France and Italy May 19-29, 2020 Travel with us to Paris, Florence, and Rome next spring “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime” (Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, 1869). Read over the info below and think about your participation carefully—contact Gretchen Flaherty or Paul Richgruber for more information and to be added to the list of interested travelers. firstname.lastname@example.org / (218) 733-7748 OR email@example.com / (218) 733-7741 Note: You can reserve your spot with a $95 down payment—contact Gretchen for the details. This trip can be a life-changing experience—traveling abroad can change one’s perspective on the world, on the US in the world, and open up future possibilities that were previously unknown. Get out and get to know your world! The class: A required, one-credit class (GS 1200 Explorations Abroad) is associated with the trip that meets once in January and then once per week for about 8 weeks (Wednesdays 4:30-6:30) from March through May. You will learn a bit about the long history and the rich culture of Paris, Florence, and Rome, as well as the dos and don’ts of international travel. The cost of tuition and fees are included in the overall cost of the program. The travels: The itinerary includes four nights in Paris, two nights in Florence, and three nights in Rome. We fly into Paris to start, then fly to Florence, and take a train to Rome. The plan is to return to the US from Rome, but we may need to fly to Paris first. The final itinerary will depend on flight schedules and the cost of RT air tickets. Over for more on this education abroad program The costs: The estimated total cost of this France/Italy educational travel program will be $4425. Every effort is made to keep costs down while providing an enriching and enjoyable visit, but Europe is expensive and that fact will not change. Final program costs cannot be known until October 2019, but only minimal changes are foreseen. Almost all expenses for the trip are covered in the course fees, but you will need spending money for your free time, money to cover meals not included (four dinners and five lunches), and the cost of a passport if you need one. This is an important part of your education—think of how to save some extra $$. Scholarship funds: Some of you might qualify for an education abroad travel grant to help reduce costs a bit ($400-500). There are only a small number of these awarded each year, so you cannot count on this funding as part of your payment plan. If you happen to be awarded a grant in the end, consider it as a welcome bonus. FYI—the payment timeline: Oct. 21, 2019: $600 total, nonrefundable deposit—if you signed on earlier and made the $95 deposit, only $505 is due at this time (note: all deposit money is fully refundable up to Oct. 21, 2019 when it becomes fully nonrefundable); Dec. 09, 2019: $1900 (approx.) second payment due; Feb. 10, 2020: $1900 (approx.) final payment due. Financial Aid: Financial aid (loans) may be applied, by eligible students, to the costs of this program. We must caution students, however, that loan repayment obligations can last for years after the trip has come and gone. Check with the Financial Aid Office on campus for more information on your status.