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Summer Grad Program Pre-Departure Orientation. Consortium of Universities for International Studies. Presented by Kate Gerken. The program begins soon!! Are you ready? Here are some hints to help you prepare for your trip…. 1 – 2 Months before your trip…. Taking care of details.

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summer grad program pre departure orientation

Summer Grad Program Pre-Departure Orientation

Consortium of Universities for International Studies

Presented by Kate Gerken

The program begins soon!!

Are you ready?

Here are some hints to help you prepare for your trip…

1 – 2 Months

before your trip…

taking care of details
Taking care of details
  • Apply for your passport and visa
  • Turn forms into the Italy office
  • Make plan for bills/other financial issues
  • KU students
    • Pay any holds: parking, library, health, etc., otherwise you cannot be enrolled in your Italy classes
    • Drop any classes on the KU campus if necessary

What to bring

  • Electrical appliances
  • Transformer/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 dinner
  • Prescriptions (cannot be shipped so be sure to bring enough)
  • Travel and Living Guide
1 2 weeks before the trip
1 – 2 weeks before the trip

Money Issues


  • Know the exchange rate (1EUR = $1.35)
  • Bring some Euros with you if possible

(Order in advance from your bank)

Debit cards and Credit Cards

  • Ask about 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 trip8
1 – 2 weeks before the trip

Other tips

  • Make copies of all important items (passport, credit cards, bank cards, etc.)
day of departure
Day of Departure
  • Arrive 2 hours ahead of scheduled departure
  • Make sure you have necessary documents: passport, visa, tickets, etc.
  • Carryon bag
    • Change of clothes
    • Essentials

(money, medications, a good book, etc.)

making your way to campus
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)

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Making Your Way to Campus

Once at Venice-Mestre, purchase a train ticket for Castelfranco, Veneto.

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Making Your Way to Campus

Once you arrive in Castelfranco, you will need to take a taxi to Asolo (where the campus is located). Cost of taxis range from $25-40.

you ve made it to campus
You’ve Made it to Campus!
  • Check in
  • Get your room assignment (2-4 people per room)
  • Unpack
  • Attend welcome/orientation in the evening
  • Get some rest, it will be a busy week!!!
get to know the italy staff
Get to Know the Italy Staff
  • Program Director : Dr. Al Ringleb
  • Associate Director: Cristina Turchet
  • Office Manager: Margherita Lago
taking classes in italy faqs
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?
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Use your new problem solving and decision making skills

Explore leadership behavior

Get to know your classmates

Team work skills

Da Vinci Challenge Low Ropes Course
behavior and safety
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
the campus
The Campus
  • Students stay in the “castle”
  • Can request roommate (2-4 roommates)
  • Private baths
  • Breakfast on site
  • Lunch & dinner at local restaurants
  • Computer lab and

wired library

  • Laundry service
  • Classrooms on site


Graduate Facility



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.

Wireless access in the computer lab and library.

Post Office

Within walking distance of the campus.

other necessities
Other Necessities


There is a nurse on undergraduate campus and doctors are available if needed. There is a pharmacy in town, but plan to bring all medications with you.


Temperatures range from 50 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (summer). Facility is not air conditioned.

travel opportunities
3 long weekends

Explore Italy and surrounding countries!

Travel Opportunities
popular travel destinations in italy
Popular Travel Destinations in Italy

Cinque Terre: Northwestern coast of Italy

Rome: Southern Italy - 8 hours by train

Florence: Central Italy - 4 hours by train

Pisa: 1 hour from Florence

Venice: 1.5 hours by train

Lake Como: 1 hour by train from Milan

useful websites
Useful Websites
  • (airline & train info)
  • (cheap flights in Europe)
  • (info about Paderno)
  • (Italian train info)
  • (Marco Polo Airport)
  • (our website)
Have a great time!!!

Contact Information:

Consortium Office

Phone: 785-864-7576