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Basic Program Information

This page is a collection of online resources to help students and parents share the excitement of the  Semester in Regensburg Program experience.  It includes links with information on various aspects of the program as well as the destinations students might be visiting 

  • Predeparture Preparation

    • On campus orientation

    • Complete required forms, ours and Regensburg's, most of which are in MSU's Horizon system

    • Course schedules, textbooks

    • Travel arrangements, booking

    • Financial and communication planning

    • Packing and departure

  • Arrival in Regensburg

  • Housing, Dining and Travel


Orientation Video 1: Predepature through Travel
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Orientation Video 2: Communication through Health Insurance
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  • Communication, Program SiR 2016 Facebook Group 

    • Internet access

      • Will be available in campus labs and, if necessary, in the Program Office

      •  LAN Ethernet connections are available in student housing. LAN and WiFi connections are available on-campus for your laptops, tablets and smartphones, but you MUST REGISTER these devices with the Universität Regensburg Computer Center to use them. In addition, you must register the cable, LAN connection FIRST, so be sure you have an Ethernet port and cable for your device.

      • You may also use your devices at WiFi locations in Regensburg and cities you visit.  These are more rare than in the States and may require purchase of time or other items (coffee or food, for example), but allow you to communicate with Skype or Whats App (see below) WITHOUT expensive international roaming charges on your phone

      • THe JiWire app for Android phones and iVanya WiFi Finder for iPad\iPhone downloads a list of WiFi locations to your phone.  You can run the app offline and find WiFi locations in the city you visit without connecting to the cellular network. 

    • eMail and telephone options

      • Official program communication will be through the Murray State email system supported by Google system, including text, audio and video chat capabilties. The official Schedule will also be available as a Calendar in this system which you will access with you MSU logon sequence.

      • You have several options for obtaining cell phone service. Whichever option you choose you MUST provide a cell phone number where Program officials can reach you by voice or text while you are travelling independently on weekends and extended breaks. We will use this number ONLY for emergency calls to avoid substantial phone charges. 

      •  Your current cell phone provider may have International Calling and or Data Plans - ATT example

      • ADVICE ON USING SMAPTPHONES ABROAD CHEAPLY; TURNING OFF ROAMING AND USING ONLY WIFI

      • If you wish to purchase a multi-country mobile phone (Handi) for use on the German system, you will need; 1) a German or World Traveler SIM card, 2) a phone, either your GSMQuad Band, unlocked phone or one you purchase (eBay), 3) both can be purchased in Germany.

      • SKYPE - VOIP service, free computer to computer calls, reasonable fees apply to computer to landline or mobile (more expensive), recharge online, can be used with mobile phones, though not the ones we provide. WhatsApp offers similar functionality 

      • Local or multi country phone cards -  relatively inexpensive, use access number and PIN system, RiverOffers - a jump station site for international calling card options

      • An International SIM card for your unlocked phonel or an international cell phone package from a provider like One SimCard or Mobal with available prepaid or monthly service plans.

      • AT&T - provides easy Europe to US contact, offers data packages, but is expensive,

      • Credit card phones - direct charges to various cards, expensive

  • Financial Arrangements

    • In general, students should have access to several different sources of funds such as

      • ATM cards, with an ALL NUMBER PIN, a high daily limit, tied to a CHECKING account
        This allows you to deposit funds to a readily available source and allows students access
        to funds in local currencies at modest transaction costs

      • a MasterCard and/or Visa card, which now charge a transaction fee 
        These cards should be distinct from ATM and phone cards to avoid disastrous losses

    • Students should keep these resources in separate places in their housing and while traveling to avoid losing them all at once.

    • Students do NOT need a large supply of Euros when they arrive in Munich, IF they are meeting Program Faculty on the designated arrival date

  • Health Insurance

    • Students are required by the University of Regensburg to purchase a health insurance policy which allows them to participate in the extensive German health insurance system. Our plan goes into effect upon arrival. THIS INSURANCE IS COVERED BY YOUR PROGRAM FEE AND ENROLLMENT WILL BE COORDINATED BY THE RESIDENT DIRECTOR.

    • The CISI program provides supplemental coverage, including medical evacuation, security evacuation and repatriation of remains,

    • Many family health plans cover medical expenses abroad. YOU SHOULD CHECK WITH YOUR PLAN ADMINISTRATOR TO DETERMINE IF YOUR PLAN PROVIDES THIS COVERAGE.

    • Generally, health care providers abroad expect immediate payment for which your insurance plan would reimburse you.  THUS YOU SHOULD PLAN ON COVERING HEALTH CARE EXPENSES YOURSELF THROUGHOUT THE REIMBURSEMENT CYCLE.


Orientation Video 3: Academics, Excursions and Independent Travel
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Orientation Video 4: Emergencies and Depature
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  • Academics

    • Universität Regensburg -  the site of our classes

    • During the first two weeks, only German language and culture classes will meet:

    • Other classes will begin in third week, continue throughout the semester

    • All classes are regular MSU courses, with no transfer arrangements necessary

    • Excursions and some tours will be included in activities for various courses

  • Excursions

    • Bill'sBlog -    Dr. Bill Schell's blog and pictures from Fall 2005 SiR Program

    • Tours of businesses and other organizations will also be scheduled

    • Berlin - site of our extended excursion

  • Independent Travel

    • After first two weeks, three day weekends will be open for independent travel

    • Fall Break and early finals will allow two opportunities for extended independent travel

    • Trip Advisor's City Guides for Android and iPhone apps allow you use your smartphone OFFLINE as a guide book, available for Berlin, Prague, Munich and several other European cities.

      • These are beneficial in planning your trip, keeping track of the sites you want to visit and recording\sharing your experiences.

      • The maps, location services and site summaries can be useful, but do NOT provide all the information of a standard print guidebook. 

      • Commercial city guides such as MTrip (Android or iPhone ) provide more functionality but there is a charge for each guide.

    • Deutsche Bahn - look here for connections that students will be making to their destinations, informal group tickets in Gemany and Bavaria

    • RyanAir, Opodo, EasyJet, Kayak, Cheap Flights - Discount airlines and search sites are an option for longer trips

    • Larry Guin's Travel Guide for SiR students, Fodor's online guides and several city guides available in office.

 
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  • Emergencies

    • Priority 1: Prevention review the following guidelines for safe, secure travel

      • Register with the US Department of State STEP Program at travel.state.gov under Smart Traveler Enrollment Program just prior to departure.

      • Read Country Specific Information Sheet(s) for the country or countries you plan to visit

      • Review suggested travel tips in Handbook or State Department Passport and International Travel Guide

      • Carry: 1) a copy of your Emergency Contact Card with relevant contact information, 2) a copy of your CISI Insurance card, and 3) a copy of the picture page of your passport.

    • Priority 2: Preparation keep the following information handy (it is required on Student Travel Form)

      • Notify Resident Director of your travel plans in Horizon system.

      • Your CISI ID Number - this gives you access to the Team Assist Plan Emergency Response System

      • Appropriate Murray State phone numbers on your Emergency Contact card

      • Resident Director and Program Faculty contact phone numbers

    • Priority 3: Emergency Response use the following resources to get help

      • CISI Team Assist Plan for Emergency Response using toll free number

      • US Consulate/Embassy in the country

      • Appropriate Murray State numbers

      • Resident Director and Program Faculty contact phone numbers

  • Checkout, Departure and Return

    • Students must arrange for a checkout housing inspection with their Hausmeister

    • The program provides a train-to-bus ticket from Regensburg to the Munich Airport

    • Welcome Home!!!  Remember, culture shock works in reverse as well!  You will miss Regensburg.



 



 

Last updated 20 April 2016. ©Murray State University, 2016
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