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Transportation

Driving Abroad

USAC strongly recommends that students do not drive abroad. If you choose to drive abroad you may be required to obtain a special international driving permit and auto insurance. When in a foreign country, you rae subject to all laws of that country, including driving laws. You may not be familiar with these rules and many may be unwritten and more cultural for that country. Many times there are fewer laws, more relaxed driving requirements, and little or no expectation to wear a helmet. In the country you will be living/traveling, you will possibly see a large number of motorcycles used by locals. We do not recommend that you attempt to ride or drive a motorcycle or car. More information and suggestions can be found on the US Department of State’s website specifically for study abroad.

Local Transportation

Every USAC location with have different transportation options. You will be provided with more information regarding local transportation during the orientation shortly after your arrival at the program site. Please keep in mind that many people use taxis, metro and/or buses for transportation when they’re not walking.

You are responsible for local daily transportation. This may mean you will be relying on public transportation, the cost of which is not included in program fees. In many cases, a pre-paid monthly pass or punch card may be available for purchase. Make sure to follow local rules regarding the purchasing and validation of tickets for transportation. Otherwise, you could be subject to large fines by local authorities. You will be provided with more information regarding local transportation during the orientation shortly after your arrival to the program site.

Transportation in other countries may be very different than what you are used to. In the case that public transportation is delayed or disrupted, you are required to attend class on time and absences or tardiness due to these situations will affect your grade. The dates of most strikes or demonstrations are posted in advance. Pay attention and plan ahead for these occasions to allow yourself time to walk or find another alternative.