Short Term Summer Programs Admission Business Across Cultures Application To apply for the Business Across Cultures summer program for 2012 please fill out the application form. You will also need to submit an official IELTS or TOEFL score to the International and Off Campus Programs Office (these should be sent directly to our office address listed below from the testing agency) along with a photocopy of the identification page of your passport and proof of financial ability to pay for the program (e.g. original bank statement) or full-payment (international money order or wire transfer will be returned if you are not admitted). We must receive the online application, photocopy of your passport page, an official TOEFL or IELTS scores, and proof of finances or full payment by the registration deadline: May 1, 2012. Once we receive all of the above mentioned documents our office will make a decision on your admittance to the program and contact you (typically 5 business days or less). Student Visa Following admission, all accepted students will receive an I-20 to start the F-1 visa application process. This will be mailed to the address listed on your application. Please read the following directions to pay your SEVIS fee and request a visa appointment at the closest US embassy. Flights You will need to arrive at Hamline University on July 10 or 11, 2012 to start orientation on July 12. You may not arrive at Hamline any later than July 11 or earlier than July 10. However, immigration regulations allow you to enter the United States up to 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20, so make your travel plans accordingly. You should plan to fly into Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. The airport code is MSP. Please note that Chicago O'Hare airport is approximately 7 hours from Saint Paul, so students should not arrive there. You may be traveling during a busy time of year, so it is best to make travel plans early. Packing What should you bring to the U.S.? Consider bringing pictures of your family, friends, pets, neighborhood, etc. Sometimes being away from home for months can be quite hard. Having something that reminds you of your home and the people you love can help you feel better during the days when you miss the people you love. From July to August Minnesota weather is quite variable, it can be cool, warm or very hot. We recommend a sweatshirt for any chilly nights but also summer clothes! The electricity supply in the US and the shape of electricity outlets may be different than in your home country. Electricity supply is 120 volts. If your appliances do not match the electricity supply or outlet shape, consider bringing an adapter or purchasing your electronics in the United State. Linens will be provided as part of your program fee. Be sure to clearly label all luggage. If you do not yet know your address in the US, you may label your luggage with the IOCP address (but be sure to also include your own name): Hamline UniversityInternational and Off-Campus ProgramsAttn: Summer Language Institute1536 Hewitt Ave, MS-C1927Saint Paul, MN 55104 Check the luggage restrictions for the airline that you are flying. Weight restrictions may vary by airline. We recommend packing a carry-on bag with a change of clothes, toothbrush/toothpaste, snacks, any required medication (in its original container) and other items that you may need in your first few days in the United States. In some cases lost luggage can take a few days to recover, so keep this in mind if there are things that you will need immediately. Also, remember to carry your important immigration documents in your carry-on luggage. If you have any questions or issues feel free to contact the International and Off Campus Programs (IOCP) office.