Summer Italy Program Pre-departure Orientation. Consortium of Universities for International Studies. Presented by:. The summer program begins in xx days!!! Are you ready? Here are some hints to help you prepare for your trip…. Taking care of details.
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Are you ready?
Here are some hints to help you prepare for your trip…
What is the difference between a converter and an adapter?
Because electricity voltage differs from country to country, converters/transformers convert the electricity voltage to make appliances work
Because plug configurations differ from country to country, an adapter is required to simply fit your appliance plug in to foreign wall outlet. Please note that adapter plug only changes the plug shape not the electricity
(necessary if you are bringing electrical appliances)
(cannot be shipped so be sure to bring enough)
What is the current
1.00 € = $1.35
in case of emergency
Other good tips
What is the easiest way to get from the airport to campus?
Several CIMBA shuttle buses will run on the arrival date. Check your email the week before the program and sign up for one of the times if there is one that works with your arrival time. Otherwise, follow the detailed instructions in the back of the Travel & Living Guide.
Purchase a bus ticket for the Venice-Mestre Train Station at the ATVO booth in the Marco Polo Airport (it costs about $2.00)
Once at Venice-Mestre, purchase a train ticket for Bassano del Grappa.
Once you arrive in Bassano, you will need to take another bus to Paderno del Grappa (where the campus is located). You can also take a taxi.
Paderno del Grappa
What is one of the least expensive
ways to call home?
Skype – it is currently free to call from one skype account to another. Rates are also very reasonable to call a landline.
Skype (computer software) is the cheapest way to call
home. Allows you to call from a computer to another or to a
landline. You will need a headset w/ microphone to use it.
There are also payphones available on campus and in
Internet access is available in the computer labs.
In-room internet access is available to those with laptops as
well as wireless access in the computer lab and library.
Within walking distance of the campus.
There is a nurse on campus and doctors are
available if needed. There is a pharmacy in town,
but plan to bring all medications with you.
Temperatures range from 70-80 Fahrenheit
(summer) during the day and from 50-60
Fahrenheit at night. There may be periods of rain
(4-5 days in a row).
True or False? You must know Italian in order to understand the
A trick question sort of…you will need to know the European names of cities and towns. Some differ from the English spelling and pronunciation.
Florence = Firenze
Venice = Venezia
Cinque Terre: Northwestern coast of Italy
Rome (Roma): Southern Italy - 8 hours by train
Florence (Firenze): Central Italy - 4 hours by train
Pisa: 1 hour from Florence
Lake Como: 4 hours by train
Venice (Venezia): 1.5 hours by train