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Title: Summer Italy Program Predeparture Orientation


1
Summer Italy Program Pre-departure Orientation
  • Consortium of Universities for International
    Studies

Presented by
2
  • The summer program begins in xx days!!!
  • Are you ready?
  • Here are some hints to help you prepare for your
    trip…

3
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

4
  • 1 2 Weeks before you leave…

5
Italy Program Trivia
  • What is the difference between a converter and an
    adapter?

6
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

7
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

8
Italy Program Trivia
  • What is the current
  • exchange rate?

9
Answer
  • 1.00 1.35
  • (Summer 07)

10
1 2 weeks before the trip
  • Money Issues
  • Currency
  • Know the exchange rate (1EUR1.37)
  • 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

11
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

12
  • Day of Departure

13
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.)

14
  • Arrival in Italy

15
Italy Program Trivia
  • What is the easiest way to get from the airport
    to campus?

16
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.

17
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…

18
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)

19
Making Your Way to Campus
  • Once at Venice-Mestre, purchase a train ticket
    for Bassano del Grappa.

20
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.

21
Youve 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!!!

22
  • The First Week of the Program

23
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

24
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?

25
Behavior and Safety
  • Low crime rate in Italy, mainly theft
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Dont give into the ugly American stereotype!
  • Represent KU and the Italy Program well while
    youre abroad

26
  • Living in
  • Paderno del Grappa

27
Italy Program Trivia
  • What is one of the least expensive
  • ways to call home?

28
Answer
  • Skype it is currently free to call from one
    skype account to another. Rates are also very
    reasonable to call a landline.

29
The Campus
  • Istituto Fillipin
  • Full-service facility
  • Recreation facilities

30
The Campus
  • Single double room options
  • In-room internet access available wired
    library
  • Computer lab
  • Laundry facilities
  • Dining Hall

31
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.
32
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).
33
Italy Program Trivia
  • True or False? You must know Italian in order to
    understand the
  • train schedule?

34
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

35
Travel Opportunities
  • 2 long travel weekends
  • Plan in advance because you will be very busy
    once you arrive!

36
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

37
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)

38
  • Have a great time!!!
  • Contact Information
  • Consortium Office
  • Phone 785-864-7576
  • Email ItalyProgram_at_ku.edu
  • www.cimbaitaly.com
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