Homestay family living accommodations are included in the program fee. Students stay in a twin bedroom of a residential neighborhood home located within in the inner 3 zones of the London city transport system. Each student will share a bedroom, equipped with two twin beds, with one other student, of the same gender, who is participating in the program.
The cost of a continental breakfast (comprised of cereals, toast, juice, tea and/or coffee) is included in the program fee and is provided in the homestay five days per week. Students will have access to the homestay kitchen for the preparation of other meals. Students are responsible for providing and paying for all of their lunch and dinner meals, as well as snacks, while living in London. The cost of food is included in the estimate of personal student expenses included on the program cost breakdown sheet that is posted on the London, England Program Expenses web page.
For a supplemental fee, students may choose to live in a shared, self-catering apartment. Apartments typically house 2-6 students.
International Airfare and Airport Transportation
The cost of round-trip airfare between Portland, Oregon and London, England is not included in the program fee. It is the students responsibility to book and pay for round-trip international airfare costs and airport transportation.
On a space–available basis, students may purchase an optional, group transportation package offered by AIFS. The AIFS group transportation package consists of round-trip airfare (Portland–London–Portland) and round-trip transfers overseas between the airport and the housing in Florence. Students can select this option when completing their program application. A minimum of 10 students must purchase this optional group transportation package for it to be offered.
International Health and Travel Insurance
Student medical and program fee refund insurance policies are included in the cost of the program fee.
The cost of a London transport travel pass, valid for unlimited use on buses and underground trains in travel zones 1, 2, and 3 for the duration of the 10 week program, is included in the program fee. Students are responsible for providing and paying for the cost of taxis, above ground trains, and airfare to other parts of Great Britain.
The following services are included in the program fee:
- On-site orientation meeting & literature, welcome reception, and half-day guided sightseeing tour of London by private coach.
- A fully staffed AIFS office in the study center includes an AIFS Program Coordinator and Student Advisors to provide general information, personal advising and counseling services, and a 24-hour emergency contact service.
- A special membership with the University of London Union giving students access to Union clubs and societies, low-cost student cafeterias and, at an additional cost, sporting facilities.
- A membership card, with borrowing rights, at local public libraries.
- A student computer lab with free wireless Internet access that is located in the AIFS student center. Internet access may or may not be available in homestay or apartment accommodations.
The following optional services are offered for an additional fee:
- A medical insurance upgrade. Additional details are available in a program brochure that can be obtained from the Rock Creek Office of International Education. Students can select this option when completing their program application.
- Personal Affects Insurance. Additional details are available in a program brochure that can be obtained from the Rock Creek Office of International Education. Students can select this option when completing their program application.
The cost of PCC tuition is NOT included in the program fee. To determine the cost of 15 credits of PCC tuition and fees, students can refer to the College Cost Calculator. Students are required pay their PCC tuition or make college-approved payment arrangements by the Spring term payment due date.
Included Excursions and Cultural Activities:
- A cultural program of extra-curricular activities which typically includes three theater performances, a football match, and a walking tour.
- Two day trips. Past destinations have included Oxford and Stonehenge.
- Optional excursions to destinations such as Scotland may be offered for an additional fee, if there is sufficient student demand.