YSEALI Pre-Arrival Information

YSEALI Spring 2017

Airline tickets – must have boarding pass with you to board the plane

Passport – must have with you to board the plane and to enter the United States.
Visa – must have with you to board the plane and to enter the United States.
Emergency contact information – bring one copy of information with you and leave another copy with your family or other emergency contacts.
Copies of passport and visa – bring one set of copies with you and leave another set of copies with your family or other emergency contacts.
Photocopies of credit cards and other important personal information – leave copies with your family or other emergency contacts. This is only a suggestion and is not required.
Prescription medicine– Eyeglasses (if you use them). Reading materials / music for the long flights.
Anything you can’t afford to lose in your checked luggage (that is permissible), place in your carry-on.
Bring a sweater or jacket as the plane can sometimes be cold.

A shuttle bus will pick you up upon arrival at the U.S. airport and transport you to the University of Connecticut campus.
Representatives from the University of Connecticut (UConn) will meet you in the baggage claim area to escort you to the shuttle. Look for UConn staff holding signage that reads “UConn YSEALI Program.”
The shuttle will drop you off at your on-campus lodging accommodations for the duration of your visit. UConn staff will assist with the check-in process.
UConn Orientation: Participants will have an orientation on campus on the first day of the program. The orientation will include a review of the complete program agenda, a campus tour, activities and services available during your stay, and introductions to key staff.
The following two links to the University of Connecticut Website and the UConn Campus Map will better orient you with the university and all that it has to offer.

You will be staying at the Nathan Hale Inn located on the University of Connecticut campus, and each hotel room will be shared by 2 YSEALI participants.Classrooms and dining facilities are all within a ten minute walk from the hotel.
Bathroom facilities are in each room. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, towels, and a hair dryer are included.
The YSEALI Program will pay for all participant rooms; however, participants will be responsible for any damage fees that might be assessed at the end of the program.
The hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet, and an alarm clock and an iron in each room.
The hotel has the following common areas available for shared use:
Fitness Room with television
Indoor heated swimming pool
A laundromat is located within walking distance to campus in Storrs Center.

The average high temperature in Connecticut in October is in the 50s°F / 15°C and the average low is around 40°F / 5°C. The average high temperature in Connecticut in March is in the 40s°F / 5°C and the average low is around 28°F / -2°C. Expect to see temperatures below 32°F / 0°C, but temperatures begin to warm up slightly in April. It is suggested that you bring clothes that will allow you to dress in layers, such as a shirt with a sweater or pull-over on top of the shirt, to allow you to adjust to the varying temperatures.
Long-sleeve shirts, warm jacket, sweaters, gloves, scarf, and hat for cold weather.
Raincoat or other waterproof jacket or poncho, compact umbrella.
Flip-flops or shower shoes might be helpful.
Electric shaver, razors, or other grooming equipment.
A pair of closed-toe and comfortable walking shoes for community service days and city tours.
Sunglasses – nice to have but not required
Classroom and Community Service Attire– On days spent in the classroom or doing community service, the dress code is casual to business casual. No jacket or tie is required. Comfortable shirts, pants, shorts, skirts and shoes are acceptable.
Weekend and Night Activities Attire– Same as classroom attire.
Visits to Businesses– Business casual. Shirt with a collar, trousers and/or skirts. Casual or dress shoes. A sweater or pull-over can be worn over the collared shirt. Tie and jacket are not necessary.
Meetings with State Department representatives and closing dinner– Business attire or traditional clothes.
Backpack (ruck sack) for class and daytrips – or any bag of your choice
Camera, if you want to take photos
Electrical adapter – the U.S. relies on alternating current, 60 cycles, 120 volts.

We will be providing meal cards for days when you will be eating meals on campus. When necessary, we will issue per diem (per day) cash allowance for meals not on campus and not part of a group meal, such as when you are off-campus for volunteer service. When a group meal is served, you will not need a meal card or per diem for that particular meal.
There are banking ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) at 4 different locations on campus for easy access to cash. Locations are:

  • Nathan Hale Inn Lobby
  • UConn Bookstore
  • Student Union
  • Babbidge Library
  • If you do not have an ATM card, be prepared with cash in U.S. Dollars.

Bring cash with you on the plane which you can exchange at the airport (enough for the first couple of days).
If you have an ATM card or credit card and plan to use it in the U.S., you should call the company to alert them that you might be using your card in the U.S. to ensure service. Western Union is not located nearby, so you should not plan on having family send you money during the middle of the program.

Cell Phones: The U.S. cell phone companies operate with SIM cards. If you plan to use your cell phone to make international calls, it is very expensive to make international calls. We suggest using messaging apps (WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, etc.) that use WiFi to make international calls or you could buy a calling card. SIM cards with a limited number of prepaid minutes will be made available to all participants.

Internet: There will be wireless internet access in your hotel room and throughout campus for you to connect to the internet from your own device if applicable. Also, there are also computers available in the Library with internet access. Participants are encouraged to use Skype and/or email to communicate with their families since these services are free of charge.

Calling Cards: Prepaid phone cards to call anywhere in the world from the U.S. can be bought at the 7-Eleven store located near campus. Calling cards are available in $5, $10, and $20 increments.

Local U.S. Contact Information:

The following contact information should be used for Emergency Situations Only:

  • Primary contact:
    Roy Pietro, Director, Global Training and Development Institute
    Office – 000 + 1 + 860 + 486 + 4252
    Alternate Office Number – (860) 486-0873
    Cell phone – 000 + 1 + 860 + 335 + 3057
    Email – roy.pietro@uconn.edu
  • Mailing Address if you need something shipped to you:
    Participant Name
    c/o Roy Pietro
    Director, Global Training and Development Institute
    University of Connecticut
    368 Fairfield Way, Unit 4256
    Storrs, CT 06269-4256

In the United States, smoking is prohibited in public areas, especially inside buildings. Most offices and organizations have a designated smoking area outside the building. At UConn, smoking is prohibited inside all buildings and within 25 feet of all entrances.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be available at South campus dining hall. Further information on dining hall services can be accessed at dining.uconn.edu.

Participants will be covered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE). This program covers medical expenses associated with each sickness or accident up to a limit of $50,000 U.S. dollars per occurrence, with a $25 payment required for a doctor appointment and $75 payment for an urgent care center visit or visit to the Emergency Room at a hospital.The ASPE program does not cover the costs associated with routine check-ups or with examinations or complications associated with pre-existing conditions.Coverage begins from the time that you depart for the U.S. and continues until you return to home.

The health insurance card will be issued to you at the UConn orientation in the U.S.

In case of illness, participants will have access to UConn’s Student Health Services office on campus during their stay at UConn.

Detailed information regarding the ASPE plan is available here.

For true medical emergencies while in the U.S., dial 9-1-1 for an immediate emergency medical response to the situation.

If you do not feel well and think that you need to see a doctor or receive medical treatment and it is not an emergency situation, please contact Roy Pietro at 860-486-4252 or 860-335-3057 to assist with arranging a doctor appointment. There are doctors within 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel.

Bring what medicine you think you may need, since medicine is expensive in the U.S.

UConn is committed to providing all visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience. UConn has full-time police and fire departments located on campus. A campus escort safety service is available in the evenings.For true emergencies while in the U.S., dial 9-1-1 for an immediate emergency response to the situation.

  • The university campus has its own shuttle bus system. The shuttle bus is free. Campus bus routes are available at park.uconn.edu and in the UConn Bookstore store.
  • Most of the areas on campus that you will need to go are no more than a 10 to 15 minute walk from the apartment, but the campus shuttle is available, if you prefer.

All university campus services are within 10-15 minutes walking distance from the apartment.Homer Babbidge Library: The main library on the Storrs campus. The library is an excellent place to study. It also has a café/coffee bar, computer terminals, phones, quiet study areas and study tables.UConn Student Union: Home to a large food court, movie theater, sit down restaurant, ATMs, convenience grocery store, video game room, study lounges and center for many activities on campus. Visit here for more information.

UConn Bookstore: The official bookstore for the University of Connecticut. The campus store where books, study aids, university imprinted items such as sports wear and gift ware and other items of interest, living supplies and amenities, snacks, computer equipment, school supplies, and other items can be purchased. Visit here for more information.

Recreation Facility/Field House: For individuals interested in fitness and athletics. The fitness center has a huge selection of workout equipment and athletic activities including a pool and indoor track. There are fees to use the field house equipment. Visit here for more information.

Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts: Hosts plays, musicals, concerts and other performances throughout the year. Some performances are free and some require purchase of a ticket. Visit here for more information.

Because of the logistics involved with the daytrips, everyone must stay with the group agenda.The program does not allow for individual travel before, during, or after the program.