AIR TRAVEL FOR STUDY ABROAD
In France, Italy, and Spain, students are given a specific date that they are required to meet in Paris, Rome, or Madrid respectively. Usually flights from the US arrive in Europe in the morning. We leave for our first walk at 16:00 (4 PM) on that first day. Students that arrive in the early morning have the opportunity to refresh, as well as go grocery shopping prior to our walk.
The study abroad prices do not include airfare. Students must purchase their own ticket. The classes do not travel as groups, as many students decide to arrive in Europe prior to the class or remain after it ends.
The prices of airline tickets are unpredictable. So many global factors influence costs that it is impossible to accurately predict a price. Generally, however, these two statements hold true: (1) Summer tickets from Miami to Europe range from $400 – $1,600. (2) The earlier a ticket is purchased the more affordable it is. I usually purchase my summer tickets as early as November of the previous year.
Please be aware that many students decide to arrive prior to the start of our class and/or remain after it ends. Travelling around Europe is very easy and quite safe.
Please remember that flights that leave very early in the morning will likely require you to hire a taxi, whereas later ones are accessible by public transport.
“I generally buy my airline ticket quite early. Once I find a price that is reasonable, I purchase it. I like to check it off my list-not need to think about it anymore. I also strongly believe that the most direct flight will save me travel time and avoid extended jet-lag adjustment. All the above is worth the extra $100-$200 to me. Lastly, I suggest you join a loyalty program. I have a Oneworld account. Miles add up quickly.”
This travel advice is primarily directed to students participating in Bailly’s FIU Honors College France, Italy, and Spain study abroad programs. It is intended to help twenty-somethings explore, seek adventure, and truly immerse themselves in a culture. The goals are to travel affordably, travel safely, and to live like a local. Always remember, however, that what works for some may not necessarily work for you. Ultimately, your decisions are your decisions.
Isabella Marie Garcia