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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Study Abroad C.S. Lewis

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 also have the option not to take it for credit. In such a case, you will not pay for tuition and pay the non-credit program fee of $2,499. 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.

3. I am a student at another school. Can I transfer the credit hours to my degree at my own school?

Yes. Check with your school for the procedure to transfer hours from Regent University to the school that you attend. You must submit the form "Approval to Enroll in a Class in Another School" at http://www.regent.edu/admin/registrar/forms/course_in_another_school.pdf

4. 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.

5. Do I have to have insurance?

Individuals who travel internationally on a Regent-sponsored trip must be covered by travel insurance with On Call International. Regent students who are enrolled in the Aetna Student Health insurance plan are already covered by On Call International. All other travelers must purchase short-term coverage and provide the university with evidence of coverage. Individuals can view details of the insurance plan and purchase coverage online at www.oncallinternational.com. Regent students are encouraged to contact the Business Office at 757.352.4059 for more details.

6. 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'.

7. What dress is appropriate?

The weather can be unpredictable but it is usually high 60 to low 70 degrees in June. You will be walking outside frequently. Wear casual, comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring at least one set of business casual clothes for high tea.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Does the hotel have laundry facilities?

No. A laundry facility is available about 10 minutes from the hotel. The hotel offers dry cleaning.

11. Can I use U.S. money to purchase things?

You may exchange U.S. dollars into the English pound at various locations such as the airport in England or your local AAA office. If you are an AAA member you can exchange dollars into pounds at a local AAA business and/or obtain a VISA TravelMoney Card which is a prepaid reloadable VISA debit card which offers an alternative to travelers 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.

12. Should I contact my bank and let them know I will be travelling overseas?

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

13. How do I get to Oxford?

Getting here from the airport by bus/tube:

  • Heathrow (recommended airport): The easiest way to get from Heathrow to Oxford is by bus. Follow the sign for coaches after you get off the plane. At the coach station, look for either the City Link X70 or the Heathrow Tube. For schedules & fares check out the Oxford Bus Company http://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/ site or the http://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/content/doc/cms/AirlineBooklet2010.pdf site for the X70 or http://www.oxfordtube.com/ for the Oxford Tube. Either way, the trip will probably take just over an hour. There are several stops in Oxford, & 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 £5.
  • 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 & 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, & 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 £5.

Getting here by coach/bus:

  • From London: Coaches run between London & Oxford, very frequently, as often as every 10 minutes during peak hours. There are two services: the Oxford Tube & the X90. For more information about where to get on, schedules & fares, you can check out the Thames Transit site for the Oxford Tube, or the Oxford Bus Company site for the X90. There are several stops in Oxford, & 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 £5.
  • From Other Departure Points: Getting to Oxford from other cities by coach could be more complicated. Thames Transit or the Oxford Bus Company may be able to provide you with more precise information. If you can get to Oxford by coach, no matter where you are coming from, it is probably easiest to get off at 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 £5.

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