Florida Institute of Technology

June 24–Aug. 4, 2016

Dates and Deadlines for Oxford Study Abroad

Instructions for completing Oxford Program applications and paying registration fees for the summer 2016 program are given on the application link.  

Spaces are on a first come, first served basis for eligible students.  

Mandatory meetings for all participants will be held in February and March.  Mandaroty Orienation, Wednesday, February 10, 5:15-7:15pm.      

Summer Course Registration: Bring signed forms including course name and number (no CRN#) to Crawford 324 or our meeting in February.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

All participants should apply for a passport no later than March 1, 2016.  http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

Students in need of UK visas must apply between March 27 and April 2 for their UK visa. See Visa section.

Program Payment Dates:

Program fees are due on the following dates: 

  • Prior to February 10: $300 non-refundable Oxford application fee  
  • February 10: $1,000 for Oxford  (Pay $850 if you made the Early Bird deadline of Febraury 1).
  • March 1: $150 Ireland deposit (Optional trip.  Space available basis.)
  • April 20: $50 optional Dorest Coast Trip July 2/3.  Includes hostel and return private coach.
  • April 28: Optional Ireland trip balance (tba).
  • May 4: Fees for all optional events due: Optional London shows (approx. $65 per show), Bath Spa treatment (prices vary)
  • May 5: Tuition and program balance (can come from financial aid)**.  Pay the balance of your Paws account as you usually pay Fl Tech tuition & fees. True balance will not appear until early May reflecting your $850 February deposit.

**  $1150 with early bird discount was paid in the 2 earlier installments. $850 deposit was charged and will be deducted from yor account balance.  The $300 appliction fee was not charged to your student account.

ALL Payments should be made at the Student Accounts window on the first floor of Harris Commons.  Credit card, check, cash, and money order are accepted.  All checks must be made payable to "Florida Tech." Write your name, "Oxford" and last 4 of your 900# in the check memo section.  Email hcudmore@fit.edu to confirm payments after they are made.

All program fees are non-refundable. Fees for missed group housing, meals, trips, etc. are non-refundable/ non-exchangable. For example, college housing is included from June 25-Aug 4th morning. If you arrive later or depart sooner, there are no refunds. If you miss a group meal or field trip, you will forfeit that meal/event or any portion thereof.

 

Oxford info packet forms and PASSPORT photo pages due Feb 16 (Please bring them to the Feb 10 orientation meeting).

Airfare

Students book flights to the UK individually.  There is no group flight option or requirement.  You must arrive in Oxford by June 25.  Fly into London Heathrow or Gatwick.  Flights with 1+ stops to London Heathrow, London Gatwick, and Birmingham International ranged between $900 and $1600 for summer 2015. Non-Stop flights on British Air & Virgin Atlantic from Orlando to London Gatwick were $1400-$1900 as of August 2015.

VISAS for non-US citizens:

Non-U.S. citizens should begin obtaining UK tourist visas during spring semester.  Obtaining visas is the full responsibilty of the non- US student.  A letter will be provided by the office to assist in this effort upon the student's request.  Letters are only provided for travel related to the program (UK toursit visa).  Letters will not be provided for personal travel outside of program organized travel.  

The final deadline for requesting letters is March 13 and students must provide proof of UK visa application submittal by April 2 to remain registered for the program.  UK requirements & application can be found here:  http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ 

Non-US passport holders may also need Schengen visas for trips to Italy, France, etc.   These letters and itineraries must also be requested by March 13. Information on Schengen visas for France here: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/france/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/ You will have to go to the French consulate in Miami:  http://www.consulfrance-miami.org/spip.php?article1677

Students who apply for UK visas after April 2 may not obtain visas for the program and all fees remain non-refundable.  The university does not supply visa assistance in addition to letters, itineraries, and insurance brochure.  Students can hire a visa agency to assist with visas if they wish.  The UK Border Agency website lists registered visa assistance agencies on their website.

It is advised that you do not buy your plane tickets proir to obtaining your UK visa.

 

IRELAND Visa guidance for non-US and non-EU passport holders (check to see if you need a visa, and apply if required):  Irish Naturalisation and Emigration site:

http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/British%20Irish%20Visa%20Scheme

2016 Program Itinerary: 


Friday June 24 Depart the US for London
Saturday, June 25 Arrive London or Birmingham – Bus to Oxford – Check in at Jesus College- light dinner in Jesus hall.
Sunday, June 26 Orientation to Jesus College and Oxford.  Welcome dinner at Jesus College.

June 27

June 28-July 1 (Tues-Fri)

Full Day London Trip via coach.  Show in the evening.

Classes.  Lunch in hall June 28-30, July 1

July 2,3
Free days (Optional Dorset Coastal trip, $50)
July 4 Group trip to Bath (optional, but included. 8:45am-9:30pm)
July 5-8 Classes  (Lunch in Hall July 8, 9, 10, 11) 
July 8 Class as usual- Move from main campus to flats
July 9 Day trip:  Blenheim Palace (optional, but included)
July 10 Free day (optional bike trip July 9 or 10)
July 11-14 Classes 


July 15-17 Free long weekend. (Chat with others about Wales, Scotland, Lake District, Paris trips)
July 18-21  Classes (Dinner at the Trout this week. Date tba)
July 21 evening -25  Free long weekend (Ireland option).  
July 26-29 Classes
July 30,31 Free Weekend
Aug 1 Class review day- All classes with the exceptions of World Religions, Civ 2, and Oxford Authors WILL meet
Aug 2 Exams.  Closing Dinner.  Official Program ends.
Aug 3 Free day (You may fly home today/depart Oxford if you wish)
Aug 4 Departure (early morning)
Aug 4 Arrive US

*Cooked breakfast in Hall June 26-July 8 (13 breakfasts).

*This preliminary itinerary is subject to changes.  Each participant will receive an Oxford Program Information Packet via email and can view the full, detailed itinerary by clicking the link above.  The detailed itinerary is updated as changes occur.

*Optional group trip to Ireland will occur either July 21 (evening) -25, 2016.  

 

ATTENDANCE: Classes are mandatory and only 1 unexcused absence per class is permitted before your grade drops. Excused absences are only those with a doctor’s note and proof of a doctor’s visit. Plan your personal travels accordingly.