Georgia Tech and First-Year Semester Abroad reserve the right to alter or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure for reasons within its control, and before any non-refundable payments are due to vendors, all fees paid by participants will be refunded. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants’ health and safety, or if a student withdraws from the program, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants. Furthermore, Georgia Tech can never, no matter the reason for cancellation, refund personal expenses incurred. The $500 FYSA deposit paid by students to secure their spot on their preferred FYSA track is non-refundable; if a student withdraws, the student forfeits the deposit.
Students spend the first six weeks in residence at Mansfield College dormitories and are expected to remain in Oxford during the first two weeks of the program. Students are expected not to leave the city during this two-week period, unless they are participating in a program-sponsored outing. Mandatory activities and group excursions are organized by the faculty director and assistant director during the first two weekends.
Students may travel independently starting on the 3rd weekend to locations on the island (e.g., anywhere in England, Wales and Scotland, but not to Ireland, Northern Ireland or other nearby islands, nor the European continent or anywhere further afield). During the second 6 weeks of the program, students may not travel independently at all; instead, they are travelling with the group by bus accompanied by the two instructors and one group leader. The faculty director may require individual students to stay at Mansfield if their conduct raises concern for their safety or the safety of others.
Except for organized FYSA travel, students are expected to remain in Metz through weekend three after which they may travel for daytrips, but not solo, e.g., with at least one other student or in small groups. Weekends four and five have structured co-curricular activities and excursions, but students are allowed to travel independently on the free day when there is no FYSA programming. After the sixth weekend (when there is a group trip to Paris), students are allowed to travel independently within Europe and solo but must provide details of their travel plans to the program assistants subject to approval by the faculty director. The faculty director may require individual students to stay in Metz if their conduct raises concern for their safety or the safety of others.