May I travel to France independently? May I live independently? Is this deducted from the total fee?
Yes — Fall and academic year students traveling independently should plan to meet the group in Tours in late August. (Spring semester students should arrive in Paris mid-January — dates to be announced). They cannot join the group at Charles de Gaulle airport since the number of seats on the busses is limited and the busses are supplied by the travel agent for the exclusive use of students traveling with the group. Students traveling independently must also handle their own baggage. Extra baggage cannot be sent with the group, nor can the Paris office assume any responsibility for the storage of baggage. Specific instructions on traveling from Paris to Tours will be provided.
In the past, certain students have had their own apartments or studios or have chosen to live with relatives, family friends, etc. If you prefer this option to living with a family, you must settle this in writing with the Virginia office by May 15 (Nov. 10 for spring semester students). We will require your parents’ and your college’s approval.
In this case you must find your own accommodation and make your own financial arrangements; the bill you will receive from the Junior Year in France of your college will reflect a credit for independent room and board. If you have not yet found housing by the time the group moves to Paris, we will help you find a cheap hotel where you can stay until you find a studio or an apartment.