We try to make your travel overseas as easy as possible. Arcadia Orientation is mandatory for all students and you should plan to arrive on the arrival date indicated on your Program Calendar. Please keep in mind, traveling overseas is not just about your flight, but any visa requirements you must complete in advance of your time abroad.


Arcadia Orientation takes place in either Melbourne or Sydney. Please check your program calendar for the orientation city for your program.

After orientation concludes, most students will fly from the orientation city to their program location. Students are responsible for booking and purchasing this flight. The Arcadia Australia staff recommends select flight and times for each program - provided here.


Travel information varies by program or program type. View specific information for:

Semester and Yearlong Programs

  • Arcadia staff will be at the orientation airport from 7:00 am until 9:00 am (July) and 8:00 am - 10:30 am (February) on the scheduled arrival date. If you arrive in Australia on the scheduled arrival date and time you will be eligible for group transportation from the airport to your orientation accommodation. We recommend that you book a flight that arrives at the orientation airport by 8:00 am to give you enough time to meet the staff.
  • Final transportation will depart at 9:00 am (July) and 10:30 am (February). In the event that you miss the group transportation for any reason, you will need to proceed to your orientation accommodation independently and at your own expense. Our staff will provide you with detailed arrival instructions to do this.
  • You must check in to orientation by 11:00 am on your program start date, regardless of when you arrive in-country.

Environmental Studies: Ethics, Culture, and Sustainability/Integrating Sports, Culture and Society / J-Term

  • Because of the travel-intensive nature of these programs, students must book specific flights between cities. Please contact your Program Manager for the flight itinerary and information on how to book it.
  • If you choose to arrive early, before your program start date, all accommodations arrangements will be your responsibility until the scheduled arrival date for your program. Similarly, transportation and accommodation costs will be your responsibility should you choose to stay in Australia after the program concludes.

STEM Summer Research - Brisbane

  • Arcadia staff will be at the Brisbane airport (BNE) from 8:00 am until 10:00 am on the scheduled arrival date. If you arrive in Australia on the scheduled arrival date and time you will be eligible for group transportation from the airport to your orientation accommodation. We recommend that you book a flight that arrives at the Brisbane airport by 8:30 am to give you enough time to meet the staff.
  • Final transportation will depart at 10:00 am. In the event that you miss the group transportation for any reason, you will need to proceed to your orientation accommodation independently and at your own expense. Our staff will provide you with detailed arrival instructions to do this.
  • You must check in to orientation by 11:00 am on your program start date, regardless of when you arrive in-country.

Summer Sydney Programs

  • Arcadia staff will be at the Sydney airport (SYD) from 7:00 am until 9:00 am on the scheduled arrival date. If you arrive in Australia on the scheduled arrival date and time you will be eligible for group transportation from the airport to your orientation accommodation. We recommend that you book a flight that arrives at the Sydney airport by 7:00 am to give you enough time to meet the staff.
  • Final transportation will depart at 9:00 am. In the event that you miss the group transportation for any reason, you will need to proceed to your orientation accommodation independently and at your own expense. Our staff will provide you with detailed arrival instructions to do this.
  • You must check in to orientation by 12:00 pm on your program start date, regardless of when you arrive in-country.

Suggested In-Country Flights

Arcadia Australia Orientation program often takes place a different city than the study abroad program. Please review the suggested flights and travel times for your program here.

Booking Your Travel

  • You are responsible for arranging and purchasing your own flight, including any internal flights in Australia.
  • You will need to depart 2 days prior to your scheduled arrival date.
  • If you plan to arrive before the scheduled program start, you will be responsible for any costs associated with transportation and housing.
  • If you plan to arrive before the scheduled program start, please be sure to check your visa requirements.
  • In event you arrive late and miss the arranged transportation for any reason, you will need to proceed to your orientation accommodation at your own expense-- detailed directions will be provided.
  • StudentUniverse provides discounted student fares for international travel and have experience supporting students studying abroad with Arcadia. To book your travel with StudentUniverse, please visit www.studentuniverse.com/travel-services/arcadia.
  • Once you have confirmed your travel itinerary, please complete the Flight Form in your Arcadia Passport account.