Study Abroad makes big changes to 2017 trips

Brittany Smyth, Staff writer

Sign-ups for next year’s study abroad programs have started. The last day to submit applications for the Spring Term in Ireland or FSAT programs are due to Sarah Arth, Friday, April 22, to the study abroad office, Preston 200.

Each program has a $300 enrollment deposit due Friday, April 22, along with a completed program application/ registration form. All checks are made out to Mercyhurst University. Students will only receive a refund on the deposit if the trip is canceled or they were not accepted into the program.

Students who want to sign up for the 12-week Dungarvan, Ireland, program next year need to complete the application and have the enrollment fee ready as soon as possible. This is the last chance to have the option to stay in Ireland for an entire semester.

For students who would like to go to Ireland, but do not want to complete the full semester, may also have the chance to go there for Mini 4, which is March 10-April 26 and is a 6-week program. This also includes classes students will take either before or after the allotted travel time.

“Students in the Ireland program are charged regular Mercyhurst University tuition and fees for fall and spring terms, and all federal, state and institutional aid applies,” Arth said.

The billing is different for students who are going to Ireland for a full semester and those who are going for Mini 4.

“Ireland is the first program that always fills up fast. So, students who want to study abroad should hand in their applications and deposits to my office as soon as possible,” Arth said.

Mercyhurst is also offering six FSAT courses for next year: two in January, two for Spring Break and two in May.

“An FSAT class is a course that you can take that will fulfill a requirement in the REACH core curriculum and/ or your major depending on the program,” Arth said.

The locations for travel include: The Galapagos Islands,

Mediterranean Voyage, Cuba, Paris and London, Iceland, and Peru.

The Galapagos Islands and the Mediterranean Voyage are expected to travel in January.

“So far, The Galapagos Islands and the Mediterranean Voyage have been the most popular and are expected to fill up quickly. I urge students to sign up as soon as possible,” Arth said.

Also, because this is the first year Mercyhurst is offering a travel abroad program to Cuba since 2010, it is also expected to fill up quickly.

Cuba, along with Paris and London, are expected to travel during Spring break. Iceland and Peru are expected to travel in May.

“FSAT course travel components vary from program to program with regard to travel dates, lengths of travel, and departure/arrival airports, among other things. All FSAT courses have associated travel/program fees, which are billed in addition to regular tuition, fees and housing as part of the 2017 Mercyhurst billing process,” the study abroad office said.

Spaces are limited so interested students should be time cautious.

For more information about pricing, dates, professors, classes available and travel options students should visit the study abroad office in Preston 200 for details or email Sarah Arth at