After you commit to the Mentorship in England Program, if you do not have a passport, you will need to apply for one as soon as possible. If you already have a passport, please double check that it does not expire within 6 months of the start date of the program. Students also will want to make certain that their passport is in good condition, as damaged passports can be refused for use (at the airport or upon entry in England). Students who do not have a passport or who need a new passport should apply for one by May 1.
All students are required to obtain a short term UK study visa prior to departure to England, unless otherwise directed. More information about UK visas and entering the country will be available in May.
Please note: depending on the country of citizenship, international students may have additional requirements for a visa for the semester in England. We advise you contact the UK Consulate in your area for information about visas and obtaining documentation to travel and study in England.
Travel to England/Pre-Departure Orientation
In September, students attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation at American University in Washington, DC. This is a two-day orientation and students will be responsible for accommodations/hotel costs for the overnight stay in DC for orientation. Students will also be responsible for coordinating their own travel to/from Washington, DC, before the on campus orientation and once they return in December.
The group (students, professor, and advisor) will depart for England from Washington, DC, after the orientation. AU will coordinate the logistics for the group flight, however please note that students will pay for/secure their own travel to England after AU announces the group flight information in early June. The return flight in December will arrive back in Washington, DC, and students will coordinate their own travel from Washington, DC, to their final destination.
All students living outside of the US at the time of the September orientation are still required to attend the orientation in DC.
Proof of Health Insurance/International Insurance
You will be required to secure international health insurance and to report your coverage information and any medical conditions (via AU forms) to American University and BSU. Students also will be enrolled in AU's emergency medical insurance for international travel. However, the student's own international insurance will be used as their primary policy that will provide coverage overseas, as the AU emergency insurance only covers emergencies during the program dates.
DECLARING DOCUMENTED ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS
Students are strongly encouraged to disclose and preregister any documented accommodation requests by May 31, 2017 with the American University Academic Support & Access Center (AU ASAC) at 202-885-3360.
Students will need to obtain an official letter from ASAC that will be forwarded to BSU to determine how requested accommodations will be arranged at BSU.
AU STUDY ABROAD FORMS
All students participating in the abroad Mentorship Program options are required to complete AU Forms for submission to the Mentorship Program Office in May and June. These forms include: Consent & Release, Passport Information, Emergency Contact Information, Disability Accommodation Request, Medical and Insurance Information, Student ID Card Photo Submission, FERPA Waiver, Permission to Travel, and Visa & Residence Permit Procedure. Students will be provided with more information about the forms and their due dates in May and June.