PDPI Arrival



The Kansas City airport is called Kansas City International Airport. The airport code is MCI. The airport is located about 30 minutes north of Kansas City.

Someone from the ALI will meet the participants at the airport. They will have a sign that reads “UMKC.”

The ALI will arrange transportation for you from the airport to the hotel. The hotel will prepare a lunch buffet for you on your first day. Lunch will be at 1:30pm.


During your program, you will stay at a hotel near the university. The hotel is called Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza. You will share your hotel room with another person. Each room has a coffee pot in it. Some rooms have microwaves and mini refrigerators, but not all. There are also microwaves in the snack shop on the first floor which is open 24 hours a day. The hotel offers a fitness room, a large outdoor pool, wireless internet, a courtesy shuttle, and a complimentary breakfast.

You can find more information about the hotel on their website: https://www.ihg.com/.


Some items we suggest bringing with you to Kansas City:

  • Sandals
  • Water bottle
  • Raincoat
  • Swimsuit
  • Lightweight shoes
  • Shorts & pants
  • T-shirts
  • Sweater
  • One nice outfit for going out
  • Sunblock
  • Hat

Be sure to leave room in your suitcase for things you will buy here and take back home with you!

Class Materials

Some items you will need for your classes:

  • Pens, pencils, highlighters
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Folders
  • Erasers
  • Backpack / book bag

Some items you might want for your classes (not required)

  • USB drive
  • Binders
  • Laptop/tablet/E-reader


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