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  1. WaterfallLady

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    It took me about 2 weeks, possibly a little less.
     
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    I'd expedite it too! If my plans hadn't fallen through, I would have needed to get a passport for this summer that just ended, then I could have told ya how long it took me.
     
  3. MikeTeachesMath

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    Thanks for the input, everyone. The lady at the post office said that I can call and ask for it to be expedited later in the process if the due date gets too close for comfort.

    I'm still trying to figure out if I can even afford to do the progam (it's $4,000 for ~10 days, compared to the $3750 I paid for the entire fall semester). Man, if I were rich!
     
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    Mike, that's a LOT of money, and finances were an issue for you not too long ago. As tempting as it is, I would probably pass.
     
  5. MikeTeachesMath

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    I know :(. I have the option of taking out a loan through the school, and then worrying about paying it back later, but like you said, it's still a LOT of money.
     
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    It stinks, doesn't it, when you have to pass up what you know is an incredible opportunity?
     
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    Studying abroad is expensive, but that's unreasonably expensive for only 10 days. I doubt it includes food or anything, so you'd be spending even more. You could travel on your own for a lot less. I just looked up flights from JFK to London in Dec-Jan and there are a ton under $1k. I don't think it's even worth going over there for less than two weeks. It takes a couple days to get accustomed to the time change alone. If you can scrounge up some cash, maybe you can take a different trip? There's no better time to travel than now. :)
     
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    Here's the breakdown we got from the program coordinator.

    Blahhh. I want to go so badly! :(
     
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    I'd definitely pay to have it expedited. My sister and I had to get ours renewed a while back to go to the Dominican for a family vacation. We did them the exact same day. I was in FL and she was in NY. Mine came on time 6 weeks later. My parents had to keep calling for my sisters..... it came the day before we were leaving (it took 4 months and tons and tons of calling- I cant remember who we called though-)
     
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    When you break it down, it doesn't seem that bad. Do you need the credit?

    Do you know what shows you will see? I saw, of all things, Jerry Springer: The Opera when I was in London, and it was great. We also saw McDonagh's The Pillowman in Brighton on the same trip.
     
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    Mike, for what it's worth, you could get in an awful lot of Broadway shows for a fraction of the cost. And Broadway is an hour from your parent's home.
     
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    $250/ticket seemed a little bit high, so I did a little bit of research on theater ticket pricing and you could do your own trip and buy the best seats for West End shows for far less. Is it a class you need for graduation? I'm studying abroad and paying about the same amount (a little less actually), but my trip is much longer than yours and it's a class I would need to take anyway. If I wasn't going, I'd be staying here and paying the stupidly expensive winter tuition.

    As Alice said, you are near Broadway. Can't really beat that. :)
     
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    Mine took about 4 weeks. I did not pay to have it expidited, but I did pay to have it shipped overnight both there and back for like 12 bucks.
     
  14. MikeTeachesMath

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    Here's the vague itinerary:

    I'm not sure I could do this all myself :lol:. I think I might bite the bullet with the cost and do it. I'll talk to my parents about it and see if they're willing to help me out any.
     
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    It sounds like an awesome opportunity. I'd probably do what you're doing and ask my parents first and if they said no (or only gave a little) I'd take out a loan for the full (or remaining) amount.

    I wish, when I did my undergrad, that I had done a study abroad!

    For the program that I am going to be applying to they do go to Guatemala. Here is their breakdown:


    Cost information for Study in Guatemala 2013


    Airfare – Approximate from Omaha
    650.00

    Registration ANA – Travel and international health insurance 160.00

    Language school, meals, travel, weekend trip, & family lodging
    1190.00

    Administrative fee – Briar Cliff 150.00

    TOTAL (ESTIMATED) 2150.00

    Weekend meals & souvenirs are extra

    The total course fee without tuition, weekend meals, and souvenirs is $2,150.00.

    This is a 3 week course.
     
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  16. MrsC

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    Here's what I would tell you if you were mine, Mike (my son is almost 22):
    "Go for it if you can swing the cost. We'll help you out a bit, although I'm not sure how much. Don't go into insurmountable debt, but if you're passionate about it, find a way. Tutor, wait tables, pour coffee to make a few extra dollars. Once you've settled into a career, these opportunities are so much harder. Don't regret that you didn't try."
     
  17. MikeTeachesMath

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    That sounds like a lot of fun! A friend of a friend went to Guatemala this summer to teach music to younger kids and she had a blast.

    This is why you're one of my favorites :hugs:
     
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    I think I got mine in a couple of weeks, but I would get on this right now. You never really know, so you want to make sure you have it in time.
     

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