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Study Abroad in Laos (SAIL)
Vientiane, Laos (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Culture, Language Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Hostel, Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Minimum GPA:
2.7
Program Description:

Summer Study Abroad in Laos

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Faculty Director(s):
Study Abroad in Laos, Center for Lao Studies

Program Overview

SAIL studenhttps://www.laostudies.org/sites/images/logo/CLS_logo_sm.jpgts will be participating in a Lao language program tailored specifically to the group’s needs at one of the country’s most acclaimed, and popular, language institutions – the Lao-American College. SAIL participants spend three to four hours a day in classroom training and can pair up with Lao students to further improve their speaking and listening comprehension. Classroom time is split between language lessons and a newly updated, comprehensive Lao History and Culture course taught by foreign and local experts. Weekend tours and excursions to many of Laos’ most important sites and destinations re included as part of your cultural immersion experience and are a highlight of the program.

To download the complete program PDF, please click Laos - SAIL 2014.pdf.



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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will receive 10 semester hours of undergraduate credit in the following NIU courses.
 

Language Course 5 semester hours
Based on the language placement test, SAIL students are enrolled in beginning, intermediate, or advanced/heritage class.  The title of the INTL courses is Study Abroad Programs.
    INTL 101 – Beginning
    INTL 201 – Intermediate
    INTL 301 – Advanced/Heritage

History and Culture Course 5 semester hours
IDSP 301 – Study Abroad Programs



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Student Life

Located in the city’s capital, Vientiane, Lao-American College offers a unique instructional and service program and is the cornerstone of the program.  Intensive courses, combined with individual language tutorials, diversified field trips, access to local University students, modern facilities, and an experienced on-site staff, make Lao-American an incredible place to study Lao and learn cross-cultural skills.

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Application Information

APPLICATION FORMS AND DEPOSIT:   Click Summer Study Abroad in Loas or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website https://niu.studioabroad.com (and search for “Study Abroad in Laos” program) to begin the online application process for this program.  The webpage provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  
   
Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a Signature Verification Form and copy of their state issued ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found at https://niu.studioabroad.com website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or niuabroad@niu.edu.
        
$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the deadline.
               
NIU Students - The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students).  
   
Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions can be found on the application website mentioned above.  

IMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  June 6, 2014.

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Eligibility

The program is open to students who meet the NIU general admission requirements

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application.  Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.  
   
NIU students participating in the program cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.
   
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office (SAO).  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.  Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the Registrar at their institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office.  (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)  Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.  
   
Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School, or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School.  For students to be admitted to the program for graduate credit, the applicant's official transcript must be on file in the NIU SAO.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript.  However, students who will participate in the program in order to earn academic credit as an SAL (students who have not currently enrolled, nor are previously enrolled at NIU) must provide a transcript from the baccalaureate institution and from any institution at which graduate credit has been earned.  This document must be provided to the SAO before a student can be admitted as an SAL to the program.  (Student issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)


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Program Fees

NIU PROGRAM COST: $550

The NIU charge covers:
    NIU tuition for 10 hours of credit
    NIU official transcript


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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact Pamela Rosenberg, the International Programs business manager, in Williston Hall 408, (815) 753-9530, prosenberg@niu.edu for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program June 6, 2014 will not be refunded the $200 application fee/program deposit.

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after June 6, 2014 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:

1)    The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
2)    NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.  
   
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Laos, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Laos, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.


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Passport/Visa Information

All participants are expected to possess a passport in order to participate in this seminar. Important Note: U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas.
Individuals who do not currently posses a valid passport should apply for one immediately.
Information on acquiring a passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s Website: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. U.S. passport holders do not need special visas for this seminar. Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel in England and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.


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Contact Information

For more information from the Center for Lao Studies on the SAIL program please click the following link: https://www.laostudies.org/sail

QUESTIONS?
Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700
Email: niuabroad@niu.edu

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This program is currently not accepting applications.