Study Abroad Information and Disclosures for Registered and Prospective Students

Changes, Cancellations, & Refund Policies

Widener School of Law reserves the right to change or cancel the program for reasons beyond its control, including but not limited to insufficient enrollment, the threat of political and civil unrest, or the occurrence of natural disasters in the location of the program. Additionally, Widener School of Law reserves the right to cancel any individual course due to insufficient enrollment, to adjust class meeting times, or to substitute faculty. Should the program be cancelled, registered students will be notified within 24 hours of the decision and the director will use best efforts to locate a similar program, if the student so desires, and all payments to Widener will be refunded within 20 days. If course offerings or other significant aspects of the program are changed, the director will communicate the changes to all registered students within 24 hours of the change, students will then have the opportunity to withdraw and receive a full refund of monies paid to Widener School of Law; all monies paid to the law school will be refunded within 20 days of a student’s withdrawal.

For more information about program costs: Please see Tuition and Fees.

Travel Warnings

Students should check the U.S. State Department web site for warnings about travel to the countries where our programs are located on a regular basis. The Law School will monitor these pages and notify all registered students of any changes or additions to the currently listed information. Should, prior to the commencement of the program or during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert covering the program dates and destinations be issued, students will be notified and will have the opportunity to withdraw and all monies will be returned within 20 days of the student's withdrawal.

US State Department website for international travel information and warnings: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html

Specific country pages are listed below:

Italy: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/italy.html
Switzerland: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/switzerland-and-liechtenstein.html
Kenya: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/kenya.html

Foreign Student Participation

Widener University School of Law Foreign Summer programs are open to students from other countries that are enrolled in final year(s) of an LLB program or are LLM students who have completed a first degree in law. While few foreign students do apply to our program, we often have students participating from our host Universities, specifically from the University of Lausanne, the University of Nairobi and Venice International University. Generally 5 or 6 foreign students participate in any one program in a given year.

Liability & Insurance Policy

Widener University will not be responsible for personal injury, illness, or for loss or damage to personal property in the program. We advise participants to take out insurance for their trip against lost or damaged baggage as well as against accident and trip cancellation.

Housing Policy

Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. Where applicable, students who contract to stay in the host institution’s housing are required to pay their housing fees and related expenses directly to the host institution. Failure to pay may result in penalties to the non-paying student, including but not limited to the withholding of the student’s grades and transcripts until payment has been made.

Class size and criteria for enrollment

Class size is limited to a maximum of 25 students/ class. Classes in the foreign summer programs are considered elective courses with no prerequisites and the only requirement for enrollment is the completion of the first year of a JD students’ course of study and verification of “Good Academic Standing” at a student’s home institution. Summer 2013, 8 Widener students and 2 students from other law schools attended our Nairobi Program; 5 Widener students attended our Lausanne Program; and 7 Widener students attended our program in Venice. Our Nairobi Program is suspended for 2014.

Course Credit and Maximum Credits Allowed

All Widener Study Abroad Programs allow for a maximum of (6) credits.

Widener courses may be credited toward your law degree at an ABA-approved institution if your law school accepts credits for summer programs. A transcript of grades will be sent to each student and to their home school. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course is subject to determination by the student's home school. It is unlikely that participation in a foreign summer program may be used to accelerate graduation. Consult with your law school's registrar.

Accessibility

Accessibility varies throughout Europe. Students with disabilities are asked to contact the Program Director for information relating to questions about specific needs.

Acceptance Letter

The acceptance letter will include information on the travel specific information and any travel warning from the State Department, cancellation policy, liability & insurance policy, and housing policy with a link to the financial aid budget.