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Summer Abroad Europe - Travel

World Cinema and the European Film Festival

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The U.S. Department of State advances the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity, by leading America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance. Visit the U.S. Department of State website for country-specific travel information.

Program Orientation

Pre-Departure Orientation
There will be a program-specific orientation with the instructor and/or program provider at UC Davis. This orientation addresses travel, packing, academics, health and safety, and more. It also provides you the opportunity to meet with others on your program. Prior to orientation, you will receive a Program Specific Guide that will further support program preparation.

On-Site Orientation
Soon after arrival to the program destination, you will have an on-site orientation. The on-site orientation serves to introduce you to the new environment as well as provide on-site resources and support.

Travel Arrangements

You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements to the program site. Detailed instructions for making flight arrangements are sent to enrolled students via email once the program is confirmed. Wait to purchase plane tickets until you receive this email. Instructions on how to get to the program accommodations will be included in your Program Specific Guide. 

As UC Davis Summer Abroad programs are not affiliated with a host university, participants will enter as a tourist.

Participants intending to participate in another study, intern or travel program beforehand or afterward, are responsible for their visa situation. Study Abroad can provide a verification of enrollment letter when requested.

On Site Transportation

Transportation between Zurich-Locarno and Locarno-Cannes is included in the program. The group will travel by private bus. A local public transportation pass is provided for Cannes.

Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

A valid passport is required for this program. A visa is not required for U.S. citizens for tourist stays up to 90 days. The 90-day period begins when entering the Schengen Area.

Entry Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens

A valid passport is required for this program. Non-U.S. citizens should check for visa and other entry requirements via the consulate of their travel destination(s):  For the Schengen visa, apply via the country where you will travel the longest as this will be considered your “main country of destination.”

You are responsible for obtaining your own visa. Summer Abroad will supply a verification of enrollment or other necessary documents for non-U.S. citizens upon request.

International students in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa interested in studying abroad should ensure the U.S. visa in their passport has at least 90 days validity remaining whenever they travel abroad. If the U.S. visa expires or is about to expire (even if the I-20 is current), students may be required to apply for the visa to their study abroad country in their home country.

Non-U.S. citizens unable to gain access to the study abroad country will be subject to cancellation fees as shown in the cancellation schedule. For this reason, international students are highly encouraged to research entry to their destination country well in advance, and before enrolling in the program.


Participants are enrolled in GeoBlue Global Health Insurance and UC Traveler Insurance for the duration of the program and will be provided with specific coverage information. More details about coverage is available in the Health & Accident Insurance section of our Health and Safety Resources.

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

You are encouraged to learn more about the country and host culture prior to departure. Resources: Equaldex—LGBT RightsILGA World Maps, and ILGA World Database. Please contact the program coordinator for further support and resources.