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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 summer programs. Tuition for international students is discounted. Visit Policies, Application Procedures and Tuition for rates.

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

A maximum of 5 credit hours can be earned from the Siena program.

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Why can’t I receive more than 5 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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Does this program fulfill any Tulane Law School requirements or Certificate Programs?

Although the Paris program does not satisfy any Tulane Law School requirement or certificate program, students can receive a certificate of successful completion for all 4 credits after final grades have been registered.

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

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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. There is no predetermined limit to the number of students that will be accepted. Please apply early to ensure your place in 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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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 ABA credits per session? 

Does this program fulfill any Tulane Law School requirements or Certificate Programs? 

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? 

Where are grocery stores or Internet Cafès in Siena? 

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? 

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? 

Is there an internship component to the program?  

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

How do I review my grades for the program? 

How do I get housing for Siena? 

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!  

 

Are there any scholarships available?

Unfortunately, there are no scholarships or tuition waivers available through Tulane Law School for our summer programs abroad, but we have compiled a list of outside scholarships that students may be eligible for: Outside Scholarship Opportunities.

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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

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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%.

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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. You will receive a reply within two business days.

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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:

Tulane Law School
Office of Academic Services
6329 Freret Street, Suite 204
New Orleans, LA 70118-9923

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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 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.

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When should I arrive/leave?

You should arrive in Siena on Tuesday, June 3rd at which point you will be able to check into your housing. You cannot check into housing prior to June 3rd, so if you plan to arrive earlier, you should arrange other accommodations until that date. You must arrive prior to orientation, which will be held June 3rd at 4:00 pm. Final exams will conclude the program on Friday, June 27. Final exams will occupy that entire day. Students should not plan to depart earlier than that evening, as exams cannot be rescheduled. You must check out of housing by Saturday, June 28, before 11 am.

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What airport should I fly into?

How to get to Siena from ...

Rome: Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

The main airport, Leonardo da Vinci (also known as Fiumicino), is located 26km (15 miles) southwest of the city center. A train runs between the airport and the central railroad station, Stazione Termini. It operates every 30 minutes between the hours of 5:52 am and 10:52 pm. The trip takes 30 minutes and costs 9,50 euros. There is also a train that runs every 15 minutes between 5:06 am and 10:36 pm from the airport to the local stations of Trastevere, Ostiense and Tiburtina and costs 5,00 euros. There is a night bus from the airport to the train station in Tiburtina.

From the "Tiburtina" railway station in Rome you can take a direct bus, called "SENA Outline", to Siena. There are 7 trips a day from Monday to Saturday and 5 trips on Sundays. Travel time is about 3hrs. The ticket office “Piccarozzi agency” is in Via G. Mazzoni 12/14, close to the "Tiburtina Station". The cost of a 1-way ticket is: €20. For bus information Rome-Siena: 800-930960. By train, you can go from the airport station changing at Rome Central (Termini), and Chiusi (takes about 3 hours), although trains are less frequent. For more information on trains, see Trenitalia 

Florence: Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci (FLR)

The easiest bus from Florence is either the SITA bus (or for the schedule SITA Bus - Firenze - Siena(PDF file), schedule key: H means holiday or Sunday, *note that trains run more infrequently) or the TRAIN bus that can be picked at the same station. The SITA bus station is located kitty-corner to the «Santa Maria Novella» railway station and an airport shuttle will bring you directly there from outside the Florence Airport.A TRAIN bus departs from there every hour until 7 pm (the corse rapide, express services, bus is 75 min, the slower one (diretta or accelerate) are slower than their names would suggest, and take about 90 min and dropping you at Siena's Piazza San Domenico or Piazza Gramsci,within the walls of the city and close to the city center. (Tip: Avoid traveling on Sunday, when buses don't run as often and are likely to be crowded.)

Bologna: Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna (BLQ)

From Bologna, there is a direct SENA Autolinee bus that takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The bus only departs twice daily, and you can either take a shuttle to P.zza XX Settembre 6 (Autostazione) or one departs from the airport itself. By train, it takes about 3 hours (you must change trains in Florence).

Pisa: Galileo Galilei (PSA)

Of all European regional airports Pisa’s Galileo Galilei is the one that is closest to a railway terminal (less than 40 metres of covered walkway). At the Airport, you can buy your railway ticket at the information office in the arrivals hall. The railway terminal is located just outside the departures hall. Direct railway lines connect every day Pisa Airport to Pisa Central Station and to Florence. From Pisa you can go from the airport station, changing trains in Empoli or Florence (takes about 2 hours). To take the TRAINbus, you can also buy your ticket at the information office in the arrivals hall and the bus stop is located just outside the Airport Arrivals area. The main bus stops on way are: Pisa Airport - Poggibonsi - Siena (P. Gramsci).

* Note: Remember to buy your ticket beforehand and validate it when you step in or in the boarding area.

Public transportation Information: 

SENA Autolinee
Click "English Version" for bus timetables and fares between Siena and other Italian cities, including Milan and Rome.

TRAIN
Despite the name, TRAIN is Siena's urban and suburban bus service. Its English-language Web pages include links to other bus companies in Tuscany.

Trenitalia 

The English-language pages of the Italian State Railways have a journey planner that you can use to find connections between Siena and other Italian cities.

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Where can I find more information about the program?

More information about the Siena 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, please contact Maria Landry, or by phone at 504-865-5990,or Professor Lunney for more information.

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Do I need a visa?

U.S. citizens do not require a visa for any of the European programs, due to the short time period you will be abroad. International students should check with the appropriate embassy or consulate to ascertain whether a visa is necessary.

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Where are grocery stores or Internet Cafès in Siena?

While in the law school, you can use your laptops, the computer lab, or the library, to access the internet. There are also many internet cafès in Siena, where you can also fax, mail, print or make photocopies, while in Siena. One chain is called Internet Train and has two locations in Siena, one on Via di Città, 121 or Via Pantaneto, 54. There are also many smaller ones scattered around the city. You can find a list of Grocery Stores and Supermarkets here. Click here to view Siena Supermarkets in a larger map.

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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 program 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?

There are no required courses or prerequisites for any of the courses.

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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 lawabroad@tulane.edu, 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:

Maria Landry
lawabroad@tulane.edu 

Office of International Legal Programs
Tulane Law School
6329 Freret Street, Suite 259
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.

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Is there an internship component to the program?

There is no internship component to the Siena program.

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

The Program Director and Maria Landry may serve as a resource to you for questions regarding available internships.

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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 Procedures section for more information. 

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How do I get housing for Siena?

Housing will be available through the University of Siena. There will be double and single rooms available. This year, housing will be contained in the two residences of the Santa Chiara Graduate College, which are relatively close to the law faculty (about 1km or 15 minute walk). The cost per person at the dormitory is projected to be $950 for a double room, and $1050 for a single room. Housing will be available from June 3 – June 28. At the College, a breakfast option can also be added for $150. The exact amount will be determined after January, 2014, on the basis of prevailing economic conditions and the dollar-euro exchange rates. A limited number of single rooms are available. While the rooms are well ventilated and the weather is usually cool at night, there is no air conditioning. Dormitory accommodations will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, upon receipt of a completed Housing Reservation, and the full amount payable, which must be received no later than May 1, 2014. Students may make their own accommodations if they wish, but Siena is crowded in the summer, so it may be difficult and expensive to find other housing.

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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?

In addition to regularly scheduled classes, there are social and educational activities organized by Tulane. In the past years, these have included museum tours, visits to the police task force, visits to looted sites, and wine tours . A calendar of all activities will be given to you when you arrive in Siena.

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Will I need to bring any business attire with me?

You should bring business casual attire for visits to the courthouse and other such occasions.

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