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C21: Fellows Program FAQ

Spain 2015 Program questions

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Orientation questions

Who is eligible for the program?

We are looking for 60 adventurous incoming freshmen of diverse backgrounds and interests to participate in the 2015 C21 Fellows Program. Selection is not based on grade point averages or high school transcripts. In order to be a C21 fellow, you must:

  1. Be a UW freshman who has been accepted to the University and will start in Autumn 2015
  2. Be 18 years old by July 23, 2015
  3. Participate in the summer intensive, July 23-August 14 in León, Spain
  4. Attend one of two mandatory C21 orientation sessions on July 10 or July 22 on the UW campus
  5. Have a valid passport expiring no later than Feb of 2016
  6. Be able to obtain a passport (and visa if necessary) for travel to international destinations.

Why Freshmen?

By exposing students to a meaningful learning experience in an international setting very early in their college careers, students will learn to leverage other critical opportunities offered throughout their journey at UW. León, Spain is but an entry point in the C21 community which will continue to connect students with future academic and career opportunities. Freshmen who are selected for this program will have the opportunity to work with key faculty and administrative staff across the institution, including College deans, departmental advisors, the Career Center, and Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Why Spain?

The University of Washington has a dedicated center in León which will serve as our home base for the duration of our program. This center offers us the on-the-ground support and accommodations needed for a group of this size. The College of Arts & Sciences in particular is proud of the unique relationship we have with this city and this center.

Do I need to know Spanish?

A knowledge of Spanish is not a prerequisite, though we would encourage any Spanish speakers to apply! Our goal is not for students to master the Spanish language and culture, but to open doors to a broader world by developing an appreciation for different perspectives.

What will we be doing in the program?

Students will be exploring León and surrounding areas, with facilitation by faculty, experienced UW staff, and academic advisors. Robert Stacey, Dean of the College and Professor of History, and Robin Stacey, Professor of History, will lead our intellectual journey into Medieval Spain while we explore historic sites and art of the region. Professor of Drama Andrew Tsao will lead us into the world of narrative, using Don Quixote as a lens to discover our own "hero's journey" in the context of our transition into college and the world. The remaining part of the program will focus on student-led projects that will emerge out of a process of inquiry. Our goal is to initiate students into the practice of learning deeply alongside a community of close travel companions, a practice we will continue when we return to the University of Washington campus. More information can be found here.

Who from UW will be leading the program?

C21 Faculty and Staff will lead the program in partnership with key leaders and staff from the UW Career Center, UW International Programs & Exchanges and First-Year Programs in Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Pictures and bios can be found here.

What does non-matriculated mean?

"Non-matriculated" means that a student does not yet have a degree-seeking status. For our purposes, you will receive six (6) non-matriculated credits for your participation during summer B-term which you can then apply toward your degree requirements once you enter matriculated student status in Autumn 2015.

How will these 6 credits be applied to my degree?

Your credits for this program will be listed as general electives. Once matriculated, you will work with an academic advisor to assign these credits toward your degree requirements. (UW requires a minimum of 180 credits to graduate).

Are we only staying in León or will we travel to other places?

With the exception of a few day trips and a final 4 day-stay in Madrid, the majority of the trip will take place in León. Our goal is to investigate place deeply--to be travelers as opposed to tourists.

What kind of physical activity is expected?

León is an ancient Spanish city with its fair share of stairs and surrounding hills. We will do quite a bit of walking in and around the city.

When will I get to meet other people in the program?

As soon as you are accepted into the program you will be invited to a private Facebook grogup where you can talk to other C21 Fellows. Your mandatory, on-campus C21 orientation will also be a time for you to meet many other students, faculty and staff participating in the program. (see Orientation below).

What will my time commitment be to the C21 Fellows program once I am enrolled at UW in the Fall?

You will be part of a community of students who will meet throughout the academic year with advisors and peer mentors in an ongoing "C21 lab." From time to time you will engage in career-building activities and student-directed projects. The week-to-week time commitment will vary, but expect that it will balance out to about 3 hours/week.

How do I apply?

A short application can be found here.

What is the deadline to apply?

The new extended deadline is June 5. However, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible prior to that date, especially if you would like to be considered for a scholarship. (Note: all scholarship money has been disbursed as of 5/28/15.) Check back to the application page for updates. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis now that the initial priority deadline of May 1st has passed.

How will people be selected? What kind of students are you looking for?

We tend to attract students who want to maximize their university experience, establish lasting relationships, and make connections across the university. While there are many avenues to evaluate performance through grades and GPAs, our emphasis is on engagement, curiosity, and purpose. So, if you’re ready to show up, jump in and explore we strongly encourage you to apply. Come join us!

How many people will be selected?

We will accept up to 70 incoming UW freshmen.

I've just applied. Now what?

After you apply, please allow up to 2 weeks to hear back from us via email regarding your status and next steps.

What kinds of contracts do I need to sign and when?

As soon as you are accepted into the program you will receive a contract and will be asked to sign and return it in order to secure your place on the roster. You will then be directed to the UW Study Abroad Office which will be handling the administrative details relating to your study abroad.

When do I have to tell you that I’m going to León?

Your contract signals your commitment. Contracts will be due 2 weeks after you have received notice of acceptance. After that time we will make offers to students on the waiting list.

I’m not sure I’m going to UW yet—I need to find out if I’m going to get financial aid. Can I be accepted into the program now and then tell you later whether I can get financial aid?

If we still have openings by the time you learn of your status, then you can be part of our program. Just let us know as soon as possible!

What are the program costs?

The program cost, including the $300 Study Abroad Fee, is $2,800/student. This includes all program costs, including room , board, in-country travel, admission to sites and museums that we will visit as a group. Remember, this cost also includes 6 academic credits toward your UW degree through participation in this study abroad program.

In addition, we are able to supply a limited number of additional scholarships to students eligible for financial aid. The amount of the scholarship award will be determined by the Office of Financial Aid. (Note: all scholarship money has been disbursed as of 5/28/15.)

More information about costs can be found here.

Can I get financial aid?

Because you will be taking part in this program as a non-matriculated student, you will not be eligible for the same financial aid that you may be eligible for as a matriculated student. However, due to generous financial sponsors we are able to supply a limited number of additional partial and full scholarships to students eligible for financial aid. The amount of the scholarship award will be determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Airfaire costs will be covered for students with full scholarship. Note: all scholarship money has been disbursed as of 5/28/15, however the cost of the program was reduced by $1,000 by a generous contribution from the College of Arts & Sciences.

See scholarship information below.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Note: all scholarship money has been disbursed as of 5/28/15. If you check “Yes” on the application form indicating consideration for scholarship support, then we will work with the financial aid office to determine the level of need. If you need a scholarship it is important to apply as early as possible so that we have extra time with the financial aid office to review your application. All applications received after the initial priority deadline of May 1st will be considered for scholarship if remaining funds are available. Partial and full scholarships available for students eligible for U.S. Federal Financial Aid. The amount of the scholarship award will be determined by the Office of Financial Aid.  

How do I know if I’m eligible for a scholarship?

Note: all scholarship money has been disbursed as of 5/28/15. If you have already applied for financial aid as part of your regular tuition you may be eligible for scholarship assistance. However, our financial aid office will work with us to determine your eligibility.

When will I find out if I get a scholarship, and the amount that I get?

Note: all scholarship money has been disbursed as of 5/28/15. Once financial aid reviews your application and determines the level of your eligibility, we will let you know. If you need a scholarship it is important to apply as early as possible so that we have extra time with the financial aid office to review your application.

Can I get a scholarship to cover the airfare too?

Students who are granted a full scholarship will also have their airfare covered. Students who are granted a partial scholarship will have their program fees waived or reduced. Note: all scholarship money has been disbursed as of 5/28/15.

Do I have to arrange my own airfare?

Yes, unless you've been granted a full scholarship, in which case C21 staff will need to work with you. Note that summer in Spain is a peak travel time so it’s in your best interest to book as early as you can! If you would like to travel with C21 staff on July 23 out of Seattle, we can direct you to a travel agent to find an available seat on the same flight. Otherwise, you can arrange your own flight to arrive in Madrid no later than July 24. If you are accepted into the program, C21 staff will supply detailed instructions on how to get from Madrid to León. Note: do not buy airfare until you have signed a contract and do not sign a contract until you are 100% sure you are prepared to fulfill your financial obligations.

Are there other additional expenses?

You will be responsible for mandatory UW Study Abroad Insurance ($2/day.) You might also want to bring spending money for personal items (anywhere from $5-$20/day), and other out-of-pocket expenses. For example, if you need to see a doctor while in Spain, you may need to pay for those costs up front and await reimbursement from the medical insurance you are required to carry.

Do I have to give you any money in advance to secure my spot?

No, but the signed contract signals your commitment to participate in the program. Do not sign a contract until you are 100% sure you are prepared to fulfill your financial obligations. Once you sign the contract, you are liable for a $350 program deposit and the $300 Study Abroad Fee--non-refundable fees that are included in the overall cost of the program. As you get closure to your departure date, you will owe a larger percentage of the total program fee should you withdraw. The contract will provide a detailed withdrawal fee schedule.

When do I have to pay the full amount?

Unless you have been granted a full scholarship, your balance must be paid in full by August 7, 2015. Note: all scholarship money has been disbursed as of 5/28/15.

Can I pay in installments?

No. We must treat the León program fee like your UW tuition, which is not paid in installments.

Will I need a passport?

Yes. Passports must be current and valid through February 2016 (6 months beyond the program date.) Passports can take several weeks to process, with extra fees for expedited service.

Will I need a visa?

If you are traveling on a U.S. passport and intend to stay in Europe for only the duration of the program, you will not need a visa. Those you intend to travel before or after the program may need a visa, depending on locations and duration of your stay. If your passport is issued by another country, please visit the U.S. State Department site and the equivalency of the State Department site for Spain and other countries that you might be visiting.

Can I travel with other classmates or the C21 Staff?

The C21 staff will be traveling on July 23 out of Seattle and would be happy to fly with you! If you would like to join us, please let us know at C21info@uw.edu. As for other classmates, if you join the FB group you could coordinate flights that way.

How do I book my air reservations? Do I have to do that myself or do you do it for me?

If you would like to travel with C21 staff on July 23 out of Seattle, we can direct you to a travel agent to find an available seat on the same flight. Otherwise, you can arrange your own flight to arrive in Madrid no later than July 24.

What exactly is the itinerary?

Our program timeline can be found here.

Will I be able to stay in Europe for further traveling after this program ends?

Yes. Once the program ends you are free to travel (see "Will I need a visa"? above)

Will I have free time during the program to see visiting family or friends?

Your full participation as a C21 Fellow will be vital to the success of the program and your fellow travelers. Family obligations and expectations can put stress on participation. We advise that if you want to travel with your family that you plan to do this either before or after.

How do I get health insurance?

As a participant in a University of Washington study abroad program, you are required to purchase international health insurance through our Risk Management office. This requirement applies to all students, regardless of whether you already have private health insurance. The premium is very low and the coverage is comprehensive. For more information, see http://www.washington.edu/globalaffairs/global-travelers/insurance/

How do I get travel insurance?

Travel insurance primarily protects travelers from financial impacts if there is an interruption in your travel plans (fees for changing an airline ticket, lost deposit for hotel reservations, etc.) Since this is a program organized by the University of Washington, there is little need for you to worry about travel insurance. However, if your plan is to travel after the program ends on August 14th, you may consider whether this would be beneficial in your specific case.

Will the C21 orientation take the place of the regular on-campus Advising & Orientation?

No. You must attend both the on-campus, 2-day Advising & Orientation (A&0) as well as the on-campus, 1-day C21 orientation.

When should I attend the C21 on-campus orientation?

In order to participate in the C21 Fellows program you must attend one of two on-campus C21 orientations on July 10 or July 22. These are both scheduled for the day after regularly scheduled Advising and Orientation (A&0) sessions on July 8-9 and July 20-21, so that if you so choose you can stay on campus an extra day to do the C21 orientation. In that case, we can refer you to some housing options available to you at additional cost.

What if I've signed up for A&O for a time other than July 8-9 or July 20-21?

You have two options: 1) keep your scheduled A&O but attend the C21 Orientation on July 10 or July 22; or 2) work with C21 staff to change the date of your A&O to directly precede the C21 orientation on either July 10 or July 22.

I’ve already scheduled my A&O for a time when I’ll be in León. What should I do?

Once you’ve been accepted into the program you can work with C21 staff to change the date of your A&O.

For additional questions please reach us at c21info@uw.edu, or call 206-543-3089.