PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION

Pre-arrival Information

We are happy that you have decided to join us at Hutchinson Community College. Students from numerous countries such as Japan, Brazil, Bosnia, Australia and Germany have chosen to study at Hutchinson Community College and play an integral role in both the intellectual and cultural life of our campus. The information in this document is designed to help you prepare for your trip to Kansas. Please read the following information carefully. Always feel free to contact the International Advisor at international@hutchcc.edu if you have more questions.

Before you leave your home country
 
make arrangements for the following:
 

TRANSPORTATION

Airport Information

You will need to fly into Mid-Continent Airport (airport code = ICT) which is located in Wichita, KS. After you arrive at the airport you can use a shuttle service to get to Hutchinson.

Border to Border Shuttle Service
$75.00 from Wichita airport to HCC campus for 1-2 people
1.888.363.6500 (toll free in US)

apsander@sbcglobal.net (arrangements may be made several days in advance of your arrival by email)

Please note that rates are subject to change and may increase in the late evening/night. If you choose to take a taxi from the airport, it may be very expensive. Before entering a taxi, establish the estimated cost with the driver.

HOUSING

On-Campus Housing

HCC Residence Halls
Mail: 1300 N Plum, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501, USA
Phone: 1.620.665.3403 Fax: 1.620.728.8150

E-mail: hinshawd@hutchcc.edu
Internet: Residence Hall Home

The majority of rooms are double occupancy; there are a few suites which house four students. The dorms fill quickly so do not wait until you arrive in the U.S. to make living arrangements.

The priority date for application is July 1st. A completed application includes your Room and Board Contract, Personal Information Sheet, Confidential Health Card, Immunization records indicating two MMR shots, meningitis shot or waiver and $100 deposit. Check-in for the fall 2012 semester is August 20, 2012. If you need to arrive 3-4 days early arrangements must be made with the housing office.

Off-Campus Housing

When searching for permanent off-campus housing you might want to take into consideration that Hutchinson does not have expanded public transportation. We do have the Reno County Area Transit (RCAT) which runs a fixed route throughout Hutchinson but the travel time can be lengthy. There are 3 apartment complexes within 5-10 blocks from campus and their information is listed below.

Sundance Apartments 11th & Severance 1.620.663.7368
Villager Apartments 907 E 12th 1.620.663.3341
17th Place Apartments 908 E 17th 1.620.664.5355

Temporary Housing and Hotel Information

If you need to reserve a hotel room for your first few nights in Hutchinson, before the dorms open, a partial list can be found below. For a more complete list or to make a reservation online visit http://www.visithutch.com.

Hampton Inn - 1401 ½ East 11th www.hamptoninn.com
Comfort Inn - 1621 Super Plaza www.comfortinn.com
Microtel Inn & Suites - 1420 North Lorraine www.hotels.microtelinn.com/hutchinsonks


STUDENT HEALTH ISSUES

Health History

Before you leave home have your eyes and teeth checked and any necessary medical treatments completed. Medical, dental and eye care are expensive in the U.S. Bring an adequate supply of medication with you and keep your medication in its original container and carry a copy of your prescription (translated in english). If you are living in the dorms be sure to bring a copy of your shot records with you or return them with your dorm contract.

International students must present the results of a tuberculosis skin test completed in the United States withing the last twelve months, or be tested at a college approved clinic. Test results must be reviewed within ten days of the start of the semester.

Student Health Insurance

Students are not required to carry private medical insurance while studying at HCC. We do have a Health Office located on the west edge of campus. The Health Office can provide primary care for illnesses, minor injuries, family planning and health-related social issues. The staff consists of nurses and physician assistants who are under the supervision of a physician. HCC enrollment fees only cover the cost of office visits; medications, labs, x-rays, etc. are not included. Hospitalization and emergency room visits are also not included. Therefore, you are encouraged to carry private medical insurance. Listed below are two companies that offer International Student Health policies.

Student Assurance Services - www.sas-mn.com
BETINS - www.betins.com


Upon arrival at Hutchinson Community College
 

REPORT DATE

Entry to the U.S. is limited to thirty (30) days before the report date listed on the I-20, regardless of visa issue date. All international students must report to the HCC International Advisor within fifteen (15) days of their report date listed on their I-20. Please bring your I-20, passport, visa, I-94 and/or any other documents that verify your immigration status. Your immigration documents will be copied and reviewed to verify your status and your contact information will be updated in the SEVIS system. The International Advisor will assist you in completing the HCC General Application and the enrollment process. The International Advisor is located in the Guidance Office of the Parker Student Union building. HCC must report students to the U.S. Government who do not check-in with the International Advisor and/or who do not enroll full-time at HCC.

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

All F-1 students are required to be enrolled in a full course of study each regular term. Failure to do so will cause you to be in violation of your immigration status. Generally speaking, full time enrollment during the Fall and Spring semesters for students is 12 credit hours each semester. Enrollment during the summer term is required only if it is your initial or final semester.

It is very important that you do not reduce your enrollment less than full-time or withdraw from your classes without first getting approval from the International Advisor.


Things to Consider:
 

WEATHER

Kansas is located at the center of the U.S. and has four distinct seasons. At the time of your arrival in August, it will be summer. The temperatures in the summer, June-September, usually range from 89°F to 96°F. It will become cooler in the fall, September-November. Winter, December-March, daytime temperatures are usually between 23°F and 40°F. You should plan your wardrobe for changing seasons, but clothes may be purchased upon arrival.
 

ELECTRICAL DEVICES/ APPLIANCES

The electrical current used for small appliances in the U.S. is 100-115 volts, 60 cycles. Adapters may be needed for some of your appliances.

MONEY

You should bring enough money to cover your first month's expenses and your first semester's tuition, books and the expense of setting up your housing arrangements. (Note: If you were required to make a $1500.00 deposit before your I-20 was issued it will only cover the cost of tuition for 12 credit hours.) Do not underestimate the amount of money needed. Do not carry a large amount of cash. Bring your money in the form of traveler's checks or obtain a bankcard to withdraw cash from an automatic teller machine (ATM). You may choose to have the balance of the money you will need electronically wired to a local bank in the United States after your arrival; the International Advisor can recommend a bank upon your arrival.

TEMPORARY MAILING ADDRESS

If you need to send some of your belongings to Kansas in advance, you may address the package to our office (see example address). We will hold any mail or packages sent to you until you arrive to pick it/them up.

Example address:

      YOUR NAME
     Hutchinson Community College
     c/o International Advisor
     1300 N Plum
     Hutchinson KS 67501
     USA

TRANSPORTATION IN HUTCHINSON

The Reno County Area Transit (RCAT) bus runs a fixed route throughout Hutchinson. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Saturday 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Fare is $.50 (50 cents) USD. The RCAT is a clean and safe means of transportation but the travel time can be lengthy and the routes are fixed and may not be convenient or close to your destination. The routes will take you to downtown Hutchinson, to medical facilities, grocery stores, shopping malls, etc.


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