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					University of Minnesota DUlUth

2009-2010 stUDy in englanD PrograMMe
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UMD STUDY IN ENGLAND PROGRAM ........................................................................................................................................... 4

SIE/UMD CONTACT INFORMATION ............................................................................................................................................. 5

BRITISH FACULTY CONTACT INFORMATION ............................................................................................................................... 6

EMBASSY INFORMATION ............................................................................................................................................................... 7

FACULTY TIMELINE TO PREPARE FOR TEACHING ON THE SIE PROGRAMME: ........................................................................... 8
    Faculty Responsibilities ............................................................................................................................. 8
    Director Responsibilities ............................................................................................................................ 9
    Associate Director Responsibilities ........................................................................................................... 9

PRE-DEPARTURE ......................................................................................................................................................................... 10
    Recruit ...................................................................................................................................................... 10
    Academic Orientation .............................................................................................................................. 10
    Syllabi and Course Materials ................................................................................................................... 10
    Course Content ......................................................................................................................................... 10
    Passport .................................................................................................................................................... 11
    UK entry clearance documentation .......................................................................................................... 11
    Arrange travel to Birmingham ................................................................................................................. 13
    International Health Insurance ................................................................................................................. 13
    Prescriptions ............................................................................................................................................. 13
    Registration with the U.S. Embassy in England ...................................................................................... 14
    Packing ..................................................................................................................................................... 14

ARRIVAL IN ENGLAND ................................................................................................................................................................ 14
    Living in England ..................................................................................................................................... 14
    Housing .................................................................................................................................................... 15
    Making Connections at the University of Birmingham ........................................................................... 15
    Phone Cards and Dialing .......................................................................................................................... 16
    Income Taxes ........................................................................................................................................... 16
    Health Care Issues .................................................................................................................................... 16
    Faculty Families ....................................................................................................................................... 17
    Driving in England ................................................................................................................................... 18
    Cost of Living........................................................................................................................................... 18
    Personal Banking...................................................................................................................................... 18

2009—2010 UMD STUDY IN ENGLAND CALENDAR ................................................................................................................... 19

COURSES AND FACULTY .............................................................................................................................................................. 20
    Fall Semester 2009 ................................................................................................................................... 21
    Spring Semester 2010............................................................................................................................... 21



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ACADEMICS FOR SIE ................................................................................................................................................................... 22
    Calendar and Class Scheduling ................................................................................................................ 22
    Class attendance ....................................................................................................................................... 22
    Registration .............................................................................................................................................. 22
    Textbooks and Course Materials .............................................................................................................. 23
    Grades....................................................................................................................................................... 23
    Field Trips and Coaches ........................................................................................................................... 24
    Student Scholarships ................................................................................................................................ 25

PROGRAM OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE .............................................................................................................................. 25
    Computers and other equipment .............................................................................................................. 26
    Student Worker ........................................................................................................................................ 27

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES ......................................................................................................................................................... 27
    CISI International Health Insurance ......................................................................................................... 29
    Student evacuation from England ............................................................................................................ 31

PROGRAM POLICIES .................................................................................................................................................................... 32
    Guidelines for Judicial Affairs ................................................................................................................. 33
    Student Behavior and Ambassador Policy ............................................................................................... 33
    How Should Students Conduct Themselves While Abroad? ................................................................... 33
    IEO & SIE Cancellation Policy................................................................................................................ 33

SUPPORT SERVICES ..................................................................................................................................................................... 34
    University of Birmingham Student Resources ......................................................................................... 34
    GLBT: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender services in Birmingham ............................................. 35
    Disability, Learning Support, Counseling and Guidance services at the University of Birmingham...... 35
    The University Chaplain .......................................................................................................................... 35
    General guidelines for assisting with student trauma............................................................................... 35

USEFUL LINKS AND INFORMATION ............................................................................................................................................. 37
    Safety ........................................................................................................................................................ 37
    UMD Info. ................................................................................................................................................ 37
    Birmingham Info. ..................................................................................................................................... 38
    Travel Sites............................................................................................................................................... 38
    News & Entertainment ............................................................................................................................. 39
    Culture ...................................................................................................................................................... 39
    Misc. ......................................................................................................................................................... 39

FACULTY PARTICIPANTS - UMD STUDY IN ENGLAND PROGRAMME ................................................................... 41




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UMD Study in England Program
The International Education Office at UMD believes that UMD students must be prepared for living in the
global society of the twenty-first century. For citizens to prosper in the global environment, they must
empathize with the cultures of other people, understand the intricacies of international economics, and
appreciate the political conflicts caused by the clash of civilizations, and come to see how the rest of the world
regards the United States. Studying abroad, even for a brief time, provides a rich opportunity to experience the
cultural interchanges and master the skills so essential to effective international citizenship. Ideally, every
student at The University of Minnesota Duluth will have a significant international experience.

The UMD Study in England Program (SIE) will celebrate its 30th year in 2009-2010. This program was
created to provide an international academic experience for both UMD students and UMD faculty.
As it stands today, students (UMD and non-UMD) are offered a variety of courses and provided opportunities
to interact with the British culture. Each year there is a full time UMD faculty director and 4 UMD faculty
members on-site. They teach 2 courses each semester in their area of expertise. Students supplement the
UMD courses with courses taught by hired British faculty and courses at the University of Birmingham.

The on-site Director, Associate Director, and Faculty are essential to the integration of students’ academic
formation with the global environment. They serve many roles in this process: academic guidance, personal
mentor, cultural interpreter, expander of horizons, pastoral counselor, among others.

The smaller course sizes and semester field trips assist in forming a student and faculty bond that is very
different from the student/faculty relationship on the UMD campus. This has been a reward for both parties
over the years. The program hired an on-site Associate Director in 2008 to support the program, students, and
the Director in many capacities and to teach one UMD course per year. The Associate Director assists with
the transition from life in the United States to the culture and customs in the United Kingdom.

The program has a long standing relationship with many British faculty who have been hired over the years to
teach SIE students. The British faculty are a great asset to the program as they teach our students about British
and European history, politics, art and literature which the students can apply to their daily lives in the U.K
and to many of the sites of the program field trips. The British faculty broadens the curricular offerings
available to our students which in turn help us recruit more students.

In 2009, the University of Minnesota Duluth and the University of Birmingham (UB) signed an exchange
agreement. This agreement allows participants in the SIE program to enroll in up to 240 credits of modules a
year and in return, UMD accepts two students from the University of Birmingham for the academic year. UB
courses available to the SIE Programme vary each year depending on student interest and scheduling. The UB
courses offer a wonderful opportunity for students to experience a course at a foreign university.

In the 2008-2009 academic year, student participants were housed with other British and international students
in the student flats on the main campus of the University of Birmingham. This arrangement encourages
students to integrate more with the University of Birmingham community and meet British and international
students.

We hope the Faculty Handbook is useful and appreciate your feedback now, as you go through the process and
after you return. This is a very fluid document designed to answer your questions during your participation on
this program. Please contact us at 726-8764 or at ieo@d.umn.edu with any comments or suggestions.

International Education Office Staff
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SIE/UMD Contact Information                         IEO Emergency Contact Number:
                                                    For emergencies after IEO business hours
Director: Judith Kritzmire                          (8:00 am – 4:30 pm) Central Time
Associate Director: Amy Emm                         218-310-6946
Fall Faculty: John Arthur & Paul Cannan
Spring Faculty: Sue Damme & Jen Jones               Director Flat: Judith Kritzmire
                                                    25 Seymour Close
Mailing Address:                                    Selly Wick Road
UMD Study in England Programme                      Selly Park
University of Birmingham                            Birmingham B29 7JD
Selly Oak Campus c/o OLRC                           England
Hamilton Drive                                      Home Tel/Fax: 0121 471-4543
Weoley Park Road
Birmingham, B29 6QW                                 Faculty Flat Lower Level
England                                             (Cannan & Damme)
                                                    39 Seymour Close
Program Tel: 0121 415-8444                          Selly Wick Road
Director Office: 0121 415-8452                      Selly Park
Program Fax: 0121 471-4543                          Birmingham B29 7JD
Faculty Office Tel: 0121-415-8445                   England
Director Tel/Emergency: 07747-832-971               Flat 39 Tel: 0121-471-3207

Program Office                                      Faculty Flat Upper Level
Offices for the Director, Associate Director,       (Arthur & Jones)
Faculty and classroom are located in the            43 Seymour Close
Alan Geale Building on the Selly Oak                Selly Wick Road
Campus.                                             Selly Park
                                                    Birmingham B29 7JD
UMD Contacts:                                       England
A. Gail Bier                                        Flat 43 Tel: 0121-471-1548
Director, International Education Office
138 Kirby Plaza                                     Students’ Address:
University of Minnesota Duluth                      Maple Bank
Duluth, MN 55812                                    Church Road
Main Office 218.726.8764                            Edgbaston
Fax 218.726.7352                                    Birmingham
Email abier@d.umn.edu                               England
                                                    B15 3TE/3TF (depends on flat #)
Lyndsey Andersen                                    011 is the international dialing code for England when
Program Coordinator                                 dialing from outside
138 Kirby Plaza                                     44 is the country code when dialing the UK from outside
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812                                    0121 is the dialing code for Birmingham when dialing
                                                    from outside Birmingham or from a mobile
Extension 218-726-6673
Fax 218-726-7352                                    001 is the international dialing code for the U.S. when
Email lmanders@d.umn.ed                             dialing from outside

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British Faculty Contact
Information
John Costello (Film I & II)
115 Westwood Road
Earlsdon Road
Coventry CV5 6GD
phone: 0121 601 6253
email: subunitfour@yahoo.com

Bridget Pugh (British Short Stories)
6 Sir Harry's Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham B15 2UY
phone: 0121 440 1169
email:
bridget@bridgetpugh.orangehome.co.uk

Tom Millard (Drawing & Art and Museums)
21 Tenbury Road
Kings Heath
Birmingham B14 6AD
phone: 0121 444 5536
email: tommillard@hotmail.co.uk

Toby McLeod (British Politics & Irish
History)
19 Antrobus Road
Birmingham B21 9NS
phone: 0121 523 3502 (home)
       0121 414 8051 (work)
email: toby@strategos.demon.co.uk

Tony Sames (British Countryside)
address: 15 Fox Hill Road
     Birmingham B29 4AG
Phone: 0121-472-0441
email: tonysames@btinternet.com

Marjorie Blagburn (Manager Faculty Flats)
Home: 0121 454 6557
Mobile: 077 5959 9465




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Embassy Information
                                                 Passport & Citizenship Unit in London:
U.S. Embassy, London
                                                 [44] (20) 7894 0563
Mailing Address:
                                                 Telephone staff hours are Monday to Friday,
24 Grosvenor Square
                                                 8:30am - 12:30pm, except for American and
London, W1A 1AE
                                                 British public holidays. Recorded
United Kingdom
                                                 information is also available on this line 24
Website: http://www.usembassy.org.uk/
                                                 hours a day, seven days a week.
Physical address:
                                                 Special Consular Services Unit in
24 Grosvenor Square
                                                 London: This Unit can be reached via the
London, W1A 2LQ
                                                 main Embassy switchboard at [44] (20)
United Kingdom
                                                 7499 9000, and staff are available for
Switchboard: [44] (0)20 7499-9000
                                                 routine services from 8:30 am until 12 noon
                                                 and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday through
The British Consulate General
                                                 Friday, except American and British
The Wrigley Building
                                                 holidays.
400 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1300
                                                 Twenty-four hour assistance is available
Chicago, IL 60611
                                                 for genuine emergencies at [44] (20) 7499
Website: http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/our-
                                                 9000.
offices-in-the-us/other-locationsin-
us/chicago/
                                                 All offices are closed on Saturday,
                                                 Sunday, and American and British Holidays
Operator Assisted Visa Information in
London: 09042-450100 (This is NOT a
                                                 Embassy operating hours:
London number. It does not require any
                                                 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, but
other prefix or dialing code.)
                                                 some Sections and Agencies within the
Monday through Friday, 8.00 a.m. until 8.00
                                                 Embassy may differ.
p.m., and on Saturdays from 10.00 a.m. until
4.00 p.m.; £1.20/min; only available in the
U.K., within U.K. may be unavailable from
some business telephones and mobile
networks.




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Faculty Timeline to prepare for teaching on the SIE Programme:
Fall of year before departure:
    Recruit Students
    Check passport status, renew if necessary
    Send most recent copy of your CV to IEO Program Associate
    Inform IEO Program Associate of people accompanying you to England for the year or semester
    Director should plan for visit to program
    Faculty should inform Director of any requests for special course field trips
    Develop Course Syllabi

Spring of year before departure:
    Any new courses should be approved and submitted to IEO Program Associate
    Develop your course syllabi and determine course materials
    Have photo taken by campus photographer
    Attend Academic Orientation to introduce yourself and courses to the accepted students
    Director will make a site-visit to the program in England

One month before departure:
   Make copies of your passport and visa and then submit to IEO Program Associate
   Fill out Health and Emergency Information forms and submit to IEO Program Associate
   Submit your travel itinerary to IEO Program Associate
   Submit any receipts for reimbursement up to allotted travel amount
   Register with the U.S. Embassy
   Pick up immigration letter from IEO Program Associate
   Pick up flat keys from IEO Program Associate
   Make sure your international health insurance and prescriptions are in order
   Purchase some British Pounds for your travels

Faculty Responsibilities
    Recruit students to participate in the program and participate in orientations and social gatherings to help
       prepare and bond the entire program
    Create course descriptions and determine course materials to distribute to students at orientations held in
       spring semester before departure.
    Teach two courses (6—8 credits) during the semester appointment
    Participate in all program field trips during the semester appointment
    Hold office hours to meet the normal and special needs of students involved in the program
    Advise and counsel SIE students
    Work with the Program Director as needed and directed by Program Director




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Director Responsibilities
    Recruit students to participate on the program and interview to determine acceptance
    Create course descriptions and determine course materials to distribute to students at orientations held in
       spring semester before departure
    Serve as an on-site academic administrator to maintain the academic quality and integrity of the program
    Teach one course per semester in area of expertise
    Set class schedules and contracts for British faculty
    Work with the UMD semester faculty and British faculty
    Advise and counsel SIE students
    Organize and plan program field trips
    Manage program budgets and records and provide monthly reports to IEO
    Serve as UMD’s liaison with the Birmingham administration
    Work with the Birmingham student housing coordinator to set up and maintain student housing each
       year
    Work with the International Education Office at the University of Birmingham to arrange acceptance of
       SIE students in courses at the University of Birmingham and to assist students with orienting themselves
       with the campus
    Work with faculty flat coordinator to keep the faculty flats up to date
    Work with the on-site Associate Director in providing assistance to students regarding orientations,
       advising, cultural adjustment, mid and end of semester program and faculty evaluations, social
       gatherings and pre-departure banquet
    Manage up to two student assistants at a total of 20 hours per week to assist with office duties, student
       activities and the creation and maintenance of a program web site and program yearbook

Associate Director Responsibilities
    Assist the Academic Director with all aspects of administering the Study in England Programme
    Participate in field trips
    Develop, implement, and/or advise on resource development for the program, including orientation,
       field trips, service-learning/civic engagement opportunities
    Coordinate, develop, and make available appropriate reports, displays and/or publications regarding the
       program
    Provide up-to-date advice and counsel on issues such as medical assistance, transportation, travel,
       British culture and customs to faculty and students
    Develop and maintain liaisons with other university staff and students as needed to further the program’s
       goals
    provide some civil service functions such as budget and finance, supervision of work study, and space
       allocation and facilities
    teach 1 course per year




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Pre-Departure
Recruit
Assist in the recruitment of students for the year that you will be participating. IEO will supply advertisements,
posters, organize information sessions and conduct classroom presentations. Recruitment of students: The IEO
encourages faculty to utilize the resources of their departments/colleges to advertise programs. Successful
program marketing includes ideas such as:
-Classroom presentations
-Send information to colleagues
- Participate in Fall and Spring UMD Study Abroad Fair
- Department/College faculty presentation(s)
 -Department/College information distribution (i.e., flyers, emails, etc.)
 -Electronic sources (i.e., MySpace, Facebook, etc)
 -Faculty developed program website
 -Professional List-Servs

Academic Orientation
All faculty are requested at this orientation. Faculty are asked to draft syllabi and determine required course
materials the week prior to the academic orientation date, April 10, 2009. Provide this information to the
Program Associate to make copies and distribute to students. All faculty will present themselves to the students
at this orientation. This is your chance to introduce yourself and share a little about yourself and what you look
forward to and envision as a faculty participant in England. You will also introduce your courses and go over
any details that you deem appropriate. Students will be provided with your syllabi and any required text and
course materials and where they can purchase them. This orientation helps faculty and students get to know one
another and start to prepare for their time abroad. There is a meal and planned activities to bond the group and
to learn about England.

Syllabi and Course Materials
Syllabi should be detailed enough so that students can decide what courses they would like to register for. The
students are given a form to request desired courses at this orientation. Each course is limited to 28 students so
registration is first come first serve. Required textbooks and other course materials should be given to students
at this orientation so that they can start to plan how they will purchase them and transport them to England.
This is an expense to the students. Most students from the previous year ordered their textbooks on
amazon.co.uk and had them shipped to their student flats. Faculty are encouraged to consider the high cost of
shipping textbooks overseas and the added weight to their luggage. It is helpful if the students can order the
texts on amazon.co.uk Also, if you know that your texts are only available via the UMD bookstore, students
need to be aware so that they purchase them before they leave campus for the summer and so that they know to
pack them in their luggage.

Course Content
Faculty are encouraged to consider incorporating British culture and history into their classes so that students
can apply what they are learning to their everyday lives in England. Communicate with the Director any field
trip ideas or suggestions of things to visit on the scheduled field trips which may pertain to your courses.




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Passport
Make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return to the U.S. from your year or semester in
England. If it is not, renew. Faculty are advised to make a copy of their passport photo page and give to the
UMD Program Associate to add to your file in case of emergency.

UK entry clearance documentation
March 2009: The SIE Programme has a tier 4 (A rating) sponsor license under the Points-Based System.
The license number is: PQED8G2M4.
This sponsorship allows the program to function as a U.S. study abroad program in the UK and sponsor students
participating in it.

Faculty
New entry clearance laws are no longer requiring semester faculty to get prior entry clearance to the UK. The
semester faculty will receive a letter from IEO stating that they are visitors staying in the UK less than 6 months
as a “Visiting professor accompanying students undertaking a study abroad program”. This status states: If you
are a professor or teacher from an overseas academic institution and you wish to come to the UK to accompany
overseas students on study abroad programs you can do so as a business visitor. Whilst in the UK, you may
undertake a small amount of teaching, limited to the institution hosting the students you are supervising but
must be employed and paid by the overseas academic institution and must not intend to base yourself or seek
employment in the UK.
Faculty are encouraged to familiarize themselves of this immigration status at:
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/infs/inf2visitors#9245326

Director
Will need prior UK entry clearance in the form of an entry clearance visa stamped in their passport.
Apply for this visa online at http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/ApplyNow.aspx.
   • You will apply as a business academic visitor for more than 6 months. The director should complete the
       online application in February.
   • Schedule biometric data collection appointment
   • Pay visa and shipping fee online
   • Print off visa application, biometric appointment and receipt of payment. Make three copies, one to
       send to the British Consulate, one for yourself and one for IEO
   • Attend biometric appointment and bring the form you printed out from the online application and bring
       your passport.
   • Gather the necessary items that you need to send to the British Consulate. See the list below
   • Mail all items including passport and overnight to the British Consulate in Chicago

Mail to the British Consulate in Chicago all of the below documents in original form or as certified copies:
Certification can be done through a notary public:
   • Your passport (note: it should be the original document-a copy does not suffice)
   • One photograph (passport-size) Supplied by the IEO office if you had your photo taken on campus
   • A letter from the university, college or school confirming your appointment to teach on the SIE Program
        provided by the IEO
   • Evidence of funds to cover expenses for the duration of your time teaching on the Program, i.e. banking
        statement

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   •   A check list with questions regarding the Program, IEO will provide and you will add your specific
       information and print
   •   A receipt of your biometric data collection
   •   Print out of online visa application and receipt of payment

Make sure you double check the website stating all necessary materials

Mail documents to:
The British Consulate General
The Wrigley Building
400 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60611

You are sending the consulate your passport and many important documents, therefore, it is STRONGLY
recommended that you “overnight” your application so you get a tracking number. Note that the consulate
does not answer phone calls about the status of your application.

Biometric Data Collection
Effective December 3, 2007 all visa applicants, irrespective of nationality, will be required to provide their
biometric data when they apply for a visa for the United Kingdom. The British government introduced
biometric data collection (10-finger scans and a digital photograph) as part of a world-wide biometric
identification process, designed to protect an individual’s identity, facilitate future entry to the UK, combat visa
fraud and abuse of the UK’s immigration and asylum systems. After you finish filling out your online visa
application, you will be required to make an appointment to have your biometric data taken at the location
nearest you, it is a part of the visa fee so do not have biometric data done on your own.

The USCIS office that serves your area is the:
Duluth Location:
USCIS Application Support Center Federal Building
515 West First Street
Room 208
Duluth, MN 55802-1350.
Saint Paul Field Office.

Twin Cities Location:
2901 Metro Drive, Suite 100
Bloomington, MN 55425.

For other locations please view the below biometric data office locator:
https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=offices.summary&OfficeLocator.office_type=LO&OfficeLocator.stat
ecode=MN

It is important to start this process at least 6 months BEFORE your departure to ensure you have enough time to
receive your passport and visa in the mail. Please check the British Consulate website for detailed information
on documents you must submit to obtain a visit visa. You can also contact The Study in England Programme
Coordinator for questions on the visa process.
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What do I do once I get my Entry Visa?
Once you have a passport and your entry clearance visa, make several copies of all the necessary pages. It is
advised to give one copy to the Study in England Programme Coordinator and one to a family member or friend
that you trust and would contact in case of an emergency. Keep a couple of copies for yourself.

What do I do if my passport is lost or stolen?
If your passport is lost and you cannot find it or believe it has been stolen the first thing that you should do is
report it to the police. To find your nearest police station please visit the West Midlands police website and
click on Police Stations. Once you have reported the matter to the police, they will provide you with
confirmation that you have reported your passport lost or stolen. The number in the UK for emergencies is 999.
You should then contact your own embassy in the UK and inform them that you need to apply for a new
passport explaining the reason why. http://www.usembassy.org.uk/. Once you have a new passport, you can
begin the procedure to have your previous Visa transferred to your new passport. You will need to show
evidence that you do have a valid visa to be in the UK. This should be confirmed by a photocopy of your
current Visa or a letter from the British embassy where you obtained the Visa confirming your entry clearance
as a student. You will also need to show confirmation from the police that you have reported your passport lost
or stolen. You will need to complete the NTLTOC application form and pay a fee.

IEO will reimburse the director and faculty (when needed) for the visa cost. Submit the receipt of payment to
IEO. The current cost for an academic visitor visa is £65 plus a postage fee (you will be charged in U.S.
dollars)

Arrange travel to Birmingham
UMD Faculty members are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Birmingham and will be
reimbursed up to $1,500. Please note that it is less expensive to fly from the twin cities than Duluth. Please
provide receipts to IEO.
It is most convenient to fly directly into Birmingham International Airport. However, there is public
transportation available from the London airports to Birmingham. On arrival in Birmingham, there are taxis or
public transportation to take you to the flats. Given the luggage you will have, we recommend a taxi from the
Birmingham International Airport (cost about £22.)
For immigration purposes when you arrive in England, you will need your passport, visit visa, and letter from
IEO stating your purpose on the Study in England Programme and letter of honorary appointment provided by
the current SIE director and mailed to the address that was listed on your CV.

International Health Insurance
Faculty are encouraged to have international health insurance while teaching abroad. Check with your current
plan to review your international coverage. International Health Insurance can be obtained through Cultural
Insurance Services International, who is the provider for the University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff.
Visit the website for more information: http://www.culturalinsurance.com/enroll.asp

Prescriptions
Faculty are encouraged to communicate with their physicians about their semester abroad and to stock up on all
necessary medications. Prescription drugs can vary in name across the globe. This is also true of prescription
eye glasses and contact lenses.
Previous faculty members have noted that over the counter cold medicine can be quite expensive in England
and may be worth packing if you use a specific allergy medicine or cold medicine frequently.
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Safe Sack
It is always good practice to wear a safe sack or money belt when traveling to hold your valuables.

Copies of documents and credit cards
Faculty are encouraged to make several copies of their passport, visa and credit card and bank information in
the case that the documents become lost or stolen. IEO requires a copy of your passport and visa prior to
departure. It is also recommended to leave emergency contact information with IEO.

Registration with the U.S. Embassy in England
Faculty are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in England. Go to the website below and follow the
instructions for an Individual User. The registration is free. The U.S. Embassy can assist you in case of any
natural disasters, civil unrest strikes, terrorism, etc
You will need to provide your address and emergency contact information.
https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/index.aspx
The Director and Associate Director should monitor Travel Advisories and Consular Information sheets
available at the U.S. State Department website travel.state.gov. To register the automatic update service visit:
www.state.gov/www/listservs_cms.html.

Packing
Faculty are advised to pack rain gear, waterproof shoes and comfortable walking shoes. Field trips often take
place rain or shine and involve a lot of walking.
Some basic toiletries and medication can be much more expensive in the UK. It may be wise to pack larger
bottles of shampoo/conditioner, soap, dryer sheets, contact lens solution, cold medicine, decongestions...etc. it
may save you some money in the long run.
An extra bag or suitcase will come in handy if you plan to buy a lot of souvenirs.

Shipping
Shipping costs from the UK to the US are very expensive and can be three times the amount that the same
weight would cost to send from the US. (This is where an extra suitcase could come in handy)

Last minute items
Faculty should pick up their letter from IEO for immigration and their flat keys. The IEO Program Associate
should have a copy of your flight itinerary, passport, visa, faculty health information form, and faculty
emergency contact form.

Arrival In England
Living in England
You will be jet lagged so allow yourself time to recover. It is best to try to stay up until at least 8:00 or 9:00 pm
and then get up at your normal rising time. This will help you adjust to the new time. You should be equipped
with all of the basic necessities in your flat. Get in touch with the Director, Associate Director, or Marjorie
Blagburn should you need anything in your flats.
Enjoy the first few days to get oriented with your new home and walk around, ride the bus, visit the program
office, UB campus, grocery store,...etc. Remind yourself that traffic is coming from the opposite way than you
are used to so please take caution.

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Housing
Housing for faculty members are provided in three UMD-owned flats. The UMD faculty flats are compact two-
bedroom flats (3 bedroom for director), furnished with all of the basic necessities for a comfortable 4 month
stay. The flats fit comfortably 2 adults and 2 children. The flats are small in scale, however there are two
bedrooms to accommodate four people. One faculty flat currently has bunk beds in the spare bedroom; there
are two single beds in the other flat. The master bedroom in each flat has a double bed.

The flats are located in a complex and there is not much space for outside activities, however, there are parks
and attractions within walking distance. When there is room on the coach, families are welcome to participate
in field trips at their own expense for lodging, food and admissions.

Flats are located in a pleasant residential area within 30 minutes walking distance from the Selly Oak campus.
They are located approximately 3 miles from the center of Birmingham. There is convenient bus transportation.
The University pays for the basic utilities, TV license fee, and wireless internet. Non-local phone calls are not
included.

Flats are available to semester faculty from (roughly) September 1 to January 1 and from January 1 to June and
are available for up to two weeks after the program end date. The Program provides the essential furnishing in
the flats. Various other items accumulate as faculty members leave things behind. Faculty members should
leave the flats in clean and orderly condition.

Director flat dimensions Flat 25: Living Room 12 ft. x 15 ft., Main Bedroom 15 ft. x 9 ft., Guest Bedroom 12
ft. x 8 ft., Office 9 ft. x 8 ft.

Faculty flat dimensions 39 and 43: Living room/dining 18 ft. x 10 ft., Main bedroom 15 ft. x 8 ft., Guest
bedroom 15 ft. x 7 ft.

Making Connections at the University of Birmingham
Contact colleagues at your UB "host" department and let them know that you are going to be there - and
reasonably well in advance! The best way to do this is probably through the head of the UB department. Rachel
King who is Head of Study Abroad and Exchanges in the International Relations Department at UB, has agreed
to assist in putting faculty in touch with the appropriate contact person.
It is recommended that you write your colleagues with a specific request - probably along the lines of "can I be
on the mailing list for departmental seminars" or "I would like to offer a guest seminar on the subject of X" –
instead of just a "hello, I'm here" which can be quite difficult to know how to answer.
If UMD colleagues are research-active, it is advised that they contact colleagues at UB who are working in the
same academic area.
UMD faculty are advised to please keep in mind that academic staff at UB (and all over the UK) feel incredibly
overburdened. They may genuinely not have the time (or feel as though they don't have time, which comes to
the same thing) to enter into a discursive e-mail correspondence with an incoming UMD faculty member.
Planning ahead and contacting your department at UB well in advance will hopefully allow for collaboration
and professional development during your semester in England. You may want to do some web surfing on
UB’s webpage to view what is going on in your department at UB. This may trigger some points in your
communication with UB.



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Phone Cards and Dialing
Local phone calls are free from the program office and the faculty flats. Long distance calls from the faculty
flats are at the expense of the faculty member.
Suggested phone cards are:
 Royal Mail Phone cards which can be purchased from a local post office in Birmingham.
To call the United States, dial 001 + area code + home number.
To call out from the Program office, dial 9 first to exit the university system.

Phone numbers in Birmingham
0121 is the Birmingham area code and you only need to use it if you are dialing from a land line outside the
Birmingham area. If you are in Birmingham and the number of the place you are ringing has 0121 listed in the
phone book, don't dial it unless you are using a mobile phone to make the call, in which case you need it. You
always need area codes with mobiles.

If you are dialing Britain or other countries from abroad (outside of that country), omit the 0 (e.g. Birmingham
's 0121 becomes 121; London's 0207 becomes 207.) Within Britain the 0 must be used. Also always use the
initial 0 on a mobile number (recognizable by starting 07).

Income Taxes
The Director is eligible for federal income tax exemption of up to $85,700 for working abroad. In order to
qualify for that exemption, the Director needs to be present in the United Kingdom and other foreign countries
for 330 days in a 12-month consecutive period.
The tax exemption applies to dual citizens as long as one of the citizenships is US. For more information, visit
the IRS website or call 1-800-829-1040:
http://www.irs.gov/
The tax form that needs to be completed is Foreign Earned Income IRS Form 2555
Faculty are encouraged to speak with their accountant or view the IRS website to see if there are tax
implications for a time period for less than 330 days.

Health Care Issues
The National Health System will cover you for emergencies. There is a clinic located near the flats which
Program faculty have used for many years. You should register yourself and anyone accompanying you with
the NHS by visiting a clinic and filling out a registration form. You will then be entered into the system which
will help should you ever need to visit the health clinic during your stay; register ahead of time.

There is an NHS dental clinic near the flats. Recent faculty members have found that it gives good care and the
charges are quite a bit lower than in the U.S. The address is:

Selly Park Surgery
2 Reaview Drive
Pershore Road
Birmingham B29 7NT
Tel: 0121-472-4181

Exercise Facilities
Available to faculty at UB. There are excellent facilities, with charges. The weather is very mild in England
which allows for outdoor activity all year round.
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Faculty Families
Faculty Families are welcome on the UMD Study in England Programme and may live with the faculty in the
provided flat.

Schools for Faculty Children
Many faculty members with school age children have enrolled their children in the state-supported schools in
Birmingham. [In a few instances, faculty families have either home-schooled or have enrolled their children in a
private (in England, called "public") school.] Starting in Spring 2000, Immigration officials have asked about
school plans when faculty with children have entered the country. British law says that unless you have a
British passport or are a citizen of an EU country, you are not entitled to education in the UK. However, the
schools have indicated that they will continue to enroll our children on a space-available basis. (They receive
their funding on a headcount basis and have never been asked about the nationalities of their students.)
Suggestion: Acknowledge at Immigration, if they ask the question, that you know that it is not an entitlement,
but that you have been offered a place on a space-available basis.

It is wise to make arrangements for your children early (the Raddlebarn head teacher suggested April) since
many schools reach their enrollment limits early. When you correspond with a school, they will want to know
the birthdates of your children in order to place them in the correct class. It is important to keep in mind that
dates are stated with the day first, followed by the month. This is crucial so that your children are placed in the
correct class. For example October 12, 1988 would be 12/10/88.

Schools located near the flats include:
Raddlebarn Primary School (ages5-11)
Gristhorpe Road, Selly Oak, B29
Tel: 0121 472 0062(in England); 44-121-472-0062 (from U.S.)
Mrs. Whitten is secretary; Mrs. Fiona Chamberlin is head teacher
email address: lesley.whitten@radlbarn.bham.sch.uk or enquiry@radlbarn.bham.sch.uk.
Tiverton School (ages 5-11)

Bournville School (ages 12-18)
Faculty with children in those ages must contact the head teacher the year before they go.
Head teacher: Russell Plester
russell.plester@bournville.bham.sch.uk
Phone: 0121-475-3881
General E-Mail: enquiry@bournville.bham.sch.uk

The secretary of admissions for the Bournville School is Mary Jones and they are eager to assist us. It is still
imperative that they are contacted early to make sure there is a placement for our faculty’s children.

There is a fairly flexible dress code. At Raddlebarn, boys wear grey trousers, white or yellow shirt, black shoes,
with school sweater. Girls wear grey trousers, skirt or jumper (called pinafore), white or yellow blouse, and
black shoes, with school sweater.




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Driving in England
Your American driver's license is valid for driving in England. Previous faculty members have found several
good car rental places. In 2006-07, the only rental car used was Enterprise which is on Pershore Road.

If you plan to buy a car, there is a used-car dealer (Smallbone's) on Raddlebarn with an excellent reputation.
Automatics are hard to find, especially in smaller cars.

Car Insurance
Be prepared to pay a premium price for being a non-UK driver. Insurance rates vary a great deal and it pays to
shop around. Past Directors can give you some tips about how to find a good insurance agency.

Cost of Living
The dollar is weak (about 1.62 US Dollars per pound), so costs for things in the UK are roughly 1.5 times what
they are in the United States. Therefore, it is expensive to live in England. Gasoline is very expensive--about
$6.25 per gallon.
It may be wise to rent your home in the United States to help cover the added travel costs while in England.

There are excellent discounts available on travel and admissions. Coach travel is always cheap but takes a very
long time. For train travel within the UK, booking early allows for the cheapest tickets. There are young
person’s rail card up to age 26 and senior rail cards 60+. It is possible to get an international teaching card just
as the students get an international student card. This will make you eligible for discounts on various things.

Many discount airlines provide cheap travel within the UK and Europe. Hostels will provide the most basic
accommodations and are very cheap. The students “couch surf” which is a social network and accommodation
for travelers worldwide, this service is free. Websites available in back of handbook.

Personal Banking
Recent faculty have found that an ATM/debit card from your U.S. bank is the best way to get money in England
and Europe. It might be wise to try and have your daily limit on withdrawals raised before leaving the US. Visa
and MasterCard are readily accepted in England. It is a good idea to notify your bank that you will be using the
card abroad because a lot of banks will suspend services abroad to protect your identity. Check your card
companies for their currency conversion and transaction charges. Traveler’s checks do not work well because
many places do not accept them. Faculty are advised to bring and have access to a backup credit card should
something happen while abroad. Copies of credit cards can also co me in handy should you need to call and
cancel if lost or stolen to access the phone number and your account number.




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2009—2010 UMD Study in England Calendar (tentative)
Fall 2009
September 14                Monday                         Student Departure from Minneapolis
September 15                Tuesday                        Arrive in England
September 14-17             Monday-Thursday                Orientation
September 18-21             Friday—Monday                  Field Trip to Lake District
September 22-24             Tuesday-Thursday               Orientation
September 25                Friday                         Day Trip to Kenilworth
September 28                Monday                         Week 1 of Classes/UB classes
October 5                   Monday                         Week 2 of Classes
October 12                  Monday                         Week 3 of Classes
October 16-18               Friday-Sunday                  Field Trip to Wales
October 19                  Monday                         Week 4 of Classes
October 26                  Monday                         Week 5 of Classes
November 2                  Tuesday                        Week 6 of Classes
November 6-9                Friday-Monday          Field Trip to Edinburgh
November 9                  Monday                         Week 7 of Classes
November 16                 Monday                         Week 8 of Classes
November 23                 Monday                         Week 9 of Classes
November 26                 Thursday                       Thanksgiving
November 27                 Friday                         Day Trip to Oxford
November 30                 Monday                         Week 10 of Classes
December 7-8                Monday-Tuesday                 Week 11 of Classes
December 9-10               Wednesday—Thursday             Final Exams
Friday, December 11, 2009—Sunday, January 10, 2010 Semester Break (4 weeks)

Spring 2010
January 11                    Monday                     Week 1 of Classes
January 18                    Monday                     Week 2 of Classes
January 25                    Monday                     Week 3 of Classes
January 29-31                 Friday-Sunday              Field Trip to York
February 1                    Monday                     Week 4 of Classes
February 8                    Monday                     Week 5 of Classes
February 15                   Monday                     Week 6 of Classes
February 19-21                Friday-Sunday      Field Trip to Stonehenge/Bath/Glastonbury
February 22                   Monday                     Week 7 of Classes
March 1                       Monday                     Week 8 of Classes
March 8                       Monday                     Week 9 of Classes
March 12-13                   Friday-Saturday    Field Trip Dover/Canterbury
March 15                      Monday                     Week 10 of Classes
March 22                      Monday                     Week 11 of Classes
Friday, March 26, 2010- Sunday, April 25th, 2010 Spring Break (4 Weeks)
April 26                      Monday                     Week 12 of Classes
May 3                         Monday                     Bank Holiday
May 4                         Tuesday                    Week 13 of Classes
May 10-11                     Monday-Tuesday             Week 14 of Classes
May 12-13                     Wednesday—Thursday         Final Exams
May 14-16                     Friday-Sunday              Devon/Cornwall
May 21                        Friday                     Departure from Birmingham
NOTE: Dates are subject to change without notice. The University of Minnesota Duluth Calendar can be seen at
(http://www.d.umn.edu/calendar/academic_cal_09-10.html)

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Courses and Faculty
Fall Semester 2009
Fst 1926/MU1001             Intro to Music (Lib Ed 9)                 3cr.        J. Kritzmire

Fst 1825/Soc 1301           Intro to Criminology (Lib Ed8)            4 cr.         J. Arthur

Fst 3201/Soc 3322           Law and Society                           3 cr.         J. Arthur

Fst 3223/Engl 3223          Shakespeare (Lib Ed 9)                4 cr.             P. Cannan

Fst 4240/Engl 4375          Drama                                     4 cr.         P. Cannan

Fst 1806/Cst 1101         Intro to Cultural Studies (Lib Ed 8)        4 cr.         A. Emm

British Faculty Taught Courses
Fst 1905      ArtH 1303 Art and Museums (Category 9)          2 cr.                 Tom Millard
Fst 1935      Th 1051 American Cinema (Category 9)            3 cr.                 John Costello
Fst 2510      History of the British Countryside              2 cr                  Tony Sames
Fst 3016      History of British Politics                     3 cr.                 Toby McLeod


Spring Semester 2010
Fors 3071/ Mu3995 English Music Musicians                               3 cr.       J. Kritzmire

Fst 1601/ Anth1612   Intro To Archaeology (Lib Ed 6)                    4 cr.        J. Jones

Fors 3070/Anth 3638 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East              3 cr        J. Jones

Fst 1808/ Educ 1100 Human Diversity ( Lib Ed8) *                         3 cr.       S. Damme

Fst 3202/ Educ 3412 The Computer in Education                             3 cr.     S. Damme

British Faculty Taught Courses
Fst 1914      Engl 1101 British Short Stories (Category 9)        3 cr.               Bridget Pugh
Fst 2004      Art 1010 Drawing                                    3cr                 Tom Millard
Fst 3577      Britain and Ireland from Cromwell to DeValera       3 cr.               Toby McLeod




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Fall Semester 2009

Fst 1905        ArtH 1303 Art and Museums (History of World Art I) (2 cr)
One of the highlights of the Study in England Programme participation is seeing the exciting, sights of Europe's
art museums and galleries, many of which themselves are historic works of architecture. This course offers the
opportunity to locate great art and art museums before venturing to the Continent. A broad overview of some
significant periods and movements will be balanced by an in-depth study of seminal works.

Fst 1935       Th 1051 American Cinema (3cr)
This course will introduce students to ways of reading moving images through analysis of technical (camera,
sound, editing, special effects, mise-en-scene) and narrative (storytelling, symbolic) codes of film making.
Students will examine ways in which the Hollywood studio system works, producing films designed to appeal
to, and be understood by, large audiences in the U.S.A. and internationally.

Fst 2510       History of the British Countryside (2 cr.)
This course aims to introduce students to the changing countryside, landscapes and wildlife of Britain.
The content of the course includes: The landscapes, climate, farming and vegetation of Britain and the variety
of evidence about past landscapes.

Fst 3016      History of British Politics - From the Revolution to Today (3 cr)
This course will examine the development of the British politics since 1789. Discussion will include the Age of
Reform, Chartism, and the labor movement.


Spring Semester 2010

Fst 1914         Engl 1101 British Short Stories (Literature Appreciation) (3 cr)
This course will explore the short story using works of British writers as examples. Such topics as defining the
short story, its plot and theme, the importance of language in it, and its beginning and end will be discussed.
Works by such writers as Walter Scott, Katherine Mansfield, Rudyard Kipling, and Ted Hughes will be used.

Fst 2004      Art 1009 Drawing (3 cr) Objectives will be accomplished through classroom drawings, at home
drawings, reading assignments, writing assignments, sketch books and in class critiques.

Fst 3577       Britain and Ireland from Cromwell to DeValera (3cr)
This course will guide students through the history of Ireland starting with Tudor Ireland in the 1500s and up to
the Anglo Irish War in the 1900s. Students will be assigned readings and watch two films to supplement the
lessons.




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Academics for SIE

Calendar and Class Scheduling
We keep the same academic calendar as UB, except for our departure date. (This is necessary for on-campus
housing.) We make annual arrangements to arrive about 2 weeks prior to UB students. UB dates can be viewed
at: http://www.about.bham.ac.uk/keydates/termdates.shtml

Class attendance
Students are expected to attend all classes and faculty members may incorporate attendance into their grading
and are encouraged to state this in the course syllabus.
Student Attendance Policy: SIE students are expected to participate fully in all classes, related activities and
fieldtrips. You are responsible for your class attendance and participation. Class absence or non-participation
may result in grade reduction at the discretion of the professor. If you plan to travel, be sure that your departure
date is after the last class or related activity of the week or term and that your arrival back to Birmingham is
before the first class of the week or term.

Registration
Students submit a registration form with courses they wish to take to the Program Associate in the International
Education Office (IEO) after the Academic Orientation. Courses are limited to 28 students unless specified
otherwise, and registration is on a first come first serve basis. The Program Associate will register the students
for a block of Foreign Studies credits based on the number of credits the student indicates on the Study Abroad
Agreement form they submit to IEO. Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits and cannot
exceed 18 credits. Students that receive a MN State Grant must be registered for 15 credits to receive the full
grant amount. Students receiving a MN State Grant may register for fewer than 15 credits, however Grant
amounts are adjusted and prorated, when possible, based on the student's actual enrollment at the end of the
second week of the semester. Students will have one week after the first day of classes to add or drop courses.
Students should email the Program Associate with any changes. Students pay a flat Program fee rate between
12 and 18 credits. All students are required to take at least 12 credits each semester.

It is very important that students clear up any holds on their student account before departure for England and
during the academic year. IEO is not able to remove holds and it is the responsibility of the student to be aware
and clear all holds prior to registration and submission of student grades. Holds that are most common are
Student Accounts Receivable for outstanding bills to the University, Financial Aid document holds, and
academic advisor holds. Students should contact the appropriate office at UMD to clear the hold from their
record.

Students studying abroad will receive an earlier queue date to register for their semester when they return to
UMD. To see their date and time of registration they can log in to their student account.

All students should sign up for direct deposit with the university to have financial aid refunds disbursed to their
designated accounts. Refunds will not be mailed internationally.




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Types of Courses
Courses offered by UMD faculty.
Courses taught by British contract faculty
University of Birmingham modules (Need to be negotiated on an annual basis, working on a formal agreement
starting August 2009. For the most part, only the Level 1 modules are appropriate for our students.)

Earning UMD Credit
All courses taught by UMD faculty have been pre-approved and assigned a foreign studies FST/FORS
designator. All of these courses will transfer as they are at UMD.

The contract courses taught by British Faculty that have been taught in previous years are pre-approved and will
count as either a UMD direct Equivalency (Drawing, Film I, Art and Museums and British Short Stories), or
elective credit. If new British faculty are hired and/or new courses are offered, the syllabi are submitted to IEO
for review and a foreign studies designator is assigned.

If students take a course at the University of Birmingham that has not already been approved by the program
and published on the IEO course equivalency database, the student will need to collect the syllabi from the
University of Birmingham and send to the Program Associate at UMD. IEO will then send the syllabi to the
appropriate department on campus for review. The department will determine if it is equal to a UMD course or
will count for elective credit. After review by the department, a foreign studies designator will be assigned.

A 20 credit course at UB is equal to 5 credits at UMD. The student should request an official transcript from
UB after they receive their grade and have it sent to the program Director or sent to Program Associate at UMD.
All courses taken abroad will count as UMD credit and the grades earned will count toward the student’s GPA.

Textbooks and Course Materials
Effective Fall 2007, all students will purchase their textbooks for all UMD faculty taught courses and will be
responsible for getting them to England. Students will be notified which books they need at the Academic
Orientation sessions conducted in the United States. At this time they have received syllabi with the required
texts and materials for the courses. They then have the option to order the books before they arrive in England
and ship them to their flats or program office, or carry them over with them. Students are advised to order the
books in the U.S. before they go to England via Amazon.co.uk, Blackwell’s or the publisher’s website and use
their American credit card.

Some faculty may expect students to purchase their textbooks or materials at UMD before they depart for
England. Students will be notified by the faculty member if this is the case so that they can plan to do so before
they leave campus for the summer and pack them in their luggage.

Grades
All faculty submit their final grades electronically. These are submitted to the Associate Director and are then
submitted electronically to the Program Associate at UMD.

Faculty can use eGradebook for their courses taught abroad, however, they need to be set up manually ahead of
time by ITSS. eGradebook requests (class title, number, section and Internet IDs) can be sent to Amanda Evans
(amevans) or Bruce Reeves (breeves). The faculty member will need to set up the book once created, they are
not able to copy preferences from other courses in this instance.

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It is ideal to have this created before you arrive in England and after course enrollment has been determined.
The Program Associate at UMD can assist with this process.

Student Privacy (FERPA)
Student privacy: the following FERPA policy excerpt was taken from the University of Minnesota’s website
(http://www.parent.umn.edu/ferpa.html). This policy is utilized as a guideline by the Director and faculty:
“In most cases, the University will not contact parents or provide medical, academic, or disciplinary information
without the student’s permission. In the case of an extreme emergency, where the student’s health is in serious
jeopardy, or if there is a concern that the student poses a threat to herself or to someone else, the University will
contact parents. As a general guideline, if the student is able to communicate about the situation, it is up to the
student to decide whether and how to discuss the issues.”

Course/Professor Evaluations
UMD faculty members follow the usual University of Minnesota policies for course evaluations. Students
evaluate each course; evaluations are given to the Associate Director, who forwards them to the Program
Coordinator at UMD. ITSS scores the results which are sent to the Department.
Evaluations should also be done for the British faculty and sent to IEO.

Field Trips and Coaches
All faculty members are expected to participate in semester field trips and ride with the students on the coach.
Hostel accommodation for the faculty member is provided by the program. Food is not included on field trips
except for meals included at the hostel. Space permitting, families can ride on coach and they may stay in the
program hostels at their own expense. It is the faculty member’s responsibility to inform the director if they
would like their program companions included in a group booking at their expense. There is detailed
information in the files about previous field trips, including old itineraries. There are also records of field trips
in the computer files.

Typically there are three overnight trips and 1 or 2 day trips per semester. The program strives to provide
students with a wide range of experiences. When the budget allows, faculty members may request 1 day field
trips to enhance their courses.

Program policy states that field trips must stay on the island.
The Director and Associate Director take on field trips a student list with names, passport numbers and visa
numbers, the emergency contact form and medical/health form. A student list with names only is provided to
the hostel on overnights.
Hostel bookings typically need to be done WELL in advance especially for overnights. For The Priestly Center
and Edinburgh 6-12 months prior booking is advised.

Educational visits to English Heritage sites (e.g., Stonehenge, Kenilworth, etc.) are FREE, booked in advance.
The SIE Programme has a group membership in YHA( Membership No. 018-8391870) which is reviewed each
September. The SIE Programme also purchased a National Trust (NT) membership in 2009. Note that most
NT properties are closed from November-March. As of 2009 the program has a NT membership.

Student participation in field trips
The Study in England Programme includes 3-4 field trips per semester, usually falling on a Friday and returning
over the weekend. The Program pays for transportation and lodging and offers students a range of cultural and
historical opportunities. If an event is required, the program will pay the entrance fee. Students cover the costs
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of their meals and any additional activities they choose to do. The field trips are an important component of the
SIE Programme they complement the student’s classroom and cultural learning through visitation to a range of
cultural and historical sites. Visits may vary from year to year. In past years, students have visited Edinburgh,
Lake District, Wales, Devon, Cornwall, Oxford, York, Bath and Canterbury.

Coaches
We have been happy with Den Caney Coaches for the past three years. No smoking or alcohol consumption is
allowed on coaches.

Student Scholarships
There are two scholarships that are awarded to outstanding students who complete the UMD study in England
Programme and are returning to UMD. The Director chooses each recipient and informs IEO. Each recipient
receives the award the fall semester they return to UMD and are invited and recognized at the CLA scholarship
dinner at the end of spring semester. The criteria and award details are as follows:

Blagburn Award. Director selects the student recipient towards the end of the year. The primary
characteristic of the recipient is personal growth, but should be accompanied by academic success and
leadership skills. Student must be returning to UMD. Awarded in the spring semester in England at the end-of-
year banquet. This award is named after Marjorie and Robin Blagburn.

Robert H. and Mary M. Evans. Study in England Scholarship—Established with the purpose of providing a
scholarship to a student participating in the SIE Programme for the year following the year in England. It is
awarded in the fall after the student has returned. Amount is $500.
Selection Criteria:
The scholarship is restricted to a student who attends UMD the year following the year of participation; The
student will be selected on the basis of intellectual and personal growth and overall contribution to the vitality
of the Program.

The candidate is identified by the Director of the Study in England Programme on the basis of overall GPA
grades achieved during the year in England and after consultation with the British and American faculty
members teaching in the program for the relevant year.

Program Operation and Maintenance
Program offices
The Program rents space in the Alan Geale building on the Selly Oak Camps. The building contains a small
classroom (28 desks), shared faculty office, Director’s office, Associate Director’s office, student study room
and library, and a student tea/computer room.

Alan Geale is alarmed after hours, so is relatively secure if kept properly locked up. Entry before 8:30 am is by
swipe card (the university ID provided by University of Birmingham). Faculty should contact the person
responsible for swipe cards on the Selly Oak campus in the Orchard Learning Resource Center to get their cards
activated. The building is generally alarmed after 5:30 p.m..

We have used Alan Geale 109 as a student room, for their mail boxes, Program and other information, and
informal tea/coffee facilities. It also serves as a computer lab, with two computers, internet access, and two laser
printers.

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Procedures for Getting in the Offices
The building is on a computer-run timer to be open for use 8:00 a.m. to about 5:00pm. Students and other
visitors can enter the building during that time without swipe cards. The students do not have swipe card access
to the Alan Geale building because it was considered unnecessary with their class times. In 2007 an intercom
was installed so students can simply buzz the main office when the door is locked. Anyone should be able to
leave the building at any time through the emergency.
Faculty members have keys to their office, the building, and the main office. If faculty want to work out of
hours or weekends, they should call security and ask them to turn off the alarm to the building. Faculty should
call main security on the Edgbaston campus (414-3000) and ask someone to meet them at the door with the key.
Faculty will need their identity cards both to swipe and to serve as ID to security. Faculty should also ring
security before they leave so the building can be relocked. They can work in the office as long as they like on
weekday evenings.. Security can be rung 24 hrs a day.

Computers and other equipment
The Program computing equipment was upgraded in the 2008-2009 year. There is wireless internet in the
program building. The inventory can be found on-site.

Equipment from the 2004-05 upgrade:
The director's office has two Dell Computers. These computers are Dell OptiPlex GX280 with a 3.0GHz
microprocessor and 512 megabytes of RAM, running Windows XP platforms. There is also a new Dell Laser
Printer 1700 (black-and-white) in the director's office, and a new Epson Perfection 2480 A4 Flatbed Colour
Scanner. Each of the faculty offices also has the same Optiplex computer and a Dell Laser Printer 1700.

The student tea room has one new Dell Optiplex GX280 computer, one Dell Dimension 4550, as well as a new
Dell Laser Printer 1700 and an older but still very serviceable HP LaserJet 6P. We also have two new
additional Brother Printers which serve as back-ups. The Program also provides six Packard Bell EasyNote
QUA-K1 laptops for student use; students are chosen via a lottery system to receive these laptops. Further, there
is a MicronTransPort GX+ laptop that is used with the InFocus projector in the classroom.

Software Resources
All the computers utilize the 2005 UM Microsoft Campus Agreement Software. This software includes XP
Professional, Office XP and 2003, Publisher, Front Page and Macintosh Office 2001, v.X and Virtual PC 6.1.
The Program also has licensed media of WordPerfect 2000, Dreamweaver, Photoshop 6.0 and other assorted
software. Program office desktop computers and laptops are using the McAfee antivirus enterprise client,
supplied and supported by UB Selly Oak IT.

Classroom Technology
The Program owns an InFocus LCD Projector LP250 for classroom use, as well as a dual format VCR (plays
American and British tapes), and a new dual format DVD player. There is an overhead projector for classroom
use . The newly refurbished classroom has internet access.

On campus there is a good supply of computers which students can use. There is also a computer lab on campus
which can be booked; it has a computer set up with projector and it has about 22 stations. The University has an
AV service through which equipment can be booked for the UB classrooms. IT services for the Selly Oak
Campus as of 2008 is Ian Marsden 415-8379



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Copying
There is a copier in the Director’s office. Multiple copies can also be done in the Hamilton Building (Centre for
Lifelong Learning (CLL)). See password information for our user #. There is a code assigned to UMD for the
use of this machine. Student office assistants are available for copying tasks.

Fax
Until summer 2003, the telephone line in the office would not handle a FAX machine, so the Program’s FAX
machine was put in the Director’s flat. It is now possible to have a dedicated FAX line in the office, but so far
the one in the Director’s flat has sufficed. Furthermore, this FAX number has been given out widely. There is a
FAX machine in the Hamilton Building as well.

Mail
Program mail is delivered to the Hamilton building, where we have a mail slot. Students should use their
student flat address for mail. International mail needs to be taken to the post office to be weighed and stamped.
Students make their own post arrangements and should have things sent directly to their flats, not to the
Program office.

Office supplies
Delta Pi on Bristol Road (about halfway to the main U) is used for purchasing most of our supplies. Their
prices are reasonable, and they are very accommodating. Supplies are kept in the Director’s office and the
Director replenishes them as needed.

Student Worker
The program hires a student worker to help with clerical work on the SIE Program on-site. Typically, one
student has been hired at 20 hours a week.
A draft job description is in the files and in the IEO office. The Student Office Worker is chosen prior to
departure. The payroll is handled through the IEO Office. The UMD Program Associate and the Program
Director interview students and choose the desired candidates.

The Student Worker/s are paid biweekly and coincide with the UMD pay periods. Students submit their hours
with approval via email to the UMD Program Associate. The Director and/or Associate Director informs both
the student and UMD Program Associate of their approval of the hours submitted by the student. After
approval, the UMD Program Associate will submit for payment.

Emergency Procedures
Students and faculty can and do become ill, suffer accidents, are the victims of a mugging or assault find
themselves caught up in potentially violent political situations. Students sometimes fail to return on time to
programs at the end of long weekends. While it is of course impossible to plan for all contingencies involving
students and faculty abroad, we do need to follow procedures that will allow us to react in a responsible and
level-headed way when emergencies do arise. We need to be able to provide, in a consistent and predictable
way, for the safety and well-being of our students and faculty. We also need to take reasonable and prudent
measures to limit the University’s legal liabilities.

UMD has, therefore, developed a series of specific procedures designed to safeguard the well-being of Program
participants, and to protect the University’s interests. As a faculty leader of a UMD Study Abroad program, you
are expected to follow the procedures outlined below and to be sure to inform the students in your group about
these procedures during their on-site orientations.
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How should the program respond to emergencies?
In an emergency, the first responsibility is to safeguard the safety and well-being of program participants. Do
whatever is necessary to assure this, whether this means obtaining prompt and appropriate medical attention,
Embassy intervention or police protection. Expenses relating to the management of an emergency should come
out of the Program budget, and if you incur personal expenses, you will be reimbursed.

When the Program Director has done all that he/she reasonably can do to ensure the students’ well-being, he/she
should immediately contact the appropriate people listed below:
In case of an emergency where you need the police or medical help dial 999

1. On-site Program Directors serve as the first line of contact during an emergency. It is imperative that the on-
site Program Director be accessible by telephone 24 hours a day for the duration of the Program.
2009-2010 Director, Judith Kritzmire
Director Office: 0121 415-8452
Director Home: 0121 471-4543
Director Tel/Emergency: 07747-832-971

2. On-Site Program Associate Director will act as the second line of emergency contact in England.
2009-2010 Associate Director, Amy Emm
Work Tel: 0121-0415.8444
Mobile: 07966-103-994

3. UMD International Education Office (IEO) at 001-218-726-6673 (Lyndsey Andersen), Director of
International Education (A. Gail Bier) 001-218-727-6274, IEO General Office 001-218-726-8764, or the IEO
emergency number 001-218-310-6946. After regular UMD business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., use the
emergency number. IEO Fax: 001-218-726-7352, email: lmanders@d.umn.edu, abier@d.umn.edu or
ieo@d.umn.edu

If the Program Director is incapacitated, the Associate Director provides temporary management of the program
and of the participants and communicates with the UMD International Education Office (IEO). Second contact
person after the Associate Director will be the UMD semester faculty who will act as the emergency contacts in
England.

The Student(s) should also contact their parents. [As part of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA) the Director will not contact the parents unless a student is unable and/or specifically authorizes the
Director to do so. The students have elected to inform or not inform their emergency contact of medical
emergencies on their Emergency Contact Form. The Director may give general information (name of hospital,
contact number for insurance, etc.), but not specific medical information. If a student’s health is in serious
jeopardy or if the student poses a threat to him/herself or other people, then the Director will contact the parents.
Please see details on FERPA (page 22 of this document).

What is an emergency?
For our purposes, an emergency is any circumstance that poses a genuine risk to, or that has already disturbed,
the safety and well-being of program participants. Emergencies will include, though not be confined to, the
following types of events and incidents:

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physical assault
disappearance, taken hostage, or kidnapping of a student
robbery
sexual assault or rape
suicide
serious illness, physical, emotional, or mental
significant accident and/or injury
hospitalization for any reason
terrorist threat or attack
local political, natural or man-made crisis/disaster that could affect the students’ safety or well-being
arrest or questioning by the police or other security forces
any legal action (lawsuit, deposition, trial, etc.) involving a student
death of a student/faculty family member
death of a student/faculty

Medical Emergency
Students will need to be guided to visit and register at the nearest medical clinic upon arrival with the National
Health System (NHS). During this visit the students answer a series of questions regarding their health and are
issued and sent an NHS card.

In Medical Emergencies, refer to the student medical/health binder. One photocopy of each participant’s
passport photo and visa photo pages along with the emergency contact form and health form should be kept in a
central program file with the Program Director and/or Associate Director. This file should accompany the
Program Director/Associate Director on all field trips. The International Education Office will provide the
Program with copies of those forms which are completed by each student prior to departure

Dial 999 for an ambulance to the Selly Oak Hospital or the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The hospitals are located at:
Selly Oak Hospital
Raddlebarn Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6JD
Telephone: 0121 627 1627

Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Birmingham B15 2TH
Telephone: 0121 472 1311

Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Steelhouse Lane B4 6NH
0121-333-9999

The website for these hospitals with maps and contact information is located at: http://www.uhb.nhs.uk/

CISI International Health Insurance
Each student enrolled in a study abroad program through the UMD International Education Office, is covered
by a supplementary insurance through Cultural Insurance Services CISI Health Insurance Policy 2009-10.
When a medical emergency arises, students or someone on their behalf should contact CISI to file a claim and
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to get any assistance needed in finding care. The phone number and Insurance Policy number are located on the
student insurance card. A copy of the insurance card and policy will be provided to each individual insured.
To file a claim or for more information on CISI insurance visit:
http://www.international.umn.edu/travel/insurance/index.php#2009

The following are basic items included in the CISI health insurance policy:
   •   Emergency 24-hour telephone assistance
   •   Medical/travel/technical assistance services
   •   Accidental medical/sickness expense
   •   No deductable
   •   Mental and nervous benefit: $20,000 inpatient and $10,000 outpatients
   •   Prescription drugs: paid at 100%
   •   Pre-existing conditions: up to $100,000
   •   Emergency family reunion benefit and return ticket benefit
   •   Medical evacuation/repatriation
   •   Political and security evacuation
   •   Returns of mortal remains
   •   Accidental death and dismemberment
   •   90 day, $10,000 Home country extension of benefits coverage for injuries that began while covered
       overseas
   •   Guaranteed payment directly to foreign hospitals when it is an option

Birmingham local police station:
OCU Headquarters
341 Bournville Lane
Birmingham
B30 1QZ
0845 113 5000
bournville@west-midlands.police.uk
www.west-midlands.police.uk/bournvillelane

Emergencies and other crises as Students Travel Abroad During Term Break or on Weekends
During orientation, our students are given information on how to proceed if a crisis occurs. They are to contact
the American embassy. Their health insurance will cover them if injury is sustained while in another country.
If the student loses his/her passport, the student should get a replacement at the American embassy, and the
director should fax them a letter (included in Appendix One) which details their participation and good financial
standing in the Program. Students must show this letter with their replacement passport to be allowed back into
the United Kingdom. It is important that students carry with them photocopies of their passport and their
student visa page. This greatly expedites replacement.

Students, The Director and Associate Director should regularly monitor the State Department website for
announcements and warnings, and also the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization
(WHO) recommendations/websites.
http://www.state.gov/travel/
http://www.cdc.gov/
http://www.who.int/en/
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Passport/Visa and U.S. Citizen Emergencies
The British Embassy’s contact information is:
American Citizen Services Branch
Special Consular Services
55/56 Upper Brook Street
LONDON, W1A 2LQ
Special Consular Services information is available on [44] (20) 7499-9000, Monday through Friday, between
8.30 am and 5.30 pm.

In the case of a life or death emergency involving a United States citizen call the U.S. Embassy in London: [44]
(20) 7499-9000.

Our contact at the UK Embassy in Chicago is Ms. Nikki DePrey, and her email is: Nikki.DePrey@fco.gov.uk.
She is primarily helpful with Visa and legalities, but is a reliable source of information. Her supervisors are:
Patricia.Lee@fco.gov.uk and Dominic.Hewitt@fco.gov.uk

Student evacuation from England
If an epidemic or terrorist act occurs, students may be advised or required to evacuate. Students will be
contacted by email and by telephone should this occur. They should meet at their residence hall, gather
identification information (passport preferred), necessary medications and prepare for possible departure from
the site. The UMD Study in England Director, in consultation with the Embassy will determine the best route
and mode of transportation to move the group of 50 students to a safe area. The local U.S. Embassy or
Consulate will be contacted by the Director concerning the crisis. The Director will follow whatever procedures
they may require; if there is a continuing risk to the welfare of the students (during a terrorist threat, for
example), ask the appropriate Embassy or Consulate Officer to advise you on a regular basis about the evolution
of the crisis, and about how the students should respond.

During a political crisis or some other emergency for which foreigners in general or U.S. citizens may be at risk,
tell the students/faculty to keep a low profile and not travel in large groups. Tell them to avoid demonstrations,
confrontations or situations where they could be in danger; to avoid behavior that could call attention to
themselves; to avoid locales where foreigners or Americans are known to congregate; and to remove signs,
luggage tags and clothing that would label them as Americans. You may wish to have a pre-arranged plan that
all students return to their lodging facility during such a crisis.
Experts say that during a political emergency, it is unwise to move locations. Therefore, it is unlikely that
participants would need to be evacuated from a site abroad. However, faculty members and students would be
brought home if a situation were to deteriorate to the point where the degree of risk to participants was deemed
unacceptable. If this unlikely event were to occur, the Director of the UMD International Education Office, in
consultation with the Program Director, the U.S. Embassy, the State Department and appropriate UMD
individuals, would develop an evacuation plan in as much detail as possible.

In the event of a significant crisis, individual students have the option of returning to the U.S. Every reasonable
effort will be made to allow them to continue their academic program on campus, and UMD will work with the
student(s) regarding housing, financial issues, etc.

Please note that urgent medical matters should be dealt with by going to a medical facility in the immediate
area.
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Program Policies
Student Arrival/Departure
Generally, students arrive in England around the middle of September and depart towards the middle or end of
May depending on the UB schedule.
Students often want to extend their stay after the program ends. They are able to do so at their own expense.
Because the program buys group return tickets for all students, they must contact the UMD Program
Coordinator at least a month in advance to discuss the changed return date and form of payment. It costs
approximately $200 to change a return date. The students are also then responsible for housing after the
program ends and transportation to the airport of arrival.

Student Orientations
Before the students’ departure, there are two orientation sessions conducted by IEO Program Associate to
prepare students for their time in England and to provide them with resources regarding the program.
 There is an on-site orientation the first week that student’s arrive in Birmingham to orient them with the
facilities, transportation, and other necessary services.

Cell Phones
It is highly recommended that all students purchase and have a mobile phone while on the program. This is for
safety precautions and allows as a sure way for students to contact the program director and, vice versa should
an emergency occur. A list of students with up-to-date contact numbers is collected upon arrival and sent to the
UMD Program Associate. This is important because often times IEO is the first contact for student parents in
case of emergency.
Students can re-sell their European cell phones to other students. The Program Associate works with the
England student workers to collect a list of students interested in selling their phones to the incoming SIE
group. The new group receives the contact information for the current program and the students contact one
another and make arrangements for payment and collection of the phone. The summer pre-departure
orientations are a good way to hand off the phones.

Housing:
Students are required to live in the housing assigned by the Program. Currently students live in the University
of Birmingham apartments with 3-4 SIE students to 2-3 British and International students. Housing is available
only during program dates including the two one month breaks. If students stay on after the program end date,
they are responsible for finding accommodations for the duration of their stay in the UK.

Cars
Students are not permitted to own cars in England. Students must also abide by the laws of renting and
operating motorized vehicles in the UK and Europe. Students are reminded to read the terms they are held to
the Release and Waiver and what they do on their travel time is their responsibility.

Behavior expectations and discipline
Students sign a statement of responsibility prior to departure and they are held to the University of Minnesota’s
Code of Conduct while abroad.
If, in the judgment of the director, a student's attitude or behavior jeopardizes the health or safety of any
individual or threatens the continued success and good reputation of the Program, the director has the authority
to terminate the student's continued involvement with the Program and assist with the student's return to
Minneapolis. Students should understand that such behavior includes any law violation, unexcused absences
from classes, as well as irresponsible behavior.
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The director and faculty have full support from IEO and when there is any concern with student behavior please
contact IEO Director, A. Gail Bier: abier@d.umn.edu 218.726.6274

Students in the Program may not possess or use illegal drugs. Violation of the rule will result in immediate
dismissal from the Program and return to the States.

Guidelines for Judicial Affairs
Director and Faculty should view the Code of Conduct to familiarize themselves with what are considered
violations: http://www1.umn.edu/regents/policies/academic/Student_Conduct_Code.html

To view the UMD student violation proceedings view:
http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/code/code_4_22_2004.htm#duluth

If you have any questions regarding the Code of Conduct or Duluth Proceedings, please contact Director, Kathy
Skelton: kskelton@d.umn.edu (218) 726-8969

Student Behavior and Ambassador Policy
There is nothing like living in a foreign country to underline how we may think, feel or act differently than
people in the country we are visiting. Students may be asked their opinion about U.S. policies abroad,
American music, movies, the war in Iraq, divorce, abortion, and the recent election and family and life. You
will observe how people meet each other abroad and interact. You will experience much which will be new.
All this is the great adventure about study abroad. Some of it will feel familiar, some might make you feel like
you are being challenged, and you will be asking many questions about, how and why do we do things the way
we do and how and why do “they” do these same things. What is important? Why do I agree or disagree?
 One of your major roles while abroad is to be an Ambassador. You are an ambassador for your family, for
UMD, for Minnesota and for the U.S. This role includes respect for all people, respecting other points of view
and ways of thinking, and modelling ambassadorial behaviour in your daily interactions with people from the
host country you are visiting and the participants, faculty and administrators in the study abroad program.
Many people who you will meet throughout your stay abroad may not have had meaningful interaction with an
American before, so your presence and actions may likely take on great meaning for them.

How Should Students Conduct Themselves While Abroad?
As a student selected for the Study in England Programme, you were accepted into the program because you
had the Ambassador qualities described above and the maturity to act as an ambassador, even in uncomfortable
situations. In addition to the role and behaviour of an ambassador that all SIE students should maintain, your
behaviour in the program is also guided and will be evaluated by the UMN Student Code of Conduct
(http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/) , the UMN Study Abroad Code of Behaviour (see General Handbook), and
the University of Birmingham’s equivalent of the Student Code of Conduct. You are responsible for your own
behaviour but also consider that you are all a part of the Study in England Program group and your individual
actions can and will affect the group.

IEO & SIE Cancellation Policy
The application fee and confirmation deposit(s) for all UMD International Education Office programs are non-
refundable, as are the administrative fees for outside (i.e., non-UMD) international programs. Students

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participating in a non-UMD program will also be held responsible for the cancellation/refund policy of the host
institution if their cancellation policy exceeds that of the UMD International Education Office programs policy.
The International Education Office reserves space in the program for the participant upon receipt of the non-
refundable confirmation deposit(s). At this point, the International Education Office incurs certain non-
recoverable costs. Therefore, any participant who cancels at any time after the confirmation deposit(s) has been
received will be responsible to pay for the program sponsor's deposit(s) (if waived at the time of application)
and to pay an amount determined using the following criteria:
A. Academic Exchanges, Term Study Abroad Programs and Short-term International Programs
• Cancellation requests received 60 days or more prior to start of program: application fee and confirmation
deposit(s) only
• Request received between 45-59 days prior: application fee, confirmation deposit(s) and
25% of the program fee payable
• Request received between 30-44 days prior: application fee, confirmation deposit(s) and
50% of the program fee payable
• Request received between 15-29 days prior: application fee, confirmation deposit(s) and
75% of the program fee payable
• Request received 14 or fewer days prior: application fee, confirmation deposit(s) and the balance of the full
program fee payable
B. Additionally, for students participating in the UMD Study in England Programme
The refund terms outlined in the section above will apply to cancellation requests received prior to the start of
the Study in England Programme. The student is contracting for a full academic-year program when the
confirmation deposit(s) is received by the International Education Office. Students will not be allowed to
participate for only one semester.
Should it be necessary for a student to leave the program during the year, s/he may receive a refund of $3,000
for each full semester not in attendance. There is no refund for a partial semester.
Participants who defer to another term rather than cancel from a program within 60 days of the start of the
program will remain responsible for the cancellation penalty based on the deferred date. Students cannot defer
to another term to avoid cancellation fees.

Support Services
Student’s Separation From the Program for Medical Reasons
After a major medical emergency, there will be a case-by-case assessment of a student’s ability to continue to
participate in the program. A student may choose to leave the program or may be advised to leave the program.
In general, the normal refund policy will apply if a student leaves prior to the end of the program.

Death or Illness of a Loved One
There is currently no "Return Airfare" coverage for the death/serious illness of a loved one. The Program
Director and the International Education Office will make every effort to reasonably assist the student in
returning to the U.S. and in making any travel arrangements necessary.

University of Birmingham Student Resources
Niteline is a student listening and information service which operates every night of the University of
Birmingham term from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. You can contact Niteline about anything, without fear of being
judged or told what to do. It is also completely anonymous: calls cannot be traced, you will not be asked for
your name and any information disclosed is treated as confidential. No problem is too trivial to call Niteline

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about; volunteers are happy to discuss anything that may be bothering you. Every Niteliner undergoes
extensive training in how to answer phone calls and emails.
If you’ve just had a bad day, you’re feeling homesick or you’re arguing with your flat mates then ring us and
tell us about it.
Don’t worry if you can’t afford to ring us. Call and ask us to call you back and we will be happy to do so.

Our free phone number is on the back of the paper section of your Guild card.
If you are in halls, you can also speak to us for free by dialing 7999 from your internal phone.

   E-mail:
E-mail address: niteline@bugs.bham.ac.uk

    Drop-in:
If you'd rather talk over your problem face-to-face, then come and see us. We offer a drop-in service every night
of term from 6pm until midnight at St. Francis Hall. We'll provide a taxi home if you need one so don't worry
about leaving late at night.
* information taken from http://students.bugs.bham.ac.uk/niteline

GLBT: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender services in Birmingham
Freshwinds: a charity on the Selly Oak Campus, Prospect Hall; offers many types of services, including GLBT
support (all free of charge)
www.freshwinds.org.uk/support/lgbt

BBC:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/gay_village/useful_contacts.shtml
* information provided by SIE faculty member Pat Farrell

Disability, Learning Support, Counseling and Guidance services at the University of Birmingham
http://www.undergraduate.bham.ac.uk/support/

The University Chaplain
St Francis Hall
University Chaplaincy
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
BIRMINGHAM B15 2TT
0121 4147000
www.chaplaincy.bham.ac.uk/chaplains.htm

General guidelines for assisting with student trauma

   •   Talk to the student in private
   •   Listen carefully
   •   Show concern and interest
   •   Repeat back the essence of what the student has told you
   •   Avoid criticizing or sounding judgmental
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•   Suggest visiting a counseling center and discuss this with the student
•   If the student resists help and you are still worried, contact a counseling center to discuss your concerns
•   If you consider the situation to be an emergency, convey this information when contacting the
    counseling center.
•   Sometimes it is helpful for you to accompany the student to the counseling center.
•   Some students may find it comforting for you to wait while they meet with a counselor.
•   Follow-up with the student by inquiring as to whether he/she kept his/her appointment and how he/she
    felt about the session.”




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Useful Links and Information
Safety
American Embassy in London:
http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/warden_messages/warden_message_30jun07b.html

US Department of State Travel Registration: https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/index.aspx

UK Border Agency: http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/

US Depart of State Travel Advisories
http://travel.state.gov/travel/warnings.html

US Embassies
http://usembassy.state.gov/

US Department of State
www.state.gov/travel

World Health Organization
swww.who.int/en/

Power of Attorney
http://www.legacywriter.com

Student Visas
http://www.britainusa.com/visas/visas.asp

UMD Info.
IEO: http://www.d.umn.edu/ieo/index.htm

SIE: http://www.d.umn.edu/ieo/programs/england/sie.htm
SIE Student Handbook: http://www.d.umn.edu/ieo/handbook/STUDENT%200809%20ULTIMATE.pdf

UMD Student Affairs Offices:
CLA http://www.d.umn.edu/~clasa/main/index.php
LSBE https://lsbe.d.umn.edu/studreslinks.php
CEHSP http://www.d.umn.edu/cehsp/studentaffairs/index.html
SCSE http://www.d.umn.edu/scse/students/advising/index.html
SFA http://www.d.umn.edu/finearts/students-howdoi.php

UMD Financial Aid Website: http://www.d.umn.edu/fareg/

Office of Student and Community Standards UMD: http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/


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Birmingham Info.
University of Birmingham: http://www.bham.ac.uk/

Language Courses at UB: http://www.cml.bham.ac.uk/open/

UB Exercise Facilities http://www.sport.bham.ac.uk/membershipandfacilities/

Travel Sites
Best Fares
www.bestfares.com

RyanAir
www.ryanair.com

EasyJet
www.easyjet.com

Book Train Tickets
www.qjump.co.uk/

Railtrack
www.railtrack.co.uk/travel

Eurail Pass
www.raileurope.com

STA Travel
www.sta.com

Lonely Planet Travel Guide
www.lonelyplanet.com

Rough Guide
www.travel.roughguides.com

Skyscanner
www.skyscanner.com

Wikitravel
Wikitravel.com

Worldwide Hostels
www.hiusa.org

Hotel Guide
www.hotelguide.com

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National Rail Service UK
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Couch Surfing
http://www.couchsurfing.com/

News & Entertainment
BBC
www.bbc.co.uk

The Daily Telegraph
www.telegraph.co.uk

The Times
www.the-times.co.uk

The Guardian
www.guardian.co.uk

The Independent
www.independent.co.uk

Culture
Museums
www.mda.org.uk/vlmp

Classical and Theater information service
www2.britishcouncil.org/arts.htm

Culture Lab-UK
www.culturelab-uk.com

Misc.
International Teacher Identification Card
http://www.isic.org/sisp/index.htm?fx=static&page=%2Fistc_info%2Fisic_how_to_apply.html#Para3

UK Host Family Organization
http://www.hostuk.org.uk/

Maximizing Study Abroad
http://www.carla.umn.edu/maxsa/

Sainsburys Groceries in England
http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/home.htm



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British Council USA
www.studyintheuk.org

Club Information
www.klublife.com.uk

Education UK
www.educationuk.org

The British Library
http://www.bl.uk/

Entertainment, music, & leisure
www.entsweb.co.uk

Sports
www.skysports.planetfootball.com

VisitBritian Sports
www.campaigns.visitbritian.com/sport/

Visit Britain
www.visitbritain.com/

British Council
www.britishcouncil.org

Currency Converter
www.oanda.com

Waterstone’s Book Store
http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayFindBranch.do

WH Smith Book Store
http://www.whsmith.co.uk/Support/StoreResults.aspx?PostCode=&SelectedTown=BIRMINGHAM




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         FACULTY PARTICIPANTS - UMD STUDY IN ENGLAND PROGRAMME
1980-1981
JAMES GRANT - DIRECTOR       1987-1988                                                 2001-2002
Wendell Glick                RICHARD DURST - DIRECTOR    1994-1995                     LINDA BELOTE - DIRECTOR
Thomas Hedin                 James Brutger               JAMES BRUTGER - DIRECTOR      Martin Bock
John H. Kress                Fawzi Dimian                Carol Bock                    Faith Loven
Lewis Levang                 Helen Hanten                Phillip Coffman               Jerrold Peterson
Jean Swanson                 Gordon Levine               Robert Evans                  Robert Repinski
Frederick Witzig             Rennae Sletten              Joan Karp
                             Cindy Spillers              Richard Lichty                2002-2003
1981-1982                                                Charlotte MacLeod             SABRA ANDERSON - DIRECTOR
ROBERT EVANS - DIRECTOR      1988-1989                                                 Elizabeth Albert-Peacock
Phil Campbell                DENNIS FALK - DIRECTOR      1995-1996                     John Hamlin
Karen Durst                  Helen Carlson               ROBERT WILLIAMS - DIRECTOR    Janice Kmetz
Richard Durst                John Hamlin                 Paul Junk                     Alan Roline
Burton Galaway               Eleanor Hoffman             Joseph Maiolo
Donald Ireland               Matti Kaups                 Kristelle Miller              2003-2004
Matti Kaups                  Ronald Marchese             Elizabeth Nelson              SABRA ANDERSON - DIRECTOR
Philip Meany                 David Vose                  G. Paul Sharp                 J Clark Laundergan
                                                         Cindy Spillers                Joseph Maiolo
1982-1983                    1989-1990                                                 Bruce Munson
RICHARD SEYBOLT - DIRECTOR   GEORGE O’BRIEN - DIRECTOR   1996-1997                     Stanley Wold
Walter Baeumler              Patricia Dennis             ROBERT EVANS - DIRECTOR
David Darby                  Stephanie Hemphill          Douglas Dunham                2004-2005
Wendell Glick                Penelope Morton             James Grant                   ANNA MARIE ROOS - DIRECTOR
Edith Hols                   Jane Ollenburger            Lawrence Ianni                Dennis Falk
Patricia Laliberte           Raymond Raab                Judith Kritzmire              Linda Miller-Cleary
Douglas Nord                 Graham Tobin                Dennis Nelson                 Howard Mooers
                                                         George O’Brien                Steven Sternberg
1983-1984                    1990-1991
M. HARRY LEASE - DIRECTOR    SUSAN COULTRAP-MCQUIN -     1997-1998                     2005-2006
Clifford Alexander           DIRECTOR                    TIMOTHY ROUFS - DIRECTOR      JOHN ARTHUR—DIRECTOR
Dennis Falk                  James Brutger               John Arthur                   Erik Brown
Conrad Firling               Robert E. Franz, Jr.        David Cole                    Nedra Hazareesingh
Gordon Levine                Helen Hanten                Eve Browning                  Robert Repinski
Robert Owens                 Martha Henderson            Patricia Dennis               Marty Sozansky
David Vose                   Timothy Holst               Anne Hershey                  Bill Sozansky
                             Thomas Wegren               Michael McDonald
1984-1985                                                Alexis Pogorelskin            2006-2007
TIMOTHY ROUFS - DIRECTOR     1991-1992                   Mary Kay Rummel               PENNY MORTON—DIRECTOR
Elizabeth Bartlett           TIMOTHY ROUFS - DIRECTOR                                  Alison Aune-Hinkel
Frank Comella                Karen Durst                 1998-1999                     Ron Morton
Ajit Das                     Paul Junk                   KRISTELLE MILLER - DIRECTOR   Paula Pedersen
Ronald Huch                  Jane Maddy                  Thomas Bacig                  Judith Kritzmire
Hyung Kim                    Douglas Nord                Jon Berry                     Paul Sharp
Anna Lee Lidberg             Kathryn Riley               William Gibson
                             Bilin Tsai                  Stephen Hedman                2007-2008
1985-1986                                                Dean Lettenstrom              LINDA MILLER CLEARY-DIRECTOR
WILLIAM FLEISCHMAN -         1992-1993                   C. Stevenson Rowley, Jr.      Mitra Emad
DIRECTOR                     MARK HARVEY - DIRECTOR                                    Morris Levy
Stanley Aschenbrenner        Clifford Alexander          1999-2000                     Dalibor Froncek
Anne Bryan                   Ann Bergeron                ROBERT EVANS - DIRECTOR       Pat Farrell
Robert Evans                 William Fleischman          Linda Belote
Barbara Flannery             Patricia Laliberte          Elizabeth Quintero            2008-2009
Robert Williams              Bruce Munson                Marilyn Russell-Bogle         Greg Fox-Director
Donald Ireland               Melanie Shepard             Judith Trolander              Brenda Butterfield
                                                                                       Bilin Tsai
1986-1987                    1993-1994                   2000-2001                     Patricia Borchert
SABRA ANDERSON - DIRECTOR    SUSAN COULTRAP-MCQUIN -     SABRA ANDERSON - DIRECTOR     Timothy Larson
Paul Monson                  DIRECTOR                    Mark Harvey
Frederick Witzig             Thomas Hedin                Gerald Pepper                 2009-2010
Milan Kovacovic              Andrew Klemer               Helen Rallis                  Judith Kritzmire-Director
Roy Hoover                   Linda Krug                  Thomas Wegren                 John Arthur
Lawrence Syck                Michael Lane                                              Paul Cannan
Mark Luker                   J Clark Laundergan                                        Jennifer Jones
                             Lawrence Syck                                             Sue Damme

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