Both on campus and online students may register for the trip and take one of the two courses; however, taking a course is not a requirement for the trip. Family members may also register for the trip, though they are not eligible to enroll in a course.Students taking either of the courses will be allowed early access to curricular materials through Blackboard.
Flight Arrangements: Because this trip is available toonline students who live in various parts of the country, air travel is not included in the trip costs. Participants who need help identifying the best flight options can email the trip supervisor for such advice. Please review additional information about your responsibilities and for links to booking sites.
Meeting in Rome: Meeting in Rome: Participants will be asked to meet in Rome at our hotel on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Detailed information will be provided to those who register for the trip. All participants should schedule their air transportation so that they arrive in time for this meeting.
Rome Travel and Daily Costs: We will utilize public transport in Rome and stop for lunch, dinner at local eateries. Students will responsible for daily transport costs, entry tickets for historic sites and lunch/dinners. We estimate a daily allowance of $80 will suffice.
Insurance for Overseas Travel
Regent University requires that those who participate in university-sponsored international trips carry two of the 3 main types of insurance. These are travel health insurance and medical evacuation insurance. The third, trip cancellation insurance, is optional, but recommended.
Travel Health Insurance
All participants must provide proof of travel health insurance that provides overseas coverage. If your insurance policy does not cover you abroad, you can purchase a short-term policy that does. There are health insurance policies designed specifically to cover travel. Many travel agents and private companies offer insurance plans that will cover health care expenses incurred overseas.
For additional information, the U.S. State Department has an informative site explaining the issues related to medical insurance for travelers abroad.
Passport Information: All participants must have a valid passport to safely enter and depart from Italy. Passports should be valid for at least 90 days from the date of entry into Italy. Your travel agent will need your passport information in order to book the flights. And be sure to keep copies of your passport separate from your passport (in case of loss) and leave a copy with a contact at home. Proof of a valid passport must be provided by June 5, 2013. It can take between 4 - 6 weeks (or longer, depending on the time of year) to obtain or renew a passport, so it is imperative that you verify your existing passport or apply now. The United States Post Office provides more information about passport applications . The United States Department of State provides more information about passport renewals .
Health Advisory & Special Accommodations: All international programs can be rigorous, and some of the events may require reasonably demanding physical activities; therefore, participants should possess the ability to
Walk one mile without rest
Stand for 30 minutes without sitting
Climb three flights of stairs without assistance
Hear group instructions
Read and understand written instructions and signs
Step in and out of busses 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 Carolyn Hughes at 757-352-4867 or by email at email@example.com.
Cancellation & Refund Policies: The $250 registration deposit is non-refundable, except in the case of serious extenuating circumstances (illness that precludes overseas travel, etc.), or in the case where the trip is cancelled because minimum participant registration is not met. Refunds of the remainder of any funds paid will be at 100% if the registration is cancelled prior to 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2013. Partial refunds may be paid after the registration and payment deadline at the discretion of the trip supervisor.
Minimum and Maximum Number of Participants: Note that the minimum number of trip participants is 12 and the maximum number is 20. The trip will be cancelled should the number of registrations not reach the minimum of 12 by 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2013. In case of such cancellation, all payments will be refunded at 100%, including the $250 registration deposit.