COMMUNICATION OF APSI UPDATES AND INFORMATION
UT will send invoices, receipts, updates and reminders about your institute via email. This means it is extremely important that we have an email address on file for you that you check on a regular basis during the school year AND during the summer. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org OR call the Thompson Conference Center at 512-471-3121 and check to see what address is on file for your registration.
WHAT TO BRING
It is imperative that you check your institute’s course description for information on what to bring to your institute. This information may be periodically updated so be sure to check it close to your institute start date. To find your course description, use the left menu to go to the “Summer Institutes” portion of our page and click on your subject area to get to your individual course description.
For more information on how to prepare for the Fine Arts institutes in Costa Rica, visit the College of Fine Arts website.
Dress: Very casual. Dress for comfort. While it will be hot outside, the buildings may be chilly. Prepare accordingly by bringing sweaters or other clothes to layer. Comfortable shoes are also a good idea.
For free parking, please park in the Thompson Conference Center parking lot, called Lot 40, which is at the corner of Dean Keeton and Red River Street, located directly behind the Thompson Conference Center. If you are attending an institute that meets in a science lab or an art studio, please be prepared to walk 10 - 15 minutes from Lot 40 to get to your classroom. There is a shuttle available, but the shuttle pick up spot is still about 2 blocks away from the Thompson Conference Center.
Free parking is not available at the parking lot near the San Jacinto Dormitory. Please know that parking costs approximately $12 per day should you choose to park there.
Discounted rates are available to any participants who must pay to park in Manor Garage; see the conference services office to receive a coupon.
You are welcome to park in any garage on campus, should you prefer. But please understand that the only free parking available to you on campus is in Lot 40.
The University of Texas is one of the largest universities in the country. Please bear this in mind, as most institutes at some point do have to walk (with a UT staff person as a guide) to a computer lab, a museum, an art studio or a science lab. If you’re taking a fine arts institute, then you will be taking a 10 minute walk to lunch every day.
UT Austin has an air conditioned shuttle system which your UT guide will use to get you to most museums and science labs. Even with that system, there is a two block walk to get to the shuttle, and a little bit of a walk involved to get to any location on campus. It will be hot outside. Allow yourself extra time so you can take your time getting to these locations.
Please let us know if you need special assistance via email, email@example.com or by calling the Thompson Conference Center, 512-471-3121.
INTERNET AND MOBILE PHONE REQUEST
You can purchase Internet through the AT&T Wireless network in the Thompson Conference Center for $5.99 a day. Unless otherwise instructed by your institute’s consultant, we ask that you please refrain from being on the Internet during class time and give your full attention to the content of the class. There are specified times in some institutes when class work will take place in a computer lab with Internet.
We ask out of courtesy for your classmates and your consultant that you please quiet your cell phones during the class day and refrain from texting as much as possible. If you have a phone call that you must take, please step outside the classroom before answering your phone.
All Pre-AP* and AP institutes in Austin meet Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For information on the Itinerary for Fine Arts institutes in Costa Rica, please visit the College of Fine Arts website.
Monday morning: Please allow yourself extra time on this first day to find your classroom. Please be aware that the UT Austin campus is large. Those participants walking from Lot 40 to the Art Building or Welch Hall must be prepared for a 15 - 20 minute walk. Report directly to your institute by 8 a.m. There is no onsite registration or large group introductory meeting. If you are properly registered, your name will be on the institute roster. If you are not on the roster, you should contact the Thompson Conference Center office immediately (512-471-3121).
Monday – Thursday: There is a 10 - 15 minute break each morning and afternoon, which will be given at the discretion of your workshop consultant. The institute also breaks for lunch, which will be provided.
Note to vegetarians: Requests for vegetarian lunches must be made no later than two weeks before the week of your institute. You must e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of the size of our event, we cannot, unfortunately, accommodate any other type of dietary restriction.
Thursday: Along with finishing course content, course evaluations will be conducted on Thursday afternoon. Certificates will also be distributed.
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