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FAQs

1. What is the cost of the course?

Costs for the course vary according to the destination of the program. All costs are based on air fare, tuition, tariffs, costs, and exchange levels in effect at publication and are subject to change. It is best to check the Destinations section to your left and also with Dr. Kirkpatrick to find the current costs.


2. Where can I learn more about this course?

Please read the history section and syllabus of this course found on this website. 


3. How many semester hours does this course count towards?

This course counts as 3 semester hours, but can be counted for as many as 6 semester hours. In order to raise the semester hours earned from this course, you must contact Dr. Kirkpatrick for more information.


4. What are the eligibility requirements?

This program is open to all students in good academic standing and interested in other systems of health care delivery. Students in Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health, and Business are particularly welcomed. RN's interested in starting back to school are encouraged to enroll. Students must be able to ride trains, climb stairs when elevators are not available, and walk extensively without assistance in carrying their luggage.


5. What lodging/meals will be provided?

Hostels, small hotels in villages, and local accommodations will be arranged. Groups of 3-4 students will be housed in a room. Walking and/or bus tours are provided in select cities. Breakfast is usually provided with the hostels. Other meals are taken at local restaurants, hospitals, and McDonalds.


6. What kind of transportation will be provided?

Transportation depends on the destination. Students are responsible for their own transportation to Raleigh at least 2 hours minimally before departure. 


7. Will I need a passport and how do I get one?

Passports are required for all U.S. citizens. It can take 2-3 months to secure a passport, so you should START THE PROCESS EARLY. Passport pictures (2) can be obtained through Kinko's and the passport applications can be obtained at the main post office of your town. Information on the documentation required to obtain a passport is available from Office of International Affairs.


8. What are the responsibilities of ECU for this trip?

Students are expected to behave as mature, responsible adults at all times and culturally sensitive to their hostesses as well as their fellow Americans as part of a team.
ECU, its employees and agents, act only as agents in operating this program and are not liable for any loss, delay, injury, or damage to person or property resulting from any cause beyond the control of the operating agents. The program coordinator reserves the right to refuse to retain any person as a member of this program in which case no refund is made. The program coordinator reserves the right to alter the program at his/her discretion without prior notice to program participants. No refunds are possible for service not used, illness, accident, natural disasters, wars, strikes, riots, acts of governments, improper passports, visas or necessary traveling documents, or operating company and are to be borne by the individual participant.


9. What will the weather be like?

The weather should be beautiful. The evenings of course being cooler, and always be prepared for rain.


10. What type of clothes should I pack?

Package lightly as extra luggage is costly.  The hostels are meant to be a relaxed and comfortable feeling, your clothes should reflect that. Bring comfortable walking shoes, these will be a necessity as you walk through the streets.


11. Can I use my ATM card in Europe?

Yes, you can. You need to contact your bank to see if the PIN number you currently have needs to be changed or added to. If your bank is unsure and your card has the Cirrus logo call them at 1-800-424-7787. If your card has the Plus logo on it call them at 1-800-491-1145.


12. Who offers the best exchange rate?

The ATM machine can offer you the best rate when you need immediate cash. Most people still like to carry travelers checks. When cashing a travelers check the best exchange rates are at Banks and Bank-operated exchange booths at airports and railroad stations. There is a small service charge. Hotels and privately run exchange firms will give you significantly higher rates.


13. Is my film safe to go through X-ray and how much film should I bring?

Never pack unprocessed film in check-in luggage; if your luggage bags are x-rayed, you can say good-bye to your film. Always carry undeveloped film with you through security, and ask them to have it inspected by hand.
When you are buying your film for your trip always buy more than you first thought. Film can be very expensive in Europe.


14. What are the phone numbers of where we will be staying?

Emergency numbers and an agenda will be distributed to you one week before leaving.


15. Should I make a copy of important papers?

You should make 3 sets of copies of your passport, airline tickets, credit cards (that you will be using) and travelers checks. Keep one copy in a different piece of luggage, one copy should be at home or at the office and give one set to the faculty for the course.


16. What telephone code do I dial to reach the U.S.?

When using your calling card or collect calls use 001.


17. How much duty free items can I bring back?

U.S. residents may bring home duty free up to $400 worth of foreign goods, as long as they have been out of the county for at least 48 hours. Each member of the family is entitled to the same exemption, regardless of age and exemptions can be pooled. For the next $1000 worth of goods, a flat 10% rate is assessed.


18. Can I claim IVA (VAT) refund?

Only unless you are planning to spend more than 20 Euros in one shop.


19. Where will we meet the program coordinator?

On the date of departure, you will be required to find your own way to the Raleigh-Durham Airport 2-3 hours prior to take off. Once you land at your destination, Dr. Kirkpatrick will pick you up at the airport.
Some students add on a couple of days by themselves either on the front or back end of the trip. Before you leave we will have talked many times and we will know exactly where and when to pick you up and what your travel arrangements are for the end of the trip.


20. Do we get to participate in free activities?

Absolutely. There are free days and evenings. Weekends are optional excursions.


21. Do you recommend buying trip insurance?

Health/evacuation insurance is covered on all students. If you would like information on additional coverage please contact Dr. Kirkpatrick.


22. What expenses might we have during our trip?

Optional travel and purchase are at the student's expense.  City passes, local bus fares and travel in the evenings are examples.