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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Summer Italy ProgramPre-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 • Apply for passport (all students) & visa (if required) • Turn forms into the Italy office • Make plans for bills and other financial issues • KU students • Pay any holds: parking, library, health, etc., otherwise you cannot be enrolled you in your Italy classes • Drop any classes on the KU campus if necessary
Italy Program Trivia What is the difference between a converter and an adapter?
Answer Converter/Transformer Because electricity voltage differs from country to country, converters/transformers convert the electricity voltage to make appliances work Adapter 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
Packing • Electrical appliances • Converter & Adaptor (necessary if you are bringing electrical appliances) • School supplies • Types of clothing • Appropriate dress for various occasions • Business professional for class presentations and tours • Dressy clothing for gourmet dinners • Prescriptions (cannot be shipped so be sure to bring enough) • Travel and Living Guide
Italy Program Trivia What is the current exchange rate?
Answer 1.00 € = $1.35 (Summer ’07)
1 – 2 weeks before the trip Money Issues • Currency • Know the exchange rate (1EUR=$1.37) • Bring some euros with you if possible • Debit cards and Credit Cards • International ATM fees • Let your bank and credit card company know that you will be out of the country • Pin # should not be more than 4 digits • Make copies of cards and leave with parents • Bring phone numbers for bank/credit card companies in case of emergency
1 – 2 weeks before the trip Other good tips • Make copies of all important items (passport, credit cards, bank cards, etc.) • Check your email before you go to find out about shuttles from Marco Polo Airport to campus
Day of Departure • Arrive two hours ahead of your scheduled departure • Make sure you have necessary documents: passport, tickets, etc. • Carry on bag • Change of clothes • Essentials (money, medications, a good book, etc.)
Italy Program Trivia What is the easiest way to get from the airport to campus?
Answer 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.
Marco Polo Airport • Pick up bags • If you were contacted about a shuttle, look for one of the CIMBA staff members who will be holding a sign • If there is no scheduled shuttle or if you are not planning on arriving during one of the scheduled pick up times…
Making Your Way to Campus Purchase a bus ticket for the Venice-Mestre Train Station at the ATVO booth in the Marco Polo Airport (it costs about $2.00)
Making Your Way to Campus Once at Venice-Mestre, purchase a train ticket for Bassano del Grappa.
Making Your Way to Campus 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.
You’ve Made it to Campus! • Check in • Get your room assignment • Unpack • Attend welcome/orientation in the evening • Get some rest, it will be a busy four weeks!!!
Get to Know the Italy Staff • Program Director: Dr. Al Ringleb • Associate Director: Cristina Turchet • Office Manager: Anna • Campus Life Coordinators: David, DJ, & Robert • Student Staff • Nurse Ivana
Taking Classes in Italy - FAQs • How are the classes scheduled? • What are the classes like? • Do I need to bring my books with me? • Will I have to do assignments over the travel breaks? • Do I have to go to class?
Behavior and Safety • Low crime rate in Italy, mainly theft • Be aware of your surroundings • Don’t give into the “ugly American” stereotype! • Represent KU and the Italy Program well while you’re abroad
Living in Paderno del Grappa
Italy Program Trivia What is one of the least expensive ways to call home?
Answer Skype – it is currently free to call from one skype account to another. Rates are also very reasonable to call a landline.
Istituto Fillipin Full-service facility Recreation facilities The Campus
The Campus • Single & double room options • In-room internet access available & wired library • Computer lab • Laundry facilities • Dining Hall
Communication Telephone 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 town. Email 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. Post Office Within walking distance of the campus.
Other Necessities Pharmacy 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. Weather 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).
Italy Program Trivia True or False? You must know Italian in order to understand the train schedule?
Answer 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. For example: Florence = Firenze Venice = Venezia
2 long travel weekends Plan in advance because you will be very busy once you arrive! Travel Opportunities
Popular Travel Destinations in Italy 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
Useful Websites • www.sta.com (airline & train info) • www.ryanair.com (cheap flights in Europe) • www.skyscanner.net (cheap flights ) • www.landnet.it (info about Paderno) • www.trenitalia.com (Italian train info) • www.cimbaitaly.com (our website)
Have a great time!!! Contact Information: Consortium Office Phone: 785-864-7576 Email: ItalyProgram@ku.edu www.cimbaitaly.com