Anytime from 5:00 am - 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 7, 2016.
Anytime on Thursday, August 11, 2016. (You will check out of the hotel on the 11th.)
Fly to Lansing: We strongly recommend that all FLTAs fly directly to Capital Region International Airport in Lansing, on Sunday, August 7, 2016. The airport is approximately twenty minutes from MSU's campus. A staff member or student worker will greet you at the airport. The staff member(s) will have an FLTA sign and will assist you in claiming your luggage and help you to ground transportation. The Lansing airport is very small, so you will easily find the staff member waiting for you.
If you are flying through Chicago O'Hare airport, there is no feasible, alternate transportation to East Lansing. O'Hare is approximately 5 hours from East Lansing by car, and no bus or train leaves from the airport directly. Therefore, if your travel takes you through Chicago, you will need to fly into Lansing.
If you are flying through Detroit, AND you are an experienced traveler, there is an alternate means of arriving at East Lansing. Please email the directors for more information if you are an experienced, independent traveler.
Unfortunately, every year, we have about 6-10 FLTAs whose luggage does not arrive with them!
If your luggage does not arrive with you when you first arrive in the U.S., go through customs. When you arrive in Lansing, notify an airline representative immediately and he or she will help you file a claim for lost luggage with your airline. The staff member or student greeter at the airport will also assist you. Ask the airline to send your lost luggage on to the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, 300 M.A.C Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823. When the delayed bags arrive, they will be sent to the hotel - usually a day or two later. In the worst case, they will send your lost luggage to your host institution.
Prepare by reviewing our Travel Tips.
The address of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place is 300 M.A.C Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823. The phone number of the hotel is 1-517-337-4440.
When you arrive at the hotel you have to do two things: check in at the hotel and check in at our registration table. It doesn’t matter in which order you check in at these two locations. You will need to show your passport for hotel registration. (IIE will ask you to send your DS2019 and your I94 online.)
We will have tours of the downtown area* starting every hour (3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm). You may also just rest in your room, exercise in the fitness room, chat in the lobby or check email and Facebook at the business center in the Marriott hotel.
*East Lansing is a small town--please don't expect the downtown to look like the movies.
The Marriott Hotel provides free shuttles to the airport on Thursday. They can also usually offer free shuttles to the train station. Sign up at the front desk from Sunday - Tuesday. You might have to leave earlier than planned depending on shuttle availability, so sign up early.
You must have IIE approval for any early arrival. Please note that you will NOT be covered by insurance with early arrival. In addition, you are responsible for making all of the arrangements in advance, and you must pay for the room(s). If you arrive early, please come to the Marriott hotel between noon and 8pm on the 7th for check in and registration.
Regular departure is during the day on the 11th. If you are staying the night on the 11th or later, you must make all of the arrangements yourself in advance, and you must pay for the room. MSU staff cannot make arrangements for you. Please be aware that hotels in East Lansing generally exceed $75 a night, and are often much more. The Marriott has a few rooms available, and some additional options include staying at the Kellogg Center or the Hampton Inn.
*Please note: Hotels in the US typically require a credit card - even if you are paying in cash. This is to protect them from damages, etc., but it is very frustrating for unprepared travelers.