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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mailing Address if you need something shipped to you:
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.