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 2012 Summer School | Travel & Visa | Lodging | Registration | Program

Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers VIII (June 4-8, 2012)


Local information:
The 2012 summer school will be held on the Pennsylvania State University's University Park Campus located in State College, Pennsylvania, USA.  

The town of State College and the university campus combine to offer a relaxed, college town atmosphere with many shops, restaurants and points of interest. Recreational opportunities abound including fine golf courses,  tennis courts, gymnasiums and swimming facilities. For maps and tourism information visit the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau online.

Air travel:
Delta, United Express, and US Airways Express serve the University Park Airport (State College PA, airport code SCE) located six miles from the summer school site. Connections can be made through Detroit (DTW), Washington-Dulles (IAD), Philadelphia (PHL). Taxi and shared limousine services are available at the State College/University Park Airport. Car rental is available at the airport but is not needed. Airport shuttle is available for participants staying at Days Inn Penn State (prior to or upon arrival to the University Park Airport, call the hotel at 814-238-8454 or 800-258-3297 to schedule courtesy airport pick-up). Be sure your final destination airport code is SCE

Ground travel:
Route I-99 connects State College with I-80 and I-70. The campus is within driving distance of many major cities, including Harrisburg (1.5 hours, 90 miles); Pittsburgh (3 hours, 137 miles); Philadelphia (3.5 hours, 194 miles); Baltimore (3.5 hours, 155 miles); Washington, D.C. (4 hours, 190 miles); and New York City (5 hours, 250 miles). Driving directions are available here and campus maps here.   Greyhound, and discount Megabus bus services are available from major cities to State College, Pennsylvania.

Visa information:
International participants arriving from outside the United States with passports from 36 countries in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) who have machine-readable passports may be able to travel without a visa. However, a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval is required for all participants in VWP to travel to the United States. ESTA is a free, automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the VWP. Participants from other countries will need a B-1 (business) visa or B-2 (tourist) visa.

Note: Obtaining U.S. visas may require a visit to a U.S. consulate or embassy, payment of a fee, and significant wait time. Please contact the local U.S. consulate or embassy for the up to date information.