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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQs 

FAQ'S

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
Otis College students at least 18 years of age. Depending on the programming and the sponsoring department additional requirements may exist. Please check with the Travel and External Study Office or the sponsoring department for further details.

I MISSED THE PRIORITY DEADLINE. CAN I STILL GO?
Admission is rolling until program capacity is reached. Contact the Travel and External Study Coordinator to find out if there’s still room in the program, and to let them know you’re interested in participating. 

CAN I USE FINANCIAL AID TO PAY FOR THE PROGRAM?
Yes! Please contact the financial aid office at 310-665-6898, for more details.

DOES OTIS MAKE MONEY OFF OF THESE TRIPS?
No, Otis receives no money from these trips apart from your class fees. Otis is committed to making these trips as affordable as possible by keeping the costs to a minimum without compromising on safety.

IN-COUNTRY HOUSING OPTIONS
Depending on the program, students may be housed in shared apartments, dorms, hotels, hostels, or with home-stay families during your in-country stay. Housing is provided by the program provider.

CAN I BUY MY OWN PLANE TICKET?
This can vary from program to program. 

WHAT IF I GET SICK?
You are required to purchase international health insurance for study abroad programs. If you need medical attention and/or immediate hospitalization in the country, the partners’ local liaison will make the necessary arrangements. If you need urgent medical attention in the United States, your international medical insurance will pay for repatriation. 

HOW DO I CONTACT MY FAMILY WHILE I'M ABROAD?
It is mandatory for all Otis College students traveling internationally to have an international plan specific to their phone carrier, or to rent or purchase a disposable phone with international calling capacity.  Once abroad you can also take advantage of Internet access, SKYPE, text messaging services, and/or international calling cards are common ways to maintain contact.

HOW CAN MY FAMILY OR FRIENDS CONTACT ME SHOULD I REMAIN ABROAD AFTER TRAVEL STUDY ENDS?
Should your family need to contact you while you are traveling (e.g. after the program is over), emergency assistance is available through the Citizens' Emergency Center of the Office of Overseas Citizens Services (OCS), operated by the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs. 
The office can be reached at 202-501-4444 (from overseas) or 1-888-407-4747 (from the US). After hours emergency assistance is available by calling this number for more information. Website info: http://travel.state.gov/about/contact/contact_4745.html