How many seats are available?
Space is limited. If you wish to go, do not wait! Please know that
the trip sells out fast. You may sign up at either Information Desk. Once the trip goes on sale, sign
up ASAP to guarantee your spot! Please complete the sign up form(coming soon!) and bring it to the
box office with your $500 deposit.
How much does the trip cost and what does it include?
The trip will cost $1,750 per student. This includes:
Airfare from New York's JFK to Dublin
Airfare from Dublin to London
Airfare from London’s Heathrow to New York’s JFK
All transfers from airports to hotels
Seven nights double occupancy accommodations
Transportation between Danbury and JFK
Full day escorted trip to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and the City of Bath
Full day escorted trip to Belfast
New Year’s Eve in Dublin
Accident and Medical Emergency Insurance
You may purchase trip insurance for an additional cost. This is optional.
Will other sightseeing opportunities be added?
Yes. Because of the nature of fluctuating airfares and foreign currency, our final expense for the trip will not be known until everything is paid for. In the past we have added many extra sites.
What are the dates of the trip?
The trip is December 28, 2015 – January 5, 2016. We will leave the evening of the 28th and arrive in London the morning of the 29th.
How do I pay for the trip?
You may pay by cash, check, credit card (American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover) at the Campus & Student Centers Administrative Office in room Campus Center room 300.
When is my payment due?
The Campus Center Office must receive a deposit of $750 no later than Friday, September 25, 2015. The second payment of $500 is due no later than October 23, 2015. The final payment is due before you leave for Thanksgiving Break, Tuesday, November 24, 2015.
Is Academic Credit Available?
Yes. You need to make arrangements with a faculty member to register for
an independent study during the spring semester. This trip is ideal for
credit in English, history, art, music and theater.
Where are we staying and what are the accommodations?
We are staying at tourist quality hotel. All rooms are doubles (2 twin beds) with private baths. Singles rooms are an additional cost subject to availability. You must ask for a single when you make the 1st payment.
How do we get to the airport?
Transportation will be provided between WCSU to JFK.
Will meals be included?
Continental breakfast is included in Dublin and London. If the budget permits we will have a group dinner in London and/or Dublin. No other meals are included.
What time will we leave Danbury and when will we return?
We will leave the Midtown Student Center early afternoon on December 28, 2015. That will give us time to get to JFK and check-in. Our return flight on January 5 is scheduled to land at JFK that afternoon. We need to plan about one hour to get everyone through Immigration and Customs. The bus should return to Danbury that evening. The return time is, of course, subject to change. Specific flight information will be available when the final payment is due.
Is the deposit or other payments refundable?
No. The deposit is your guarantee that you will participate in the trip. If you find that you cannot participate, and the Campus Center Board is able to fill the slot and the time frame to make changes has not elapsed, your deposit will be refunded less a 10% processing fee and less any fees the Campus & Student Centers Board is accessed. If the trip is cancelled for any reason by the University all payments will be refunded.
What are we doing once we are there?
This trip includes a full day guided tour of Stonehenge and Bath and a full day in Belfast. Other trips will be added based on final costs. The rest of the trip is not escorted. That means you are on your own. Tourist information will be provided. Participants might want to purchase Dublin and London guides to acquaint themselves with all they have to offer.
Do I need a passport?
Yes. It might take up to two months to secure your passport after you apply. Do It NOW.
How much money should I bring?
That depends on you. The trip does not include any meals, admission to
attractions, personal needs, etc. except as noted above.
What is the exchange rate?
Please note that the average current exchange rate for cash transactions at the time of this FAQ printing (6/11/15) is $1.00 = ₤ 0.88 or €1.00 = $1.13 and $1.00 = £0.65 or £1.00 = $1.55. Note that the rate fluctuates and will differ where and when you do your exchange. It is up to you if you want to exchange dollars for pounds/euros in the US or in London/ Dublin. Since Belfast is in Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom, pound sterling is used as currency.
Can I use my credit card?
You may use your credit card to pay for the trip. Most places in London will accept major credit cards such as American Express, VISA and MasterCard. The exchange rate is usually better using a credit card. Cash machines (ATMs) are available. Check with your bank to verify it is part of an international network and associated fees.
What if I get sick on the trip?
Accident and medical emergency insurance is covered. You may be responsible for out of pocket expenses. You must check with your individual health insurance provider to verify coverage.
For further information please contact the
Campus & Student Centers Office
*Photo courtesy of Oni Figueroa and Myles Spencer