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Booking Travel FAQs

FAQs on Flight Booking for Students Departing in Fall 2022


Q: Who do I contact regarding Off Campus Study policy questions?
A: Jenna Guthrie (guthriej@denison.edu) in the Center for Global Programs. 

Q: Can I arrive earlier than my program start date or leave later than my program end date? Can I come late or leave early?
A: You are required to arrive by the designated move-in/orientation date and stay until all examinations and any other program requirements are completed. Otherwise, you can plan to arrive earlier or leave later if that is permitted by your program and by your visa requirements (check this carefully – you usually cannot enter the host country before the official start date on your visa). 

Q: Do I have to fly from Columbus to my host city? 
A: No. You can fly from any city to your host city, but the allowance for students with demonstrated financial need is calculated on flying from Columbus, Ohio.

Q: Can I come home during Spring Break, vacation periods, etc.?
A: You can, but it will be at your own expense. Denison does not pay for flights during vacation or break periods. Note that Denison does not pay for travel other than to and from the study abroad site at the beginning and end of the program. You are required to arrive by the designated move-in/orientation date and stay until all examinations and any other program requirements are completed. 

Q: Do I need a valid passport before booking an international flight?
A: Yes, you must have a valid passport with an expiration date of at least six months after your program end date. Be sure to verify that all information on your passport (e.g., name, birthday) is correct. 

Q: Do I need a valid visa before booking a flight?
A: You should check with your program to determine whether you need a visa. You should begin the visa application process as soon as you are eligible. Visa processing times widely vary, from weeks to months depending on the country. Be aware that a transit visa might be required when you have a layover in another country. When a visa is required, you typically cannot enter the host country before the official start date on your visa. 

Q: How do I know whether Denison will provide a flight allowance?
A: Denison will provide flight allowances for any student with demonstrated financial need. Need is determined by subtracting a student's expected family contribution from our standard cost of attendance. If you have further questions, please contact Financial Aid - finaid@denison.edu, 740-587-6276.

Q: The flight I want costs more than the allowance. Can I obtain additional funds?
A: Unfortunately, no. The allowance is a reasonable estimate of airfare plus baggage, but for a variety of reasons your specific flight may cost more or less. We cannot adjust the amount of the allowance. 

Q: Will Denison pay for checked bags?
A: For students with financial need, checked baggage is included in the flight allowance. All additional fares and fees are at your own expense.

Q: I booked my flight and need to change it or cancel it. Who pays for these changes/cancellation?
A: You. If you change your mind about your OCS plans, or wish to move the date of your flight after booking, you are responsible for any penalties, cancellation fees, change fees, or lost fares. 

Q: My program offers a group flight. Can I take that? 
A: Yes.