Student Travel

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 in Italy, which begins on the posted program arrival date. To get yourself there on-time, you’ll have many travel aspects to consider, including obtaining your Visa.

Booking your flight

You are responsible for arranging and purchasing your own flight. Please Note: If you want to travel before or after your program dates please check your visa requirements.

We do not arrange group flights, though we recommend you book through our travel provider Student Universe to avail of discounted student fares 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. To book your travel, please visit Student Universe/Arcadia and choose your appropriate country and program.

Once you have made your booking, you are required to complete the Online Flight Form.

Program Arrival Details

Accademia Italiana Florence

  • Book a flight that arrives prior to, but no later than 2:00pm on the scheduled arrival date for your program as you must check in for your mandatory orientation.
  • Students should arrive into the Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR).
  • Program Representatives will be at the airport from 11:00am to 2:00pm to meet arriving students. If your flight arrive earlier than 11:00am you can wait for the designated pick-up.
  • In the event that your flight is delayed, you may be responsible for traveling independently from the airport to the orientation site.

Arcadia in Rome

  • Book a flight that arrives prior to, but no later than 2:00pm on the scheduled arrival date for your program as you must check in for your mandatory orientation.
  • Students should arrive into Rome's Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO).
  • All students arriving by 2:00pm will be met and transported to their housing in the city center. Students arriving very early in the morning can wait at the airport as the first pick-up will be after 9:00am.
  • In the event that your flight is delayed, you may be responsible for traveling independently from the airport to the orientation site.

Arcadia in Sicily

  • Book a flight that arrives prior to, but no later than 3:00pm on the scheduled arrival date for your program as you must check in for your mandatory orientation.
  • Students should arrive into Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (CTA).
  • All students arriving by 3:00pm will be met by a Program Representative and transported to their housing in Siracusa.
  • In the event that your flight is delayed, you may be responsible for traveling independently from the airport to your housing/orientation site.

Umbra Institute

  • Book a flight that arrives prior to, but no later than 2:00pm on the scheduled arrival date for your program as you must check in for your mandatory orientation.
  • Students should arrive into Rome's Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO).
  • All students arriving by 2:00pm will be met by Umbra Institute Program Representatives and transported to their housing or the orientation venue in Perugia.
  • In the event that your flight is delayed and you cannot arrive by 2:00pm, you will be responsible for arranging your own transportation to Perugia. You should make every effort to arrive by 2:00pm.

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 Lets 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.
  • Research rail passes and student discount opportunities that will save you a lot of money on transport in Europe and entry fees. Eg. Eurailpass. Some such passes must be purchased in the U.S. and can be insured.
  • 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.