XMNR International Residency To-Do List

IMPORTANT: please read this entire page carefully.

In preparation for your January 2016 XMNR International Residency in South Africa, please complete each of the following steps at your earliest convenience. As CLI is an official CLiGS partner and helps manage enrollment and logistical needs for the XMNR International Residency, please feel free to contact CLI anytime at 888-781-8383 or email our Director of Enrollment at nancy@studycli.org if you have questions regarding the enrollment process.
  1. Decide if you will fly with the group or arrange your own airfare
    Please carefully review this XMNR international airfare PDF and choose either Option 1 or 2. We encourage you to fly with the group, but if you would like to make your own airfare arrangements, you have the option to do so. This decision must be made by Saturday, August 15. Please then notify CLI of your decision by completing our Student Information Form (see below).
  2. Complete CLI’s Student Information Form
    Complete CLI’s Student Information Form by Saturday, August 15. Your program is titled “XMNR IR South Africa Jan. 2016”. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears on your passport. Please also be on the lookout for an email from the Virginia Tech Global Education Office requesting that you complete its required liability and financial agreement forms.
  3. If you chose Option 2 for your international flight, complete CLI’s Flight Form
    If you choose “Option 2: fly on your own”, please share your international flight information with CLI by completing this international flight form at least one month prior to your programs’ start date. Option 1 travelers can skip this step.
  4. Secure your passport
    If you do not have a passport, please apply for one immediately. If you do have a passport, double check that its expiration date is at least six months after the end of your upcoming XMNR IR. If your passport’s expiration date is within six months of your IR end date, please renew your passport as soon as possible.
  5. Secure your visa (if applicable)
    Passport holders from most countries, including the United States, are not currently required to obtain a visa to enter South Africa. However, you are advised to review South Africa’s visa policies at least two months prior to your IR’s commencement date.
  6. Complete CLiGS and CLI’s Medical Allergies and Dietary Restrictions Form
    Please complete our medical allergies and dietary restrictions form upon reading this prompt. It’s important that your travel logistics providers have access to information regarding any medical allergies you may have or other medical considerations of which we should be aware. Please also use this opportunity to inform us of your dietary restrictions (if any).
  7. Review CLI and CLiGS Pre-Departure Reminders
    In an effort to better prepare you for your time abroad, CLI and CLiGS put together this detailed pre-departure packet. Be sure to review all information carefully and contact CLI at nancy@studycli.org with any additional questions you may have.
  8. Remain on the lookout for Virginia Tech’s Global Education Office (GEO) email
    Virginia Tech’s Global Education Office (GEO) will email you at some point prior to your program commencement to request important information required by the university. Please remain on the lookout for this email and work through VT GEO’s requirements in a timely manner.
  9. Understand your VT-provided medical and travel insurance
    Please carefully review this Virginia Tech Insurance PDF. CLiGS will purchase a travelers’ health insurance policy on your behalf from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). You will receive an email from CISI with your personal policy information. Be sure to save the information, print out a copy to bring with you on the IFE, and print out another copy to leave with your emergency contact prior to departure. CISI also offers a mobile app that may come in handy during your travels.
  10. Review important travel information
    Make sure you have thoroughly reviewed health and safety information from both the CDC and the U.S. State Department well in advance of your departure to South Africa. When traveling to any foreign country, it is important that you familiarize yourself with relevant health and safety information.
  11. Install Uber, GroupMe, and Venmo on your smarthphone
    Please install Uber, GroupMe, and Venmo upon reading this prompt. When registering for GroupMe, use your email address as listed in this Google sheet. If you already have GroupMe but registered using a different email account, directly edit the Google sheet to list the email associated with your GroupMe account. An explanation of how we will utilize these apps in South Africa will be provided in class on December 12th and again during program orientation in Cape Town.
  12. Review optional activities for your free days in Cape Town
    Two free days — Saturday, January 9 and Sunday, January 10 — are scheduled for our time in Cape Town. Please reference this list of activities when planning your own schedule for these two days. The concierge at the Breakwater Lodge and our local coordinator in Cape Town, Nicole, can provide activity planning assistance as needed. Please note that your activity options are not restricted to those listed on the activities list. You may wish to utilize other resources to find and arrange activities.