COMPARATIVE LAW PROGRAM IN EUROPE
The itinerary for 2016 will be similar to what was offered last year. The actual 2016 itinerary will be posted shortly.
France (Paris); (Strasbourg); Belgium (Brussels); United Kingdom (London)
May 27, last day to depart from the U.S.
May 28, arrival in Paris, France (Hotel: Mercure Gare de Lyon) (evening reception nearby)
June 24, conclusion
June 25, departure date from London
Paris (check in May 24 - check out May 31): Mercure Gare de Lyon
Strasbourg (check in May 31 - check out June 7): Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile Hotel
Brussels (check in June 7 - check out June 13): Adagio Brussels Centre Monnaie
London (check in June 13 - check out June 21): Novotel Paddington Hotel
Travel Throughout the Program
Airfares to Europe can vary greatly depending on several variables. Students are encouraged to make their plans early to take advantage of advance purchase options. This applies to purchasing seats on the high speed trains in Europe as well. Generally students not yet 26 years of age qualify for travel discounts in Europe.
Participants should consult a good travel agent and/or reputable websites that sell discounted airfares or auction airfares. Among others, STA Travel offers attractively discounted airfares to students. Inquire at www.statravel.com. Remember that you will be starting in Paris and departing from London.
Travel within Europe and within the cities visited will be by train, bus, metro, and other public transportation. Discounted week-long metro bus passes can be purchased in London and Paris. Passport-size pictures are needed for this in Paris. Strasbourg has one of the best tram systems in Europe.
For the purposes of the program, there will be three train trips on different dates: Paris-Strasbourg (TGV), Strasbourg-Brussels (Thalys) and Brussels-London (Eurostar). A Eurailpass is not recommended or required. There are discounts when two or more people purchase a ticket and travel together and for people not yet 26 years of age. Please explore your options with your travel agent and/or check Web sites tgv.com, eurostar.com, thalys.com, raileurope.com, railpass.com. European students may consider purchasing an Interrail pass. For more information, visit www.interrail.net. Please note that students under 26 years old can purchase discounted individual or group train fares in Europe. Some students may prefer an intercity bus trips. They take twice as long but can be significantly cheaper. The program director will let everyone know what train reservations he has made in case students wish to tak the same train.
Should students prefer to not travel with the group between program cities, they may travel on their own as long as they arrive in time for the next class. If planning to use discount airlines, take into account travel time and cost to and from the airport, security checks, baggage weight limitations, and all fees.
All the trains to be used for the program require a seat reservation. It is the student's responsibility to have both a train ticket and a seat reservation. Students with a Eurailpass still need to reserve a seat. Reservations can be made online, through a travel agent, or in person as soon as you arrive in London, Brussels or Paris.
It is strongly suggested that train tickets and reservations be made early in order to find seats available and to qualify for lower fares. Think of it as an airline ticket; normally it is better to buy it well in advance.Students with disabilities: Every effort will be made to accommodate students with special needs or disabilities. However, generally, in Europe facilities are not always equipped for disabled people as they are normally in the USA. Students with special needs must contact the Office of Student Affairs at WCL, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 274-4052.
Professor Andrew Pike
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016