COMPARATIVE LAW PROGRAM IN EUROPE
United Kingdom (London); France (Paris);
Brussels, Belgium Luxembourg; France (Strasbourg).
May 28, last day to depart from the U.S.
May 29, arrival in London, United Kingdom (Hotel: Citadines Trafalgar Square) (evening reception nearby)
June 25, conclusion
June 26, departure date from Strasbourg
London (check in May 29 - check out June 5): Citadines Trafalgar Square
Paris (check in June 5 - check out June 19): Citadines Les Halles
Luxembourg (check in June 19 - check out June 21): Park Inn by Radisson
Strasbourg (check in June 21 - check out June 26): Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile Hotel
In 2016, the program was temporarily modified to bypass Brussels.
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 London and departing from Strasbourg.
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: London- Paris (Eurostar), Paris-Luxembourg (Thalys), and Luxembourg-Strasbourg (TGV). 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 take 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, Luxembourg 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.
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