Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer
If you are traveling to Mexico and you are a U.S. citizen 18 years or older, you will need the following:
Proof of Citizenship: A valid passport or certified copy of birth certificate.
Visa: No visa is needed for U.S. citizens for stays of 90 days or less. You may, however, need a visa for stays of 90 days or longer. Contact the nearest Mexican consulate or embassy for further information.
Health/Inoculations: None are required for stays of 90 days or less, however, you may want to check with your local public health office, your physician and/or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if you have any concerns or are planning on traveling to remote areas.
Tourist Card: Your tourist card and instructions are issued by the airline and generally completed en route.
Other Documents: You may need other documents if:
your passport has a different name (maiden, etc.) than what appears on your air ticket.
you are traveling with your own child but without your spouse (if applicable).
you are traveling with children other than your own.
you will be visiting countries other than Mexico.
Where can I study?
NRCSA offers language and culture programs in countries all over the world, including:
Because NRCSA schools offer different types of programs, where you study may depend on what type of program you’re looking for.
Is study abroad for me? NRCSA believes that study abroad is for everyone, however, this question is a very personal one and it can only be answered by you. We suggest that you begin to try to answer this question by being as honest as possible with yourself about your own limitations and your ability to be open to new and different experiences. You can do this by drawing from the life experiences you’ve already had, times when you had to meet new challenges or face different circumstances than what you were accustomed to. Review your performance in these situations honestly and evenhandedly, don’t be too hard or too easy on yourself. We think that you’ll find that in most instances you did a pretty good job of facing and adjusting to these new experiences. In fact, a lot people who have never traveled abroad find that, once in the foreign country, they’re better at it than they thought!
How do I start the registration process for a NRCSA study program? All you need do is complete and submit a NRCSA Registration Form along with a $140 USD deposit. You have three different ways that you can do this:
You can fill out and submit a secure on-line NRCSA Registration Form at the NRCSA website.
To complete and submit the NRCSA Registration secure on-line form, click here.
You can also print out the form at the NRCSA website and fax it or mail it to our office.
To print out the NRCSA Registration on-line form, click here.
When you complete the form, please fax or mail it to NRCSA at:
Mailing Address: NRCSA, Box 1393, Milwaukee WI, 53201, USA
3. You can contact NRCSA and we’ll fax or mail you a form.
To receive a NRCSA Preregistration Form by fax or by mail, please contact us at:
Mailing Address: NRCSA, Box 1393, Milwaukee WI, 53201, USA
Special Note: For those planning to register and travel in groups of two(2) or more, please fill out and submit one(1) NRCSA Registration Form per person. Make sure to note in either the “Lodging” or the “Options” section the name(s) of the person(s) traveling with you.
What happens after I submit my completed NRCSA Registration Form and $140 USD deposit? As soon as NRCSA receives your completed Registration Form and your $140 USD deposit we will contact the program that you have registered for and make a reservation for you. In about 48 hours we will receive a confirmation for your enrollment.*
At the time of confirmation we will send out your first packet of information which includes:
Acknowledgment Letter confirming your registration and deposit made.
NRCSA Invoice with the details of your program, the balance due and a due date.
NRCSA Planning Guide
Travel Insurance Benefits Schedule
If there are any problems or questions that arise during the processing of your registration, your Program Coordinator will contact you immediately.
Those who have questions or concerns regarding the registration process are encouraged to contact NRCSA by telephone (414-278-0631), fax (414-271-8884) or e-mail.
*Please note that registrations which included special requests or require special handling (i.e. Official Acceptance Letter from the program to get a visa, etc.) may take longer to confirm.
What happens after I receive my first packet of information? Your first packet of information will include the NRCSA invoice for your program. It will reflect the $140 USD deposit that you have paid and will state the balance due with a due date. Please remit your balance due to arrive in our office on or before the due date stated on the invoice.
NRCSA cannot release any departure information until the we have received the balance due payment in our office.
What type of payment options do I have? Payment may be in one of the following ways:
US dollars drawn on a US bank
Credit card (American Express, Discover, Mastercard, VISA and their affiliates worldwide)
For deposit/registration fee of $140 USD
For late fee of $40 (where applicable)
Wire (Bank Transfer)
Add $35 USD Bank Fee if paying by wire (bank transfer).
Wire funds to:
Mibar Ltd F/B/O
National Registration Center for Study Abroad (NRCSA)
M&I Bank, Swift Code MARLUS 44,
ABA Routing 075000051
Address: 770 N. Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
The student must have the bank that issues the wire (bank transfer) fax a detailed receipt to NRCSA at 1-414-271-8884.
Personal or business checks drawn on banks in the these countries in these currencies:
Australia - dollar
Austria - euros
Belgium - euros
Britain - pound
Canada - dollar
Denmark - krone
Finland - euros
France - euros
Germany - euros
Hong Kong - dollar
Ireland - euros
Italy - euros
Japan - yen
Netherlands - euros
New Zealand - dollar
Norway - krone
Portugal - euros
Singapore - dollar
South Africa - rand
Spain - euros
Sweden - krona
Switzerland - franc
Thailand - baht
EXAMPLE: The National Registration Center for Study Abroad (NRCSA) can accept a franc check drawn on a Swiss bank (not a USD check drawn on a Swiss bank). For amount in local currency equivalent to the USD amount being paid, use the international bankers rate for that day plus 3% for exchange conversion. (The ‘bankers rate’ is based on transactions of $100,000 and presumably your check is for less than that amount, and there is an inter-bank collection cost.). For the bankers rate, see the web site of any major international bank, or call your local bank.
Enclose a note specifying the rate of exchange you used and the date on which you obtained that rate.
What happens after I pay my balance due? After NRCSA receives your balance due payment, we will mail you your departure packet.*
The departure packet includes:
NRCSA “Departure Memo” with the study program contact name(s), address and contact numbers.
NRCSA Student Voucher, which must be presented to the director of the program upon arrival.
Your accommodation information.**
NRCSA “Know Before You Go” information sheets with specific information about the program and the area to which you are traveling.
NRCSA City Information sheets
NRCSA Country and City Maps
NRCSA Evaluation Form
* Departure information can be sent via fax or e-mail upon request of the student.
** Most accommodation information is received by NRCSA approximately 7 to 14 days prior to the student’s departure date. If we have not yet received the accommodation address upon receipt of your balance due payment, it will be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to you as soon as it is received.
What are the conditions and restrictions when I register for a NRCSA study abroad program? When you register for a NRCSA study abroad program, the following conditions and restrictions apply:
CHANGE FEES of at least $35 apply for each change you make and some “changes” may result in cancellation fees.
CANCELLATIONS are effective the day received in writing by NRCSA in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. All payments less $140 per program fully refundable up to 60 days prior to departure. For cancellations within 60 days of departure, $250 per person is non refundable; within 40 days of departure, less 50% of program cost or $300 per person (whichever is greater); within 14 days of departure, 100% of program cost is non refundable. Airline cancellation penalties, if any, are in addition to those outlined above. Cancellation penalties are per person, per program. Medical, baggage (above that included) and cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. Attach a note if you have a medical condition or Rx which the study abroad program should know about.
CONDITIONS: Each institution listed herein is independent of the National Registration Center for Study Abroad (hereinafter referred to as NRCSA), controls, and will periodically make changes in the program. Classes may fill, be changed, or dropped by the sponsoring academic institutions. NRCSA is a division of Mibar Ltd. and not responsible for these changes or other actions beyond its control such as strikes, postal delays or loss, mechanical breakdowns, weather, government actions, delay or acts/omissions of suppliers. NRCSA may make changes or substitutions or cancel any program. In the event of entire program cancellation by NRCSA, liability is limited to refunding all monies paid for said program. Passengers electing not to use portions of a program shall not be entitled to a refund. No agent or representative of NRCSA shall have the right to alter the provisions listed herein. Costs based on tariffs and exchange rates effective the date of printing of this material, and are subject to change. Additional costs resulting from such change will be paid by the participant. Registrations are valid when accepted by NRCSA in Milwaukee. Any ARC or IATA airline may be used. Airlines are not responsible for acts, omission or event when you are not on board the aircraft. The passage contract used by the airline, when issued is the sole agreement between it and you. Photographs of or statements by participants may be used by NRCSA. NRCSA, group leaders or foreign coordinators, at their discretion, may get medical assistance for participants, or place them in a hospital, or fly them back to the U.S. for medical treatment. All costs related to medical treatment or evacuation will be paid by the participant. As visitors you are expected to adhere to foreign rules and customs. If the foreign staff feels you are not adhering to these rules and customs, your participation in the program shall terminate immediately without refund whatsoever.
NOTE: Classes canceled in honor of local holidays are not made up. Foreign Language schools use placement tests. If there is no group at your level, tutorial classes may be substituted with fewer hours per week.
What travel documents do I need? The travel documents you will need depend on four major factors:
The country in which you hold citizenship.
The country you plan to travel to.
The duration of your study program.
The sections below have detailed information that discusses these issues, so please read on.
What travel documents do I need if I am a U.S. Citizen 18 years or older? It depends on what country you’re planning to travel to:
Note: Most countries require “evidence of sufficient funds for your length of stay” and a return or continuing air ticket.
What can study abroad do for me?
The study abroad experience is different for each individual and cannot be generalized. For some people, just the opportunity to be in another country, to have to depend on themselves and to have the courage to ask others for help when they need it gives them the self confidence they felt they lacked. For others it means they’re finally doing something just for themselves, not for anyone else, and that something is what they’ve always wanted to do: travel and learn about the peoples of the world. Still for others it means they can get academic credit while having a great experience abroad.
The only generalization that holds for everyone is that study abroad has the potential power to open the heart, the mind and the spirit.