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Welcome to the LEAD Sydney Accepted Student Information page!  Navigate the tabs below for everything you need to know before your epic adventure!

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Stay Informed

Do I have to bring my laptop?

Yes.  You will submit some assignments electronically, so it’s important you have a laptop to complete your work.

When will I know my final grades?

Final grades will be submitted to Oglethorpe University in early August.  For any questions related to the academic component of the program, please reach out directly to your professor.

When will I receive a transcript for my classes this summer? Do I have to send it to my school?

Transcripts are issued by Oglethorpe University in late August.  OU will send your transcript automatically to the institution on your record.  If you’ve transferred to a new school for the fall semester, please notify us by emailing info@LeadAbroad.com.

What kind of weather should I pack for?

It will be early winter while we are in Cape Town.  You can expect temperatures to be similar to October/November in the southern U.S. (50’s and 60’s).

Are meals included?

Your program fee includes a welcome dinner and a final dinner as well as weekly Sunday dinners.  While on the Garden Route, breakfast and dinner will be provided.  All other meals are your responsibility.

Should I rent a Nokia cell phone or get an international plan for my regular phone?

We strongly recommend all students opt into the Nokia rental option. These phones will be pre-loaded with all other rental phone numbers, including staff and emergency service numbers.

We’ve found that American cell service can be spotty in and around Cape Town plus international data plans can be very expensive. Check with your carrier for specifics.

How much spending money should I budget for the trip?

You should have a realistic conversation with your parents in the application process to discuss spending habits and budgeting while you are abroad.  While spending can vary widely, LeadAbroad recommends $30/day as a baseline budget.  If you plan to eat out a lot or purchase souvenirs, budget accordingly.

Should I bring U.S. cash? Debit cards? Credit cards?

LeadAbroad strongly recommends you bring two ways to access money: a debit card for ATM withdrawals and a credit card as a backup.  We do not recommend exchanging U.S. dollars for local currency as it is very difficult to find a place to exchange and the exchange rate is typically better when you withdraw from an ATM.  You should plan on getting cash out an ATM once you arrive in Cape Town.

Is travel insurance included? What about health insurance?

LeadAbroad does not offer a travel insurance plan.  All students will be covered under LeadAbroad’s health insurance for the duration of the program.  Details can be found in the Health & Insurance section of “Pre-Departure Info.”

Do I need shots before visiting South Africa?

Review CDC guidelines for travelers to South Africa here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/south-africa

No specific shots are required; however, LeadAbroad recommends visiting your family doctor before departure to ensure you are up to date on routine vaccines.

When will I get my group flight confirmation? Can I upgrade my ticket or request a different seat?

All students who register for the group flight through LeadAbroad will receive an email confirmation with ticket details approximately 30 days before departure.  Once details are sent, you can alter your seat assignment by looking up your ticket number on the carrier website.  LeadAbroad cannot accommodate seat/class requests during the initial group booking.

When will I know my roommate assignment? Can I request a roommate change?

We can change roommates up to 30 days before departure.  Roommate requests are entered on the general form linked on this page.  If you’ve already completed this form and would to change your request, please email info@LeadAbroad.com.

Final roommates will be released 30 days before departure.  No changes can be made after this time.

Should I pack sheets/linens/towels/hangers?

Nope!  Your room will have all of the above.

What is the best way for friends/family to contact me while abroad?

Check out the Communication Abroad section under the “Pre-Departure Info” tab for details on renting a local cell phone.  WiFi is also accessible in our hotel.

If there is an emergency in the U.S. and your family needs to contact LeadAbroad, please have them call our emergency response line at 404.720.5657 and dial extension 710.

This tab features a running series of announcements from the LeadAbroad team as you prepare for an incredible summer!  You can expect an update about once a month.  As we get closer to departure, updates will become more frequent.

 

November Newsletter


December Newsletter


January Newsletter


February Newsletter


March Newsletter


April Newsletter


45 Days to Departure Newsletter


30 Days to Departure Newsletter


10 Days to Departure Newsletter


1 Day to Departure Newsletter

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Get On Board

To make a payment online, log in to your customer portal.

The GO Barcelona program fee is $. Tuition for the six credits from Oglethorpe University is $.  Please refer to your customer portal for your custom due dates based on when you were accepted to the program.  Further information on all payment policies can be found on our policy page.

Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover) are accepted for payment online; however, we do not accept American Express. Please remember that a 4% processing fee will be added to all online payments. Payment by e-check is also accepted. E-check payments do not have a processing fee. Paper checks will not be accepted.

To ensure we have the tools to support you before and during the program, we have several short forms that must be completed 60 days before departure.  Please access your customer portal for all required forms.

It’s important to take the following steps in preparation for your trip.

  1. If you do not have a passport, apply for a passport
  2. If you have a passport, check to confirm the expiration date is at least three months beyond the end date of your trip and the passport has at least one blank page. You will be denied boarding and/or entrance to Spain if you do not meet this requirement.
  3. Students will upload a copy of their passport and enter their passport information on the LeadAbroad website in March.

We encourage students who have additional questions to browse the Department of State passport website or their Students Abroad section.

It’s important to take the following steps in preparation for your trip.

  1. If you do not have a passport, apply for a passport
  2. If you have a passport, check to confirm the expiration date is at least three months beyond the end date of your trip and the passport has at least one blank page. You will be denied boarding and/or entrance to Spain if you do not meet this requirement.
  3. Students will upload a copy of their passport and enter their passport information on the LeadAbroad website in March.

We encourage students who have additional questions to browse the Department of State passport website or their Students Abroad section.

LeadAbroad offers a group flight to Barcelona. This is a great option to make your travel day more enjoyable as you will be surrounded by fellow students who are about to embark on this journey abroad with you. If you arrive on the group flight, LeadAbroad staff will be at the airport to greet you and transport you to your accommodations.

Itineraries and group flight prices will be available in October 2017!

Group Flight Itinerary

Depart: May 27, 2017

  • Depart IAD at 5:40pm on South African Airways #210 / Arrive in JNB at 4:45pm (May 28, 2017)
  • Depart JNB at 6:45pm on South African Airways #365 / Arrive in CPT at 8:55pm

Return: July 2, 2017

  • Depart CPT at 2:10pm on South African Airways #336 / Arrive in JNB at 4:05pm
  • Depart JNB at 6:35pm on South African Airways #209 / Arrive in IAD at 6:25am (July 3,2017)

If you are traveling on the group flight itinerary, you are responsible for booking your domestic airfare between your home city and IAD in Washington, D.C.:

  • Before the program, you should arrive into IAD from your home city no later than 1:40pm on May 27
  • After the program, you should depart from IAD to your home city no earlier than 10:25am on July 3

To reserve your seat on the LeadAbroad group booking, please submit your payment online.  **FLIGHTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE**

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Get Ready for Class

You have the opportunity to select two courses from the eight total courses offered on GO Barcelona. Successful completion of these two courses will earn students six credit hours from Oglethorpe University. All students participate in four hours of class time Monday through Thursday.

During the application process, you selected your top four course selections and were placed in courses according to your acceptance date and course capacity. You will receive an email notifying you which classes you have received shortly after acceptance.

The schedule of classes will be made available in October 2017!

GO Barcelona course syllabi will be made available in October 2017!

You are required to bring all necessary course textbooks with you to Barcelona.  All required texts are listed on the course syllabi posted above.  Please purchase the same edition of the book that is listed on the specific syllabus.  All books are easy to find on Amazon.com or other online retailers.

Students accepted into a LeadAbroad program are also simultaneously accepted into Oglethorpe University as transient students. GO students are required to participate in all program and curriculum activities during the program unless they are granted an exemption by staff due to a physical or emotional reason.  Oglethorpe University students follow the same process as transient students when participating on a LeadAbroad program.

Many universities across the country accept Oglethorpe University transfer credit; however, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to find out how the course credit transfers to your home institution. Every university has a unique process for accepting transient credit. Please schedule a meeting with your academic advisor and the study abroad office as soon as possible to understand your school’s requirements. These steps MUST be completed prior to departure. Lead Abroad does not guarantee credit transfer to any particular university or major.

We are happy to help you navigate the academic credit transfer process. Simply e-mail us at Info@LeadAbroad.com with your university and we will help you navigate the necessary steps.

The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships may be available for students who are permanent Georgia residents, attend a university in Georgia and meet eligibility requirements.  Students should meet with their financial aid office in order to determine if this scholarship will apply to a LeadAbroad summer study abroad program.

For students who qualify, the HOPE Scholarship amount is $984 and the Zell Miller Scholarship is $1087. Students should confirm these amounts and their eligibility with their home university’s financial aid office. Students planning to use HOPE, Zell or any other scholarship money for the tuition portion of the program will need to communicate their intent on the Financial Aid & Scholarship form in the customer portal.

We understand that studying abroad is a family decision with significant costs. We recommend that you explore a variety of options to finance your study abroad experience. You can find scholarships by reaching out to the financial aid office at your home university, non-profits and writing letters to companies in your hometown.

LeadAbroad offers a number of scholarships for students.  Please review these scholarships to check your eligibility here.

All LeadAbroad programs are inclusive and respectful of the needs, backgrounds and experiences of all its participants. Our policies can be found here.  If you have an accommodations request, please complete the Disability Accommodations Request form in your customer portal.

Get Ready to Take Off

You have the opportunity to select two courses from the eight total courses offered on GO Barcelona. Successful completion of these two courses will earn students six credit hours from Oglethorpe University. All students participate in four hours of class time Monday through Thursday.

During the application process, you selected your top four course selections and were placed in courses according to your acceptance date and course capacity. You will receive an email notifying you which classes you have received shortly after acceptance.

The schedule of classes will be made available in October 2017!

GO Barcelona course syllabi will be made available in October 2017!

You are required to bring all necessary course textbooks with you to Barcelona.  All required texts are listed on the course syllabi posted above.  Please purchase the same edition of the book that is listed on the specific syllabus.  All books are easy to find on Amazon.com or other online retailers.

The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships may be available for students who are permanent Georgia residents, attend a university in Georgia and meet eligibility requirements.  Students should meet with their financial aid office in order to determine if this scholarship will apply to a LeadAbroad summer study abroad program.

For students who qualify, the HOPE Scholarship amount is $984 and the Zell Miller Scholarship is $1087. Students should confirm these amounts and their eligibility with their home university’s financial aid office. Students planning to use HOPE, Zell or any other scholarship money for the tuition portion of the program will need to communicate their intent on the Financial Aid & Scholarship form in the customer portal.

We understand that studying abroad is a family decision with significant costs. We recommend that you explore a variety of options to finance your study abroad experience. You can find scholarships by reaching out to the financial aid office at your home university, non-profits and writing letters to companies in your hometown.

LeadAbroad offers a number of scholarships for students.  Please review these scholarships to check your eligibility here.

All LeadAbroad programs are inclusive and respectful of the needs, backgrounds and experiences of all its participants. Our policies can be found here.  If you have an accommodations request, please complete the Disability Accommodations Request form in your customer portal.

All LeadAbroad programs are inclusive and respectful of the needs, backgrounds and experiences of all its participants. Our policies can be found here.  If you have an accommodations request, please complete the Disability Accommodations Request form in your customer portal.

All LeadAbroad programs are inclusive and respectful of the needs, backgrounds and experiences of all its participants. Our policies can be found here.  If you have an accommodations request, please complete the Disability Accommodations Request form in your customer portal.

All LeadAbroad programs are inclusive and respectful of the needs, backgrounds and experiences of all its participants. Our policies can be found here.  If you have an accommodations request, please complete the Disability Accommodations Request form in your customer portal.

All LeadAbroad programs are inclusive and respectful of the needs, backgrounds and experiences of all its participants. Our policies can be found here.  If you have an accommodations request, please complete the Disability Accommodations Request form in your customer portal.

All LeadAbroad programs are inclusive and respectful of the needs, backgrounds and experiences of all its participants. Our policies can be found here.  If you have an accommodations request, please complete the Disability Accommodations Request form in your customer portal.

All LeadAbroad programs are inclusive and respectful of the needs, backgrounds and experiences of all its participants. Our policies can be found here.  If you have an accommodations request, please complete the Disability Accommodations Request form in your customer portal.

All LeadAbroad programs are inclusive and respectful of the needs, backgrounds and experiences of all its participants. Our policies can be found here.  If you have an accommodations request, please complete the Disability Accommodations Request form in your customer portal.

All LeadAbroad programs are inclusive and respectful of the needs, backgrounds and experiences of all its participants. Our policies can be found here.  If you have an accommodations request, please complete the Disability Accommodations Request form in your customer portal.