1. What will it be like when I return to Waco for my spring semester?
You will have on-campus housing, meal plans, parking, etc. available for you, and you'll be able to participate in all the same spring activities as the rest of campus.
2. Who can I talk to about this and get more details?
You may contact Baylor Admissions to get any additional questions answered prior to making your decision about this program.
3. Can friends or family come visit me?
Yes, your families will be able to visit. Please wait to schedule your family visits until the semester calendar (including the two group trips) has been set. Upon request, students will be allowed to travel with visiting family.
4. Will there be a transition process for returning to Baylor in the spring?
Yes. Your close-knit cohort will receive a special re-entry orientation to Baylor and life in the U.S. prior to classes starting in January.
5. Is there a dining hall? Would I have to have a meal plan?
There is not a dining hall, so meal plans are not offered nor included in the price. The Dublin Business School has a cafe on campus and students will have full kitchens in their apartments. There are also nearby restaurants that are walkable from class or apartments.
6. Will I fly directly into Dublin to start my program?
Students will be escorted and travel as a group to Dublin with the Baylor faculty director. Flights will be pre-selected and purchased for you well in advance of the trip.
7. What is the acceptance rate into the program?
The Baylor Start Abroad program is launching in Fall 2020 with an expected cohort of 50 students. We are anticipating hundreds of applications for the program.
8. Can I still join a sorority or fraternity in the spring when I return? How would rush work while in Dublin?
Baylor's Greek recruitment starts in January, and all Start Abroad students are eligible to participate based on achieving the required GPA.
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/studentactivities/index.php?id=943397
9. Will students have accommodations for learning disabilities in the classroom there?
Students will typically be extended the same accommodations that OALA extends on campus. For further inquiries, please contact Holly at Holly_Joyner@baylor.edu.
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/oala/
10. What experience does FIE: Foundation for International Education have with American study abroad students in Dublin?
FIE has been providing study abroad programs in London for over 20 years, in Dublin for over 10 years, and they have been the leader in first-year programs abroad for over 10 years. Baylor University has worked with FIE on upperclassmen programs since 2007 and FIE currently provides first-year programs for three other American colleges and universities in Dublin.
More Information: www.fie.org.uk
11. Would I be able to come home during Thanksgiving break?
American Thanksgiving is not observed in Dublin, so you will be taking classes during this time. However, your family is more than welcome to visit once you're settled into the program. Remember that this is a study program, so you'll still be expected to be in class during weekdays even when family visits. Since there will be overnight study tours and other activities, family should only plan to visit once the programming schedule is finalized.
12. What travel documents would I need while abroad?
Ireland and the U.S. operate a visa waiver program which means that Start Abroad students will just attend an immigration appointment after they arrive and not need a visa. FIE will organize the appointments for everyone at which time students will provide their documentation and pay the 300 Euros ($328). FIE will work with students on the ground to prepare for this.
13. Are there any majors that shouldn't participate in the program?
Due to a rigorous and specialized curriculum, some majors are not recommended to participate in the Baylor Start Abroad program. However, if you are interested in these majors and also want the Start Abroad experience, please contact your Admissions Counselor to discuss your options. Click the link below to see the full list of majors not recommended for the Start Abroad program. Pre-Med and Engineering students will have the opportunity to go to Dublin for a semester during their sophomore year if interested.
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/admissions/index.php?id=964690