FAQ
General Study Abroad Questions
  1. Who should I contact about the Study Abroad Programs?
  2. Where do I send my completed application? What are accepted forms of payment?
  3. How is my application processed? When should I expect to be notified that I've been accepted to the program?
  4. What documentation is required for admission into the program?
  5. What, if any, are the enrollment limitations for each program?
  6. How many courses can I take? Will credit for the course(s) be applicable at my home institution? Will participation in a Widener Study Abroad Program accelerate my graduation?
  7. Who can assist me with transportation and lodging?
  8. Will there be an orientation at the beginning of each program?
  9. How much will the program cost?
  10. When is full tuition payment due to Widener Law?
  11.  If I'm a non-Widener student, will Widener assist me with contacting Widener students who intend to participate in the program?
  12. Will Widener assist me with obtaining financial aid for the program?
  13. What procedures are in place if I need to withdraw from the program, or if the program is cancelled?
  14. What is the policy for adding or dropping courses once the program is in progress?
  15. Are the facilities associated with each program accessible to persons with special physical needs?
  16. Are residency credits awarded for attending the summer program?
  17. Does Widener Law offer low cost travel/emergency/medical insurance for students attending its Study Abroad Programs?
  18. What is the exact schedule of events for classes and exams for the program?
  19. Where can I find travel warnings or country specific information on the country hosting the study abroad programs?

The Answers:

1. Who should I contact about the Study Abroad programs? 
Widener Law's Study Abroad Programs Coordinator, Arlene Trapuzzano can be contacted at (302) 477-2248, or by email at artrapuzzano@widener.edu.
For Lausanne Program: Professor Christine Allie is the Director of the Lausanne Study Abroad Program. Professor Allie can be reached at 302-477-2277 or by email at cdallie@widener.edu.
For Venice Program: Professor Paul Regan is the Director of the Venice Study Abroad Program. Professor Regan can be reached at 302-477-2171 or by email at plregan@widener.edu.

2. Where do I send my completed application? What are accepted forms of payment? 
Mail your completed application, along with your letter of good standing and a $100 non-refundable registration deposit to:
Coordinator, Study Abroad Programs
Widener University School of Law
4601 Concord Pike
Post Office Box 7474
Wilmington, Delaware 19803

NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION DEPOSIT ($100.00):
Accepted forms of payments "ONLY" - Check, money order, cash, Visa or MasterCard.

TUITION ACCOUNT:
Accepted forms of payment using check and money orders, made out to "Widener University".

To pay tuition ON-LINE with a credit card (MasterCard, American Express, Discover) or via Direct Debit from a checking or savings account:
  • Log on to your CampusCruiser account 
  • Select the “WebAdvisor” tab 
  • Locate the "What is My ID and Pin #" tab 
  • Locate the Financial Profile Section tab 
  • Click on “My Online Student Account” tab 
  • Follow the step by step instructions to log in to your online student account 
There is no charge for using direct debit from a checking or savings account as a payment method. Credit card payments will be charged a 2.75% convenience fee.

Important Note about Credit Card Payments/Refund Policy
Payments made toward student tuition accounts using a credit card will be charged a 2.75% convenience fee by our credit card vendor TouchNet/Paypath. The convenience fee is non-refundable, even if the student account payment is refunded. Authorization of a credit card payment to a student account signifies acceptance of these terms.

If you would like to mail your payment (checks only):
Make your check payable to Widener University and write your student identification number on the check. The cancelled check will serve as your receipt.  NOTE: DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL.

3. How is my application processed? When should I expect to be notified that I've been accepted to the program? 
Applications are sent to the Study Abroad Programs Coordinator for processing. Application materials are then forwarded to the specific program director, and a letter of acceptance should be regular mailed or emailed to the prospective student within (2) weeks from submission of all materials.

4. What documentation is required for admission into the program? 
A letter of good standing from the student's home law school is required for processing the application. The letter should specifically state that the applicant has, or will have, completed one full year of law studies by the time the program takes place. The letter should also specifically state that the student is IN GOOD STANDING at his/her home law school. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.3 or above is acceptable. Please note: if you are a Widener student, you must have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA to be accepted into our summer abroad programs. Delaware students must obtain a Dean’s Action approval from the dean of student’s office if they have a GPA between 2.3 and 2.5. Widener students will be required to leave the program if they do not maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA at the end of the spring semester.

Note: Students on academic probation, or, students who believe they may be placed on academic probation may attend the program on a case-by-case basis, and do so AT THEIR OWN RISK.

A fully completed application (with all information for each question answered), as well as a letter of good standing and a $100 check/money order made payable to "Widener University" (or by credit card) must be forwarded to the Coordinator for Study Abroad Programs.


5. What, if any, are the enrollment limitations for each program? 
Currently, there are no specific limitations on the number of students who enroll. On average, previous years' attendance has been around (20) for each program. In order to ensure the highest quality instruction, a general rule of thumb is to set a limit of (30) for each program.

6. How many courses can I take? Will credit for the course(s) be applicable at my home institution? Will participation in a Widener Study Abroad program accelerate my graduation? 
All Widener Study Abroad Programs allow for a maximum of (6) credits.

Widener courses may be credited toward your law degree at an ABA-approved institution if your law school accepts credits for summer programs. A transcript of grades will be sent to each student and to their home school. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course is subject to determination by the student's home school. It is unlikely that participation in a foreign summer program may be used to accelerate graduation. Consult with your law school's registrar.

7. Who can assist me with transportation and lodging? 
It is the individual student's responsibility to make air and housing arrangements. Detailed information on options available in each program can be found on the webpage for that program under Housing.

8. Will there be an orientation at the beginning of each program? 
Each program will conduct an orientation day on the first day of their respective program. Specific scheduling information will be found in the student manual for each respective program.

9. How much will the program cost? 
Please consult the tuition and fees page for estimated costs for each program.

10. When is full tuition payment due to Widener Law? 
The application deadline for 2014 Study Abroad Programs is April 15, 2014. If students know they want to attend a Widener program, but anticipate that their application may arrive after the deadline, contact the Study Abroad Programs Coordinator at (302) 477-2248 to request an exception to policy. Exceptions to policy will be granted in cases where the financial aid disbursement is delayed through no fault of the student. Full tuition is due no later than May 23, 2014.

11. If I'm a non-Widener student, will Widener assist me with contacting Widener students who intend to participate in the program? 
Widener Law will assist students from other law schools in contacting Widener students, in order to build cohesion before, during, and after the specific summer institute they attend. Simply contact Arlene Trapuzzano, Study Abroad Programs Coordinator at (302) 477-2248, or by email at: artrapuzzano@widener.edu for assistance. Their will be information on the program directors' TWEN page listing all students participating in your program, including both Widener and non-Widener students. Students typically contact each other to coordinate air flights or to find roommates.

12. Will Widener assist me with obtaining financial aid for the program? 
For Widener students utilizing financial aid: Please contact the Financial Aid Office to complete the proper forms so that funds are disbursed prior to the start of classes. There will be a financial aid information seminar conducted in mid-Spring for Widener students attending the 2014 programs. If you need additional information, contact Widener's Financial Aid Office at (302) 477-2247.

For non-Widener students utilizing financial aid: Visiting students should check with their home law school regarding the possibility of completing a consortium agreement with Widener Law for federal student loans. The Widener Law Bursars Office must receive the portion of your loan disbursement dedicated to paying tuition by Friday, May 23, 2014.

In all cases, please allow for adequate time (6-8 weeks) for processing of student loans.

13. What procedures are in place if I need to withdraw from the program, or if the program is cancelled? 
Widener School of Law reserves the right to change or cancel the program for reasons beyond its control, to cancel any individual course due to insufficient enrollment, to adjust class meeting times, or to substitute faculty. Should the program be cancelled, its director will use best efforts to locate a similar program, if the student so desires, and all payments to Widener will be refunded within 20 days. If course offerings or other significant aspects of the program are changed, the director will communicate the changes to all registered students who then have the opportunity to withdraw and receive a full refund of monies paid to Widener School of Law.

14. What is the policy for adding or dropping courses once the program is in progress?
Should any student need to withdraw from any of the Study Abroad Programs once in progress due to an emergency, Widener Law will refund tuition based upon the current refund policy. Students will, however, be allowed to add or drop courses through the first day of classes in each session. After this period, students may not add or drop courses. Students withdrawing from a course after this period will receive a “W” indicating withdrawal on the transcript to be sent to their home institution.

Students who must cancel out of a program should notify the program director and coordinator as soon as possible.

15. Are the facilities associated with each program accessible to persons with special physical needs?
Facilities in other countries may not be as accessible to students with special physical needs as facilities in the United States. Students with special physical needs are in no way discouraged from attending any of Widener Law's Study Abroad Programs, and are encouraged to employ as much advanced planning as possible to accommodate their particular needs. Please contact the cdirector of each program for more information on accessibility of facilities used in that program.

16. Are residency credits awarded for attending the summer program?
For Widener Law students, residency credits are calculated the same as residency credit for summer term courses as follows:

Residency Credits
Completed Credit HoursResidency Credit
6 4
5 4
4 3
3 2
<3 0

Non-Widener students should consult with their home school's Registrar; their home school's Registrar may use the above chart as a guide, but must make the final determination as to residency credits, if applicable.

17. Does Widener Law offer low cost travel/emergency/medical insurance for students attending its Summer Abroad Programs?
Yes, Widener Law does have mandatory, low-cost travel insurance covering emergencies and/or medical issues. The cost of this insurance is based on the length of stay—Up to 15 days = $24 and 16 to 30 days = $42. This travel insurance component is factored into the cost of attendance in the financial aid budget.

18. What is the exact schedule of events for classes and exams for the program? 
Specific course schedules, to include examination dates, will be available in the student manuals developed by the program's director. The manual will also be available on each program's website.

19. Where can I find travel warnings or country specific information on the country hosting the study abroad programs?
Visit the State Department Website at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1151.html for travel warning and country specific information. In addition, Widener will monitor this website for updates and communicate the information to all registered students.


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