Arrival / Accommodation
Please accept the following information as a general guideline on what you can expect to experience in Texas. We know that the transition can be both difficult and exciting, so we want to take out as much of the guess work from the process as possible and provide you with a clear picture of what your challenges as interesting experiences might be.
Coming to America
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the primary international airport serving the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex area in the U.S. state of Texas. Located roughly halfway between the major cities of Dallas and Fort Worth.
It is the largest hub for American Airlines. 2016 was a record year for DFW, as the airport served 65,670,697 passengers.
DFW Internatioanl Airport
It is the third busiest airport in the world by aircraft movements and the eleventh busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic in 2016. It is the tenth busiest international gateway in the United States and busiest in Texas, with nearly 900 daily flights.
Coming to hicks from DFW airport is roughly 29.6 miles (47 km).
Don’t worry about getting you to school from airport. We can arrange that for you...
The cost of your lodging depends upon your length of time here.
If you are coming for a short length of time (less than 6 months), the cost of the short-term apartments/hotels is $250.00 per week or $1,000.00 per month plus tax, and a $150.00 refundable deposit (all utility bills are included in the weekly rental). If you stayed there for more than 1 month the tax is refundable. If there are 2 people sharing the same room there may be an additional charge of $50.00 per week. These apartments are small efficiencies. They have 1 full-size bed and one sofa that transforms into a bed. They also have kitchenettes, with stove, refrigerator, television, and telephone. You will need cooking utensils.
If you are coming for a longer period of time (6 months or more), apartments are available within thedriving range. These have an average cost of $750.00 per month, plus deposit and a $35.00 application fee. The utilities may be your responsibility. There is also an approximate $75.00 deposit for the telephone, if you should decide that you want one. These apartments may not be furnished, but they do have a small table, refrigerator, and stove. You can buy the necessary furniture you need for around $300.00 and re-sale it before you leave. You will need to bring or purchase all personal items, cookware and bed linens. The apartments will accommodate two people. They also have a laundry and swimming pools available for your use.
We do offer semi-furnished accommodations here at the school on a limited availability. Room rates $400 per person (maybe 2 per room). Upon your request, we can try to locate a roommate for you from the flight school. However, it is impossible to guarantee a roommate; most of the students want to meet you before they decide on living arrangements.
Flight School Accomodation
If you wish!!! We will help you to obtain and set up an apartment or alternative place to stay upon your arrival. If you want an apartment to be placed on hold for you before you arrive, the deposit, application and application fee must be forwarded in advance. This will speed up the application process and save you some hotel expenses. Your paperwork usually is processed within 5 days after arrival. However, if you would like to look around on your own when you get here, you should count on spending 7 to 10 days in a hotel ($55/day).
If you cook your meals at home the average cost for weekly groceries will be around $50.00 per week. Restaurant prices vary, from an average of $5.00 to $20.00 per person depending on the type of restaurant that you choose. There are grocery stores and restaurants located within walking distance of the apartments.
Transportation- Getting around
The first thing you may come to notice is that most Americans drive their own vehicles whenever they need to travel. The public transportation system is not as large here as in other countries. Owning a vehicle is essential in the American society. When you arrive here at Pro Aircraft Flight Training you will find that most of our students buy their own cars within the first 1 to 2 months of their stay. If you are here for a shorter stay, we will help arrange transportation to and from school. For students enrolled in a lengthier program, it will be advisable to buy a car.
The average cost of a rental car is around $750.00 per month or $35.00 per day. It is very likely, that you can find a good used car for around $1,500.00 to $3,500.00 plus tax, title, and transfer fees, (which is usually around $100.00 to $200.00)and if you are lucky to even less. By Texas State law you have to purchase liability insurance on the car. This usually costs around $400 for 6 months plus a $35 processing fee. The current cost of gasoline is $2.50 per gallon. You will also be required to have an International driver’s licenses. If you don't have an international driver's license, you can get Texas drivers license from the Texas Department of Public Safety. It consists of a written and a practical test, cost $25, and can be completed in less than one day if you have read the training guide they give you beforehand.
After School Activities
After School Activities In your spare time, you will see there are enough activities for you to engage in. The major sporting events in America are Baseball, American Football, Basketball, Golf, and Tennis. You will find plenty of free public parks with Football fields (called Soccer field in America), Baseball fields, outdoor walking tracks, picnic areas and lakes.
Note: We cannot guarantee the costs listed on this page. The apartments are not affiliated with Pro Aircraft. The above prices are current as of January 01, 2017. Please check in advance for possible price increases.
Here we have tried to point out some of the characteristics of living in America.
The way of Living America is the mother of the western society, so you will find the living here very westernized, with the latest technology used everywhere from street corners to the teller at the supermarket. American families mostly live in suburbs a little outside the city, and most students who do not live at home have their own apartments in one of the many apartment complexes located around the city. Most apartment complexes have amenities like swimming pool (Texas is very warm most of the year), tennis courts, laundry rooms and 24-hour maintenance service.
Since America is a melting pot of many cultures there will be no problem finding the cuisines or ingredients from your home country. The supermarkets are generally very large and contain everything you will need for your everyday cooking. For special ingredients from your home country, it may be necessary to go to one of the many specialty stores or you may bring some spices with you from your home country. Check with the airlines to see which items you may bring into the United States.