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Program Fee Fall 2019: $11,967 USD * 

*price subject to change each year

Program Fee Includes:

  • A UNCW program leader for the start of the program;
  • On-site Bangor staff throughout your stay;
  • Tuition for full-time course load (12-15 US credit hours);
  • Meal plan (details provided in the Housing & Dining section);
  • On-campus housing (private room with en-suite bathroom);
  • Gym and Campus Life membership;
  • Bedding and kitchen packs;
  • UNCW Welcome Excursion in London;
  • Airport transfers on set arrival days;
  • Welcome orientation;
  • Welsh/Celtic culture and history field trips
  • Social activities and day trips during orientation; 
  • Special Thanksgiving dinner and monthly dinners for the UNCW group;
  • Health insurance;
  • Internet access;
  • 16-25 Railcard for discounted train tickets throughout the UK;
  • Full access to campus amenities ranging from the library to the award winning Student Union- including access to 200+ student clubs and societies.

Not Included:

Payment Schedule

May 1st- FYSA students must formally accept their offer of admission to UNCW and pay enrollment deposit to secure their spot at UNCW for the Spring (this is the deadline regardless of fall plans). Students who submit this enrollment deposit will then have the option to sign up for FYSA in the UK program through UNCW's online application.

June 1st- Deadline for FYSA's to complete UNCW's online application and submit a $500 non-refundable deposit to secure their placement in the program. This is a decisive moment in the enrollment process! With the payment of a $500 deposit, the participant is committing to payment of the entire program fee. Almost immediately after the June 1stdeadline, UNCW will begin making financial obligations and payments on the student's behalf. Therefore, even though the program fee charge may not appear on a student's account for some time after submission of the deposit, the participant is responsible for payment of any portion of the program fee that has been committed on his or her behalf.

Send a check payable to UNCW to:

Office of International Programs
118 Friday Annex
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5965

Early July- In early July, program participants will receive an email from the Office of International Programs informing you that it is time to make payment for the program. There will also be detailed instructions and video tutorials attached in this email on how to proceed to complete payment. Once this email has been sent, participants will then have just under 30 days to make payment in full or to enroll in a payment plan.

The program fee will be charged to each specific UNCW student account. You will then be instructed via email, as mentioned above, to login to your account to pay this balance. There you will have the option of paying this balance by using a credit card, or by linking and using a specified checking account of your choice.

Please note that this program is not eligible for financial aid (including grants, education loans, federal loans, GI Bill, and UNCW scholarships). No loans or scholarships that must be processed through UNCW's financial aid office can be used for this program. 

Payment Options

https://uncw.edu/studentaccounts/payments.html

Payment Plans

https://uncw.edu/studentaccounts/TuitionPaymentPlan.html

Additional Resources

The cost of your trip will depend on how you choose to live and where you plan to travel. You can lower your expenses abroad by doing such things as: purchasing food at grocery stores or markets rather than eating at restaurants, by staying at youth hostels instead of hotels when you undertake independent travel, and by monitoring the amount of shopping you do.

The Pound

As you know, the currency in Wales is called the pound. Its symbol is £. You should start familiarizing yourself with the conversion rate of the dollar to the pound and vise-versa. You can do so by checking an online converter such as Oanda. You may also want to start familiarizing yourself with the banknotes and coins, and what they look like, to avoid standing or sitting in public spaces trying to figure out how much money you have. 

Also, remember the pound is the currency only in the UK. If you are traveling to another country during your visit, the pound may not be used there. For example, Ireland uses the Euro so be sure to research local currencies before you travel. 

Credit or Debit Cards

A debit card allows you to withdraw money from your bank account in the United States in the currency of your host county, which serves as an extremely convenient way of exchanging money while abroad. We recommend that you keep a copy of your card's contact information somewhere safe, so that you have it on hand in the event that you misplace it. Many debit/credit cards can be used in ATM machines abroad, but be aware of the local and international charges this can incur. Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted worldwide than are other cards like American Express and Discover. Also, it is becoming more popular in Europe for people to use pin and chip cards (instead of the traditional swipe card). If you have a chance to upgrade your card to a chip, we recommend doing so before traveling abroad.

Be aware of any foreign transaction fees your bank likely charges for debit/credit card use abroad, as 3% per transaction is not uncommon. Set up online banking for these accounts so you can monitor your expenses and associated fees as they get translated into dollars. If your card is already fairly worn, consider getting a new one before departure.

Card Safety

Before traveling, be sure to notify your bank and/or card companies that you will be traveling abroad to avoid your card usage being frozen. You should also ask if there is a transaction limit or a daily limit set on the card and make changes on those limits if appropriate. If your card is lost or stolen, cancel it as soon as possible. Before you leave the States, copy down the account numbers of these cards as well as the customer service numbers of the bank and/or card companies. Make copies of this information for yourself as well as a family member. Store the information in a safe place separate from where you store the cards themselves.

Cash

You may need cash for many of your day to day purchases, including public transportation or when splitting costs with friends. Check exchange rates before you change money from USD to the pound, and be aware that airports, hotels and train stations will often charge a higher rate of commission than a bank (the larger, the better). Also, do not carry more cash than you can reasonably afford to lose.