The FAQ’s list the most frequently asked questions about the program. A more thorough and up to date list of FAQ’s is here
1. Do I need to know French or German to go on this trip?
A. No! All students are welcome to apply and attend if accepted. However, we do recommend buying a small French and German phrase book to bring with you.
2. Will my American appliances work in Europe?
A. Not unless you bring a plug adapter and converter! This article explains what types of adapters and converters you’ll need in Europe and what to purchase: http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/world-electricity-guide.html
3. Will my cell phone work in Europe?
A. Depending on your cell phone and plan some phones will not work in Europe. Check with your cell carrier about overseas service.
4. How and when should I convert my money?
A. Try to convert your money to about 30 Euros at the airport before leaving for Europe. When we land, you can use your debit card to withdraw Euros from an ATM. Keep your debit/credit cards on you at all times. Also be sure to let your bank know that you will be overseas so your account will not be flagged for withdrawals made outside of the US.
5. Do I have to have my passport by the time we leave?
A. Yes! You will not be allowed to enter Europe without a passport.
6. What if I get sick in Europe?
A. Your trip cost includes International Health Insurance for the duration of your trip. Most illnesses can be solved with OTC medications.
7. What about my immunizations? Do I need special vaccines for Europe?
A. You should be up-to-date on all of your vaccines. We will be travelling in the Czech Republic and the CDC strongly encourages the Hepatitis A vaccine for people travelling in the Czech Republic. Talk to your physician about getting the Hepatitis A vaccine before departing for Europe.
8. Will I be able to bring my prescribed medications?
A. Yes and ask your physician before you leave if you think your medication will run out during the trip.
9. Can I take side trips or travel on my own after the trip is over?
A. You may not take side trips during the study abroad trip itself but you are welcome to travel Europe on your own at the end of the study abroad portion. Keep in mind that if you plan to remain in Europe, you may not take the group flight departing from and returning to the US.
10. Who can take the group flight?
A. Only those students who are planning on departing from and returning directly to Atlanta at the designated times may take the group flight.
11. I have frequent flyer miles, can I use those instead?
A. If you would like to use your frequent flyer miles, you will have to schedule your own flights.
12. Can I bring my laptop?
A. Yes you may, but GSU is not responsible if any of your belongings are stolen during the trip.
13. Can I participate if I have no interest in academic credit?
A. No, all participants must be registered in a GSU course to participate in the Policy Studies in Europe program, and they must register for a summer session class. This is a university requirement. We can make exceptions for alumni.
14. Is the coursework going to keep me from enjoying Europe?
A. Students complete most of their work when they return. In Europe, we learn from activities, discussions, and professional visits. We do not recreate the GSU classroom experience in Europe. Travel is expensive, and we do our best to fully experience each of our destinations.
- Students register for a summer course, even though we are away during the Maymester. An incomplete grade for summer can also be arranged (up until mid-August), so that Maymester work does not conflict with the regular summer session.
15. What is included in the program price?
A. Housing, transportation to all of the events listed in the schedule, breakfasts, an occasional lunch or dinner, and transit passes. Students get excited about going sometimes and fail to do the math:
(ground price on the itinerary)+(air fare)+(registration)+(spending money)
You would pay for the class anyway, and the study abroad classes have lower fees, but everything else adds up to serious money. You also need to be ready for price fluctuations. The air fare is hard to predict for example. About $1300 would be a good planning figure, though not a promise. Good food is often cheaper that you might think in Europe. About $700 is a good planning amount, if you are smart and careful. The big picture is that students get a great value.
16. What happens if I miss the plane?
A. Then you will miss the trip! If you schedule your own flights, you are still expected to arrive in Strasbourg on time.
17. How safe is Europe?
A. Europe is relatively safe. However, we recommend using the buddy system when exploring during your free time.