All students will be allowed one standard size "checked" bag under 50lb., and one carry on, plus a personal item that will fit under the seat in front of you (purse or small backpack). For specific dimensions, you will need to look up the requirements set by your airline. Although most of our groups travel on American Airlines, some of our groups travel on different airlines, like Lufthansa or LATAM. You will know which airline you are on when it is time to pack :) IF you wish to bring more than one checked bag, you can pay the airline for it at check-in. However, we like to live by the "less is more" motto, since you will be responsible for carrying your own bags, loading them onto and off of a bus, off the baggage claim carousel, into a taxi, on/off a metro, then a train, bus, etc. and then up a couple flights of stairs. We also have laundry available in all of our houses, and there is plenty of shopping available (with better options, in our opinion) in all of our locations.
Don’t worry, you will receive lots more specific information about what to pack in your pre-departure guide depending on the season, duration and location of your semester. If you have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Our summer programs are a great opportunity for students that have a tight degree plan, or just can not figure out a way to go for a full semester. The summer programs offer department specific courses, but they can be taken as electives, towards a minor, or anyway that is beneficial for your degree plan. This means that any major is more than welcome to participate in any of our programs. In our summer programs we offer around 3 courses, but students will only take 1-2 courses while abroad. The trips will last anywhere from 3-6 weeks depending on the department and the classes being offered. While you are abroad, as a part of your program fee, ACU will take you on a 1-2 day short group excursion and a 4-5 day extended group excursion. While our summer programs are amazing and offer the chance for students with a tight degree plan to go abroad, we often have students return home after the summer feeling that the trip just wasn't long enough. While we have never had a student return home from a semester abroad saying that it was too long. In fact, many of our students will try and go abroad for multiple semesters.