PDPI Program Information


The ALI will hold an orientation for the PDPI participants on Monday, July 1, 2019. ALI faculty and staff will introduce the university and the ALI. They will also discuss the admissions process, schedule, activities, housing, and other important program details.

PDPI Orientation PowerPoint

Orientation Schedule:

  • 9:00am – 11:00am – Orientation, Registration
    • Royall Hall, room 211
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – Immigration Check-in (bring your documents to check in with IIE/Fulbright online)
    • Royall Hall, room 310
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch
    • Atterbury Student Success Center, cafeteria
  • 1:00pm – 1:30pm – Campus Tour
    • Atterbury Student Success Center, in front of cafeteria

Meal Plan

Your hotel provides a free breakfast. You will have most of your lunches on campus at the cafeteria. The ALI will provide you with a gift/debit card preloaded with money to purchase food for dinner and any lunches that you are not on campus for.

The money on these gift/debit cards is meant to be for meals. If you use the card on other items, then you may not have enough for all of the meals you will have here. Please make sure to only use the card for meals.

Health Care

Health Insurance

IIE provides health insurance for all PDPI participants. Even with health insurance, you need to pay co-payments, deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses. Your insurance may not cover dental care, vision care, or over-the-counter medication. Please contact your IIE representative if you have questions about your health insurance.

Clinics and Pharmacies

UMKC has a Student Health and Wellness Center right next to campus that participants can visit. Their website is http://info.umkc.edu/studenthealth/.

If you need medical care and the Health and Wellness Center is not open, try visiting one of the many Minute Clinics, Walk-in Clinics, and Urgent Care Centers located around Kansas City. Here are four clinics less than five miles from campus.

In the US, Emergency Rooms should only be used for very important situations. They are very expensive. It is best to go to an Urgent Care or Walk-in Clinic instead.

If you need to have a prescription filled, there are three pharmacies less than five miles from campus you can use.


The Holiday Inn provides a shuttle to transport guests up to one mile from the hotel.

Kansas City Transportation Authority (KCTA) provides transportation services around Kansas City and the University. The bus route you will probably use the most is Main Street Max (MMAX). This bus stops near your hotel and campus as well as other attractions in the city. You can find information about Kansas City bus routes at http://ridekc.org/. They also have an app that you can download to your phone for real-time updates and schedules.

All University of Missouri-Kansas City students can ride Kansas City buses free with their Student ID card. Once you have your student ID number, you can go to the Once Card Office at the Student Union on campus to get your Student ID card. The ALI will provide 3-day bus passes for the first weekend participants are in Kansas City.

The ALI will provide transportation to all school visits.

If teachers cannot get to the Education and Recreational activities by Kansas City public bus, the ALI will provide transportation.


The temperature in Kansas City can change a lot in one day; it can be comfortable in the morning and very hot by afternoon. It is a good idea to check the weather forecast in the morning before you go to class. Because Kansas City is on the river, it can be very humid. This can make it feel hotter than it really is. If the temperature is 32 C, it can feel like 35!

Because it can get so hot, it is smart to have a water bottle with you. We have drinking fountains you can use to fill up your bottles during the day.

In the US, we use Fahrenheit (F) to talk about temperature. If someone in the US tells you the temperature, you should assume he or she is using Fahrenheit.

The summer is a good time for rainstorms in Kansas City. Sometimes, it rains so hard it is hard to see! Sometimes, we have very big rainstorms called “thunderstorms”. These can be very destructive. They can knock down trees, damage homes and cars, and cause flooding. Check the weather forecast regularly and if it says there will be a thunderstorm, stay indoors.


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