Program Prep

Be Prepared for the Summer-of-a-Lifetime

Welcome to the ACA Family!

Choosing ACA gives you guaranteed access to first-class activities, an outstanding academic environment and personalized attention from a highly qualified staff. 

For over two decades, American Collegiate Adventures has provided high school students with the most amazing pre-college summer programs available anywhere! From our premier U.S. programs to our celebrated international experiences, we are certain you will love the activities, adventures and friendships that make an ACA summer truly unforgettable. Thousands of students have made the best summer memories, making lifetime friends and getting a preview of college life. For us, it adds up to 28 amazing summers – but the only year that really matters is the one ahead.

We know you’re already looking forward to an outstanding summer of new experiences and awesome adventures. Before you go, we wanted to pass along some information.

Programs during COVID-19

ACA Summer 2020 will be a summer we will never forget! Our programs for high school and middle school students in Burlington, Vermont were a great success! ACA worked closely with various local, state and national agencies to formulate a plan to provide students a bit of normalcy at a very unusual time. We would like to thank parents for their incredible support and confidence in our organization, and we want to thank our students for helping to keep all of us safe by following all of the COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols. We are delighted to share that all students and staff returned home healthy and safe. As we move forward for summer 2021, we will continue to offer information and guidance to our ACA families as the wellbeing, safety, and health of our students and staff is always our number one priority. The cornerstone of our organization for almost 30 years has been safety, and it is our number one priority and concern. 

For more information: COVID-19 Update

Trip Insurance

Many savvy travelers appreciate the option to purchase travel insurance. Should unforeseen circumstances cause a trip cancellation, or a dramatic change in itinerary, minimizing the financial impact is, for many, a reassuring essential. If you are interested in learning more about ACA’s travel insurance, click the link: Learn More About Trip Insurance

For further questions regarding trip insurance please or contact our office.

Flights/Travel

Flying on your favorite airline is the easiest way to get to ACA’s domestic programs. Students traveling abroad fly nonstop on ACA-staffed group flights directly from one of New York’s Airports. We are happy to assist with arrangements for students connecting to New York in order to meet the ACA group flight.

ACA provides all students with a travel information packet, and we work with every family to make the most convenient travel arrangements. Check out the information described in each program’s travel section for more details. 

The personalized care you receive from ACA staff begins upon your arrival, with ACA staff members greeting you at your program destinations. ACA staff also escort you to connecting flights at designated airports.

Please Note: For your safety and convenience, we require students traveling to our international programs to fly on ACA-staffed group flights.

International Cell Phones

Cell phones are permitted on our programs. On our International Programs, for additional safety and security, ACA provides students who elect to receive an ACA cellphone with international cellphones. Cellphones are free of charge for limited local and all incoming calls. Calls to the U.S. will be billed at international calling rates. All families must provide a credit card for these charges.

The majority of our students bring their regular phone from home with an international plan or they use it only when Wi-Fi is available. Check with your carrier to confirm coverage and rates in your program location.