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PREPARING TO TRAVEL: Personal and Travel Expenses

ACA students qualify for the International Student Exchange Card - ISE Card - an internationally recognized student ID for student discounts to cultural attractions, Eurail discounts, and more.  For more information, please visit, www.isecard.com  This applies to Europe only.  

In planning for an ACA experience, it is very important that students budget money for personal travel. Although the program will provide quite a number of guided tours (ACA cultural tours incuded in the tuition), depending on the international campus. Students still need pockety money for laundry, food, personal articles, and travel during a year abroad. Students should budget according to their own plans. Personal travel is an important part of most ACA students' life, and so is personal hygiene.

One way of getting additional travel is to join campus music organizations, sports teams, or witnessing groups. Students in these groups will be given free travel because they will be doing public relations work for their international schools.

During scheduled vacations and breaks there is an additional charge for food for students who stay in their residence hall rooms on the campuses and who eat at the food services. This is the same as policies in North American colleges. Students need to take money to cover expenses for traveling away from the campus or for staying on campus during the holidays (except for Universidad Adventista del Plata). 

Argentina:  Students staying the whole year will receive a gift of USD 350 for personal travel during holidys.

Spain:  Students staying for the whole year at Sagunto College, Spain, will receive euro 350 for their personal travel around Europe.

Italy:  All the students will receive an unlimited monthly pass for the bus sytem of Florence and its suburbs. 

Austria:  Students staying the whole year will receive a gift of a trip worth 500 euros to visit one of the famous European cities.

Germany:  Students staying the whole year will receive 500 euros for pesonal travel during vacation, and free semester ticket for bus or train travel throughout the school year.

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.


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