NOTE: AS OF JUNE 20, 2017, THE DATES FOR THIS TRIP HAVE CHANGED. TRAVEL DATES ARE NOW THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 - THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018. PLEASE REFER TO THE TENTATIVE SCHEDULE LINK TO THE LEFT.

The UNC Charlotte “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band has been selected as the official band to represent the United States in Normandy, France, in June 2018. The performance will mark the 74th anniversary of D-Day. 

CURRENT STUDENTS

If you are a current student and member of the “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band and would like to participate in this historic trip and event, you first must apply through the Office of Education Abroad ("OEA") at http://edabroad.uncc.edu/band.

Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an email alerting you that your status has changed, and telling you the next steps required to officially commit to the program. This will include signing the Agreement to Participate, submitting your first payment, and clicking the commit button at the top of your application. All of this will be done through your application portal with the OEA. Please read everything in the application portal very carefully and take special note of any instructions and emails sent to you by the OEA.

The application approval may take a week or more. Therefore, you should apply now so there is enough time to receive your approval and make your 1st payment of $200.00 or more by April 1, 2017. You will make future payments the same way you make the 1st payment (through the OEA application portal). Failure to pay will remove you from the roster until you have caught up on payments. Also, take special note of the cancelation schedule shown in the COST section below. The University will be using the funds you pay to incur expenses on your behalf before the program begins. Therefore, those funds become non-recoverable after a certain point.

INCOMING STUDENTS (2017 freshmen & transfer students)

Incoming freshmen and transfer students are welcome (and encouraged) to travel with the band to France.  Once you have your student ID number (800 number) you must apply through the Office of Education Abroad ("OEA") at http://edabroad.uncc.edu/band.

Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an email alerting you that your status has changed, and telling you the next steps required to officially commit to the program. This will include signing the Agreement to Participate, submitting your first payment, and clicking the commit button at the top of your application. All of this will be done through your application portal with the OEA. Please read everything in the application portal very carefully and take special note of any instructions and emails sent to you by the OEA.

The application approval may take a week or more. Therefore, you should apply as soon as possible so there is enough time to receive your approval and make your 1st payment of $1,100.00 or more by September 1, 2017. You will make future payments the same way you make the 1st payment (through the OEA application portal). Failure to pay will remove you from the roster until you have caught up on payments. Also, take special note of the cancelation schedule shown in the STUDENT COST section below. The University will be using the funds you pay to incur expenses on your behalf before the program begins. Therefore, those funds become non-recoverable after a certain point.

STUDENT COST

If UNC Charlotte meets its fundraising goal, the total cost for students will be just $1,800. This includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Charlotte to Paris
  • 6 nights at a tourist first-class hotel (multiple occupancy)
  • All transfers by motor coach
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners, including a post-parade picnic
  • D-Day Memorial Parade, Guided Tours, Louvre & Eiffel Tower admissions, Fulltime local escort and All tips, taxes & gratuities

Students will share accommodations with 3 or more to a room. Any meals, incidental costs or personal costs not listed above are the responsibility of the student to be paid individually and in addition to the program cost. Students are also responsible for the cost of obtaining/renewing their own passports.

The payment schedule for students is currently as follows. (NOTE: AS OF MARCH 13, 2017, THIS SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED). If you like, you can pay more than the amount due, or the entire $1,800.

  • April 1, 2017 – 1st payment of $200 due
  • September 1, 2017 – 2nd payment of $900 due
    • Note: incoming students must pay the past due amount of $200 along with the $900 payment on September 1, 2017
  • January 1, 2018 – 3rd payment of $500 due
  • March 1, 2018 – Final balance of $200 due

The cancelation schedule for students is currently as follows: 

  • If you cancel by April 30, 2017 – full amount refunded
  • If you cancel between May 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017 – full amount refunded, less $200
  • If you cancel between October 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 – full amount refunded, less $450
  • If you cancel between January 1, 2018 and February 28, 2018 – full amount refunded, less $900  
  • If you cancel between March 1, 2018 and March 31, 2018 – full amount refunded, less $1,350
  • If you cancel on or after April 1, 2018 - no funds are recoverable