Booking Your Flight
Students should confirm program dates prior to purchasing tickets. Dates can be found on the Global Portal and in the Going Global Handbook. Students may arrive prior to the program start date or stay after the program end date, however housing is only included for the program dates listed. Students who arrive early or stay late must find their own housing. No student is allowed to leave a site before the official departure date.
Students are encouraged to book flights through STA travel, as they offer preferred itineraries and competitive pricing. However, students can also book flights through other search engines or resources as well. STA Travel offers an exclusive Airfare Deposit Program on student tickets which allows students to put a deposit on a ticket and have until 7 days prior to departure to pay the balance. Give STA a call or email for more information. STA also offers a Price Beat Guarantee on tickets so always check in with them before you make your final booking.
If your Project Center suggests a group flight, you will need to call STA and book your travel arrangements over the phone.
In addition to booking flights, STA may offer personal property insurance, travel medical insurance, ISIC cards, and other services. WPI students have the option of purchasing additional coverage at an extra cost. WPI provides travel medical insurance through UHC Global for the duration of our off-campus programs for all students and employees.
We encourage students to consider purchasing refundable tickets or trip cancellation or interruption insurance. If you are interested in purchasing refundable tickets, please consult with the airline or travel agent prior to booking. STA Travel may be able to offer some refundable fares on certain bookings as well. Note that many refundable tickets may be more expensive and difficult to find, so you may need to speak to a representative over the phone.
If you are interested in purchasing trip cancellation or interruption insurance, make sure read the Description of Coverage to be aware of the details and exemptions before purchasing to confirm that the insurance suits your needs. If you are booking through STA, you can find the details on their trip cancellation insurance here. Many credit cards may include trip interruption or cancellation benefits on travel purchased with that card, so you may also consult with your credit card company for more information.