Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Washington DC. Students should arrive in Washington DC and move into UCDC on Saturday 4 January 2020.

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.

The US 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 UCDC campus is located opposite to the Embassy of Australia.


The program package fees include health insurance coverage provided for UCDC students through UCLA Extension. In addition, UWA and USYD provide 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 pages:

Students are also strongly advised to ensure that they have sufficient funds while in DC 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.

Passports and visas

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

Note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the end of the program date. If your passport is due to expire within 6 months of the program end date, you must apply for a new passport upon being accepted into the program.

The Perth USAsia Centre and the US Studies Centre will guide all successful applicants through the F-1 visa process at a visa session, although it is the sole responsibility of each student to obtain their visa in a timely manner.

Please refer to the U.S. Embassy for all visa requirements.