Program Logistics

We work with you to identify and meet the needs of participants.

Program logistics are often entirely dependent on the program type and format. The information below provides a brief overview of commonly considered logistics during the program development process.

Program duration can range from one week to one year depending on the program type. Short term programs typically range from two to four weeks. Long term programs typically range from four weeks to one year, with some following the academic calendar of the university. Duration is ultimately determined by the goals, needs, and preferences of the partner.

The program fee will vary based on the program type, number of participants, and length of the program but typically includes tuition, training materials, cultural activities, use of university facilities, health insurance, and local transportation through the city bus system. The fee will not include airfare.

This fee will include room and board costs applicable to the nature of the program (e.g., undergraduate education program participants will stay in university residences and have access to the dining hall). Fee is subject to change based on seasonal rates and availability of lodging options. Other meals and lodging for travel outside of the program itinerary are at the participants’ additional expense.

The university is located in the heart of the Midwest in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 207,000), situated about 225 kilometers south of Chicago, 200 kilometers west of Indianapolis, and 290 kilometers northeast of St. Louis.

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All programs include an orientation and closing ceremony. In person and hybrid programs typically include site visits to businesses and cultural centers in the greater Champaign-Urbana area and the Midwest. Events and activities are customized based on the topic of the program. In person and hybrid program participants may also take part in university events and activities that are open to the public.

Sample events and activities include:

  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • CME Group, Inc.
  • Northern Trust Corporation
  • 1871 (Chicago business incubator)
  • EnterpriseWorks / Research Park
  • Siebel Center for Design
  • Beckman Institute
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • ADM Institute for Postharvest Loss
  • Caterpillar Innovation Center
  • John Deere Technology & Innovation Center
  • Monsanto Seed Production Facility
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • MxD (Manufacturing x Digital) in Chicago
  • Discovery Partners Institute
  • Illinois State Capitol

The Champaign-Urbana area is served by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD), which has its main interchange at the Illinois Terminal. Illinois Terminal also provides service by Greyhound Lines, Burlington Trailways, Peoria Charter Coach, and multiple Amtrak train lines that can take participants to many areas of the United States. Willard Airport (CMI), Champaign-Urbana’s regional airport, offers direct flights to Chicago.

Depending on the length of the program, some on campus participants will be required to secure a visa before coming to the United States. GET cooperates with the university’s International Student and Scholar Services to assist participants in securing required visa documents.

In person participants will have access to campus buildings with technology enhanced Integrated Teaching Systems classrooms with support provided by Technology Services. Campus wireless services provide consistent, campus wide WiFi options to support campus IT mobility. The ubiquitous WiFi is available in classrooms, libraries, and conference spaces in over 350 buildings, providing efficient and convenient access to online resources. Computer labs are located throughout the campus, often near or in the buildings in which classes are held.

Virtual participants will need to have access to WiFi and a device (computer, laptop, tablet) suitable for online video conference sessions. Participants may connect to the class sessions from their own home or another location with WiFi.

The university is a very secure environment and has its own fully authorized police department. The university's Division of Public Safety provides resources and services to keep the campus community safe, including: an around-the-clock police force, emergency response, and educational programming.

The Champaign-Urbana area has four distinct seasons. Depending on when the participants will be on campus, they should plan for the following temperatures:

  • Fall (September to December) is pleasant and cool with average temperatures of -2°C to 25°C.
  • Winter (December to March) is cold and snowy with average temperatures of -10°C to 9°C.
  • Spring (March to May) can be both sunny and rainy with a mix of cool, warm, and hot temperatures with average temperatures of 0°C to 23°C.
  • Summer (June to September) is sunny and warm with occasional humidity with average temperatures of 16°C to 29°C.

Situated on sprawling prairie, the university’s architecture and landscape provide an inspiring and comfortable environment to learn and engage. In addition to the many, state-of-the-art instructional facilities, the campus is filled with open spaces, iconic sculptures, and numerous plantings. The sprawling lawns of the Main Quad, located at the center of campus, is often filled with students and faculty members enjoying the weather, studying or meeting.