Welcome to London Orientation!
Welcome to London Orientation! Come up front to pick up your packet and sign in (parents, we have packets for you, too). Have some breakfast and we’ll get started soon! PLEASE… If you haven’t already joined our Facebook groups… do it now!! Spring 2016 Ithaca College London Center Other Orientations: Visa Drop-in Q&A Sessions Tuesday, 10/13, 10:00-11:30, Job 206 Tuesday, 10/20, 12:10-1:00, Textor 102 Make-up London Center Orientation Wednesday, 10/21, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Textor 103 Health, Safety and Security • Property & Health Insurance • Medical Needs & Health Care in London • British Laws • Safety in London • Safety while traveling • Study abroad in 2016 • Respecting Cultural Norms • Culture Shock Property Insurance • You may want to consider insuring the personal items you bring to London, such as laptops, digital cameras, and iPods. • You can purchase property insurance from Haylor, Freyer & Coon that will cover your items while at IC and abroad • On-line enrollment and policy information available at http://www.haylor.com/student • $2,000 coverage costs $65/yr, additional Health Insurance • You will be covered by Ithaca College’s international health insurance plan while in London. The cost is approx. $175 • Refer to orientation packet for details. • Information available at http://www.ithaca.edu/oip/studyabroad15/intl_ins/ Medical Needs • The London Center can assist you in getting any medical care you need while in London. – You are strongly encouraged to inform OIP & the London Center of any conditions that you may have prior to your departure for London. – The UnitedHealthcare Global Assistance network is also a good resource for finding health care in London and scheduling appointments. • Have a physical exam and a dental check-up before you leave for London • Bring along an adequate supply of any prescription medication you take (UHG can help with this) • Bring an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses British Law • The possession, use, purchase, distribution or sale of illegal drugs is prohibited. • Possession or use of mace or pepper spray is illegal - do not bring these to London • The U.S. Embassy in London will not intervene with the British government on behalf of U.S. students arrested for drugs or other serious infractions. • You are permitted to drink alcohol at age 18 in the U.K. Be moderate! – Drinking to excess will make you more vulnerable to crime. Safety in London • Be careful crossing the street! – Traffic moves in the opposite direction in the U.K. • Be aware of pickpockets. – Keep valuables in the safe at the London Center – Carry passport only when needed • Always be certain to lock the doors/windows of your flat. • It is advisable to travel in pairs or small groups, especially at night. • Dress and behavior: – Be aware that your dress and behavior may be communicating a different message than you intend to convey when viewed from another culture’s norms. Safety while traveling • Keep London Center staff informed of your travel plans. – Alert London Center if plans change while traveling. • Always carry your passport, credit cards, traveler's checks and extra cash in a money belt or pouch while traveling – Never keep valuables in a backpack or back pocket. • Be aware of your surroundings. – Do not be an oblivious tourist (or an obvious tourist), especially while sightseeing and taking photographs. • Try not to stand out as a group or an individual – Standing out as an American can make you a target. – Certain types of clothing will identify you as an American, even from a distance. Study abroad in 2016 • OIP and the London Center keep in contact with the U.S. Dept. of State, U.S. Embassy in London, and other U.S. study abroad programs in London to keep informed of current security information. • Maintain high level of awareness of your surroundings and what is happening around you – Keep a low profile/try not to stand out • Take time to learn about current events – Europeans tend to be very knowledgeable about current events, and will want to discuss with you the role of the U.S. in world events. • You may feel that you are “held responsible” for U.S. policy/actions. It is helpful to have a good understanding of current events so that you can express and defend your position on the issues. Respecting Cultural Norms • Expectations and standards of behavior are not always the same in other countries – You are the “foreigner”, and the burden of respecting and adapting to such behavioral and cultural differences will be your responsibility. – Be sensitive and observant of the people around you, and follow local customs concerning respect, etiquette, and behavior. – Listen and observe before you speak and act. Culture Shock • Four stages: – – – – Honeymoon period Frustration/Judgment Adjustment Repeat! • Dealing with Culture shock: – Remember it’s a natural reaction - everyone goes through some degree of culture shock, regardless of how similar or different the new culture is from what you are used to. – Don’t feel like you have to understand everything, right away. Give yourself time to adjust – Try to meet local people – Learn about the host country before you leave – Use resources the London Center offers you. 15 minute break! Cost Comparison $25,000 $20,000 $15,000 London Ithaca $10,000 $5,000 $0 Tuition Room Food Travel Expenses Semester at Ithaca • Costs at IC: – – – – – – 87 Wa ter tow n NEW YORK O sw ego Tuition: $20,329 Meal Plan: $1,354-$3,741 On-campus housing: $3,389-$5,781 Books: $768.50 Personal: $964.50 (Insurance: $577.50) Erie C a na l R ocheste r 90 Syracuse S ch ene ctady Buffa lo A lbany 81 90 17 Total Basic Cost: $26,715 - $32,162 390 88 Itha ca Bingham ton Hu d so n 87 Rive r 17 84 95 N ew York C ity 495 Budgeting for London • Costs in London – Tuition: $20,329 – Rent: $2,370-$5,504 – Food: $1,500-$3,000 – Books: $0-$150 – Personal: $2,000 – Travel & Hotel: $1,679 – Student visa(if needed): ~$500 – Health Insurance: $578 + $175 – Total Basic Cost: $28,053 - $33,915 Exchange Rates • As of October 10, 2015: £1.00 = $1.53 Remember: rates fluctuate! For updated rates, go to: http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ Budgeting in London • Make a budget before you leave, including entertainment and travel. • Find a flat with a group that has a similar budget. • Try to eat most of your meals at your flat, and bring your lunch. Restaurants in London are often quite expensive! • Look for free things to do and student discounts. • Plan your travels early, and make sure they fit into your budget. • Remember that pubbing, clubbing, and drinking are very expensive in London! • Take some time to figure out what is most important to you (travel, shopping, theater, clubbing, entertainment, etc.), and plan accordingly. Bringing Money to London Havem orethan oneway toaccess your m oney!!! Trav. Cheques: $2500-$4500 ATMCards Cirrus/Plusnetwork Travelexreloadable cashcard Credit Cards Visaor M astercard NoAm . Express NoDiscover Cash Bring £25-£75 (inBritishpounds!) Financial Aid • All aid is applicable to the cost of the London Center program – This includes Ithaca College scholarships/grants, federal aid, and NYS aid. • The office of Student Financial Services will be supplied with a list of all ICLC participants • Consult with SFS if you need to access some of your excess aid before leaving for London Scholarships/grants • Three scholarships available for the spring: – Fred Camden London Assistance Grant -2-3 awards of ~$500-$1000 each – Studin Sisters London Center Scholarship – one award, $500 – Wendy Bahlav ‘78 London Center Scholarship – one award, to be given to a business major, $1,000 • You will be contacted soon by someone in Development with information about applying. Working in London • Work-Study – If you currently have work-study as part of your financial package at IC, you are eligible to do work-study in London if you apply for and receive a student visa. – Cannot guarantee certain number of hours…very limited work-study funding is available for the next year. • Part-time work outside of ICLC – If you apply for and receive a student visa, you can work part-time (up to 20 hours per week). – The money earned may equal less than the cost of the visa. – If you would like to work, but you missed internship/immigration orientation contact the ICLC Student visas • Do you need a visa? The answer is “yes” if… • You will do an internship in London • You want to work part-time (including work study) while in London • You want to do the Community Service Project, or any other volunteer work. • You will be in London more than 6 months • You are a “visa national” (your country of citizenship is something other than the US or a country in the European Union, in general) • More info will be reviewed at end of session for those who need/want it. Documents you will need for visa • Passport (with sufficient validity i.e.: six months after your date of return to the U.S. • Two photos (official passport-type photos) • Financial documentation to prove you have access to approximately $7,765 (£5,060) for living expenses. • Letter from parent stating they will support you • Official bank statement (in your name or parent’s name) • Must be a letter on bank letterhead, or an original copy of a bank statement (not printed by you) that is signed and stamped by a bank official on each page. Letterhead should be full color (not black & white). • If you receive financial aid that can be used for living expenses, this will be reflected on your CAS (Certificate of Acceptance for Study), issued by the London Center and can be deducted from the total amount of funds needed. • • • • Birth certificate (if using parental bank account) Biometrics confirmation page Copy of online application, with your signature CAS number from London (to be provided shortly) Steps to acquiring a Tier 4 Visa 1. Arrange to hold appropriate funds for 28 days if those funds are not already being held 2. Collect the information you will need: passport, passport number, parents’ dates of birth, your birth certificate, bank details and documentation, letter from parent(s) stating they will support you, 2 photos, etc. 3. Online application - go to www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk, follow the ICLC template, pay with credit/debit card, book a biometrics appointment, print your application & sign it. 4. Go to biometrics appointment, then immediately afterwards, mail all required documentation by secure delivery to the NYC British Consulate. Registering for Classes • London spring classes: – Registration will occur towards the very end of the semester, in the first week or two of December. – You’ll receive further information once the schedule has been finalized. Don’t register now…courses don’t have times/days assigned to them! Course registration • OIP can usually help you with prerequisite/capacity overrides if needed. • Additional fees apply to ticket classes. These are charged to your student account when you register. – – – – – – – Interrelationships $250 London Theatre Immersion $225 DLT $175 Shakespeare $125 British Pop $100 Music in London $100 SPUK $100 Packing • Be sure you can manage to transport all of the luggage you bring, all at the same time!! • Be careful taking any aerosols, liquids or gels in your carry on. You may only bring containers that are 3 oz. or less, and these must all fit in one quart-size, ziploc plastic bag that can be scanned separately from your carry-on. • Large backpacks, suitcases with wheels and retractable handles are easiest to carry. • Think about your plans while packing: will you be travelling, going to clubs, doing an internship? This may influence what you need to bring. • Electrical voltage is 220v in Europe, as opposed to 110v in the US. Electrical plugs are shaped differently in the UK, and in the rest of Europe. Purchase electrical items there or bring a converter and/or an adapter. • Bring enough prescription and over-the-counter medication to last the entire time you will be abroad. Group Flight & Hotel Arrangements • Group travel arranged by Frosch Student Travel: – Participation in the group travel arrangements is optional. You may make your own travel plans, if you prefer. – Flight only: $1,199 (w/ transfer from airport) – Hotel only: $450 (no transfer) – Flight & Hotel package: $1,679 (w/transfer to hotel) – Frosch can arrange connecting flights at student discount rates from all over the country. – Complete online form by Friday, Oct. 23 to sign up for group travel. Completing form commits you to purchasing the travel arrangements you indicate on the form. Passports • If you do not yet have a passport, is essential that you apply for one immediately. If you have one, and it expires before October 30, 2016, you must renew it. Passport processing can take up to 10 weeks. • If you will be getting a visa and don’t yet have a passport, you must expedite the passport processing. This costs an additional $60 + overnight delivery of the application and passport. You will need to bring with you: • • • • 2 passport pictures Original birth certificate (or old passport if renewing) Driver’s license $135 in fees ($110 application fee, $25 processing fee) Arrival in London • You must have the following documents on you when going through passport control at the London airport: – Passport open to visa page – Acceptance letter (included in packet) – Proof of finances documentation (see handout) IF NOT GETTING VISA: – Passport – Proof of finances documentation (see handout) – Acceptance Letter (included in packet) – Letter from London Center (to be provided later) • This applies anytime you enter the UK, not just your first arrival! Travel • Semester overnight excursions have included locations such as Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, Liverpool and Edinburgh. • 10-day spring break, long weekends • Budget airlines (RyanAir; EasyJet) & rail passes • ISIC card may help you get discounts all over Europe *Let’s Go or Rough Guide Books *Start thinking about where you want to go early in the semester. Do some research to learn about your intended destination(s). *There are many places you can travel to over the weekend, but don’t forget to spend time in London, too! Flats • The first week in London is dedicated to orientation & flat hunting. First 5 nights are spent in hotel. • Options include: – Traditional “flat hunt” (find housing during first week in London, w/ help of ICLC) – Pre-arranged housing (more specifics will be provided very soon) • Residence hall • Flats • Homestays Flat-finding Tips • Normal cost range: £90 - £200 per person, per week • ($138-$306 per person, per week / $593-$1316 per person, per month / $2372-$5264 for the semester) • Find a place that is clean, safe, and liveable for one semester…you’ll only be there 4 months! • Area around London Center is very expensive. Living a bit further from the Center will save you money. • Larger groups can be less expensive. • You will likely share bedroom with at least one other person. Flats are smaller in London. • Students who make the most of their time in London don’t spend a lot of time in their flats! Have a great time in London!