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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is required for all Global Field Courses.  If you don’t have one, please, obtain one.  The following link will provide the information necessary in applying or renewing a U.S. passport.

Be sure and check your expiration date on your passport.  The expiration date of your passport should be at least six months before the intended date of return travel.  If you will be traveling on a foreign passport, contact your country’s nearest consulate or embassy to obtain information on replacing or renewing your passport.  For a list of foreign embassies and consulates in the US, please, visit:


In some cases U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a visa to travel to a Global Field Course destination.  Please, contact the embassy of that country for directions. 

Global Field Course participants traveling on passports issued by countries other than the U.S. are responsible for determining if a visa is required for their destination and applying in a timely manner for that visa.

For Safety Sake:

Always confer with your Global Field Course professor and/or guide.

Make two sets of photocopies of your passport, plane ticket, credit card numbers, prescriptions, and other vital documents.  Take one set of copies with you and keep separate from the originals.  Leave the other set in the US. 

Carry two extra passport pictures separately from your passport, a copy of your passport, and a certified copy (not the original) of your birth certificate or an expired passport.   

If the passport is lost, report the loss to the local police, get written confirmation of the police report, and take your above documents to the nearest U.S. consulate and apply for a new passport. 

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Health and Safety

Medical Concerns – Students

The University requires all students participating in Global Field Course to be covered by appropriate medical insurance. During the pre-departure orientation, students are directed to contact their insurance provider to determine the carrier’s provisions for care overseas and the procedures to be followed should medical treatment become necessary. Students are required to furnish the name of their health insurance company on the Health Information/Emergency Contact form. Faculty should have copies of this information with them during the course of the study tour.

**Students must provide evidence of medical insurance that includes medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage. 

Students are advised to review their Eastern Student Medical Policy for coverage while on the GFC. In addition to the required medical insurance, all students participating in course abroad programs are required to enroll in supplementary medical evacuation and repatriation of remains insurance, with minimum coverage levels of $25,000 and $7,500 respectively.

Cancellation by Eastern due to Safety Concerns

The Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the appropriate dean and faculty member may decide to either re-route or cancel a Global Field Course program if an international destination location is determined to be unsafe for student and faculty travel. Resources to be used in monitoring situations and formulating recommendations include the Consular Information Sheets, Travel Advisories and Travel Warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State, newspaper reports, and independent travel advisory companies.

If Eastern cancels a program because of safety concerns, students will be provided a full refund of all travel and course fees paid and any cancellation penalties imposed by travel service providers will be absorbed by the University.

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What is our goal? 
Our   goal  is to  promote a broader   world  view  for students  that  includes an understanding  and  appreciation of diversity and knowledge of other cultures. 

How could you benefit from the program? 
W.H.   Auden  20th-century  English  poet  said,  ''civilization  should  be  measured  by  the  degree  of  diversity attained  and  the  degree of unity retained''.  We at GFC believe that being exposed to various cultures can be of tremendous benefit to all the students  who engage in this program.  An  international experience  provides  greater  personal  marketing  capabilities for the student  seeking  employment, and gives them  exposure  to  different  styles  of  academic  instruction and  training.

What are the educational advantages of a Global Field Course (GFC)? 
It provides you the  opportunity  to experience  the  lifestyle   and  other  cultural practices outside of your  comfort  zone.

How do I determine what Global Field Course I should apply for? 
Students from all academic major programs are eligible for Global Field Courses.   Check the offerings for current Global Field Courses in your major.

How do I apply for a Global Field Course? 
Read all the information on the Global Field Courses webpages and fill out the Global Field Courses Application form.  For further questions, call at 860-465-0206 or email at

How many credits can a full-time student take without having to pay more money?

A full-time student can take up to and including 18 credits.  After 18, they pay additionally by credit hour.

Are Scholarships Available?

For information about scholarships, go here.

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Contact Us

Questions about Global Field Tours?

Call 860-465-0206
or by email at:

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