REGISTRATION & HOUSING
Participants are expected to arrive on the date announced in the program (arrival date) and register.
Registration takes place at the lobby of The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) dormitory building. The address is:
|Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania
|Alsyllio Agrokepio, 1 Makedonias str
73100, Chania - Crete - Greece
Signs placed at the entrance and around the campus will direct you.
|FOR THE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS:
There will be two participants assigned to each dorm room. The rooms have 2 single beds, a study area, central air condition and a private bathroom. Towels and bed linens are provided, and there is maid service at least twice a week. There are also laundry facilities on campus. The organizers will assign your roommates. In order to promote cross-cultural exchange, roommates will be assigned so that students from the same country are not rooming together.
FOR OTHER PROGRAMS:
|MAICh uses an electronic key system at the dormitory building. Every participant will be issued an electronic smart card at registration, which they can use to open their dorm room and must be returned at the end of the Academy. If this key is lost you will be charged a fee for replacement.
|Because of the short duration of the programs and inconsistency of international mailing, we do not recommend receiving regular postal mail. However, participants expecting mail should check with the TICLS Secretariat for arrangements.
|The campus has wireless internet access. There is also a LAN cable connection available.
|Chania - as well as the entire country of Greece - is a very safe place to visit. The neighborhoods that exist in Chania are all relatively safe and should not be feared. However, it is always necessary to remain smart and not leave valuable items on display, and not walk around with a wallet in the back pocket of jeans.
The MAICh campus is also safe, and equipped with all security devices, including cameras and alarms. However, participants must take appropriate care of money and personal valuables, and appropriate attention to who enters and leaves the room. All rooms have closets that are suitable for clothing and luggage, but their locking devices tend to be unreliable for valuables. If you have any concerns regarding the storage of any money or valuables, contact the Program's Assistant who will be working as a liaison with the MAICh staff.
|There are coin operated washing / drying machines on campus. Coins can be provided by TICLS Secretariat. There are no irons / ironing boards provided. There are many dry cleaning shops around the city that you could use for related services.
|There is a Souda - Chania bus service (stop MAICh) every 20 minutes. The ticket costs 1,70 Euro bought outside bus or 2,50 euro if bought inside bus. There are discounts for bearers of a student card. The last bus, No. 13, passes from MAICh for Chania at 23.00(on Sunday 22.40), and from the Municipal Market to MAICh at 22:40 (Sunday 22.30).The route is about 15 minutes. More on the Chania City Bus website.
The taxi route from MAICh to the city costs approximately 10 Euro (from 05.00am to 12.00pm). The port of Souda can also be reached by bus. Taxis to Souda cost approximately 8-10€.
|Public transportation does not operate after midnight. You will have to use a taxi. Take note that taxi fares double after midnight. You should tell the taxi driver to use the meter. We recommend sharing taxis with a friend.
EARLY ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE INFORMATION
If your travel plans require that you arrive or depart beyond the program's dates, please inform us so that we can arrange appropriate accommodations, as rooms may not be available prior or after this date. Please submit your travel form at due requested date. Your participation fee will cover only the nights mentioned in the Program. If you arrive before or depart after these dates, the price per night is 52 Euros. If you do not notify us, it might not be possible to reserve a room for you.
ENTRY TO GREECE
You may be required to obtain a visa to enter the European Union and Greece. It is necessary that you call your regional Greek embassy or consulate for visa regulations as soon as possible. An official letter of invitation will be sent to all participants needing a visa, after you have confirmed your participation. You will need this letter to obtain a visa or any other entry documents. We recommend that you carry this letter with you as you travel. A detailed list of countries that require visas can be found here along with information about visas.
|Telephone Calls And Emergency Contact Information
|There are pay phones throughout MAICh, which operate with calling cards that can be purchased at newsstands and kiosks. For those who want to purchase a Greek SIM card for their mobile phones please keep in mind that you need an official ID (ie. passport) to activate your SIM card. This can be done at all telecommunication stores in Chania or Athens. In case of an emergency, family or friends can contact the TICLS Secretariat at MAICh.
|The water is perfectly safe to drink. There is also a supermarket close to campus where you can purchase bottled water and other items.
|Meals will be provided to all participants at the dining facilities of MAICh. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served each day unless scheduled otherwise (Sunday lunches are not served). For anyone with special dietary requirements (vegetarian, Kosher, Ramadan, etc.), you must contact us via email in time.
|What to Bring
|Most of the time dressing is casual. There will be one or two occasions where you will need to wear business attire (suits and ties for men, dresses or suits for women). Make sure you have a pair of comfortable walking shoes for tours and sightseeing. You may want to bring a bathing suit and beach towels if you plan on taking any trips to the beach. Although the weather in Crete will be very warm, all rooms and classrooms are air conditioned (so you might want to bring a sweater with you for class). For the Cultural Presentations Evening, you may want to bring traditional music, dress or other props for the show. Prior to arriving, a completed list of participants will be sent by email and a Facebook group will have already started the interaction, so there can coordinate as to what to bring. There is no need to bring bed linens or towels, but it is highly recommended to bring at least a beach towel from home. In case, towels or linens are lost you will be charged a fee upon departure from campus. It is recommended to bring notebooks, paper and writing instruments. Reading materials will be provided through our online website. Hard copies of the readings will not be provided.
|International Student Identity Card (ISIC):
|It is highly recommended to take advantage the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) issued by the ISIC Association. The ISIC card is the only internationally accepted proof of bona fide student status, to receive travel related benefits and services throughout the world, including health insurance. Many travel agencies, airlines, museums and other entertainment and travel related organizations recognize the ISIC and offer significant discounts. The ISIC costs approximately $20. All non EU participants are encouraged to have with them the ISIC card. To obtain an ISIC, students must have a passport, a passport-sized photograph and proof that you are a full-time student at issuing points worldwide.
There are also the IYTC, for non active students and ITIC for Professors.
|TICLS does not provide insurance policies. All participants must provide proof of their personal coverage before arrival to the Program. Most countries have bilateral agreements with Greece for recognition of medical insurance. Check with your health insurance provider for their international travel policy and coverage abroad; insurance may be limited to emergencies only. ISIC holders are offered a helpful travel insurance policy. Have your local insurance agency (or Social Security, depending upon the case) provide you with the appropriate forms you should carry with you in case you need medical care.
|Plan to bring enough money to cover entertainment and transportation costs, incidental expenses and whatever souvenir shopping you might want to do. Students can exchange money at banks or bank machines (ATM’s) located at the airports and in Chania. Major Credit cards are generally accepted at restaurants, bars and shops, but they will not be accepted for charges incurring at MAICh.
|There will be several staff members living on campus available to assist you throughout the Program. Do not hesitate to contact us for any concern.
|If you have additional questions before arriving, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org