Frequently Asked Questions for 20-21 Programs
Can I make an appointment to speak with someone at International Programs?
Yes. You may either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (518) 388-6002. While the college is closed, Lara Atkins - Director, Ginny Casper - Assistant Director and Donna Sichak – Assistant to the Directors are all working remotely.
Will my fall program run?
At this time, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all of our fall programs. Our office is meeting with various Union committees, discussing each program and the logistics such as visa process and travel to, and within the host country. We are also busy exploring alternative scenarios for these programs that cannot run safely, whether it be over the Level 4 travel advisory issued by the U.S. government, or because of safety concerns abroad.
Should I hold off on booking my flight and applying for my visa for my study abroad program?
Yes. In light of the uncertainty around international travel, we encourage you to delay the purchase of flights. Many of the consulates are not currently accepting visa applications or appointments at this point. You should gather your visa materials to have ready when it is time to begin the process as recommended in previous emails.
I need to renew my passport. What should I do?
In normal times, it takes 6-8 weeks to obtain a passport, once you have applied. Facilities are slowly opening, and the services available depend upon the facility location. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/get-fast/passport-agencies.html for more information and have your materials ready to apply.
Will there be pre-departure meetings for my study abroad program?
Yes. We are working on planning these meetings and you will be informed of the dates and times. Most of them will take place during the fall term for the mini-term and winter term programs.
How will I secure housing at Union as my fall study abroad program was canceled?
Residence Life will provide more information on the process. The Office of Residential Life can be contacted at email@example.com.
Will I be charged a withdrawal fee if I decide not to participate in a program?
As of right now, you will not be charged the $350 fee that is normally charged from up to 60 days before the program start date. We will contact students with more information as we get closer to those dates with further information in regards to our withdrawal fees. Please note that if our office cancels any program, at any time, withdrawal fees do not apply!!