Q: How do I know which weekend adventures are provided for my son or daughter?

A: ACA’s 2-, 3- or 4-week programs in Wisconsin include the opportunity to visit Chicago, Summerfest, Six Flags, Cedar Point and our renowned Big 10 Tour.

A: ACA’s 2-, 3- or 4-week programs in Los Angeles include the opportunity to visit Southern California Seaside Attractions, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Universal Studios.

A: The 2-, 3- and 4-week Florence, Italy programs include weekend trips to Rome, Venice, Siena, Pisa, Viareggio, San Gimignano and Forte dei Marmi. It also offers an optional trip to the Amalfi Coast that includes Capri, Pompeii, Positano and Sorrento, plus an optional Greek Isles Extension.

A: The 2-, 3- and 4-week programs in Barcelona, Spain includes weekend trips to Sitges, Costa-Brava-Tossa de Mar, Girona, Port Aventura Amusement Park, Figueres, and Montserrat. It also offers an optional trip to the French Riviera that includes Nice, Cannes, Monaco and Antibes, plus an optional Greek Isles Extension.

Q: How much money will my daughter need as a spending allowance?

A: Most students spend between $100 and $150 per week on souvenirs, snacks, laundry and personal items. (Allowance should be based on individual spending habits.)

Q: How do I know my son won’t spend all of his money the first week?
 How can I get money to him when he needs it and not before?

A: We recommend that families provide their students with an ATM card, so that they can control how much money their student has access to throughout the summer.

Q: What if my daughter gets lost at the airport?

A: We meet every student at ACA-selected airports upon arrival. All she has to do is look for ACA staff shirts and signs.

Q: We have a hard enough time getting our son to call when he is at a friend’s house. How can we keep in touch with him throughout the summer?

A: Not to worry! Students have access to computers and email throughout their stay, whether stateside in Madison or LA, overseas in Florence or Barcelona. You can also send along a prepaid calling card, making it easy for your son to get in touch. If he’s with us in Europe, you can call him on the individual cellphone we provide to each of our students! All incoming calls are free – even international calls from Mom and Dad back home!

Q: What happens in case of a medical emergency?

A: ACA students are always within minutes of world-class medical services should an unlikely emergency occur. In the case of any accident or illness, ACA staff members accompany students to appropriate medical facilities and immediately notify parents or guardians.

Q: I’m not sure if my son even knows what a washing machine looks like. How will he get his laundry done?

A: This might provide a tremendous learning opportunity, as students will be doing their own laundry using the residence-hall washers and dryers – as they’ll have to when actually at college. If the idea is just too far beyond his comprehension, laundry service is available on select programs for an extra charge.

Q: How do I know my daughter will be safe at ACA?

A: All ACA students stay at coed facilities staffed with 24-hour security. Each locale has been selected for its high safety standards. Students are chaperoned by ACA staff members throughout their stay. Additionally, our safety policy also requires students to travel in pairs or groups.

Q: Wouldn’t my son’s Spanish or Italian improve even more at a homestay program, rather than a residence program like ACA’s?

A: ACA’s European programs provide cultural access that is as effective as any homestay program, but with three distinct advantages: First, each student has access to a top-caliber bilingual staff dedicated to helping him or her improve his or her language skills. Next, constant peer interaction encourages collaborative study, minimizing the “culture shock” some students experience when they’re on their own. Finally, the ACA approach ensures the safety of students, while providing consistent quality of accommodations, meals and activities. These benefits are not found in homestay programs.

Q: Should I be concerned about my son or daughter using public transportation while in Europe?

A: You don’t have to be concerned, because ACA never uses public transportation. We take privately chartered, air-conditioned motorcoaches to all of our destinations, daily excursions and weekend
 adventures. Only ACA students and staff members are allowed on board.

Q: Are the ACA summer programs run by the universities and colleges we stay at or visit throughout the summer?

A: ACA is an independently run pre-college program that works in cooperation with the many reputable universities and colleges we either stay at or visit throughout the summer.

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