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FAQ

What is a Study Visit?

Study Visits are academic, cultural and social exchanges of one or more ELSA groups on the international and national levels respectively.

Study visits provide participants with a possibility to visit other groups in other countries and host other groups in their own country.

Why to visit another group?

- To get an insight into the legal background of the place you are visiting.
- To exchange legal knowledge with law students and young lawyers from around the world.
- To experience culture in a different city or country.
- To meet new friends and establish contacts.
- The opportunity to be shown around a new city or country by a local person who can explain customs and culture and take you to visit places you might not otherwise have come across.

Why to host a Study Visit?

- To share the culture of your country and the ELSA life of your ELSA Group with students coming from a different country or city.
- To take part in interesting discussions during the academic programme with the visiting group, who will give you the opportunity to learn from their experience and knowledge.
- To have the opportunity to present your town from an academic, cultural and social point of view.
- To begin long lasting friendships and different cultural links, which will strengthen the Network as well as your own personal network.
- To improve your organisational skills.
- To strengthen the cooperation your ELSA group has with local authorities, that may be interested in promoting the city at international level.
- To bring internationality to your ELSA group.

Who can organise a Study Visit?

Study visits can be organised between one Local or National Group of ELSA and at least one other Group of ELSA, ALSA, DLSA or ILSA.

Study Visits can be:
- Unilateral: Where only one group visits another group
- Bilateral: Where two groups visit each other
- Multilateral: Where more than two groups visit each other

Who can participate in a Study Visit?

Study Visits are open to both ELSA Members and Non-ELSA Members.

How much is the participation fee?

Participation Fees for Study Visits are not regulated. It is up to organisers to decide on the participation fee and what is included in it.

What is the Study Visit Agreement?

A Study Visit agreement shall be concluded between the groups participating in the Study Visit.

There is a General Agreement for Study Visits that you can use and adapt to suit your needs. It is important to have a Study Visit Agreement in place to ensure that all elements of the visit are clear and to avoid any misunderstandings occurring.

The agreement can also be a useful reminder of what you need to think about whilst organising the visit. It can also help you during your fundraising as proof that the necessary formalities have been fulfilled. The most important thing is to agree is how the visit will be financed. For example, either group could pay for the event in its entirety or expenses could be split between the two groups. It will be useful to specify what each group will pay for, and how much they will pay.

Where can I find the Study Visits' General Agreement?

Study Visits' General Agreement can be found on this website under the ``AGREEMENT' menu
or
under the S&C section of the ELSA Officers' Portal.

What are the responsibilities of the Visiting Group?

- To pay the deposit or pay the accommodation fee and any other necessary fees in advance.
- To be an active part of the Study Visit, especially during the academic programme.
- To collaborate in everything required by the Hosting Group.
- To sgin the Study Visits' Agreement

What are the responsibilities of the Hosting Group?

- To organise the academic programme of the Study Visit.
- To organise a cultural and a social programme including sightseeing.
- The Hosting Group should take care of accommodation and meals for the participants
and also provide all the information required (especially VISAs, letter of invitation and
other legal documents required), unless agreed otherwise by the parties.
- To sign the Study Visits' Agreement.

What are the requiremnts of a Study Visit?

- A Study Visit shall involve at least 5 participants per group. When it is a multilateral Study Visit,
- The number of participants in total shall be at least 5.
- The academic programme shall have an average duration of a minimum of three hours per day.
- The Study Visit agreement shall be concluded between the groups participating in the Study Visit

How can I find a Study Visit Partner?

To find a partner you can either post about it on our facebook group called ``ELSA Study Visits`` or send an email to our S&C mailing list.

Where can I find more information about Study Visits?

You can check out our handbooks 'Study Visits Handbook`` and ``under S&C part of the officers portal ``Study Visits in 4 minutes’ guide``
or
check the S&C part of the International Council Meeting Decision Book on the ELSA Officers' Portal.