The first thing you’ll do upon your arrival at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is clear Passport Control and Customs and Border Protection. While visitors entering the US by air or sea no longer need to complete the paper-version of the I-94 “Arrival/Departure Record,” you will need to present the Customs and Border Patrol officer with the following:
It is very important that your name is identical on each of these documents. For this reason, please make sure that we (the staff of SUSI@SU 2017) have your full name exactly as it appears on your passport.
We recommend that you keep all your travel documents together in an envelope and that you carry them on your person at all times. Do not check any travel documents in your baggage; if your baggage is delayed, you may be unable to enter the United States. It is also a good idea to make a photocopy of the picture page of your passport and leave this photocopy with a family member. In the unlikely event that you lose your passport while travelling, this photocopy can expedite the process of getting a replacement passport. For more information about admission to the United States, you can visit the website of US Customs and Border Patrol, www.cpb.gov, or jump directly to their page For International Visitors. See also Arriving at a US Port of Entry.
After passing through customs—which normally takes 30–60 minutes—you will take a subway to the Central Terminal where program staff will be waiting to meet you in the Baggage Claim area (located on the lowest level of the main terminal). International visitors will enter the Baggage Claim area via the escalator between carousel 7 and 8. We will be holding a Seattle University sign. If for some reason we do not make contact there, please proceed to carousel 1 where you will collect your luggage. If you remain in the area of carousel 1, we will find you.
If your port of entry to the US was a different city and you have already gone through the customs process, then please proceed to Baggage Claim #1.
If for any reason (unexpected delays, for example) you are unable to rendezvous with program staff at Baggage Claim at the scheduled time, please call any one of us (contact information below), and we will come collect you at the airport. As a last resort, you can take a taxi or rideshare to the Murphy Apartments on the campus of Seattle University, located at 1001 E James St. The telephone number for the Front Desk is (206) 398-4984.
In the event of a major travel issue or emergency, please call or text one of the SUSI staff members:
This contact information contains the personal mobile phone numbers of the Institute Staff. It is provided here in the event of emergency.
Carry by hand
Backpack or laptop bag
While the Pacific Northwest is famous for grey skies, weather throughout the academic residency is predicted to be mostly sunny with occasional scattered showers, with temperatures in the range of 21–27 °C. On the study tour, we’re likely to see temperatures ranging from 23-31 °C, with lots of heat and heavy rain in Washington, D.C.
Upon your arrival, we can issue you a basic, inexpensive cell phone strictly for the purpose of coordinating with the SUSI group and the Institute staff while in the U.S. While you will be able to purchase phone cards in order to ring home, we recommend trying to set up Skype or Zoom for your family and friends in order to communicate with them. We will have computer help during the first several days in order to troubleshoot any difficulties you might encounter with this technology.
Alternatively, if you would like to use your own personal smart phone, then you can purchase a SIM card (a smart card that goes inside the mobile device) for use in the US. Importantly, for the SIM card to work, you must contact your carrier and ask them to “unlock” your phone, which will allow it to access mobile networks inside the United States. The price of a SIM card ranges from about $35 to $75 dollars, depending on what features of the phone you plan to use (voice, text messaging, data). These cards can be purchased online, but we recommend buying one at a physical location in the U.S. in order to ensure you receive the appropriate card for your phone as well as the communication features you prefer to use during your stay. During the orientation, SUSI staff can help you locate retail outlets where you can purchase a SIM card.
From the State Department
Official description of the SUSI program on the website of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.
Department of English
Department of Art History
SUSI Program Coordinator
Lemieux Library 659
SUSI Assistant Coordinator
SUSI Assistant Coordinator