Are you ready to follow in the footsteps of one of Christianity’s best known and most celebrated writers? The School of Communication & the Arts’ (SCA) summer study program in Oxford, England gives you the opportunity to join professors Dr. Bill Brown and Dr. Michael Elam for a unique one-week study tour, retracing the life and work of C.S. Lewis, one of the greatest contemporary authors of the Christian faith. This (3) credit class, examines the life and work of C. S. Lewis as it relates to our understanding of communication theory and practice. The class will give special attention to Lewis’ contributions to the study of reason, myth and imagination by examining his writings and by exploring the city of Oxford and the people who contributed to his work to better understand why he continues to be so popular and influential among both scholars and practitioners.
Attendees will visit historic sites and landmarks such as:
The Oxford Program Fee is a total of $1500. The $500 deposit will be applied toward the $1500. If you are taking this class for credit, the deposit will be applied to your student account. The remaining balance of $1000 will be applied to your student account also. If you have federal aid to cover your full student account balance, you do not need to do anything. Federal Aid will be applied to Student Accounts May 8. If you DO NOT have Federal Aid to cover your balance in full, you must either: Pay in full by May 11 OR enroll in the Tuition Installment Plan (TIP) by May 11. Both payments and enrollment in Tuition Installment Plan (TIP) can be done in your Genysis accounts under the Bill + Payment Center Tab. Failure to be paid in full or enrolled in TIP by May 11 will put your registration in jeopardy of being dropped for nonpayment.
What is included?
Above stated price does NOT include:
Attendees are responsible for making their own flight arrangements and it is not included in the Oxford Program Fee.
We ask that attendees not purchase airline tickets until you are contacted with confirmation that the class makes, which should be in the middle of March. New airline rules state that you must have your passport before you can reserve an airline ticket overseas. Attendees will be asked to meet in Royal Oxford Hotel lobby at 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 23, 2019. Detailed information forthcoming.
Attendees will stay at the Royal Oxford Hotel which is ideally located just a two minute walk from the heart of Oxford city centre, and within walking distance of the railway and bus stations.
Single rooms might be available upon request for an additional cost of $900. Please contact the Oxford Program Manager at email@example.com for details.
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.
Scholarships cover tuition but do not cover university fees, SCA fees or the Oxford Program Fee. Students may enroll in the Tuition Installment Plan(TIP) if they are paying out of pocket to cover this fee.
The GI Bill covers tuition, university fees and SCA school fees but NOT the Oxford Program Fee. Please contact your Military Benefits Manager for details. Students may enroll in the Tuition Installment Plan (TIP) if they are paying out of pocket to cover this fee.
This program can be rigorous, and some of the events may require demanding physical activities. Therefore, participants should possess the ability to:
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 student has any questions regarding special accommodations for people with disabilities contact, Robbie Kuschel, Director of Counseling & Disability Services, at 757-352-4101 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Non student attendees contact email@example.com.
Regent University may cancel any study abroad/tour for events beyond its control, including but not limited to instability in a destination country, acts of God, war (whether declared or undeclared), terrorists activities, incidents of violence, public health issues or quarantine, substantial currency fluctuations, strikes, government restrictions, fire or severe weather conditions that make it impossible or commercially unreasonable in the opinion of Regent University to conduct the tour. Regent University 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. Therefore it is strongly recommended that personal Trip Cancellation Insurance be purchased at the travelers own expense.
Cancellation by Regent University for causes described in this section shall not be a violation of its obligations to any traveler.
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 addition insurance through them. This is not required.
Note that the minimum number of study trip attendees is 10 and the maximum number is 20. The trip will be cancelled should the number of applicants with deposits not reach the minimum by March 8 and a full refund of payments will be issued.
In case of an emergency and the leader Dr. Bill Brown is unable to continue with the class, he will have a designated assistant to take over and complete the tour.
All American citizens are advised to register their time abroad for the trip with the U.S. State Department.
All details are subject to change. Please refer to this website regularly for up-to-date information as details are finalized and posted.
This C.S. Lewis seminar will take place during the summer semester May 13-August 17, 2019 with a required one-week class in Oxford, England from June 23 – 30, 2019.This class examines the life and work of C. S. Lewis as it relates to our understanding of communication theory and practice. The class will give special attention to Lewis’ contributions to the study of reason, myth and imagination by examining his writings and by exploring the city of Oxford and the people who contributed to his work to better understand why he continues to be so popular and influential among both scholars and practitioners.
Undergraduates: COMM 485 – Special Topics: Seminar: C.S. Lewis & Friends: Communication, Myth and Imagination (3 credits)
Graduates: COM 685 – Seminar: C.S. Lewis & Friends: Communication, Myth and Imagination (3 credits)
Doctoral: COM 785 – Seminar: C.S. Lewis & Friends: Communication, Myth and Imagination (3 credits)
All activities listed on this itinerary are subject to change without notice and are not definite depending upon weather, business hours of operation and time. We highly recommend you be prepared for inclement weather and wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you may walk up to twelve miles each day. You are welcome to take a taxi if you desire to various sites on the itinerary. For “Meals on your own” you are welcome to eat at any establishment you desire.
Sunday, June 23
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Sunday, June 30
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.
You cannot register for any of these classes as you would normally do. Margie Ackerman, the Oxford Program Manager, will send the list of students to Advising to register them in the correct class as a group.
If you plan to take this course for credit you must contact your Student Advisor at Advising@regent.edu to make sure this class fits into your ADP; otherwise, Financial Aid might not cover this class. Make sure you can travel to Oxford and that you are financially able to pay for all the expenses surrounding this class as the $1500 Oxford Program Fee is nonrefundable.
Your $1500 Oxford Program Fee 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 $2,682-$3,318.
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.
Taking for credit: The remaining balance of $1000 of the Oxford Program Fee will be added to your student account. If you have federal aid to cover your full student account balance, you do not need to do anything. Federal Aid will be applied to Student Accounts May 8th. If you DO NOT have Federal Aid to cover your balance in full, you must either: Pay in full by May 11 OR enroll in the Tuition Installment Plan (TIP) by May 11. Both payments and enrollment in TIP can be done in your Genysis accounts under the Bill + Payment Center Tab. Failure to be paid in full or enrolled in TIP by May 11 will put your registration in jeopardy of being dropped for nonpayment.
Taking for noncredit: Attendee opens the Registration & Payment section & choses the “Make additional payment. I have registered already.” This must be done no later than April 15, 2019 or you will incur a $100 late penalty.
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.
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.
Go to the U.S. Department of State website to find out about any travel alerts or warnings posted in various countries. You can also find information about passports, tips for traveling abroad and updates on emergencies and crises.
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 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. 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.
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:
Thank you for your interest in the C.S. Lewis Study Abroad trip. Please feel free to contact us utilizing any of the options listed. We look forward to hearing from you and will provide a prompt response to your inquiry.