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Foreign Student Handbook

 MARYKNOLL INSTITUTE OF AFRICAN STUDIES
OF SAINT MARY'S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
AND TANGAZA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, NAIROBI

2017/2018

ADDENDUM I


INDEX


CHECKLIST

Before closing your suitcase, you might check to see if you have included the following items:

______ shirts/blouses

______ handkerchiefs

______ camera & film supply

______ umbrella

______ underwear

______ hat for sun

______ toilet articles

______ suit/sport coat

______ trousers/slacks/skirts

______ insect repellant

______ stationary, notebooks, diary

______ recommended textbooks (cf. Section V of students handbook)

______ warm sweaters

______ bandages

______ sewing kit, scissors

______ cold remedy, aspirin etc.

______ lined windbreaker or jacket

______ shoulder bag for field trips

______ flashlight

______ extra passport photos

______ socks

______ cassette tape recorder/tapes

______ thongs for shower

______ International driver's license

______ walking shoes

______ warm knee socks for women

______ medication & prescriptions

______ New Testament

______ dress shoes

______ ticket and passport

______ sun glasses (dark)

______ credit card(s)

______ fall-weight skirts/dresses

______ laptop computer (recommended)

______ pouch to wear around the neck for passport/money

______ Visa (must apply online - needed upon arrival)

Above all: don't forget your passport, airline ticket, money!

Remember that the electrical current is different in Africa than in the U.S. The current is 240 volts 50 hz. (same as continental Europe). You will, therefore, need plug adaptors and a transformer for most U.S. electrical appliances (e.g., hair dryers, electric razor, iron, etc.). If possible it is best to forego such equipment since it is quite heavy in your luggage.

Those who have contact lenses may find it wise to also bring along a pair of regular eyeglasses; some have found the dust an irritant in areas outside of the city and preferred to wear eyeglasses at those times. Those with glasses may want to bring an extra pair and a copy of their prescription.

Nairobi is situated on a plateau 5,200 feet above sea level. While extraordinary physical rigors are not demanded, living conditions demand good physical health. The weather for most of the program is mild 45 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit, combining intense tropical sunshine with rain, dampness and overcast skies. Furthermore, Kenya is in a malarial area and there is some slight risk of becoming infected on travel outside of the city of Nairobi, if one does not take proper precautions. 

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