The program fee is
intended to be as comprehensive as possible and it includes room, meals, as
well as all scheduled group activities and excursions. Whenever we do not take
meals as a group or have a packed lunch, there is a modest meal allowance when
students are on their own. Students are generally very ingenious in getting
good value by going to the supermarket and preparing their own meal. Big eaters
might plan on bringing extra money to supplement the meal allowance over the
summer. You will also need some funds for personal expenses such as postage,
snacks, laundry, souvenirs, individual excursions or travel apart from the
group. Please remember that students
are not permitted to rent a car, even if eligible, while on the program.
Since individual interests, tastes, and activities vary a great deal, it is
difficult to advise on an exact amount required. However, a survey of students
from previous years has indicated a range of $1,000.00 to $1,500.00 was spent.
Students have found
that they can access ATM machines at many points with their credit or debit
cards and you may want to make arrangements for this prior to your
departure. Many students have felt that
this was the most efficient and least expensive mode of securing money
overseas. Be sure to check on the procedures before your departure. Travel
Money Cards from AAA also work well. Bring along at least $200 in cash as traveling money.
cannot be cashed overseas and remittances from your parents may be difficult to
negotiate. In an emergency, an official bank check could be sent by express
mail and we will assist in cashing it. Wire payments can be made through
American Express and some major banks with offices in the larger European
cities. But remember this is very time consuming and usually costly. Credit
cards are widely accepted in Europe and Asia but be cautious since card fraud
is common. Make a photo copy of your
credit cards in case of loss or theft and know the number to call if your card
is lost or stolen.