London Study Tour

London - Study Tour 2018

London - Study Tour 2018

March 2-10, 2018 

Price: $2,857 

FIN 456 or FINAN 596 London

Prerequisite—FIN 301 (for undergraduate students)

The objective of this course is to provide finance students with exposure to the international capital markets, particularly in the U.K. Modern financial markets are complex and global, and due to their rapid integration, it is essential for finance students to have exposure to them. While in London, students will become familiar with the U.K. banking system and financial and derivatives markets.

Course Registration

To register for course credit:

  1. Meet with your academic adviser to discuss how this course will impact your educational progress. Have your adviser sign a drop/add form to add this class. Forms are available online at registrar.psu.edu.
  2. Contact WorldStrides Capstone to register and pay the deposit or total cost for the trip and obtain a receipt from the agency.
  3. Take your signed drop/add form and your travel agency receipt to the Office of the Registrar in the Swatara Building to complete enrollment in the course.

Course Requirements

  • Mandatory pre/post-trip meetings, group readings, journals, etc., during spring 2018 semester.
  • Students must have at least fifth semester standing or be an MBA student by the spring 2018 semester or have permission of the program.
  • Students must be free of any conduct reviews or conduct sanctions. Eligibility will be verified, and each participant grants permission for verification by the Office of Student Conduct.

Travel Awards

Award funds are available to undergraduate honors students through the Penn State Harrisburg Honors programs. The University also has funds for students traveling internationally. For details, visit http://gpglobalea.gp.psu.edu and select the "Scholarships and Grants" link. A limited number of travel awards for Penn State Harrisburg students are available through the Penn State Harrisburg Office of International Programs. The applications deadline is October 21

Please visit https://harrisburg.psu.edu/international-programs/grants-and-awards for information.

In addition, MBA students who quality for MBA travel awards will be notified by the MBA office.

Registration

Registration through WorldStrides Capstone is due by November 22, 2017. After November 23, space may not be available and supplements and/or penalties may apply

Contacts:
Marie-Louise Abram, Director of International Programs, 717-948-6003, mla9@psu.edu
Dr. David Buehler, Assistant Professor of Economics, 717-948-6138, dlb74@psu.edu

London Itinerary

Itinerary and all visits are subject to change without notice.

  • Day 1 • Friday, March 2
    Departure from Baltimore-Washington International Airport with British Airways #BA228 at 7:30 p.m., non-stop to London Heathrow Airport, arriving the next day at 7:30 a.m.
  • Day 2 • Saturday, March 3 – Arrival London
    Upon arrival, you will be met by private coach and assistant for transfer to the St. Giles hotel. Check into the hotel for seven nights. Half-day guided sightseeing tour with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, then travel by tube to Westminster and view the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey (from the outside), and the government ministries. You will be provided with a seven-day tube pass for travel around the city. Return to your hotel. Dinner on your own.
  • Day 3 • Sunday, March 4
    Breakfast at the hotel. Free day on your own.
  • Day 4 • Monday, March 5
    Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide in the lobby for a morning walking tour of the financial district. Corporate visit to Lloyd’s of London. Afternoon and evening on your own.
  • Day 5 • Tuesday, March 6
    After breakfast at the hotel, travel to Oxford University for a guided tour and lecture.
  • Day 6 • Wednesday, March 7
    Following breakfast, morning and afternoon corporate visits to be announced.
  • Day 7 • Thursday, March 8
    After breakfast, morning and afternoon corporate visits to be announced.
  • Day 8 • Friday, March 9
    After breakfast, morning and afternoon corporate visits to be announced.
  • Day 9 • Saturday, March 10
    Check out of hotel and transfer to London Heathrow Airport for return flight on British Airways flight #BA229, departing at 1:40 p.m., arriving in Baltimore at 4:55 p.m.
    *Examples of past corporate visits: JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and London Stock Exchange

Hotel Accommodations

St. Giles Hotel
Central London, Bedford Avenue
London WC1B 3GH
+(44)0 20 7300 3000
www.stgiles.com

Airline Schedule

The exact time of flights is subject to change and will be reconfirmed. Check-in at the airport is three hours prior to departure time.

  • Friday, March 2, 2018
    British Airways #BA228 Baltimore-Washington International Airport 7:30 p.m. to London Heathrow Airport 6:30 a.m. (+1)
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018
    British Airways #BA229 London Heathrow Airport 1:40 p.m. to Baltimore-Washington International Airport 4:55 p.m.

Price

Price Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to London Heathrow Airport
  • Hotels accommodations as per itinerary (Hotels in London are only available as double rooms. In the event of an uneven number of class participants, the final registrant will be required to pay the single supplement of $420. The Office of International Programs will work closely with students to understand this responsibility)
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees as per itinerary

Price Does Not Include

  • Tuition
  • Transfer to and from Baltimore-Washington International Airport
  • Single room supplement + $420
  • Mandatory travel and medical insurance, which must be obtained by all students
  • Internet service at the hotel (fee applies)
  • Excess luggage
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Personal expenses
  • Passport fees - Passport should be valid until September 12, 2018
Visas are not required for United States citizens traveling to the United Kingdom. All international students are responsible for determining if a visa is required and should immediately apply for the visa. Please check the website at https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-consulate-general-new-york for visa requirements. Trip fees cannot be refunded if a visa is denied. Also, alert the International Programs office if you are applying for a visa.

Transfers Campus/Airport/Campus

You will be responsible for transportation or a supplement may be added from the Office of International Programs for charter bus service to and from the airport. You will be notified if a charter service is planned and what the supplement will be.

Terms and Conditions

WorldStrides Capstone terms are based on contracts with hotels and other suppliers. The terms and stipulations noted below are bound by these contracts and will be strictly enforced. A passport valid until September 12, 2018 is required.

Registration online:
To register, visit https://olr.worldstrides.net/scripts/cgiip.exe/RegisterOnline/OLRdefault.htm

  1. Click “Register To Travel”
  2. When prompted, enter the Penn State Harrisburg Trip ID: 152121
  3. Enter the requested security characters, and click on “Register Now”
  4. Review the summary page and click “Register” to enter your information

Contacts

Travel Arrangements
Celestial Voyagers, Inc.
27-28 Thomson Avenue, Suite WS 11
Long Island City, NY 11101
E-mail: gineth@celestialvoyagers.com
Phone: 516-829-1525
Fax: 718-729-0306

For information, contact: 
Marie-Louise Abram
Director, International Programs, Penn State Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike
C114-R Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 717-948-6003
E-mail: mla9@psu.edu

Trip Registration

Deposit: $400 (Non-refundable) due by November 22, 2017

Your deposit will assure your reservation with the hotel and other suppliers. Your deposit can be paid online by credit card or electronic check. If you are paying by regular check, payment must be sent with a copy of your passport as soon as your registration has been made online.

Payments:
Half of balance due November 29, 2017 ($1,228.50). Final payment of $1,228.50 or remaining balance due Janaury 1, 2018. Credit card, debit card, or electronic check payments will be accepted by WorldStrides Capstone.

Late Fees:
A late fee of $40 per person will be assessed if payments are not received within seven days of their respective due dates unless advance arrangements have been made. These arrangements and requests must be made in writing to WorldStrides Capstone.

Cancellation penalties:
All cancellations must be sent in writing via e-mail or fax to WorldStrides Capstone. Cancellations are effective on the date they are received by WorldStrides Capstone.

  • CANCELLATIONS RECEIVED 31 TO 60 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE: For any cancellations received between January 3, 2018 and February 1, 2018, WorldStrides will retain 50 percent of the Ground Services portion of the program fee ($1,448).
  • CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 30 DAYS OF DEPARTURE (OR NO-SHOW): Cancellations received February 2, 2018 and after are subject to a cancellation fee equal to 100 percent of the Ground Services fee ($2,857).

Course registration is separate from trip registration.

Upon receiving your deposit, WorldStrides Capstone will send you a receipt that you must present at the Penn State Harrisburg Office of the Registrar to register for the course.