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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is included in the costs of the programs?

    The costs vary year-to-year depending on the type of program offered.
    In the semester programs like Ireland and Passport – Europe, tuition, room and board are equivalent to what you would pay in New Rochelle with the exception of certain programs which do not include some meals. However the amount you are charged for board (food) will be adjusted for those additional out-of-pocket expenses.
    The current program fee for our summer programs is $3,850. (includes lodging, health insurance, some meals, course related excursions and airport transfers.

    It does not include airfare, tuition (discounted 50%), independent travel and most meals.   
  • What is not included in the costs of the programs?

    Airfare, independent travel, personal spending money. Most meals are not included in the costs of the programs.
  • Do Financial Aid and scholarships apply to the programs?

    All financial aid and scholarships will apply only to semester programs
  • Where do students live while studying abroad?

    Students live in either apartments or traditional dormitory-style residences. Living arrangements vary from program to program. Interested students should email the Study Abroad office for specific information.
  • Am I allowed to switch courses past the the add/drop deadline, even if my class has not started already?

    No. Students can not change designated courses after the add/drop deadline noted in the Academic Calendar Deadlines. These dates are subject to change, so take note of these while registering for courses. Please refer to the Academic Calendar webpage for specifics on these deadlines.
  • Do Iona professors accompany students abroad?

    Iona professors accompany and lead students abroad on our summer and spring break programs.
  • Can non-Iona students study abroad on Iona programs?

    Yes! Non-Iona students are most welcome in most of our programs and follow the same application process as matriculated Iona students. Non-Iona applicants must simply fill out one additional form to be signed by the respective officials at their home institution
  • How should students bring money abroad?

    Our office suggests that students use debit and credit cards while abroad. ATM machines are easy to use and readily available. Students must inform their banks and credit card companies that they will be studying abroad for a particular amount of time so as to avoid card deactivation. Additionally, students make inquiries to the bank regarding possible daily withdrawal limits and withdrawal fees for debit card accounts. Our office does not recommend that students bring cash or traveler's checks abroad.
  • Do students need to take cell phones abroad?

    Our office requires that students have a cell phone while studying abroad. Students are free to buy their own international plan or purchase local phones and SIM cards in their respective study abroad locations.
  • Are students required to have health insurance?

    Yes. Health insurance is a mandatory requirement for all participants in Iona's study abroad programs. Specifically, all students are required to enroll in Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), designed for study abroad programs. For more information, please visit CISI's main website or CISI's Iona College page.