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EC Fredonia Pre-Arrival to First Day



School Number

 +1 716-680-6045 (Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 5:00pm) 

Emergency Number

(For use outside of office hours only)

+1 315-569-6409 *If line is busy, please try again.

Address

EC at the State University of New York at Fredonia , 111 Jewett Hall , 280 Central Ave , redonia, NY 14063 , USA


Pre-Arrival

EC Online
What is EC Online? 
EC Online is a personalized study tool and powerful learning companion throughout your EC journey. Please see: Pre-arrival instructions.

 

When can I access EC Online? 
You will have access to EC Online as soon as you receive your booking confirmation. Start by logging in here: https://signin.ecenglish.com/student.

When can I do with EC Online? 
  • Complete your placement test  
  • Fill in the pre-arrival survey
  • Access a bank of study materials to start learning before you even leave home

Arrival

Arrival at Airport
I want an EC airport transfer, can I arrive at any time? 
If you have booked accommodation with EC you must arrive at the airport between 08:00 and 20:00. Late/early arrivals may be asked to book alternative accommodation.

What information do I need to give to book an airport transfer? 
Please provide your flight number, arrival time, terminal and airport of origin – minimum 2 weeks in advance 

Who will I meet at the airport? 
You will meet an EC transportation representative from AAA transportation holding an EC sign in the baggage claim area

What should I do if I cannot find the EC representative?
If after 10 minutes you cannot see the EC representative, just call AAA Transportation at 716-550-0550 or the EC Fredonia Emergency line at 619-888-3155 (from the information desk or a mobile phone). (Useful phrase to use: Hi, My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). My student number is (123456) I cannot find my EC Driver. I am at the information desk.)

What should I do if I have missed my flight or my flight is delayed? 
You should notify EC by calling 1-619-888-3155 (from the information desk or a mobile phone) to rearrange your transfer time and avoid additional cost. (Useful phrase to use: My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). My student number is (123456) and my flight has been changed. My new flight number is (1234) arriving at (time).
What should I do if I haven’t booked an EC transfer?
Since EC at the State University of New York at Fredonia is 45 minutes from the airport, the best option is to book an airport transfer through EC. If you have not, you can take a taxi from the airport or a bus. To see a complete list of options visit http://www.buffaloairport.com/Ground/ 

 

Arrival at EC Accommodation

What should I expect at my EC accommodation? 
You will receive a warm, personal welcome if you book the campus housing. Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative fully briefed on how to make you feel comfortable and prepared for your first day of lessons.  

First Sunday Activities

What should I do on the Sunday before school starts? 
You will have the option of participating in activities arranged by EC. This is an opportunity to meet other new EC students, relax and be introduced to your new city together. With an EC staff member on hand, you can also ask any questions you may have. We will notify you of the Sunday activity schedule around 2 weeks before you start school.

 


Your First Day at School

How can I find my way to school?
You can find this information on your EC Accommodation Profile, or feel free to ask either a Resident Director or Resident Assistant located in the housing. 

What if I haven’t booked EC accommodation? 
The Dunkirk-Fredonia area has a population of 30,000, and Fredonia students find both outdoor recreational opportunities and the offerings of two village centers within a few minutes’ drive from campus. Please reference the campus map: http://home.fredonia.edu/maps It is helpful to familiarize yourself with the campus map prior to arrival. 

What time should I arrive? 
8:30am 

What should I bring with me? 
It’s important to bring these documents with you on your first day:

  • I-20 form(s) (F-1 students only)
  • Visa and passport
  • Proof of health insurance covering length of programme. This is required for you to start lessons
  • Your credit card to pay a deposit if you have booked an EC Residence

What can I expect on my first day? 
You’ll experience the best possible welcome into the EC family on your first day. Enjoy undivided staff attention in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Here’s what your first day will include:

  • Detailed schedule of the day
  • Orientation talk
  • The remainder of your placement test (speaking and writing)
  • ‘How We Learn’ – Session on how you’ll succeed with EC, including our teaching styles and methods
  • ‘Living in our City’ – Session on local sights and useful information about the area
  • Welcome tour of the school
  • Welcome activity (Your first day will end at around 3pm)

What will my timetable be? 
You will receive your timetable at school at 3pm


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens on public holidays? 
Schools do not open on public holidays, so if Monday is a public holiday, your first day at the school will be on Tuesday. Public holidays are listed below

Thanksgiving Break (Nov 21st – Nov 29th 2016) November 26th (Thanksgiving Day) - all locations closed November 27th - Marche Closed, Starbucks Open 8am-4pm

Winter Break (Dec 19th - Jan 19th 2016) Dec 24th - Marche Closed, Starbucks Open 9am-4pm Dec 25th (Christmas Day) - all locations closed

Spring Break (March 19th – 29th) Mar 19th – Mar 26th - Marche Closed, C-store open 11:30am-5pm, Starbucks open 9am-5pm (March 19th, 20th and 26th), 7:30am-5pm (March 21st-25th)

 What do I do if public transportation is temporarily unavailable?  
In case of bad weather, public transport strikes etc, please check the EC Fredonia Facebook page for any important updates or call the emergency number.