We try to make your travel overseas as easy and affordable as possible. Please note that you must physically attend all of your Arcadia orientation, which begins on the posted program arrival date. Most orientations will be held in Melbourne, though please check your program dates for specific details as this varies by program and term. To get yourself there on-time, you’ll have many travel aspects to consider, including obtaining your Visa.

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

Semester and Yearlong Programs

  • If you arrive at your orientation airport by 9:30 am on your scheduled arrival date you will be eligible for group transportation from the airport to your orientation accommodation.
    • Please note your arrival date will be 2 days after the Depart from U.S. date.
  • Transportation to orientation will depart at 10:30 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.
  • After orientation is over, most students will fly from the orientation city to their program location. Students are responsible for booking and purchasing this flight. There is a recommended flight for each program that will be e-mailed to students by their Program Manager.
  • 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.
  • Don’t forget to complete the Online Flight Form once you have booked.

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

  • 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.
  • Don’t forget to complete the Online Flight Form once you have booked.

STEM Summer Research - Brisbane

  • The orientation for Arcadia's STEM Summer Research - Brisbane program will be held in Brisbane. There is no group flight for this program.
  • All students should arrive into Brisbane Airport (BNE) by 9:00 AM on the Arrive In Brisbane date. Note that your arrival date will be 2 days after your Depart from U.S. date.
  • 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.
  • Don’t forget to complete the Online Flight Form once you have booked.

Summer Arcadia in Sydney/Sydney Internship Programs

  • All students should arrive into Sydney Airport (SYD) by 7:00 AM on the Arrive In Sydney date. Note that your arrival date will be 2 days after your Depart from U.S. date.
  • The Arcadia orientation will begin in the airport, as students will take public transportation to their housing with Arcadia staff.
  • 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.
  • Don’t forget to complete the Online Flight Form once you have booked.

Booking Your Flight

You are responsible for arranging and purchasing your own flights, including your domestic flight from the orientation location to your program location (if applicable). If you want to travel before or after your program dates please check your visa requirements.

We are no longer able to arrange group flights, but we recommend you book through our travel provider Student Universe to avail of discounted student fares on designated group flights, on suggested available flights, or on individual student bookings. In addition, Student Universe staff are very familiar with our programs and offer date change flexibility (at your own expense). To book travel, please visit Student Universe/Arcadia and choose your appropriate country.

Vacation Travel Tips

  • Wait until you are in-country to make travel plans for during your program so you know your class schedule and assessment dates.
  • Choose a good guidebook such as those from Let's Go or Lonely Planet. You can also check online sources, maps and street views for country background, attractions, locally filmed movies, local author books to read etc.
  • Join the Youth Hostel Association in the U.S. – Youth Hostels are inexpensive and fun student accommodation found around the world: For more visit: Hostelling International USA.
  • Check out our FAQs for more tips on what to pack.