Fayetteville is a college town located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. It has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. The cost of living is moderate and the current sustained growth of the region allows for many comforts and conveniences of a much larger city without the crime, traffic or pollution. Arts, music and theater are abundant in the area. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers a world-class museum and extensive nature trails for walking and biking. Situated in the Ozark National Forest, and near the Buffalo National River, the area also provides ample opportunity for students to experience all the great beauty that the Natural State has to offer. A network of ever-expanding bicycle trails crisscross the city as the area grows to become more bicycle-friendly. Bus transportation around campus and in the community make getting around town easy and convenient. Fayetteville, Arkansas is a great place to live and to study and is one of the top college towns in the United States. Here are some links to give you a better idea of what Fayetteville is like:
Facebook and Questions
Please join our Facebook page. If you have questions related to the Orientation, please post them on our Facebook page. For other questions, you should contact IIE. There will also be a representative from IIE available on site throughout the Orientation.
What to Pack
Arkansas weather in the summer is hot (average high in August is 90 F or 32 C) and very humid, so bring light-weight clothes. You can dress casually for the orientation if you’d like (jeans, casual pants, shorts, capris, etc.). Bring at least one nice outfit for going out at night and for the closing ceremony. (It doesn’t have to be formal!) Bring a swimsuit if you like to swim. There is a pool in the hotel. There may also be other opportunities to swim in area pools. There is air conditioning in most American buildings and the temperature is kept pretty low, so if you aren’t used to air conditioning, you might bring a light-weight sweater or long-sleeved shirt, so you won’t be cold during class and in restaurants. Many of our students get cold indoors! Bring some comfortable walking shoes.
There are stores in the United States! It seems obvious, but some participants in the past have packed everything they might possibly need, but remember that you can go shopping for anything you forget. There is a small store on campus and a supermarket near to The Chancellor Hotel.
You will have free wireless internet access on campus and in your hotel.