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  • Locations: Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/27/2018 ** Rolling Admission 04/30/2018 05/12/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
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UCIE Program Coordinator: Joy Wanderi Program: Ambassador
Program Type: Study Abroad Program Faculty Advisor: Oswald, Gina, Dr., Webb, Tom
Registration Term: Summer A Credit Hours: 3.0
Program Description:
 

Contents:UK Disability Access


 

Program Description:

 For the first time ever, Wright State University will host study abroad programs specifically targeting rehabilitation services program topics. Students with and without disabilities will have the opportunity to travel to England for an inclusive two-week educational experience! This immersive, interactive program will be offered in  May 2018 (the week between Spring and Summer terms and the first week of Summer A/C).

Through the framework of community, environmental, and attitudinal accessibility for people with disabilities, WSU students will explore accessibility and international rehabilitation through the two campuses of Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge and Chelmsford, England) and London to understand the accommodations and services available to Britons with disabilities, as well as the current limitations and factors that impact accessibility in the U.K. In addition to meeting with leading professionals related to the courses’ topics and engaging with disability service agencies, students will visit cultural sites and service organizations to exchange perspectives with locals, college students, and related professionals.
 

 


 
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Academic Course Information:

 Neither RHB 3640: Community Accessibility nor RHB 3710: International Rehabilitation require any prerequisite courses. Students who complete RHB 3640 and RHB 3710 will earn Rehabilitation Services credits that are directly applicable to the Rehabilitation Services major (or Disability Studies minor with regard to RHB 3640).

In preparation for the trip, students will be required to meet with the course advisors during the spring semester to review all academic requirements for the course, as well as plan for any necessary accommodations. Attendance and participation is crucial. Students must also be present and active in all U.K. activities related to this course.
In addition, students will be required to:
 
RHB 3640:
· Participate in four mandatory content lectures prior to the trip.
· Complete readings and a quiz prior to the trip.
· Complete reflections during the trip.
· Turn in a full accessibility report post trip.

RHB 3710:
· Complete readings and an orientation session prior to the trip.
· Complete reflections during the trip.
· Turn in a full U.K. disability report post trip.
Punting in Cambridge
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About the Faculty Program Advisors:

Dr. Gina OswaldDr. Gina Oswald, Associate Professor, is the program director for the undergraduate Rehabilitation Services program and the Transition-To-Work endorsement program in the College of Education and Human Services. She also oversees the Veteran Services and Disability Studies minors. She has extensive experience with international travel, including a coordinating/networking trip to Anglia Ruskin University (UK) in October 2016.
 


Tom WebbTom Webb is the Director of the Office of Disability Services at Wright State University and an adjunct professor for the Rehabilitation Services department. He comes to Ohio from the University of Delaware, where he served as their ADA/Section 504 Compliance Officer, as well as the Director of Disability Support Services. He has also held director positions at McDaniel College and Chesapeake College in Maryland. While working at McDaniel College, Webb co-taught a “January Term” study abroad trip to Budapest, Hungary, where the class explored cultural differences between Hungary and the U.S. in regards in disability rights and access.


 
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Meals and Accommodations:

 While in England, students will be provided with three meals a day through a combination of the ARU cafeterias and local restaurants.
 
Students will share rooms (two students per room) in the accessible Premiere Inn of Cambridge and Chelmsford, unless otherwise specified. Single rooms are available for a higher fee.
 
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Eligibility:

 There are no prerequisite courses for RHB 3640 or RHB 3710. All applicants will attend an interview before acceptance into the program. Decisions will be made based upon several factors including a 2..5 GPA, the student’s goals for their travel experience, and expressed interest in the program.
 
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Before You Leave:UK Castle

 Students will be required to complete an interview prior to selection; students are welcome to apply throughout the fall semester prior to the spring/summer semester trip. To request an application and initiate the registration process, please email program advisor Dr. Gina Oswald at gina.oswald@wright.edu. All participating students will be required to attend a mandatory meeting at the university at the beginning of spring semester 2018 to review all travel requirements and expectations, academic requirements and expectations, disability accommodations, and other information related to the experience.

The University Center for International Education will require all students to complete mandatory pre-departure orientation materials online a few weeks before departure.
 
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Getting There:

Students will be responsible to arrange their own travel to and from the United Kingdom.  
Student are free to arrive early or stay later but should be aware they are not part the program during those times and are not covered by WSU insurances.

UCIE recommends the following travel agencies that work with university students:  STA Travel and Student Universe.  They may be able to offer payment plans.
 
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Program Costs:

The $100 application fee for this program has been waived!

The cost for this program is $1,950 plus a $100 application fee. It will include lodging, transportation within the U.K., London tour fee, fees for professors, lecturers, and institutions, health and accident insurance, faculty coordination, and 3 basic meals per day.
NOT included are airfare, expenses in U.S., meals not included in program, drinks, tips, personal expenses, optional or unscheduled activities, tuition, and passport fees.

To officially reserve a spot in this program, you will need an application fee of $100 and a program deposit of $500.
$725 is due on February 1st.
$725 is due on April 1st.

All payments are non-refundable.
The UCIE reserves the right to adjust the program price up to 10%. 
 

Cambridge
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Affording the Program:

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact the Financial Aid Representative, Gail Cyan, at gail.cyan@wright.edu to schedule an appointment and learn about your specific situation.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.  
 
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Passports and Visas:Anglia Ruskin Inclusive Future

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
 
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Health and Safety:

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS (www.internationalsos.com) for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with a UHP Health Insurance Packet  through University Health Plans.  
 
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)
studyabroad@wright.edu
937-775-5745
 

Program Coordinator:

Joy Wanderi 
Education Abroad Director
joy.wanderi@wright.edu
937-775-5748
 

Faculty Program Advisors:

Gina Oswald
gina.oswald@wright.edu
937-775-3270

Tom Webb
tom.webb@wright.edu
937-775-5680
 
 
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