FAQ

  • What will my room be like?

    • Most rooms are of double occupancy although single occupancy is available for a small surcharge. The rooms are simple with a desk, chair, a single-size bed, and a closet or armoire for personal belongings.

  • How will I get around?
    • Housing is typically walking distance. When we sightsee, transportation is typically included, but once we arrive, we will mostly get around by walking since many sites cannot be accessed by bus. We highly recommend good walking shoes.

  • How about the food?

    • All the programs provide a nutritious and varied diet. A continental-style breakfast is common in most countries consisting of coffee, tea, milk, or hot chocolate with crackers, bread or sometimes cereal. Lunch is typically the largest meal of the day in Spain and Mexico with the evening meal being lighter but filling as well. In some countries, such as France and Costa Rica, only breakfast and dinner are served, but the evening meal is plentiful. In Mexico and Peru, you will find more indigenous foods and in the Caribbean areas a Creole influence which is a mix of New World and Old World (Spain, France, Italy, etc.) sometimes with a west African element. 

      Special requests due to health or religious reasons will be accommodated. Please note this on your registration form.

  • What should I take?
    • Once you are registered you will receive a detailed checklist of What to Pack? specifically tailored to the time of year and your destination. 

  • What will my day be like?

    • Most students begin classes at nine or ten o’clock in the morning. Students will be in class until one or two o’clock in the afternoon. Most classes last three to four hours with one or two breaks so that students and teachers can get a snack or drink around town. After class, students return to home to eat, relax, and spend some free time touring the area.  Since many businesses close from two until five o’clock, this is a good time for a “siesta” as well. Sometimes there will be planned cultural activities or social outings in the afternoons. Student usually return home for the evening meal which varies depending on the culture and the family. 

      NOTE:  Every student receives a detailed Orientation and Handbook tailored to the location they will visit.  It is full of tips and practical information including cultural differences to make your transition easier.  Students and parents will have all their questions and concerns addressed.  

  • What if I get sick?
    • Whether you stay with a host family, or dorm, you will have someone to help you, but we also have CONEXUS representatives available 24-7 ON SITE. All students are required to have traveler/health/cancellation insurance.  We will help you find the best medical attention make sure you get help. At the end of the program, your insurance company will reimburse you. 

  • How much luggage can I take?

    • We strongly advise only ONE check-through piece of luggage (preferably 25-26 inches maximum) with rollers, PLUS a carry-on with rollers. As your personal item, you may take a normal-sized backpack. If you want to take a purse or messenger bag make sure that you can strap it across your body.  We will help you get organized with our What to Pack Checklist.  Make sure you can always manage and carry all your bags by yourself.  Once you register, you will get organization tips and handouts tailored to your program. 

  • What important papers do I need?
    • You will need a current passport that has an expiration date at least six months beyond your date of your return home. A driver’s license, or other photo identification card with photo and your date of birth, are handy so that you are not always carrying your passport. Most times, once you are in the study abroad country, a copy of the picture page of your passport and a picture ID will suffice.

Please let us know if you have any questions 

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