Do I need to bring a laptop computer?
13. Is there a phone in the room?
14. What dress is appropriate?
15. Will my blow dryer or curling iron work there?
16. Does the hotel have laundry facilities?
17. How do I exchange U.S. currency into pounds?
18. Should I contact my bank and/or credit card company and let them know I will be travelling overseas?
19. How do I get to Oxford?
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.
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 program fee of $2,599. However, if you are a student, keep in mind that should you choose not to take it for credit, you may not be eligible for student loans. Please check with your financial aid counselor.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. All participants are required to obtain travel insurance through ACE for a $50 fee. Take a copy of the insurance card when traveling abroad. Please read the brochure to be aware of benefits.
Yes. You are responsible for securing medical emergency coverage for overseas for the period of this trip through your medical provider. You should take a copy of your insurance card when traveling abroad. Your coverage needs to begin no later than the date of your initial departure to the United Kingdom and must remain in effect for the duration of the trip. Please forward a copy of your insurance arrangements to Margie Ackerman.
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.
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.
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/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_1168.htm for complete details. You can also find information about passports, tips for traveling abroad and updates on emergencies and crises.
In case professors Brown or Fraser are unable to continue an emergency plan has been established. Information will be sent to all participants.
This international program can be rigorous, and some of the events may require demanding physical activities. Participants should possess the ability to:
- Walk one mile without resting
- Stand for 30 minutes without sitting
- Climb three flights of stairs without assistance
- Hear instructions in a group setting with environmental noise present
- Read and understand written instructions and signs
- 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 Dr. Sherry Todd at 757-352-4842 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Yes, all calls would be charged to your credit card which would be swiped upon check-in for any 'extras'.
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.
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.
No. A laundry facility is available about 10 minutes from the hotel. The hotel offers dry cleaning.
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.
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.
Getting here from the airport by bus:
- Heathrow (recommended airport): The easiest way to get from Heathrow to Oxford is by bus. If you are landing at terminal 4 or 5 it is easier to use terminal 5 bus stop to get to Oxford. If you are landing at terminal 1, 2, 3 it is easier to use Central Bus Station. Central Bus Station is not at the terminal but within a 10-15 minute walk of terminals 1, 2, 3. 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. If cabs are not already waiting at the bus stop in Oxford ask your bus driver where to locate one. The cab ride to the hotel is approximately £7. The hotel is about 2 miles from the bus stop.
- 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. If you have a lot of luggage, you might want to take a taxi, & there is a taxi rank adjacent to the bus station. A taxi should cost around £7.