Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses. Please consult the online calendar for your School Abroad before making airline reservations or purchasing tickets. It is recommended that you do not arrive late at night. In order to adjust to the time difference, as well as to the new environment, it is advised that you plan your arrival for at least a few days before orientation begins (except in Russia, where you should plan to arrive on your program’s arrival date). Please note that the School Abroad office does not normally open until the first day of orientation.
While students often wish to travel before the start of their program, be advised that visa procedures for a given country will determine how early one may leave the U.S. or enter the country abroad. It is especially important that you not plan your return to the United States nor travel to another destination before the date of the last final exam. Exam dates will not be changed to accommodate students’ travel plans. No exceptions will be made, so please don’t ask.
Some travel possibilities to investigate, among others, are:
1. STA Travel: http://b2b.statravel.com/middleburyabroad.html
2. StudentUniverse: http://www.studentuniverse.com
3. Travel CUTS: http://www.travelcuts.com
Students should make photocopies of their visa paperwork, passport, credit cards, plane tickets, and/or itinerary. It can be very difficult to replace these items should one or more of them be lost or stolen. The best approach is to make two copies of everything, leave one at home and take the other with you, packed separately from the original documents. If your ticket is lost or stolen contact the airline concerned to file a lost/stolen ticket report. Never throw away any part of your airline ticket until you have completed your entire journey.
The safest method is to travel on an electronic ticket where one is available. Inquire through your travel agent or directly with the airline.