Final ALC Update!

July 22nd, 2016

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Dear ALC Participants

In a week, Stanford University will become your home away from home for the remainder of the summer. The ALC staff team eagerly awaits your arrival and is working round-the-clock to put the final pieces of the itinerary in place. In order to give you an idea of how things are shaping up, a tentative version of the program calendar has been posted to the ALC Orientation website (see below for more information).

Please review the rest of this flyer thoroughly. It contains important information and reminders that will help you make a smooth transition to California in the coming weeks.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you have about ALC 2016 or about your upcoming life in the Bay Area.

Warm wishes,

Melissa & Hirona


The ALC 2015 program calendar has gone live and can be accessed by visiting the ALC website.Please note that the exact timing of the activities listed on the calendar are tentative and may be subject to change in the coming weeks. That said, this current version of the calendar is representative of what the final version of the program calendar will include and should provide you with an accurate idea of the types of activities and events you can expect to enjoy this summer.

During orientation, you will receive a finalized program calendar with greater detail.

Presentation Topics

If you have yet to email your topic to Robyn Brinks (, the English Class Coordinator, please do so immediately. She will provide excellent advice as to how to select your topic.

Flight Information

Free Shuttle Service/Getting to Stanford

We will provide two complimentary shuttle services (one departing @ 1:30pm, and another at 10:00pm) to Stanford on July 31st. If, for some reason, it's not possible for you to use the shuttle, please contact Hirona Hono ( Please see below in "Airport Meet Up Location" for a more specific location to meet up with us. Please keep checking your emails regularly!

Remember: you cannot enter the US without VISA/ESTA documents!

Airport Meet Up

For those of you planning to ride VIA's shuttle to the Stanford campus, please gather near the center of the Arrivals floor, near the Cafe Emporio Bulli (outlined in yellow, below). You will find VIA staff members and student coordinators walking around to find you with VIA signage :D
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Contact us :D

If you cannot find VIA group at the airport or in case of emergency, please contact your Director. You can reach out to us via email as well as calling:

Melissa Golden (ALC1 Director) Phone: +1 541-272-2789 (same for Viber)

Hirona Hono (ALC2 Director) Phone: +1 650-305-5997

What to Bring

Please limit your luggage to ONE suitcase and one other bag such as a backpack. Remember that if you bring it, you must carry it! Also, you will probably want to buy some souvenirs while you are here, so don’t forget to leave some space in your luggage for the return trip.

Each year we have a Final Farewell Banquet where everyone is invited to dress up. You are strongly encouraged to pack one nice (formal) outfit for this event.

Also, there are free laundry facilities at the dormitory. Detergent will be provided.

The suggested packing list, weather information, and other travel tips can be found here on the ALC Orientation site.