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Congratulations on joining the Iacocca Global Village! This information will help you prepare for the experience. You will also receive regular email updates in the coming weeks to inform you of important dates, deadlines and other information.

The Global Village Portal is your new home for the program. It has all the important information you will need, including your personal profile, course registration, program agenda, presenter biographies and Business Consulting Project descriptions. You will need to use the Global Village portal to register for classes and select a business project. You can access the Global Village Portal on your web browser or mobile device.

Section 1

Task List

April 15
  • Program fee deposit due
  • Obtain your travel visa if required (see Getting a Visa below)
  • Begin your travel preparations (see Getting to the Global Village below)
  • Review What to Bring below
  • Begin preparing for Culture Night
  • Review housing information
May 1
May 15
June 1
June 15
  • Travel plans due
  • Review computer access instructions
  • Packages can be shipped to arrive after this date (see Mailing Address below)
  • Villager directory available
June 22-23
  • Check in to Global Village dorm! June 22 all day check in and June 23 check in till noon
June 24
June 28
  • Session and trips registration closes
July 28
  • Check out of dorm by noon

Section 2

Getting a Visa

Global Villagers who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents will need a non-immigrant visa to enter the United States and attend the program.

The Iacocca Global Village Program is a five-week business conference on the campus of Lehigh University. It is not a course of study—it has no academic prerequisites and offers no university credits. Most Global Village participants enter the U.S. on a B1/B2 Business Visitor visa, or through ESTA if they are a national of a country in the Visa Waiver Program. Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country for specific advice and instructions.

Visa Waiver Program ESTA

The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism and business for 90 days or less without a visa. Travelers need to get approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Learn more about the Visa Waiver Program and applying through ESTA.

B1/B2 Business Visitor Visa

The B1/B2 visa allows foreign nationals to enter the U.S. temporarily for business and tourism. Learn more about applying for a B1/B2 visa.

J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa

Alumni of the U.S. Department of State’s FLEX, YES and A-SMYLE programs receiving scholarships to the Global Village must get a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa to enter the U.S. You will receive information on how to apply for the visa after your selection.

Section 3

Getting to the Global Village

The Global Village takes place on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, easily accessible by car (driving directions) or air.

Global Village 2018 runs June 23-July 28. The residence halls will open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 22. All Villagers must check in by 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, and must check out by 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Please note that bus transportation to airports is limited on Saturdays. Check the bus schedule before scheduling your flights.

From New Jersey – Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

We strongly recommend that you fly into Newark Liberty International Airport. It is much closer to Lehigh than the John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York. Trans-Bridge Lines offers bus service from the airport to the South Bethlehem bus terminal about two blocks from Lehigh’s campus. Global Village staff will pick you up at the South Bethlehem terminal.

From New York – John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Trans-Bridge Lines also offers bus service from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York to the South Bethlehem bus terminal about two blocks from Lehigh’s campus. You can only purchase tickets for this bus directly from the driver and you need exact change. Global Village staff will pick you up at the South Bethlehem terminal.

From Allentown – Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)

Lehigh Valley International Airport is the closest airport to Lehigh University—roughly 15 minutes away. Global Village staff will pick you up at the airport.

Section 4

Mailing Address

Starting on June 15, you can have packages sent to you at the Global Village. If you need to send a package that will arrive before June 15, please contact us at Send packages to:

Lehigh University
Rauch Business Center
ATTN Global Village
621 Taylor Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Please use the Global Village emergency phone number (610) 392-2389 for deliveries.

Section 5

What to Bring

Remember to pack the following essentials:

  • Passport and alternate photo identification
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Business cards and copy of your resume

Villagers are encouraged to bring a personal laptop computer, although computers are also available on campus. All residence halls and classrooms have wireless internet.

The U.S. runs on a 110-volt electrical system, so you may need to bring a converter for appliances and electronics. You may also need a two-pronged adapter for U.S. power outlets.

Personal Expenses

You will need to cover your personal expenses, including meals, during the program. Plan to budget $750-$1,500 for the five-week program, more if you plan to dine out often or make weekend trips to surrounding cities like New York City and Philadelphia.

Meals are not included in your tuition cost. Moderately priced meals range from $5 to $15 locally. Gratuity is not included and is typically 15 percent. Shared kitchen facilities are also available and you can buy groceries from local markets within walking distance of the Lehigh University campus.

Automatic washers and dryers are available in a common facility attached to the dorms. The total cost to wash and dry one load is approximately $2.50. Dry cleaning is available within walking distance of the campus. Cost is approximately $5 for blouse or shirt and $10 for a dress or lightweight suit.

Special Items

You will act as the ambassador of your country to the Global Village. Please bring the following items to help represent your culture:

  • A photograph of a moment, an event, or people who are personally important to you. You may or may not be in the photo, but it must contain people.
  • Posters or informational brochures.
  • Music, photographs or videos that represent your home country.
  • A small gift representative of your country to give to the executive visitor that you will host. You may also want to bring small souvenir gifts for friends.
  • Optional: Small items representative of your culture to distribute on Culture Night.
    (enough for about 200 people). Many students get these from their local tourism boards, chambers of commerce, etc. You may also want to bring traditional sweets or other nonperishable foods.
  • Optional: English-language children's book from your home country to donate to a local group that works with underprivileged and at-risk children.


The default attire is of the Global Village is business casual, but you will need clothing for a range of activities and weather conditions:

  • Business Casual: For most activities, you may wear dress pants or a skirt and a polo shirt, oxford shirt or blouse. Clean, dark jeans are also okay.
  • Business Formal: There are several occasions when you will need to wear a suit, jacket and tie, or similar appropriate business outfit.
  • Welcome Ceremony: Black or navy blue pants or skirt, plus the white Global Village shirt that you will receive when you check in.
  • Village Casual: You can wear comfortable daily clothes for project days and evening student-lead activities, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Traditional National Dress: There are three occasions when you should plan to wear the traditional dress of your culture or nation.
  • Sportswear: Athletic activities are part of the program. Bring athletic clothing, comfortable walking shoes and sunblock, as well as a bathing suit and towel.

Summer temperatures range from 59F (15C) to 100F (38C). A raincoat or umbrella is recommended for rainy days. Some buildings are air conditioned, so bring a few light sweaters or jackets. Please note that you may visit a company that requires closed toe shoes in the office.