Frequently Asked Questions

The below information applies to our Forum Europe Summer 2018 program. Details related to our 2019 programs will be available by July 30, 2018.

General FAQ (7)

Why should I study abroad?
Study abroad is an enriching and eye-opening adventure, where learning extends far beyond the classroom. The experience of studying abroad will expose you to new ways of thinking, living, and viewing the world.

Benefits include:
  • Learning firsthand about other cultures
  • Improving your language skills
  • Visiting and touring amazing cities
  • Developing friendships with students from around the world
  • Fulfilling major and minor coursework requirements
  • Developing new intellectual pursuits, skills, and perspectives.
  • Adding a personal and educational accomplishment to your resume/CV
Why Forum-Nexus?
Forum-Nexus has 29 years of experience specializing in intensive summer programs, taught in English, for undergraduate and graduate students. The programs are held in some of the most exciting and dynamic cities in Europe. By the end of the program, you will have greatly improved your global awareness, cultural intelligence, and International IQ. What makes Forum-Nexus unique is our exciting multi-country itinerary combined with an emphasis on professional visits, as well as our multicultural and multinational group of professors, students, and staff. During our program you will attend class in the morning and visit companies and international organizations in the afternoon. You will still have ample free time for cultural and touristic activities, shopping, and nighttime entertainment.

Learn more about Forum-Nexus here.
How will a study abroad experience enhance my employability after I graduate?
Employers increasingly seek graduates who have international experience, and a study abroad experience will enhance your employability. International knowledge, cross-cultural communication skills, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances are skills enhanced through studying abroad that are important to employers.
Who can participate in Forum-Nexus programs?
Eligible applicants must be degree-seeking students enrolled in a college or university program, at the undergraduate or graduate level. You may also apply if you are a recent college or university graduate who graduated in the last four years. Most undergraduate program participants are between 19 and 23 years old. Most graduate program participants are between 23 and 29 years old. Applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 of 4.0. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement are encouraged to apply, but must submit a letter of recommendation and a letter of explanation for review by the Admissions Committee. International students from universities that do not use a GPA system must have a minimum grade average of 75 out of 100. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program.

Learn more about the Admissions process here.
Can I travel with Forum-Nexus even if I have already graduated from my university?
If you have graduated within the last four years, you are still eligible to participate in our program. We recommend that you take your Forum-Nexus courses at the graduate level, as the credits may be of value to you in the future if you decide to pursue graduate school.
Have you had any students from my country before?
Forum-Nexus hosts students from all over the world. Generally 70% are US students and the rest come from countries like Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, India, Canada, the UK, China, Russia, Korea, Spain, Ukraine, Peru, Vietnam, Colombia, and many more.
How many students are there in the program?
Typically about 60 students from around the world participate in the summer program.

Summer 2018 FAQ (4)

What is the itinerary?
We will be traveling from June 30th to July 28th, 2018 through 5 countries in Europe, visiting 9 of the most exciting cities: Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Chamonix, Lugano, Como, Milan, Rome, and Rhodes.

You can find a detailed itinerary here.

In order to accommodate the needs of students who may have schedule limitations, we offer 1 main session (lasting 1 month) and several intensive sessions (lasting 2.5 to 3.5 weeks).
More details regarding dates and sessions here.
What are the program fees and what do they include?
The program fees range between $9,371 and $12,155 depending on the number of credits you choose and the session you join. Plus, you can enjoy a substantial discount by participating in our Early Bird Discount program.

You can find full details here.

The fees include:
  • Tuition for two or three courses (5 or 8 credits)
  • Accommodation in 4- and 5-star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast in all hotels
  • Professional visits
  • All transportation within Europe between Amsterdam and Rome, by private coach or high-speed train
  • Health insurance
  • Welcome reception
  • Farewell dinner
What is the housing arrangement?
Students, faculty, and staff participating in the Forum-Nexus Study Abroad program stay in excellent 4 and 5-star full service hotels, in double and triple occupancy rooms. Students have the opportunity to request their roommates throughout the program.

View a full list of hotels here.
What can I do over the weekends
On Saturdays and Sundays, you may elect to participate in optional FN day trips, organized by Forum-Nexus, or go on independent weekend excursions, organized by groups of students.

Optional FN Day Trips

As a complement to the itinerary of the program, Forum-Nexus offers exciting day trips to additional cities with great cultural and sightseeing value. Most of them happen on Saturdays, and provide students with an opportunity to enrich their travel experience around Europe. The average cost for an optional FN day trip is $100. The following is the list of planned trips:

  • Sunday, July 8 - A full day visiting the Palace of Versailles.
  • Saturday, July 14 - A full day visits to the amazing canals of Venice.
  • Sunday, July 15 - A full day visiting the city of Florence.
  • Saturday, July 21 - A full day visiting the Island of Capri.
  • Tuesday, July 24 - An afternoon and evening visit to the whitewashed hillside medieval village of Lindos, including a visit to its acropolis and to its beautiful beaches.
Independent Weekend Excursions

Groups of students may elect to travel to other cities on their own during weekends throughout the program. Independent Weekend Excursions are organized by students prior to or during the program, and usually involve a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning departure by train or plane, and a Sunday night return to the Forum-Nexus base city. There are two suggested destinations for every weekend. Students must complete an Independent Weekend Excursion Form to inform Forum-Nexus staff of any travel plans outside of the FN itinerary.

  • Weekend #1
    July 6-8: London or Barcelona
  • Weekend #2
    July 13-15: Berlin or Prague
  • Weekend #3
    July 20-22: Athens or Santorini

Application Process (2)

How do I apply?
You may submit an application online for free. You must complete the application form as well as submit the required essay component in order for your application to be processed.

If you are interested in pursuing a Supervised Independent Study (SIS) course, you must also submit an SIS Course Request Form in order to be considered for that course.

Learn more about the application process here.
When will I know if I've been accepted to the program?
Within 2 weeks after you apply and submit the required essay, you will receive an email notification about your acceptance.

Academics (8)

What are the classes like?
Forum-Nexus classes are held at host universities in the different cities included in the program itinerary, or in the conference center of the hotels. Classes are usually held in the morning on weekdays. Our team of international professors travel with the program and are accessible after class hours for questions.

Each Forum-Nexus course is designed to comply with curricular guidelines of U.S. and international universities.
How many classes do I have to take?
Forum-Nexus students enroll in one or two 3-credit courses of their choice. We offer three types of courses: regular courses, supervised independent study (SIS) courses, and internships. Additionally, all students participate in our 2-credit International IQ Seminar, conducted by Dr. Hervitz, director of Forum-Nexus, designed to improve the students’ cultural, geographic, and global knowledge.

A total of 5 (one 3-credit course plus the 2-credit IQ Seminar) or 8 (two 3-credit courses plus the 2-credit IQ Seminar) credits may be earned during the program.
How does a Supervised Independent Study (SIS) course work?
Students enrolled in a Supervised Independent Study (SIS) course pursue structured independent work, following a well-defined syllabus, under the supervision of one or two faculty members. Not every student is allowed to enroll in an SIS course. Interested students must fill-out the SIS Course Request Form justifying their suitability for the course and their ability to conduct independent work.

All SIS course options may be found here.
Do you offer internships?
Yes! The Forum-Nexus Internship Program provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable academic and professional experience while earning 3 credits for their experience. We do offer internships in Communication, Hospitality Management, Photography and Videography.

In order to be approved for an Internship course, please complete an Internship Application Form and submit all required materials to info@forum-nexus.com.
Will I have time to take a full course load (8 credits) and also explore each city?
Classes are usually conducted during the mornings, leaving you enough time in the afternoon to explore the cities of our program. Classes are not held during the weekends, so you may enjoy each city or travel to another nearby city.

More information on weekend activities may be found here.
Which courses should I take?
We recommend that you consult your academic advisors and study abroad advisors at your university for suggestions on which courses you should take, considering your major and minor requirements. You can take 5 or 8 credits.

Find a list of all of our courses here.
Where are the credits for the courses issued from?
Our courses are academically sponsored by two European universities: Franklin University in Switzerland and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy. Transcripts may be issued by any of the two schools, upon request. Both are fully accredited, but Franklin University Switzerland has the added advantage of being accredited as a U.S. school.
I can’t find my university in the credit transfer list
If you do not see your university on this list, it does not mean that credits won’t transfer, but that you may be the first student from your university to participate in our program.

To confirm that the credits will transfer, please follow these steps:
  1. Download the course syllabi for the courses you plan to take.
  2. Print a copy of the "About Forum-Nexus" section of our website.
  3. Take the printed syllabi and additional information about Forum-Nexus to your study abroad office.
  4. If your study abroad advisor has any questions, please ask them to contact us at info@forum-nexus.com or at +1-305-764-2243.

We are happy to help you throughout the credit transfer process.

Financial Aid (1)

Can I afford to participate in Forum-Nexus? Is financial aid available?
Yes, you can! Generally, all financial aid awards, including loans, grants, and scholarships, are applicable to study abroad programs. Financial aid packages are reevaluated to consider the cost of a specific program, and aid packages may be adjusted (up to the maximum eligibility amount) according to the modified cost of the study abroad program.

We offer financial aid opportunities as well. Students participating in Forum-Nexus programs can receive aid from Forum-Nexus, from their university, or from external sources.

More information may be found here.

International Travel (2)

Do I need to know a foreign language to study abroad?
No. All Forum-Nexus courses, professional visits, and day trips are conducted in English. We encourage you, though, to make an effort to learn some important words and phrases in the languages of the countries we visit. One of the highlights of Forum-Nexus is the emphasis placed on making sure that the participating students acquire a higher level of International IQ. We define International IQ as the minimum level of international knowledge that a student should have in order to be perceived as a cultured and educated individual in an international situation, such as a gathering of professionals from around the world, or an international negotiation.
Do I need to apply for a visa?
If you are a citizen of the U.S., Canada, Mexico or the European Union, you do not need any visas. Citizens of most other countries do need to apply for a Schengen visa, that is one visa for all the Forum-Nexus countries. Usually, you do not need a student visa, but just a tourist visa. After you get accepted and pay your deposit, Forum-Nexus will provide you with the necessary documents needed for the visa. You should not necessarily apply for a visa from the first country that you will visit; but rather from the country in which you will spend the most days.