Where can I go on a TnCIS study abroad program?
What can I study?
Who is eligible to go on study abroad?
How do I apply?
How do I pay fees at my home institution?
Where will I live during the study abroad program?
Is health insurance included in the program fee?
Do I need additional health insurance?
Do I need to get shots before I travel?
Do I need “travel insurance”?
Is financial aid available?
What costs are not included in the fee?
How do I get a passport?
Do I need a visa to study abroad?
How do I estimate personal spending money?
Do I need to know a foreign language to study abroad?
I am not enrolled at a member institution, but I want to go on one of your programs. What do I need to do?
What if my preferred program is not offered at my institution?
I've been hearing a lot about terrorist attacks, rioting, bombings, and flu outbreaks. Is it really safe to travel abroad?
What if I am considered a "passenger of size" or a "passenger requiring extra space"?
You can go to any of 18 international locations as listed on the study abroad page.
We have 18 short term study abroad programs offered for the summer of
2015. Locations include Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.
Our study abroad programs offer a range
of courses that may fit into your general requirements, major, or
satisfy elective requirements. For a complete list of courses offered on
your campus, go to the members page.
Find your institution and click on the “programs offered at your
institution” link for a spreadsheet listing courses and programs you can
choose from at your school. Course information is also available on each country program web page. A
brief description of the course and the syllabus are included under the
academics section. Please be aware that the name of the course may be
different at your institution. Contact
TnCIS at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Any student in good standing (this includes academic and disciplinary matters) and registered at a member institutions
is eligible to study on a TnCIS program. All applicants must be at
least 18 years of age and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students must have
also completed a minimum of 12 college level credit hours (not including
developmental credit hours) by the start of their study abroad program.
Applications are available online and
are due in two cycles - Early (December) and Regular (February). Students who apply by the early deadline in December will receive acceptance into their program by mid-December. S/he will also receive a $100 discount off the program fee due in March. Students who apply by the regular deadline in February will not receive the $100 discount and may be wait listed in programs with limited capacity as stated on the program pages. Applications received after the February deadline will be considered on a space
available basis. A complete application consists of:
1. The completed on line application
2. The nonrefundable application fee of $100 (paid to the cashier at your home institution)
3. An official transcript sent to TnCIS by the registrar at your institution
4. The online recommendation form
How do I pay fees at my home institution?
All students pay fees at their home
institution. You will need to go to your Business Office, Bursar or
Cashier's window to pay your $100 application fee and full program
fee. If you have questions about how payments work on your campus,
please contact the TnCIS campus representative for your institution
listed on our members page.
TnCIS study abroad programs offer a
variety of living accommodations. Please look on the individual program
pages of the TnCIS website under Accommodations for details on which
living arrangements are planned for your program of interest. Below are
various accommodation arrangements through TnCIS:
Students may live with a host family, which is particularly desirable
for foreign language study programs. By living with a host family,
students are able to interact with native speakers of the language on a
regular basis. This gives them ample opportunity to practice and expand
the language instruction they receive in the classroom. They are also
better exposed to the culture of the country.
programs use a hostel or hotel in the program country for living
arrangements. A hostel is just another word for a “small hotel”
typically not belonging to a chain. This option is quite practical due
to the ease of arrangements, location of the hotel, and the accessibility
to amenities such as restaurants, laundry and internet. In this type of
program, students are often given one or more roommates depending on
the size of the accommodations and the policies of the hostel/hotel. The
group also typically has access to other shared living space.
In some programs, TnCIS has access to dormitory facilities of other
colleges or universities. This living arrangement is typically like any
college or university dormitory in the US. Students live in a room with
at least one roommate and have other shared living space. A cafeteria or
restaurants are also located near by for meals.
Yes. Limited health insurance is included in the program fee of all TnCIS summer study abroad programs. Students are given ID cards for the insurance at the airport on the day of departure. Coverage is comprehensive but most doctors and clinics abroad require payment upfront (at the time of service). Students should budget and have access to additional funds (cash) to be used for a medical emergency. In the case of serious illness and/or hospitalization, TnCIS will work with the insurance company on the student's behalf to make arrangements for payment whenever possible. Reimbursement of any cash payments made for medical care abroad should be submitted via claim forms available from TnCIS or the insurance website. Submission of reimbursement claims are the responsibility of the student. Click here for details on coverage.
It is recommended that you carry your own personal health insurance either through family, work or your school. Should you have complications from a medical emergency experienced abroad, the program insurance will not cover you after you return to the US. Stateside insurance is always recommended.
TnCIS recommends that all students
research the health and safety conditions reported by the CDC for the
program country they will visit. Please go to www.cdc.gov/travel
for information. Every person traveling abroad must make a decision
about vaccinations s/he may need based on their own personal health and
medical history. You should also consult with your personal physician
before making any decision about vaccinations. You can learn more about
recommended vaccines through your local health department and their
international travel clinic. You can go online and do a search for your
county health department to find a resource near you. It is
recommended that you research this information well in advance of your
travel plans since many vaccines require a minimum time period to become
TnCIS does not provide any travel
insurance coverage but you can purchase it on your own. There are
several different travel insurance options available through private
insurance companies that can provide financial protection for multiple
scenarios. These insurance policies can cover trip cancellation prior to
departure, baggage, medical, dental, emergency evacuation, 24 hour
traveler assistance, baggage delay, travel delay, and accidental death
during your travel dates. Some students and their parents feel this type
of insurance is valuable while others choose not to seek additional
insurance. This is a choice you should research to determine if you
desire such a policy. Some policies do not cover study abroad. Be sure
to ask specifically if the coverage will include cancellation policies,
ticket reimbursement, clinic or hospital fees, etc. related to a study
abroad program. You can begin your research at http://www.insuremytrip.com/plans/index.html for more information.
Yes. Federal and State financial aid
can cover some of the cost of approved study abroad programs. You will
need to meet with your financial aid advisor to discuss your financial
aid profile. Many TBR institutions also offer partial or fully funded
scholarships for study abroad. Your institutional representative will be
able to advise you on how to apply for any available funds at your
school. Click here to go to the Financial Aid FAQ page.
The costs not covered in the total
program fee include but are not limited to the following: passport,
visitor’s visa, textbooks, some meals and personal spending money.
Current information on how to obtain a passport and its fees can be found at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
Most program countries do not require a
visitor’s visa. The only countries that require students apply for a visa prior to departure are Brazil,
China and India. If your program country requires a visa, you will be
sent explicit instructions on how to obtain a visitor’s visa and the
cost involved. DO NOT apply for a visa before receiving directions from your program director at the March mandatory student orientation.
The question of personal spending money
will be discussed in your program orientation. The amount needed for
personal spending money is difficult to estimate due to the variety of
spending habits and needs among our students. Some students may be able
to get by on as little as $500 and others will need $1500 - $2000. Think
about your spending habits and make a budget you can afford and have
available by the time you leave for your program.
No. All of our summer programs
are taught by faculty within the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system
and are, therefore, taught in English. Programs offering foreign
language courses may be taught by TBR or local foreign faculty. These
courses will, of course, be in the target language and count towards
foreign language credit. While foreign language skills might make it
easier to function abroad, it is not necessary for most of our programs.
You need to submit an application to
any of the member institutions through their general admissions process.
You can go to a member institution website by clicking on the school
listed on the members page. Additionally, you should apply online to the
program of your choice by the deadline. If you are currently at another
university or college, don't forget to check with your academic adviser
and financial aid office to make sure credit will transfer back and
that any aid you are eligible for is applied to the program. Contact the TnCIS office if you have questions.
Students attending an institution that
does not offer a program you are interested in may consider registering
through another TnCIS member institution. Students will need to go
through the application process at the other institution, be accepted
and then register for the course through that institution. Please
consider that you will likely not have financial aid or scholarships
available to you in this case. You will also need to verify whether or
not course credit will transfer back to your primary institution.
Contact the TnCIS office if you have more questions about this
While safety can never be guaranteed
(whether in Tennessee or overseas), TnCIS follows all Department of
State directives and watches for travel advisories to all countries
where study abroad programs are located. Our faculty and staff have
received appropriate information and training to help assure the safety
of our students and follow all security and reporting measures to the
best of their ability. In the event of unforeseen problems escalating in
any country where a program is planned or currently in progress, your
safety will be our first priority and measures will be taken to postpone
or cancel a program when necessary. You should also consider having a
parent, guardian or other family member obtain a valid passport in the
event that you need someone to travel to be with you in the case of a
medical emergency. Program fees would be refunded to the fullest extent
possible in these situations.
Some U.S. air carriers have
announced new or newly-enforced policies that apply to what they call
"passengers of size" or "passengers requiring extra space." If an
airline determines that you are a passenger of size and applies its
policy, you may be required to purchase an extra seat to accommodate
your need for extra room. To determine if you might fall into this
category, please review the information at the links provided below.
Because TnCIS purchases tickets in advance as a group, if you are
considered a passenger of size or a passenger requiring extra space, you
will be required to pay the additional ticket cost by the program fee
payment deadline in March. If any refund is processed by the airline,
TnCIS will notify you following the completion of your air travel. This
may take up to 6 weeks after your return to the US. It is the
participant's responsibility to inform TnCIS of their space needs by
email (email@example.com) by the February application fee deadline. Failure to notify TnCIS of your seating needs may result in a last
minute requirement by the airline to have the passenger pay for an
additional seat or possibly denial of boarding with the group. The
participant is responsible for any additional cost by the airline or
TnCIS for unexpected travel costs. Additionally, any lost time on the
program will not be reimbursed by TnCIS.
Helpful Web Sites
http://www.xe.com/ict/ (currency converter)
http://travel.state.gov/ (Bureau of Consular Affairs and Passports)
Article on Airline Policies: http://seniortravel.about.com/od/airtravel/f/LargerAirPassengers.htm
Continental Airlines Policy: http://www.continental.com/web/en-US/content/travel/specialneeds/customersize/default.aspx
United Airlines Policy: http://www.united.com/page/article/0%2C6722%2C52985%2C00.html
Delta Airlines Contract of Carriage: http://images.delta.com.edgesuite.net/delta/pdfs/contract_of_carriage_intl.pdf