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CSU Semester Program Checklist

 

Congratulations on your decision to study abroad! You are about to embark on an incredible journey that will hopefully have a lasting impact on you, personally, academically and professionally. Now that you are accepted into your program, here is a checklist of items to make sure you are prepared.
  • The Study Abroad Coordinator will register you for the ITDS 2105 pre-departure course once you apply to a program. 
  • Purchase additional insurance for travel cancellation/interruption. All students will be required to purchase a comprehensive health insurance policy provided by Cultural Insurance Services International. However, insurance for trip cancellation or interruption is another cost to consider. If students wish to purchase this type of insurance, they may do so on their own. It is not provided in connection with any study abroad program. There are a number of providers of this type of insurance. 
  • Apply for your study visa (required for most countries). You can review visacentral.com for more details about your specific location. LINK: https://visacentral.com/

    Purchasing additional insurance like CFAR (Cancellation For Any Reason) through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) is optional but STRONGLY encouraged, in the event the program is canceled due to COVID-19 or other reasons. Columbus State University and the Center for Global Engagement can not guarantee a full refund of program costs paid. Any coverage and cost options will be updated upon confirmation from the provider and distributed to you via your CSU email.

    Columbus State University is not the underwriter of the CFAR insurance plan.  This plan is optional and in addition to the CSU study abroad program fees.  Any claims or grievances regarding the CFAR policy must be done directly with the insurance company.

    Travel Protection for Academic TravelProtect your prepaid trip costs from named risks or *For Any Reason preventing travel. The Worldwide Trip Protector Plans with travel insurance underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company, rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best 2019, may help protect the financial investment for educational travel both domestically and abroad.

    Ideal for study/intern abroad, the program provides trip cost protection for individual travel including students, faculty, and chaperones.

     Worldwide Trip Protector Plus Benefits:Travel Delay:
    May provide benefits (i.e. reimbursement of lodging, food and other reasonable expenses) if you are delayed by quarantine, Natural Disaster or other covered reasons while en route to/from or during your trip.

    Trip Cancellation:
    May provide reimbursement (up to 100% of Trip Cost) when forced to cancel for quarantine, sickness or other reasons covered by the plan.

    Trip Interruption:
    May provide reimbursement (up to 150% of Trip Cost) when you must interrupt your trip due to quarantine, sickness or other reasons covered by the plan.

    Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR)*: RECOMMENDED FOR COVID-19 CONCERNS
    May provide reimbursement when forced to cancel your trip For Any Reason (up to 75% of non-refundable Trip Cost).

    Interrupt For Any Reason (IFAR)*:
    May provide reimbursement when you must interrupt your trip For Any Reason (up to 75% of non-refundable Trip Cost).


    *CFAR must be purchased within 21 days of receiving the official acceptance letter from your host university, and you must insure 100% of the prepaid trip costs that are subject to cancellation penalties or restrictions (and also insure within 21 days of the deposit/payment the cost of any subsequent travel arrangements added to your trip). Additional terms apply to both CFAR and IFAR. 

    To learn more about this program, contact Travel Insured International: 855-611-0918

    Get a Quote / Purchase Travel Protection - CLICK HERE‚Äč
  • Apply for your passport
    • Submit a photocopy of your Passport to CGE once received.
  • Begin your visa application. Start by exploring the embassy website.
  • Secure housing arrangements at your host institution and pay any security deposits.
  • Purchase an international health insurance policy. You can purchase CISI Insurance from the CGE by contacting Ms. Christine Shaw at 706-507-8544
  • Ensure you have made arrangements for any obligations at home (i.e. rent, other bills, etc.)
  • Research your host destination.
  • Finalize your course selection at your host institution.
  • Complete the Course Equivalency Form.
  • Finalize your travel itinerary and submit it to CGE.
  • Pay your tuition and fees
  • Upon arrival in-country submit the Enrollment Verification Form (2-weeks)
  • Complete the CSU Study Abroad Travel Registry: https://columbusstate.formstack.com/forms/study_abroad_travel_registry
Contact Brooke Quarterman, the Study Abroad Coordinator for additional guidance on preparing for a semester abroad program at quarterman_brooke@columbusstate.edu or 706-507-8583.