Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Washington D.C. and Georgetown Campus. Students should arrive at Georgetown and check in to the dorms on Sunday, 14 July and check out on Saturday, 27 July 2019.

Students are also strongly advised not to make any international travel plans prior to the program start date until their US visas have been approved. If for any reason you have not received your visa before your early travel dates, you will be responsible for any fees for changing your flights. Remember that the US Consulate takes your passports to process your visa in some cases.

The United States Studies Centre can ensure that students receive their visa in time for commencement of the program but cannot guarantee accommodating each individual’s personal travel schedules. Australian citizens are advised to register their travel and contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade prior to leaving Australia. Travel advice for the United States of America is available at Smart Traveller.

Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036-2273
Telephone: 1 202 797 3000
Facsimile: 1 202 797 3331


The University of Sydney provides travel insurance coverage to enrolled students travelling on approved university business, student placement and student exchange programs. For information on the policies, visit the following page:

Students are also strongly advised to ensure that they have sufficient funds while in D.C. to cover the payment of unforeseen medical expenses, as US doctors and hospitals may require cash payment upfront for treatment. These expenses can generally be claimed on return to your home country through your travel insurance provider.

Students from the University of New South Wales MUST cross-institutionally enrol in USSC3701 (or PG equivilant) to also qualify for UNSW health insurance. For more information, visit the following page:

If you are planning on travelling to Washington D.C. before or after the program dates, additional insurance will be required. Please also review the University of Sydney Insurance and make sure you understand the coverage and purchase any additional isnurance as needed.

Passports and visas

It is the responsibility of all participating students to ensure they have a valid passport upon application to the Georgetown Program.

Note: Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the end of the program date. If your passport is due to expire within six months of the program end date, you must apply for a new passport upon being accepted into the program.

The United States Studies Centre will provide all successful applicants with visa advice, however, it is the sole responsibility of each student to obtain their visa in a timely manner. Please refer to the US Embassy for all visa requirements. For most students, all that will be required is an ESTA, but depending on country of origin, others will need to obtain a B1/B2 visa and will need to attend a consulate interview before your visa is awarded.