Student FAQs

Why Choose A Travel Study Course?

Travel Study courses are an excellent option for virtually all students. Since most Travel Study courses are offered during winter, spring, and summer breaks, they don’t interfere with your regular semester schedule. These are UVM courses taught by UVM faculty for UVM credit. They offer a short, structured study abroad experience that is great for both those new to study abroad as well as those who may not have the time to dedicate to a longer term study abroad experience. Many students go on to pursue other longer term study abroad options or other Travel Study courses. Many Travel Study courses are also open to first–year students. Travel Study courses offer:

  • an utterly unique experience
  • an opportunity to test and apply textbook concepts against real world conditions
  • expanded access to information
  • a chance to see places that you might never have an opportunity to see
  • a deeper learning experience and an intense, learning–oriented study abroad experience

Who Can Participate in Travel Study Courses?

All students are eligible to participate in Travel Study courses. However, certain courses may be more appropriate for certain majors and degree requirements. In rare cases, other restrictions may apply. Final right of permission resides with the faculty director responsible for the course.

How to Get More Information on Travel Study Course Offerings

You can find out about Travel Study offerings in a variety of ways. Please click here to browse Travel Study options by destination, term or topic. Faculty directors organizing courses abroad will also promote their courses within the department and across campus. Once you find a course of interest, you should contact the faculty director responsible for the course to get further information regarding pre–requisites, fees, and the registration process.

Travel Study Costs and Fees

Travel Study courses are regarded as normal UVM courses and as such, normal tuition and fees apply. In addition to tuition, a program fee is charged for each course. The program fee includes costs for room and board, in–country transportation, entrance fees, etc. and other fees attached to the course curriculum. Airfare may or may not be included in the total price of the program fee and may be an added expense that students should be mindful of when budgeting for the course. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly encouraged in case of an unexpected course cancellation. When possible, UVM can help students book seats on a group flight, but some courses will allow students to fly individually to the destinations. Please double check with the faculty director to verify.

Travel Study Payment Policy

Your student account shall be assessed all applicable tuition and fees at the time you formally register for the course through myUVM. When submitting the commitment form, you will make a non-refundable deposit of $500 or the total amount of the program fee if it is lower than $500. The non-refundable deposit will be applied to the course program fee through myUVM. This deposit WILL NOT BE REFUNDED under any circumstance, including health reasons, and even if you later decide that you do not want to formally register for the course. Additionally, upon submission of the commitment form and non-refundable deposit, students are responsible for registering through myUVM and are responsible for tuition according to UVM Student Financial Services billing cycle.

Program fee refunds must be requested in writing to Continuing Education. No refund of a program fee shall be made less than 60 days before departure. A portion of the program fee MAY be returned prior to 60 days, excluding the non-refundable deposit AND non-recoverable costs. Non-recoverable costs are funds that UVM has already committed that cannot be recovered from service providers for expenses that may include, but are not limited to, housing, ground transportation, and entrance fees.

Refund of airfare must be directly pursued with the airline. Refund of tuition follows the UVM tuition refund schedule. For disciplinary reasons, a student may be sent home at his/her own expense, without any refund, at the discretion of the Faculty Director. You are strongly advised to purchase travel insurance that will cover these expenses in the event of cancellation for any reason.

If UVM cancels the course due to insufficient enrollment or for any other reason, you will receive a full refund.

Travel Insurance

You are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance through an independent insurance provider in the event that you must withdraw from the course due to personal reasons or in the event that the course must be canceled for safety reasons (including, but not limited to, a natural disaster, acts of terrorism or political instability).

You may also add on “Cancel for Any Reason” insurance, which is strongly recommended, but this must be added no later than 14 days from the payment you make toward your flight.

Other Expenses

While the majority of fees are covered in your program fee, it’s always a good idea to take some money and/or credit card for personal expenses and emergency expenses. The amount you take varies according to the length of your course and personal spending habits. Check with your faculty director for more specific information.

The Registration Process

It is advisable not to delay as deadlines apply and courses may fill up quickly. First, visit the course webpage apply to the program. Please review the course webpage for any additional steps in the application process. If instructor permission is required, you are responsible for contacting faculty to set up a meeting time to complete your application. If you have specific questions regarding the program, contact the instructor directly.

If you are admitted to the course, you will receive an email asking you to accept or decline the spot and fill out the commitment deposit form. Once you have submitted your non-refundable commitment deposit, your faculty director will be notified and they will issue a course override for you. Then you may enroll as you normally would for any other course once registration has opened.

As part of the acceptance to the program, you will also be asked to complete iAbroad forms for health, travel, and safety.

Immunizations and Health Issues

Travel to some destinations may require immunizations or other measures. You should consult the Center for Disease Control and The UVM Travel Clinic or another health care professional to talk about the requirements and recommendations for the country to which you are traveling well before your departure. Appointments can fill up quickly with the UVM Travel Clinic, so be in touch as soon as possible!

Pre–Departure Orientation

The course leader will provide a pre–departure orientation. This orientation should cover the following topics and should leave you feeling well–prepared for your departure:

  • Student responsibility
  • Safety and Security
  • Destination country laws, and local conditions, customs, cultural and culinary differences
  • Trip itinerary and what to bring
  • UVM Code of Conduct & discipline
  • Visa requirements, if applicable
  • Health & Travel Clinic–immunizations and other travel health concerns

Pre–Departure Checklist

Before leaving for your class there are several steps you should complete:

  • Register for the course online
  • Complete iAbroad forms as directed
  • Get passport and visa (if applicable)
  • Pay tuition, program fee, and airfare
  • Purchase trip cancellation insurance
  • Visit Travel & Health Clinic for immunization and travel health counseling
  • Culture Gram relating social, political, economic and cultural facts about your destination

Health Insurance: You must provide proof of a valid health insurance policy that covers you abroad in order to participate in Travel Study courses. Copy of passport: You must supply a copy of of your passport before your departure as part of your iAbroad forms.