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For all of SUNY Plattsburgh's programs, you arrange and pay for your own travel to and from your host country. While staff in our office have traveled, we are not travel agents trained in selling commercial products. For those types of questions, we will advise you to contact a travel agency. That being said, we are glad to help though, and let you know what we know!
Buying the airline tickets to your host country is perhaps the most exciting event leading up to departure. It can also be a confusing one and something that you should not take lightly. There are thousands of websites and travel agencies, so picking one and searching them can be overwhelming. More than likely, you are going to want to buy that ticket as soon as possible. However, you must wait until you receive information on your program dates from your host institutions. They will send them to you when they are ready and confirmed, which may not be when you want them or think you should have them. Lesson number one in cultural adaptation: learn to go with the flow, Americans tend to exaggerate their sense of urgency compared to other cultures.
What are main priorities? The cheapest ticket? Or, flexibility and/or assistance under an emergency situation? If you have a problem, is there somebody at that website where you bought that ticket to help you? The cheapest tickets are often non-refundable and cannot be changed. When you need to make a change or travel in a hurry, having a travel agent that you can call for help can make a lot of difference. There are tickets available where you can have an open-ended return or change the return date for a set fee. The best way to find out about these types of tickets is to sit down with a travel agent! Make sure you know the conditions of your ticket before you buy it!
If you would like more information about study abroad and exchange opportunities at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact us at:
Global Education Office
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-3287
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 388-6784
Fax: (518) 564-3292
Location: We are on the second floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.