Application, Billing and Financial Aid
The Application for SP/20 Travel-Learning Courses will open after the Travel-Learning Course Fair on September 13th. Students who have applied and been accepted into a course should register for it during their regular Spring Semester registration period. Accepted students should refer to their acceptance email. Students with questions should call 740-368-3075.
The charges for SP/20 Travel-Learning Courses will be placed on the February or the March 2020 student statement/bill, depending on the course. Final student charges will be released prior to this. Travel-Learning Courses cover almost all student travel costs, including air & ground transportation, accommodations, most all meals, entrance fees, etc.
Students should plan to budget for souvenirs, additional food, excess baggage, additional/optional travel, etc. Vaccinations are not covered. Details often vary course-to-course but are made available to students by the faculty and/or the OWU Connection Office. Students with specific questions about student billing policies and procedures (such as the TMS payment plan) and charges should contact the Bursar at 740-368-3362.
Endowed funds from donors cover approximately half of the cost of each individual student’s travel experience. Students who need additional financial support to assist them with paying the student charge should contact the Financial Aid Office. Normally, students have access to Parent PLUS and private loans, access to institutional loans may also be available. Financial aid profiles for students vary, though, so students are encouraged to speak with their Financial Aid Counselor.
Residence Halls -- Prior to Departure:
Residential students enrolled in Travel Learning Courses which start after graduation in May will be able to stay in the residence halls prior to departure at no cost, though they may have to change rooms. All Residential Life policies and procedures (including the submission of departure forms) must be followed.
All students enrolled in international Travel Learning Courses must complete two on-line pre-departure training modules: Pre-Departure Essentials and Cross-Cultural Essentials, links for which will be sent to enrolled students.
In addition to this, the OWU-Connection / IOCP office has other programming and services available to assist you with your preparation to travel, both domestic and internationally. OWU Connection Mentors in Merrick Hall are available from 9AM to 4PM, Monday to Friday. Programs, such as Gender and Study Abroad and First Time Travellers, are offered regularly and are advertised in the OWU Daily.
All should be concerned and prepared for ethical and sustainable travel. We encourage our students to engage their host cultures more ethically and to mitigate the impact of their travel on the environment. A good place to start: The Ethical Traveler and Sustainable Travel.