Personal Travel

Safety & Belongings

ACA students are strongly advised not to travel alone. This is particularly important for students who have not had previous international solo travel experience. It is wise to keep a quiet, low profile and blend with area travelers as much as possible. Problems in traveling in an unfamiliar city increase markedly after dark. Because of this, plan on arriving during daylight hours if at all possible. Traveling light (with just a carry-on) makes the experience easier and safer. Backpacks are the best carry-on luggage for short trips. Luggage and travel items should be carefully guarded at all times. Do not rely on strangers to watch your belongings.

Students must leave contact and itinerary information with their dorm deans. Before departing, students should be equipped with the ISOS app and contact numbers of their program director and dorm deans. In the case of an emergency, students should notify their program director immediately and contact ISOS. For more information on ISOS, click here.

IMPORTANT: While on host campus, traveling abroad, taking private or ACA tours, please protect your personal belongings like luggage, electronic devices, passport, cash or any valuables.  If these are lost or stolen, ACA will not be responsible and such loss is not covered under insurance.

Planning Your Travel Schedule

International campus learning experiences are very carefully planned. Early departures and early examinations are very difficult if not impossible to arrange. Please look carefully at the calendars for each campus. Do not plan to arrive after the beginning dates or leave before the ending dates of terms and before the date of the year closing service, or to leave before or return after printed vacation dates. Students who have excessive unexcused absence days will have their grades penalized. Personal travel is not considered a legitimate excuse for a class absence. Teachers’ heavier teaching loads do not make it easy for them to make special examinations and make special arrangements for their students. Please don’t plan on asking for such privileges.