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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in the program?

Students who have completed the first year of full-time law study, or its equivalent in part-time study, and are in good standing at their current law school are eligible to attend any of Tulane's summer abroad programs. Students must supply a proof of enrollment letter from their current school verifying that they are in good standing and are eligible to return. Graduate students in other disciplines may apply and attend on a case-by-case basis. Law school graduates and practicing attorneys may attend the programs as auditors. According to Louisiana Supreme Court MCLE regulations,practicing attorneys are eligible to claim six (6) hours of CLE credit for each hour of academic credit awarded by the school.

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Can evening/part time students apply?

Evening/part time students may apply if they will have completed their first year of law by the start of the program.

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Can International students apply?

International students are encouraged to apply for the Berlin Program through Humboldt University. U.S. and Canadian students must apply through Tulane.

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What is the maximum number of credits that I can receive

Three credit hours can be earned from the Berlin program. Courses in the Berlin program are graded on a scale of Pass/C-/Fail. A passing grade indicates that the student was given a grade of C or better.

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Why can’t I receive more than 3 ABA credits?

ABA regulations only allow students to receive credit hours according to the following formula: one semester hour for each 700 minutes of class time or equivalent. Also, ABA regulations prohibit students from receiving more than 1.5 semester credit hours for each week of the program, and students cannot be enrolled in more than 220 class minutes per day.

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How do I submit my deposit?

You can submit your deposit online, by credit card, through our online application.  For payment by check, deposit forms should be mailed to:

Tulane Law School
International Legal Programs
6329 Freret Street, Suite 259
New Orleans, LA 70118-9923

Are applications accepted until the program is full or is it selective?

Applications are accepted until the program is full. Admission is on a first-come basis, as long as students meet the eligibility requirements. A maximum of 60 US or Canadian students and 60 international students will be accepted to the program.

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What are the steps to apply?

1. Fill out an online application.

2. Pay your deposit.

3. Send in a letter of good standing from your home school if you are not a Tulane student.

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Are there any scholarships available?

Unfortunately, no scholarships are available for Tulane summer programs.

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How do I get financial aid?

More information about Summer Abroad Aid is available on the Financial Aid Section of this website

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Where do I send my consortium agreement?

Non-Tulane students must submit their consortium agreement to the following address

Office of Financial Aid

Weinmann Hall, Ste. 203

6329 Freret Street

New Orleans, LA 70118

Fax Number: 504-865-6710

To jump to to a particular question, click on the links below:

Who is eligible to participate in the program? 

Can evening/part time students apply? 

Can international students apply? 

What is the maximum number of credits that I can receive? 

Why can’t I receive more than 3 ABAcredits per session? 

How do I submit my deposit? 

Are applications accepted until the program is full or is it selective? 

What are the steps to apply? 

Are there any scholarships available? 

How do I get financial aid? 

Where do I send my consortium agreement? 

I’ve heard I need 5 credits to receive financial aid, is this true? 

How will I know if I get in to the program? How long is the wait from when I apply to when I hear if I am accepted? 

Where do I send my letter of good standing? 

How do I switch courses from the ones I originally selected on my application? 

When should I arrive/leave? 

What airport should I fly into? 

Where can I find more information about the program? 

Do I need a visa? 

How do I become certified as a mediator after the Berlin program? 

How can I meet other program students prior to the program? 

Are there any required courses? 

What do I do if I need to cancel? 

Is there an internship component to the program? 

Who can I contact for more information or resources regarding internships? 

What is the deadline to apply? 

Are there any other deadlines I should be aware of? 

What do I do if I cannot pay my tuition by the tuition deadline? 

How do I get housing for Berlin? 

How do I review my grades for the program? 

How do I pay my tuition for the program? 

How do I find my Tulane Email Address? 

Will my school receive an official transcript of my grades? Who should I contact for a transcript of my grades? 

What types of activities will be provided by the program? 

Will I need to bring any business attire with me? 

If your question is not in the list above, or on the Policies, Procedures and Tuition section, Ask the Summer Abroad Team!  

 

I’ve heard I need 5 credits to receive financial aid, is this true?

In order to borrow federal loans, you must be enrolled at least half-time. If you are enrolled less than half time, your only option for summer loan funding is a private credit-based loan.

Students who have not borrowed the annual $20,500 maximum limit for Federal Stafford Loans during the current academic year may inquire about borrowing funds for summer sessions. Students who have exhausted these Stafford loan limits during for the current academic year may be interested in pursuing the Federal Gradate PLUS Loan for the summer, which is a leniently-credit-based loan with a set interest rate of 8.5%

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How will I know if I get in to the program? How long is the wait from when I apply to when I hear if I am accepted?

You will be admitted to the program, if space is still available, once your deposit has been received. You will receive a confirmation email from Maria Landry, confirming your enrollment and your course selection, once you are admitted.

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Where do I send my letter of good standing?

Your letter of good standing should be mailed to the following address::

International Legal Programs
6329 Freret Street, Suite 259
New Orleans, LA 70118
Fax Number: 504-865-6710

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How do I switch courses from the ones I originally selected on my application?

You will have the opportunity to change your course selection when you arrive at the Program. However, due to financial aid requirements, if you change the number of credit hours you plan to take, please complete the following form: http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsabroad/abroadforms.aspx?ekfrm=16176. Be aware that if you receive financial aid for courses which you do not complete, your loan might be canceled or your loan amount might be billed back to you and returned to your lender.

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When should I arrive/leave?

You should arrive in Berlin no later than the morning of Sunday, July 20, as the first activity will be a complementary bus tour of the city at 3 p.m. that afternoon. The final exam is scheduled at noon on Saturday, August 2. Arrangements will be made to administer the final examination on Friday, August 1, if a participant's travel arrangements conflict with the August 2 examination time and date.

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What airport should I fly into?

How to get to the Humboldt University from...

Tegel Airport (TXL)
Flights from North America, including flights with stopovers in Europe, use Tegel Airport (TXL). Tegel is located fairly close to the center of Berlin. There is an inexpensive express bus (Bus TXL in the direction of Alexanderplatz) that leaves Tegel on a frequent basis with several drop-off locations in the vicinity of the University. The bus stop closest to the Humboldt Law Faculty is probably Unter den Linden/Friedrichstrasse.

Catch Bus TXL (direction: Alexanderplatz), step out at the Stop: Unter den Linden / Friedrichstraße.

Schedule and Info about TXL 

From there it is only a 5 minute walk to the University

Schoenefeld Airport (SXF)
Most German domestic and intra-Europe flights, especially the flights of low-budget airlines, use Schoenefeld Airport (SXF). Schoenefeld is located 25 to 30 minutes from the city center. There is a S-Bahn (above ground light rail train) station at Schoenefeld.

The most convenient way of getting to the Guesthouse and the University is by using the S-Bahn Airport Express (Timetable) which runs approximately every 10 minutes. The journey takes about 25 minutes to the S-Bahn station Friedrichstraße. From there its only a 10 minute walk to the University.

More information about getting around Berlin from the Airports is availablehere 

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Where can I find more information about the program?

More information about the Berlin Program can be found on the Humboldt University Summer School Website and on other tabs like this one at the top of the website. If you still have questions once you have read through all the information, contact Maria Landry (or by phone at 504-865-5990), Professor William R. Pitts or Karl Michael Schmidt for more information.

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Do I need a visa?

U.S. and Canadian citizens (and citizens of any other country which has a visa-waiver-agreement with Germany) will not require a visa for the Berlin Program due to the short time period you will be abroad.

If you are insecure about your eligibility to travel without a visa due to your nationality or due to the duration of your travel, you should inquire about the applicable visa prerequisites at a German Consulate-General in your home country. Further information can also be obtained at the website of the German Foreign Ministry

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How do I become certified as a mediator after the Berlin program?

Certification requirements vary by state as there is no national certification to become a mediator. You must research the requirements of your specific state. You will receive two certificates of 40 hours from the Program (a Certificate of Advanced Study and Training in Mediation and a Certificate of Advanced Study and Training in Dispute Resolution). You can find more information on your state courts website or through your state's ADR or mediation society.

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How can I meet other program students prior to the program?

With your welcome information, once you are admitted to the Program, you will receive details of a Facebook group in which you can meet other enrolled students. Also, on your application, you can select to share your contact information with other participants.

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Are there any required courses?

The Berlin Program consists of one three-credit course entitled Intercultural Negotiation and Mediation. The course will be conducted entirely in English. There are no prerequisites. The class is taught in a workshop setting.

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What do I do if I need to cancel?

If, after you send in your application and tuition deposit, you decide to withdraw, your tuition will be refunded less the deposit if we receive written notice of your withdrawal two weeks prior to the start date of your Program. To cancel or withdraw from the Program, you must send a written request to Michele Certoma as this is the only way to be officially unenrolled from the Program.

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Is there an internship component to the program?

There is no formal internship component to the Berlin Program, but the Program Directors can serve as a reference for contacts in Berlin and possible opportunities. To apply, please complete our internship application form or email the program directors, Professor Fedtke or Karl-Michael Schmidt.

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Who can I contact for more information or resources regarding internships?

The Program Directors and Maria Landry may serve as a resource to you for questions as to whether any internships are available.

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What is the deadline to apply?

There is no deadline to apply.

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Are there any other deadlines I should be aware of?

- Letters of Good Standing must be in by the start of the program.

- Tuition is due by May 31.

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What do I do if I cannot pay my tuition by the tuition deadline?

Please contact Accounts Receivable, (504) 865-5368, for any information regarding tuition deadlines, or late payments, as late fees are assessed directly by their office, and not by Tulane Law School. The balance of all tuition and housing charges are due by May 31. Any outstanding payments for tuition or housing charges which are not paid by the date listed above will be subject to a finance charge assessed at 18% per annum. Failure to pay by this date, however, will not result in your being dropped from the program. *No credit for participation in the program(s) will be granted if any participant fails to pay all tuition and housing expenses in full.

Please visit our Tuition, Policies and Proceduressection for more information. 

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How do I get housing for Berlin?

Housing information will be sent out with the welcome information once you are admitted to the Berlin program. Students are responsible for arranging their own housing reservations directly.

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How do I review my grades for the program?

Grades will not be posted prior to thirty days from the completion of the program. Once grades are received and posted at the end of the program, you will be able to access your grades via Gibson online (https://gibson.tulane.edu/) using your Tulane email address and password to log in. You may also request transcripts through Gibson. Select the Grades link to view your grades for the Summer term.

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How do I pay my tuition for the program?

Tuition is due by May 31. If you do not pay by that date you will not be dropped from the program, you will, however, be assessed a finance charge if your payment is not received by that time. The finance charge is assessed directly by Tulane University’s Accounts Receivable Office. Further questions regarding your tuition bill or finance charges should be directed to Accounts Receivable (504-865-5368 or 800-798-7633) or via e-mail (acctrec@tulane.edu).  

You can pay your bill online at https://gibson.tulane.edu. See above for instructions on how to log in. Once logged in, the most efficient and timely way to make a payment to your account is to pay online through the Netpay link on Gibson, charging your checking or savings account. Checking or savings account payments are received automatically Monday through Friday and there are no convenience fees added. Tulane does accept MasterCard, American Express and Discover card credit card payments made online through Netpay. Tulane does not accept VISA for Accounts Receivable payments. There is a convenience fee assessed for all credit card transactions. Accounts Receivable does not accept payments in the office or by phone.

Checks or money orders should be mailed to:
Tulane University
Bursar Office, Bruff Commons
31 McAlister Drive
New Orleans, LA 70118

NOTE: If you do send a check, please write your name and student ID number on the check or include it with your payment. Please do not mail cash payments. Do not send tuition payments to the Law School.  

Questions regarding your tuition bill should be directed to Accounts Receivable (504-865-5368 or 800-798-7633) or via e-mail (acctrec@tulane.edu).

Please visit our Tuition, Policies and Procedures section for more information. 

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How do I find my Tulane Email Address / Gibson Online Login Information?

You should have received your username and password in two emails from Tulane University Technology Services.  If you are unable to locate these, you can reset your password by visiting https://password.tulane.edu/ using the alternate email you provided on your application.


If you continue to have trouble logging in to http://gibson.tulane.edu, you can contact Technology Services directly by any of the four methods below:

1) Write help@tulane.edu 

2) Call us Monday through Friday 7AM - 7PM, at 504-862-8888 or 866-276-1428.

3) Search the Knowledge Base at https://tulane.service-now.com/kb  

4) Go to the TSNOC online at https://tulane.service-now.com/ 

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Will my school receive an official transcript of my grades?  Who should I contact for a transcript of my grades?

Transcripts are not automatically sent to your home school.You must request a transcript through the Tulane University Registrar’s Office (via the link on Gibson).  You may also request your transcript from the Registrar’s Office by submitting a transcript request form located at http://www.registrar.tulane.edu, under the Transcript Request link.


NOTE: If you have any problems submitting your requests, you may contact the Registrar’s office directly at registra@tulane.edu They should be able to help you.

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What types of activities will be provided by the program?

The Berlin Program offers a wide variety of social and cultural activities. The Program begins with a complimentary bus tour of Berlin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 20. The tour will provide an opportunity to meet other students and get an overview of the city. The tour begins and ends at the Humboldt Law Faculty. The Program's opening reception will be at the Law School immediately following the bus tour at approximately 6 p.m. There will be ample food, beverages, and New Orleans music, and the opportunity to become acquainted with other participants and the faculty.

There will be scheduled tours of the Chancellery, the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial and other interesting sites during the Program. Museum Night is scheduled on the first Thursday evening when Berlin museums are open to the public without admission charges. Also, two prominent German law firms host lovely receptions for students and faculty.

A loosely organized soccer match and beach volleyball games (no skill required to participate!) are scheduled on two afternoons after class, followed by visits to traditional German beer gardens. The Program's annual cruise on the river Spree and canals encircling Berlin’s center is scheduled on the evening of July 31 (to be confirmed). Family members and friends are cordially invited to participate in all activities except the academic course.

On many evenings, Christian Hartwig, one of the German faculty members and the Program's social director par excellence, leads student expeditions into different Berlin neighborhoods for a walks, dinners at neighborhood restaurants, and almost always a bar review, i.e. a gathering of the students at a neighborhood nightspot. The location and time of the bar review is posted each day for those students who want to join the group later in the evening.

There are no classes or other academic obligations during the weekend between the negotiation and mediation weeks. The Program offers a number of voluntary social activities for the students during that weekend (a bike tour of Berlin, visits to flea markets and local fairs, and a techno club party) but students have the complete freedom to plan their own weekend activities.

For a day trip, Potsdam, a city adjacent to Berlin, contains the magnificent Sanssouci Palace and gardens, which was the summer residence of Prussian royalty. Potsdam is also the site of the famous Truman/Churchill/Stalin conference at the end of World War II and the Wannsee House where the Nazis planned the extermination of the Jewish people. The Wannsee House has been converted into a fascinating and quite emotion provoking historical education center. Also, the town of Dresden is not far from Berlin and is easily accessible by train as a day trip. Amsterdam, Prague, and many other European cities are also easy to reach by air or overnight train.
 
Otherwise, Berlin is, of course, full of truly remarkable museums. Students may want to visit one of them,, go to the movies (the Sony Cinemaxx in the Sony Center has 15 theaters that show the original English-language versions of first-run movies), or otherwise relax over the weekend.

A calendar of activities will be given to the students upon arrival in Berlin.

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Will I need to bring any business attire with me?

Most buildings in Berlin, including the Law Faculty, are not air-conditioned. However, the weather in Berlin in late July and early August is usually mild and on the cool side. The temperature is often between 21-26°C (70-79°F) during the day and 14-18°C (58- 65°F) in the evenings. On the other hand, the daily temperature has been a good bit warmer in the past several years.

We suggest that you bring a sweater or light jacket for cool evenings and the cruise. You may want to bring a light waterproof jacket since Berlin gets a few rain showers in late July and early August. Also, we play soccer and beach volleyball on two afternoons, and there is a bicycle tour on the weekend. You will want to have appropriate shoes and clothes for these events. There may be an occasion to go swimming, so you may want to bring a bathing suit.

The style of dress in Berlin is casual even in restaurants and other public places. Shorts and flip flops may not be permitted in a few of the nicest restaurants and dance clubs. The style of dress for the Program is ultra-casual – almost anything is acceptable, including shorts, T-shirts and casual shoes. Remember – no air conditioning at the Law School!

Berliners do not expect students to dress up. For example, several exclusive law firms will host receptions for our students, and there will be tours of major government buildings, but you may dress casually for those events. Many of our female students want to have at least one nice outfit for some of the social events and fancier nightspots. The guys may also want to have something nice to wear on those occasions, but there is no need to wear a coat and tie for any event.

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