Travel Information

All flights and transportation to and from Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Airport and Towson University will be provided for you. We will arrange for you to travel in one of the following ways based on the answers you provide on your Student Travel Form, which is an onboarding card in Zintellect. Once you have filled out the Student Travel Form, our staff will begin the process of preparing for you to travel. It is very important that you and your guardian/parents check your email regularly. We will be communicating with you through email during this process.

You will receive the Mileage Reimbursement form via email two weeks prior to the start of JSTI East. If your home address is 50 miles or more from the program location, you may be eligible to receive reimbursement for inbound/outbound transportation expenses, not to exceed $350.00 to Towson, Maryland. Because not all travel expenses may be reimbursed, make sure you understand what is and is not covered.

Mileage Reimbursement form (.PDF, 144kb)

Please reference the sections below to learn more about your travel options.

We will purchase your airline ticket and provide reimbursement for one checked bag if you're traveling to and from Towson University. Additionally, we'll reimburse you for the mileage of your personal vehicle for one round trip between your home address and the nearest airport if the distance you travel is more than 50 miles one way.

Once a round (or one-way) trip airline ticket has been purchased for you by the program, you will be ineligible to receive reimbursement for personal vehicle mileage to travel to/from JSTI East.

Arrival: When you arrive at the BWI Airport, you will be met in the baggage claim by one of our Resident Teachers, who will be wearing a bright JSTI shirt and holding a JSTI sign. Photos of all the Resident Teachers will be sent to you by email prior to your departure.

If you are flying home from JSTI East, a JSTI staff member will pay for your baggage fee for one checked piece of luggage weighing under 50 pounds, so no reimbursement will be necessary. 

If you have questions about packing for the airport or rules of the airport, please view the TSA website.

Note: Overweight baggage fees are not eligible for reimbursement.

If you are being driven to Towson University, please arrive by 2:00 pm on July 13th. If you or a family member plan to drive to JSTI East, mileage can be reimbursed. You can be reimbursed for mileage for 1 round trip between your home address and Towson University if the distance traveled is more than 50 miles at current GSA rate, not to exceed $350.

TOTAL reimbursement for personal mileage travel expenses is limited to $350. Reimbursement is limited to $175 each way.

Participants in the same program with the same home address are only eligible for reimbursement for one round trip.

If you are driving your personal vehicle, you WILL NOT be able to use it during the two-week period. You will be given a parking pass on arrival. Car keys will be kept by the project manager until time for departure. You cannot leave to go home for the weekend. The social activities are an important part of the total experience.

An airline ticket for your one-way flight will be purchased by the program. You can be reimbursed for 1 checked bag plus reimbursement for personal vehicle mileage to travel ONE WAY between home and the airport. Additionally, you can be reimbursed for personal vehicle mileage for ONE WAY travel between home and Towson University if the distance traveled is more than 50 miles. WE WILL NOT REIMBURSE YOU FOR ROUND TRIPS. Personal mileage reimbursement is limited to $175.