The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will provide a travel allowance, which is a contribution towards the cost of round-trip airfare. This allowance will be based upon travel from the closest international airport from your home city (officially listed in Pomona College records) to your study abroad destination. The OSA has partnered with STA Travel, which will assist in booking your flights. All students must book their tickets through STA in order to receive the travel allowance benefit.
Booking Your Ticket
You must arrive by the designated start date and time for your program. Remember to allow for time changes, connecting flights, weather, and in-country transportation from the airport to the program site. Be aware that in many cases travel may take you one or two days to reach your destination. Before making your travel arrangements, verify your program dates and arrival instructions with your program sponsor. Be sure and view our Travel Resources page for information on travel agencies, rail passes, discount flights, youth hostels and more!
Your travel allowance has been established after consultation with STA travel and overseas programs. Because airfares fluctuate and reservations fill quickly, it is essential to make your travel arrangements early. Please communicate with your program sponsor to assist you in planning. When booking your ticket, it may also help to consider the following:
- Round-trip airfares are usually less expensive than one-way fares.
- Change/cancellation fees and restrictions may vary considerably between different types of tickets, such as student tickets and regular-fare tickets.
- Tickets involving a stopover are usually more expensive.
As you prepare to travel overseas, plan for high security at airports and lengthy waiting times. Most airlines advise that you arrive at the airport two to three hours prior to an international flight. Pack carefully. Airlines do not permit any sharp objects in carry-on bags. These include such items as: scissors, tweezers, utility knives, and razors. In addition, you may wish to contact airlines directly about other recommendations related to packing items like computers, cameras and electronic equipment. Confirm your reservations before you depart. Airline schedules fluctuate frequently and it is important that you stay in touch with your travel agent or airline about any changes that may occur.