Frequently Asked Questions
We have included the most frequently asked questions to help provide general information about studying on the INSTEP programs.
Q How much will it cost?
A The most up to date fees for each program can be found on the Fees/How to Apply page.
Q What does the program fee include? Is my flight over part of the program fee?
A The fee includes:
- pre-departure counseling and direct enrollment service by US based office and staff
- tuition and instruction
- permanent academic record and a final transcript upon completion of the program
- comprehensive international health insurance
- housing during the entire period of study (while the program is in session)
- offices in both London and Cambridge
- membership of student organizations
- orientation programs
- academic and social counseling throughout the semester
- a lifetime membership in a strong INSTEP alumni community
Your flight over to the UK is not included in the program fee, but the US office can help you to book economical student airfares.
Q Is there financial aid available? How about scholarships?
A You should check with your home school's financial aid office to find out if your aid package can be applied. INSTEP will most certainly provide information as needed to your financial aid office to help you to transfer your aid. You should also ask about resources for study abroad scholarships available either at your school or through an outside organization. INSTEP also offers a limited number of scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000. In order to be considered for a scholarship you must have already applied and been accepted to your INSTEP program of choice. Then, to obtain a Scholarship Application Form you should request a form from Steve Seaworth and one will be emailed to you. Keep in mind that all scholarship applications are due one month PRIOR to the program application deadline.
Q Is it possible for me to get credit at my home school for my work abroad?
A Yes. If you are currently attending an INSTEP Consortium partner school in the US (see list on Fees/How to Apply) you should receive direct credit or transfer credit. All other students will receive a Tulane University transcript, with grades and credit already converted into the American equivalent, on completion of the program. Your application will include a program approval form, to be signed by your study abroad advisor at your home institution. This form ensures that the program and courses are approved and provided you successfully complete the program, you will receive credit.
Q What is required for acceptance?
A Most successful applicants have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and a strong letter of recommendation. Those applicants seeking a supervision in Cambridge generally have a GPA of 3.2 or higher, and strong course work in their major field. If your GPA is slightly lower than 3.0 we still encourage you to apply. The admissions committee takes a number of factors into account as well your cumulative GPA. Most importantly, strong consideration will be given to your major GPA.
Q Is there time to travel during the program?
A We believe that traveling within Britain and Europe is an important component of the study abroad experience and classes are usually scheduled Monday through Thursday, except in the first week of the program, so that you will have some time to travel. Remember, however, that this is a 'study' abroad program and that you will be expected to also keep up with your coursework and to attend classes.
Q What is TRANSIT? How does it relate to INSTEP?
A The Transatlantic Institute for Study Abroad (TRANSIT) is a US based organization that is designed to aid US college/university students in achieving a successful study abroad experience. Services include advising students on the most appropriate program for them, processing all admissions, assistance with travel arrangements, pre-departure information and advice, and assistance with transferring credit and financial aid. All INSTEP students will receive the services of TRANSIT.