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, 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.

    • You will need a passport that is valid for the full length of your stay in Spain. Allow plenty of time to apply for your passport, particularly in the busy summer months. Processing can take as long as six weeks.
    • If you arrive in Spain on the scheduled arrival date and airport, you will be met by Arcadia staff with group transportation from the airport to your orientation accommodation. If you choose to arrive before your program start date, you will have to organize your own transportation and accommodation for that period.
    • Don’t forget to complete the Online Flight Form once you have booked.
Barcelona - El-Prat Airport (BCN)
Term Airport Arrival Time
Spring/Fall 12:00 -12:30 pm
Summer 12:00 -12:30 pm
Term Airport Airport Arrival Time
Spring/Fall Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) - Terminal 4 9:00 - 11:00 am
Pre-session Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX) 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Summer Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX) 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Toledo - Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)
Term Airport Arrival Time
Spring/Fall 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Summer 8:00 - 10:00 am

Booking your flight

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

We don’t 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. To book your travel, please visit Student Universe/Arcadia and choose your appropriate country and program.

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 and 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 and entry fees. 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.