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Information for Accepted Students

Program details: Please refer to the 2014 Program Handbook for lots of program information and details including full cost information, a full program calendar, excursion descriptions and much more!

Classes: View the Course Descriptions at the bottom of this FORSPRO webpage.  Make sure you have spoken with an advisor at your home campus Spanish department if you are planning to fulfill Spanish major or minor requirements or language requirements.  If you want to use one of the courses to fulfill a requirement in another department, you must get approval from that department.  For BU students, contact the Office of International Programs if you are seeking Gen Ed approval for one of the courses on the program.

Students may add and drop courses during the first day of the program.

Financial Planning and Financial Aid: Make sure you understand the complete program costs!  If you plan to use financial aid to cover program costs, speak with a financial aid advisor right away to gain a sense of whether you aid will cover program costs, and if so, how much you or your family will still need to contribute.  To finalize your aid for the summer, you will need to take your program acceptance letter and cost sheet to the financial aid office.  Mary Burns, the Assistant Director for Administration in the Office of International Programs will contact you via email with your Financial Verification form, which you will need to have signed by anyone assisting you with program costs and payments.  Mary Burns will also send you your invoice and exact payment instructions.

Pre-Departure Orientation is in Two Parts:

PART I IS AN ONLINE VIDEO: Available here, the video has a runtime of 30 minutes. 
PART II: It will take place towards the end of April (Pizza and soda will be provided). You will receive an email with location and date details. 

Both Parts are MANDATORY!:  For non-Binghamton students, attending Part II of the orientation is strongly suggested. If you can plan to come to Binghamton, you will be able to meet your fellow participants, and the faculty director. You will receive a list of participants including home campus so that you can coordinate rides if there are other students from your campus participating in the program. If you can’t come, then you will have your Part II of the orientation by phone or online (which isn’t nearly as much fun!).

Optional Excursions:

Last summer there were very mixed reviews of the Optional Excursions.  Some students loved them and some students were not satisfied with them. Because of that, we would like to provide you all with a complete picture of the Optional Excursions. If you are considering any of the excursions, please read the following CAREFULLY.

You can view detailed descriptions and itineraries of all the excursions HERE .

What You Should Consider When Choosing or Not Choosing Excursions:

How to Pay for Optional Excursions:

Predeparture Packets

Basically there are two main parts to the packets:

Once you receive your packet, start on the paperwork as soon as possible.  The paperwork is not hard, but it is tedious.  A couple pieces may require the signature of a parent or guardian if you are under 21.  You will also need your passport for one of the pieces, and you'll need a check or a money order for the health insurance form.    HEADS UP: depending on how you answer questions on your health form, you may or may not need a signature from a doctor. If you will need a signature, plan ahead and make an appointment to see your doctor right away! For BU students, note that Health Services on campus will not do physicals.   There is also one optional form: the application for an International Student ID card (ISIC).  The ISIC card gets you discounts on travel and tourist activities.  To apply for it, you'll need an official passport photo (not a copy--you'll have to go somewhere like CVS or Walmart to have one taken) and it costs $25 in check or money order.  YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET IT--IT'S UP TO YOU.  To find out more, go to In my experience, the card is worth it if you plan to do lots of traveling and exploring on your own, but not very good if you are joining the excursions and aren’t planning to do additional travel.

Paperwork is due May 1.  

Program Payments

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Last Updated: 1/14/14