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Eligibility and How to Apply

Academics

Costs, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

Preparing for Study Abroad (Pre-Departure)

Returning to Pace Campus (After My Program Abroad)

Eligibility and How to Apply

  • Who is eligible to participate on the FYE London program?
    • Students who (1) receive an offer of admission to Pace University to start in the Fall 2022 semester, (2) receive an invitation to apply to the FYE London program, and (3) complete the FYE London application
    • Admitted to either the New York City or Pleasantville Pace campuses
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 (unweighted)
    • 18 years of age prior to the program start date
    • Have a passport valid through July 1, 2023
    • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Who cannot participate on the FYE London program?
    • Students from most majors are eligible to apply. However, there are some academic paths that are not a good fit for the FYE program. Students in the Honors College, the School of Performing Arts, Nursing, and 5-year program students may not participate. Transfer students may not participate. Students in Pace programs/majors with strict curricular requirements may need to check with their Pace school (Lubin, Dyson, CHP, Seidenberg) to see what the implications may be for participating on the FYE program.
  • May I participate on this program in a future semester instead of my first semester at Pace?
    • No. This FYE London program is only open to first-semester Pace students. However, you may study abroad on numerous other programs during your years at Pace.
  • When is the application deadline and how do I apply to the FYE London program?
    • First, apply to Pace University for admission to the Fall 2022 semester.
    • Eligible FYE London candidates will then receive an email invitation to apply to the FYE London program.
    • The FYE London application requires students to submit 2 documents (in PDF form) - by the April 1 application deadline:
      • Essay (250 words minimum) detailing why you wish to participate in the FYE London program. Refer to qualities such as being independent, flexible, and a problem solver, as well as how this experience might challenge you in ways that will advance your personal and academic aspirations. Address previous challenges you have faced and how you have overcome them.
      • 2-3 page academic paper from one of your recent courses. This will be used for placement into English 120, one of the included courses on this program.
    • Applicants will also be interviewed (virtually) by Pace Education Abroad staff as part of the acceptance process.
  • Can I apply to the FYE program before committing to Pace?
    • Yes. Once you have received admission to Pace University, you will then have the opportunity to complete the FYE London application by April 1 (prior to making a commitment to Pace). However, once you are accepted into the FYE London program, you must commit to Pace to reserve your spot on the FYE London program.
  • How competitive is the program?
    • Spaces are limited and students are accepted on a case-by-case basis, so the earlier you apply, the better.
  • I am waiting to hear about other college admittance decisions before finalizing my choice to come to Pace. Should I still apply?
    • Yes. We recommend that you apply if you wish to be considered as space is limited.
    • March 1 is the priority application deadline.
    • April 1 is the application deadline.
    • We will accept applications on a space-available, rolling basis after the deadline.
  • What happens after I am accepted into the FYE London program?
    • Students will be notified about acceptance to the FYE London program on a rolling basis but no later than May 1.
    • If you are accepted into the FYE London program, you will need to confirm your participation at both Pace University and Pace’s FYE London with a $1,000 non-refundable FYE program deposit – due by May 15. (The deposit will be credited toward the Pace bill for the FYE London program.)
    • Prior to departure, you will pay your Pace University bill for tuition and fees and FYE London housing by August 1; attend the mandatory orientation at Pace University in New York City in early September; and travel to London on a recommended group flight from NYC.
  • Can I use academic accommodations while abroad on the FYE program?
    • Yes. To request an accommodation for a qualifying disability, a student must self-identify and register with the Student Accessibility Services for their campus. Contact Pace’s Student Accessibility Services for more information.
  • I want to do the FYE program but my parents are hesitant. What should I do?
    • Communication is key! Sending a student off to college abroad can be challenging for parents/family! Bring your family into the study abroad conversation early so you can discuss important topics such as finances and safety. As you prepare for your semester abroad, invite your parents into your research of the program and destination. We have several online resources: a ‘Parents and Families’ resource page, an ‘Information for Families’ tab on the FYE London program page on Pace’s Study Abroad Portal (Terra Dotta), and a comprehensive “Parent Guide to Study Abroad” (free, and available for download in English and Spanish).
    • Pace will also offer virtual information sessions for parents and families addressing common concerns and answering questions. Pace’s Education Abroad staff and the host institution in London will support you and your parents before, during, and after your experience abroad. Reach out to us with questions or concerns: studyabroad@pace.edu.

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Academics

  • What courses will I take in London?
    • All FYE London students take 6 courses, which total 17 credits. Below are the courses that will be taught in Fall 2022:
      • Introduction to University Life – 1 credit
      • Modern Britain / History 202 – 3 credits
      • Great Britain: Literature, Art, and Culture / Literature – 3 credits
      • Critical Writing / English 120 – 4 credits
      • Public Speaking / Communications 200 – 3 credits
      • Introduction to Computing – 3 credits
  • Will the grades I receive on the FYE London program affect my GPA?
    Yes. The grades you receive on the FYE program are factored into your Pace GPA. They are considered Pace courses, delivered in London.
  • Can I take different courses than those listed?
    • No. All FYE London students take the same courses for the semester abroad, as a cohort.
  • Can I take additional courses in London (or asynchronously at Pace)?
    • No. The FYE London curriculum does not allow for additional courses.

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Costs, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

  • How do I pay the FYE London non-refundable $1,000 deposit to confirm my spot?
    • Accepted FYE London students will be instructed to pay the FYE London program deposit through their Pace applicant dashboard, which will be credited toward the Pace bill for the FYE London program.
  • What are the tuition and housing costs of the FYE London program?
    • Participants will be charged Pace tuition and fees for the Fall 2022 semester, as well as $8,500 for FYE program housing in London.
  • What is included in the FYE London program?
    • Full academic program
    • Dedicated on-site support - including FYE London program coordinator who lives alongside students in the housing.
    • Access to London host institution campus facilities
    • Shared twin room in London housing; access to a fully equipped shared kitchen; in-room access to internet
    • NYC orientation. Mandatory 2-day/2-night pre-departure orientation in New York City, including meals and housing (prior to departure for London)
    • London on-site orientation (including a welcome dinner, events, and activities)
    • Airport transfer from Pace University to NYC-area airport
    • Group transfer from London airport to the London housing
    • London transportation pass
    • International emergency health insurance
    • Cultural and weekly social programming; theater and concert events; visits in and around London to museums and historic sites; and day-trips to local sites of historical and cultural interest
    • Academic advising in London, and registration guidance for Pace classes for the spring 2023 semester
  • What about flights to/from London?
    • Flights are not included.
    • The FYE London program begins with on-site orientation in New York City, so students need to purchase flights into New York City, and from New York to London.
    • Pace will designate a recommended outbound flight only (USA to London) so that students have maximum flexibility in booking their return flight when the FYE London program ends. A Pace University staff person will accompany students on the outbound flight. FYE London students may make their own flight arrangements from NYC orientation to London, as long as they arrive in London by the start of the FYE program.
  • What isn't included in the program?
    • Flights (to/from London and to New York for orientation)
    • Meals in London (students will have access to a shared kitchen)
    • Passport
    • Any pre-departure COVID tests that are required by UK and USA immigration
    • Personal expenses (estimated between $2,000 -$3,000 for the semester)
    • Airport transfers upon arrival in New York City and departure from London at the end of the program
    • Note: Review the estimated budget sheet for the semester program under the ‘Costs’ tab of the FYE London program page on Pace’s Study Abroad Portal (Terra Dotta).
  • How do my scholarships apply?
    • FYE London students are eligible for all Pace merit scholarships, NY state, and federal aid.
  • Do any of my scholarships count towards the $8,500 housing fee?
    • No.
  • If I deposit and change my mind before departure for London (cancelling from the program), what is the refund policy?
    • The $1,000 deposit is non-refundable.
    • Refunds for Pace tuition and fees will be handled according to the terms outlined in Pace’s academic catalog. Refunds for London housing (once confirmed) will be handled according to the London housing’s contract signed by each student the month prior to departure. Mid-semester withdrawals will require Pace to perform a recalculation of eligibility for financial aid under the mandated federal formula (Return of Title IV Aid Calculation). Read more about Pace’s study abroad policies here.
  • Are there any COVID-19 related risks of the program being cancelled?
    • If Pace cancels the FYE London program due to elevated COVID-19 concerns (or under-enrollment) prior to the start of the program, Pace will refund students their deposit and fees paid. Pace would work with students to be transferred to a regular first semester at Pace with on-campus housing.
    • Pace students may plan to study abroad with the understanding that they do so at their own risk. Any financial losses incurred because of program cancellation (either prior to or during the term abroad) related to travel, quarantine, border closures, or health issues related to COVID-19 will not be reimbursed by Pace. Read Pace’s policies on international travel and COVID-19 considerations.
    • Pace strongly suggests that students purchase fully refundable airline tickets and “Cancel For Any Reason”/CFAR trip cancellation insurance. Pace is not responsible for any personal expenses incurred as a result of program cancellation.

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Preparing for Study Abroad (Pre-Departure)

  • What are the dates of the FYE London program in Fall 2022?
    • September 5-December 17, 2022. The mandatory orientation is held at Pace in New York, September 5-7. The FYE London cohort flies together to London (on a group flight) on September 7. The FYE London program ends on December 17, 2022.
  • What is the group size?
    • The FYE London participants are a select group of high-performing students, who will form a cohort of between 15-25 students.
  • When will I meet the other FYE London students?
    • Pace will offer several virtual meet-ups/events for accepted FYE London students, in spring and summer - for students to get to know each other and learn more about the program before departure. Upon arrival in New York City for orientation, you will be housed together and attend orientation sessions together.
  • What about the housing in London?
    • Accommodations for Pace's FYE London program are located in central London, in modern accommodations. The accommodations are close to transport links across the city. In addition to easy travel to the campus for classes, students have easy access to shops, supermarkets, cafes, and parks. Students will room with another Pace FYE London participant (in twin rooms). Read more under the ‘Housing’ tab on the FYE London program page on Pace’s Study Abroad Portal (Terra Dotta).
  • How and when are roommates assigned?
    • Prior to departure, FYE students will receive a roommate questionnaire. The answers provided will help Pace assign roommates according to lifestyle and preferences. While Pace will do our best to pair compatible roommates, completing this questionnaire does not guarantee a perfect roommate pairing.
    • Students who require special accommodations must complete the medical accommodations application process with Pace’s Student Accessibility Services to have their accommodation need assessed prior to departure.
  • Can I choose my roommate?
    • If you and another FYE London student want to room together, we will work hard to place you together – but it is not guaranteed.
  • What should I pack/bring?
    • During the summer, Pace will send students a detailed suggested packing list.
  • Is there a meal plan included?
    • Meals in London are not included in the FYE London program, and there isn’t a meal plan offered. Meals are therefore the responsibility of the student. Students will have access to a shared kitchen to make meals affordably, and there are many excellent budget eateries in London.
  • Can I work abroad in London during the program?
    • No. Due to U.K. immigration restrictions, students are not allowed to work during their semester abroad in London.
  • What about health care coverage abroad?
    • The FYE London program includes a Pace-arranged international travel insurance plan to cover students for the duration of the FYE program. The policy provides emergency medical coverage, remote mental health counseling services, security and emergency medical evacuation, lost or delayed luggage, and more. Read more about Health and Safety while studying abroad.
  • What COVID-19 protocols are in place?
    • Our FYE London academic partner and housing follow stringent COVID-19 protocols, in accordance with local and country-specific regulations.
    • If Pace were to decide to cancel the FYE London program due to COVID-19 concerns, the $1,000 deposit will be returned in full to any students enrolled in the FYE London program. We will make a final review of the program’s viability by the end of June. We have Pace Risk Management protocols that we follow and we consult closely with our UK partner, as well as benchmark with numerous other resources.

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Returning to Pace Campus (After My Program Abroad)

  • Does FYE participation impact my housing back on Pace campus in the Spring?
    • No. As a participant in the FYE London program, you are guaranteed housing on the Pace campus as long as you complete a housing form by the December 1 housing deadline. During the Fall semester, you will receive an email from Pace’s Office of Residential Life and Housing with this form asking you to confirm your housing preferences, subject to availability.
  • What happens when I return to Pace campus in the Spring?
    • FYE London students will attend January 2023 orientation for new students, and work with their Academic Advisor to plan their Pace Path incorporating their coursework taken on the FYE London program.

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