7-Day Short Trips to Study Abroad (Paris or Italy)!

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Esaie Couture Design School
1515 Church Ave, Lower Level
(enter through side entrance at E 16th St)
Brooklyn NY 11226

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Do I need a passport?

You must have a signed, valid passport from your country of citizenship that will not expire for a minimum of 6 months after your planned return date. If you do not have a passport, or it's about to expire, make sure you apply or renew as soon as possible! US Citizens can refer to the US Department of State’s website for more information regarding passports.
How old must I be to join this tour?

You must be at least 18 years old to travel alone, or be accompanied by a parent/guardian​

How do I pay my fees?

Fees can be paid by credit card or debit card. It is easiest to make payments online, where, we accept VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Click the "BOOK NOW" button above.

What does the fee include?

This varies for each program, see previous page for detailed information on this website in the program section.

Does the fee include airfare?

No. Therefore, we suggest that after you leave your deposit you arrange your airfare. The earlier you book your flight, the better the price

How will I get money while I am abroad?

Typically the easiest, least expensive, and most convenient way for you to access funds is to use an ATM card that has been approved for international use and has a PIN number. You should consult with your bank about setting up access to your account via the internet to check your balance, etc. Let your bank and credit card companies know when and where you will be traveling.

How do I use my ATM/debit card abroad?

ATMs are available for use in most countries worldwide. They often have the best exchange rate, 24-hour accessibility, and money from your home bank account can be withdrawn in the local currency abroad. Check with your bank at home to make sure your card is approved for use abroad and to determine any charges related to using it internationally, as there are usually currency conversion fees for each withdrawal. Be aware of the daily withdrawal limit for your debit card. In some countries, ATMs will not accept a PIN longer than four digits or that starts with zero. If your PIN is longer than four digits, contact your bank to ask how to use your card abroad.

Can I use my credit cards?

While credit cards are typically accepted around the world, VISA and MasterCard are the most widely accepted. You should let your card company know when and where you will be traveling and confirm that your card can be used abroad. Consider requesting a 4-digit PIN number to use (like you would with a debit card), verify your daily limit, and check if there are any service fees/restrictions. You may, for example, be charged a fee or percentage for the currency exchange rate. Just in case, be prepared to have another form of payment with you in the event you cannot use your credit card.

Can I use traveler’s checks?

We strongly discourage using or relying on traveler's checks, as they are not always accepted abroad. You may be required to exchange traveler’s checks for local currency at a bank. Also, you must often have the original receipt with you as some banks may require the original receipt in order to exchange the traveler’s checks.

If you do decide to use traveler’s checks, make sure you sign them as soon as you receive them. It is a good idea to keep a copy of them at home in case they are lost, and you should store the contact information for the issuing bank separately from your purse or wallet.

Can I wire funds abroad?

Yes, Western Union (and many banks) can quickly wire money to most countries. To collect wired funds, you will need to show your passport or ID and the transaction record number that the sender was given when transferring the funds. You should expect to pay fees to send and/or receive funds by wire transfer. These fees can range from $50 to $100.

How do I avoid high banking fees?

Your financial institution may charge fees for each foreign transaction. Therefore, you should try to limit the frequency of your ATM withdrawals. Some financial institutions may also have global partnerships or alliances that will allow you to withdraw money from certain ATMs with little to no extra fees. Be sure to take note of all included, because they may have ATMs in multiple countries. Check with your bank, credit union, or financial institution for more information.