Any law student from an ABA accredited program can participate in the SAIICA program, provided he or she has completed one year of study. It is understood that many 1Ls will not have completed their first year at the time of the application deadline. For this reason, the year of study must be successfully completed by the beginning of the program, May 16, 2012.
Yes. You may apply for the program online. Visit the GSU Study Abroad page, and find the program by searching Summer Academy in International Commercial Arbitration. Select the program entry, read the details and click "Apply Now." Non-GSU students will be prompted to create an account. GSU students may log in with their Campus ID and Password. Applications are saved to your account and do not have to be completed in one session. Keep a note of your log-in credentials, so that you can complete and submit your application.
Linz, Austria, a town located about halfway between Vienna and Salzburg, Austria. The academy will visit both of those cities and will also travel to Prague, Czech Republic; Budapest, Hungary; Venice, Italy; and Passau, Germany, as well as arbitration courts located in many of those venues.
All of the necessary forms for the program; the basic administrative information for the program; and other helpful information can be located on the Summer Academy in International Commercial Arbitration website. If you have any questions beyond the information on the website, call Professor Lanier at 404-413-9185. Cindy Perry is in charge of all administrative aspects of the program and may be reached at 404-413-9080.
The basic costs of the Summer Academy are in two parts: the tuition (which is paid to the university) and the administrative costs. The administrative costs of the program this year are $3,300 and covers your hotels in Linz, breakfast each day, ground transportation, supplemental health insurance and other associated costs of managing the program. An online payment option will be available soon.
The 2013 tuition rate will remain the same as the 2012 rate. Non-Georgia residents may pay in-state Georgia tuition fees, but are subject to a $250 administrative fee assessed by the Georgia Board of Regents.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia agreed to permit the Summer Academy in International Commercial Arbitration to assess an in-state tuition rate for students who participate in the program, regardless of residency. Non-residents of Georgia will pay a $250 administrative fee, but do not pay the normal out of state tuition rates assessed in other programs in the university system.
Both the host facility where you will stay and the transportation system around Linz accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability and are in need of accommodations, please contact E.R. Lanier as soon as possible to make arrangements. All students must adhere to university policies regarding request for accommodations, and be registered with the Georgia State University Office of Disability Services.
There are, of course, personal expenses but the extent of these is largely up to the individual student. Meals and food service not covered by the general program costs are your responsibility, but there are a range of food options and price points available to you.
In addition, the program has venues and locations outside of Linz, Austria. When we travel to other locations, we arrange our schedule so that you have an opportunity to remain at the destination city. Hotel costs in these cities will be at your expense. Transportation costs to and from each of the destinations is provided by charter bus and is included in the program.
We have found in the past that most students will double, triple or quadruple up in hotel rooms and apartment rentals in the offsite venues to keep costs at a minimum. One reason the program fee is low is because the program does not cover the cost of hotel arrangements outside of Linz.
We are making firm arrangements for activities outside of Linz, Austria. When these arrangments are complete, they will be posted on the academy's website.
We also generate a day-by-day agenda, which will be made available to you as soon as it is sufficiently helpful for distribution. This agenda is subject to change until a final draft is issued when the program begins in Austria. We will give you as much solid information as we have, when it is available.
Generally, no. Holders of U.S. passports can take advantage of visa treaties with each of the nations included in the itinerary of the Summer Academy. If your personal travel takes you to other countries, you will be responsible for obtaining visas needed for those trips. In addition, if you do not have a U.S. passport, you should inquire of your own national embassy regarding necessity for visas for entry into the European community, Austria, Italy, and Germany.
Each individual should make his or her air arrangements to arrive in Linz, Austria, no later than the evening of Tuesday, May 21. The program, including orientation and basic information, will begin the next morning. The program ends on Saturday, June 23.
The usual pattern is to fly into Europe via Frankfurt with a change to Linz.
In the past, many students have flown into Munich, Germany, since there is a direct flight from Atlanta to Munich and made rail connections between Munich and Linz, Austria. This route can sometimes be less expensive.
Make your travel arrangements so that you are present in Linz on the evening of Tuesday, May 21.
In terms of formal vs. informal the standard is simple: informal dress is good for all sessions and activities of the program with the single exception of our visits to the arbitration courts at venues outside of Linz, Austria. Here, coat and tie for men and the equivalent for women, would be standard. We tend to dress up at our farewell dinner at the end of the program as well.
As far as weather, climate and temperature are concerned, you will find Linz quite pleasant. It tends in May and June to be somewhat cooler than Atlanta with much less humidity, so that light clothing is generally in order. The evenings can be cooler, however, so a sweater or light jacket is a good thing to have. Raincoats, umbrellas and the like are always a good idea.
Other than the notations here, there are no particular dress requirements for the program.
Yes. With sufficient notice, we can make suitable hotel accommodations at the same facility where you will be residing as a student in Linz, Austria. The practice in Linz —and commonly throughout Europe—is to assess accommodation costs on a per person, per night basis. In other words, splitting a room will not mean splitting the cost, but rather doubling it (or tripling it, as the case may be.) Your family and friends are welcome: in the past we have had whole families with us at the Summer Academy and this has always worked out. These individuals are also welcome to travel with us to the destination cities space is available on our chartered transportation.
Individuals accompanying participants in the program will assume responsibility for all costs which they generate, but there is no separate or special fee assessed for their presence. Early planning is always the best ticket in this connection, so let professor E.R. Lanier know if you intend to bring someone with you.