Frequently Asked Questions
- Former LWSA Students.
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1. When is this London experience offered?
Every spring semester. Next offering is spring 2011.
2. This experience is offered by whom?
Frederick Community College (FCC) in partnership with The Foundation for International Education (FIE)
3. What is the purpose of this experience? (subject to change)
London Work Study Abroad (LWSA) is designed to provide students with a unique experience in a cross-cultural setting. Unlike traditional study abroad programs, this 12-credit experience includes a "paid" or “unpaid” work component to provide students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the British culture.
4. What is the format of this experience? (subject to change)
Students earn twelve (12) credits by taking four pre-selected courses. Nine (9) credits are taught on-line by FCC instructors. Three (3) credits are taught on-site by a British instructor. The students participate in three (3) Orientation Classes before departure, spend 15 weeks living, studying, and working in London, and present their experiences at a one-day FCC Campus Session when they return.
5. Who is eligible to participate in this Work/Study Abroad experience?
Eligible students from FCC and/or other US Colleges:
- must be United States citizens
- must be 18 years of age or older by January 5, 2011
- should have a 2.5 or higher grade point average (no academic probation)
- have the technology skills to e-mail homework, send attachments, and use Blackboard
- have already taken and passed EN101 (if possible)
- set up the required interview with International Education Coordinator
- turn in FCC application form with $200 non-refundable deposit, reflection paper, and references in timely manner (packet available on-line or L106D)
- pay the total monies due to FCC on requested due dates and pay college tuition “on time”
- achieve the necessary points on the eligibility checklist
- have or be able to obtain a valid US Passport and UK Student Visa
6. What are the approximate costs?
The 2011 London experience cost are $11,690 PLUS the 12-credit tuition based on the student’s home institution, a US Passport, and a British Student Visa. Students might earn some of the food, spending, and recreational travel money through their work experience. Students may also apply for Financial Aid, Loans, and Scholarships.
7. How can students find out more information about this LWSA experience?
Informational Meetings for students and their families will be held April to October. For details, see FCC bulletin boards or handouts outside the L106D International Education Office.