Students contemplating enrollment in the ACA program should seek to acquaint themselves with the international campus as much as possible by talking to ACA students who have previously studied there. Their names can be obtained from Modern Language Departments and from the Offices of Admissions and Records of ACA member colleges and universities or from the ACA executive office in Maryland.
In addition, prospective ACA students are expected to attend student orientation meetings for ACA students at each North American campus. These sessions are designed to reduce the culture shock students experience and to make sure they understand the ins and outs of campus life and international living abroad.
When students from each of the affiliated international schools have prepared lists of 'must items' for an ACA student to take, the lists have been very similar. Separate booklets would be unnecessarily repetitious. A brief description of each campus and its surroundings can assist a prospective student at a given school to determine which items from a 'must' list are most important.
Should students, parents, or friends need to telephone the international schools, the numbers given are generally adequate for calling from the US or Canada. Local operators can readily obtain the necessary routing codes. Remember that Western Europe is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and nine hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time. From March through October, most, if not all, countries on the continent are on Daylight Saving Time. Argentina is one hour ahead of Eastern time. If callers must communicate in English, they may experience a delay while the person answering the phone finds someone reasonably fluent in English. A further discussion of phoning the international schools is included in the following description of each campus.
Most international campuses have more than one educational institution on site – schools within the 'school'. They might better be called a collection of small institutes. In no case are they organized like a North American college campus, except for the Universidad Adventista del Plata in Argentina. The language institute on each campus has anywhere from 25 to 75 students in it. Most activities will involve these groups of students. Language students need to make an effort to get acquainted with the other students on campus. The best way is during meals, social and religious activities on campus and in the residence halls.