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 Federal Stafford Loan 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 Federal loan with a set interest rate of 8.5%.
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. You will receive a reply within two business days.
Where do I send my letter of good standing?
Your letter of good standing should be mailed to the following address:
Tulane Law School
Office of Academic Services
6329 Freret Street, Suite 204
New Orleans, LA 70118-9923
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 course change form. 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.
When should I arrive/leave?
Students must arrive the morning of Friday, June 1 and leave the afternoon of Friday, June 22.
What airport should I fly into?
How to get to Rio de Janeiro...
International flights arrive at the Tom Jobim International Airport, sometimes known by its earlier name, Galeão. The international airport identification code for this airport is “GIG”. It is located about is 13 miles or 30 minutes away from downtown Rio de Janeiro by car. You are responsible for transportation between the airport and the Edificio Jucati.
Where can I find more information about the program?
More information about the Rio de Janeiro Program can be found on the other tabs like this one at the top of the website. Once you’ve read through all the information, if you still have questions, contact Mallory E. Asp, or by phone at 504-865-5990, Professor Joel Friedman for more information.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, U.S. citizens and permanent residents need a visa to enter Brazil and need a valid passport in order to obtain one. Non-U.S. nationals should consult the embassies and/or consulates of their countries for entry requirements. This can take as long as six weeks. As a result, advance planning is essential. Where you apply for a visa depends on your state of residence.
Visas can be obtained either in person or, depending on the rules of the Brazilian Consulate with responsibility for your jurisdiction, by mail or by using a visa service. In order to find out your options, please contact the Brazilian Consulate in the U.S. responsible for your jurisdiction.
A list of the consulates is available at: http://www.rio.com/visa-consulates
Should you wish to apply in person, it is important to know that you need two full days. In most cases, no Brazilian consular office will accept a visa application and issue the visa on the same day. As of this writing, your visa must be used for the first time within 90 days of issuance. However, as soon as you register for the program you are advised to check the relevant Web site for application details and visa application fees.
We have asked the Consulate on repeated occasions to clarify what kind of visa students and faculty in our Program should apply for. Although students have in the past entered Brazil with tourist visas, we have been instructed by the Brazilian Embassy to ask students to apply for a student visa (VITEM-I). Please check with your regional Consulate for more information, including fees and filing requirements. We will provide you with any verification letters or documentation necessary to help you in this process with your welcome materials.
You will need to complete a criminal background check for the visa. You can pick up this form at your local police station. For more information on the criminal background check, visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/abroad/legal-matters/criminal-record-check.html.
In addition, before you leave for Brazil, we MUST have a photocopy of the principal page of your passport and a photocopy of your visa.
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 program students. Also, on your application, you can select to share your contact information with other participants.
Are there any required courses?
There are no required courses or prerequisites for any of the courses.
What do I do if I need to cancel?
If, after you send in your application and tuition deposit of $200, 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. You must submit in writing, to firstname.lastname@example.org,
your intentions to withdraw. Oral notification will not be accepted. Written notification to anyone other than Maria Landry will not suffice as a withdrawal.
Receipt of withdrawal must be received from Maria Landry.
You may send your written notice of withdrawal to:
Office of International Legal Programs
Tulane Law School
6329 Freret Street, Suite 155
New Orleans, LA 70118-9923
After the deadline listed above and prior to the start of the program we will refund the tuition minus the deposit only due to extenuating circumstances.
No housing fees will be refunded.
Is there an internship component to the program?
There may be opportunities for an internship component to the Rio program. Please contact Professor Friedman for details.
Who can I contact for more information or resources regarding internships?
The Program Director and Mallory E. Asp may serve as a resource to you for questions regarding available internships.
What is the deadline to apply?
There is no deadline to apply.
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.
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 Procedures section for more information.
How do I get housing in Rio?
To reserve housing, select the housing type you desire on the Summer Abroad Application. Housing costs will be billed through Tulane's Accounts Receivable Office along with tuition. Dormitory accommodations will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.Your housing reservation will be considered submitted once we have received your deposit and you are fully enrolled in the program.
Housing will be offered through the Edificio Jucati, an apartment rental complex. The Edifício Jucati has 55 large apartments (about 45m2). The room facilities include bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. There are many options for accommodations, as you can pick a single apartment, a single room in a walkthrough double apartment and a double room.
You are welcome to find your own housing in Rio, but housing is becoming very expensive in Rio because of the increase in tourism. Please notice that finding housing on you own will be a complex task this year as the 2016 Summer Olympics are being held in Rio.
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.
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 (email@example.com).
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:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please visit our Tuition, Policies and Procedures section for more information.
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 email@example.com
2) Call us Monday through Friday 7AM - 7PM, at 1-504-862-8888.
3) Search the Knowledge Base at https://tulane.service-now.com/kb
4) Go to the TSNOC online at https://tulane.service-now.com/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org They should be able to help you.
What types of activities will be provided by the program?
In addition to regularly scheduled classes, there are social and educational activities organized by Tulane. Many in fact— to the Attorney General, to federal courts, to the federal public defender and, e.g., in case of specialized areas like environmental, a boat trip with a biologist to study the Bay, and a visit to the rain forest. In the urban law course, visits to shantytowns to see the urban improvements, and a visit to the single water treatment plant that serves 10 million people. You will receive a calendar of events when you arrive in Rio.
Will I need to bring any business attire with me?
You should bring business casual attire for court visits and other such occasions. Students in the business law courses should have one form of business dress. Students should remember that it will be winter there and while it is a tropical country, they might not always want to be wearing shorts, flip-flops etc. And to enter the building where classes are held, men must wear shirts with sleeves and long trousers and women must wear slacks or dresses. No one is allowed to enter in shorts, or very short skirts in the case of women, or sandals or flip flops. They will turn you back if so dressed.