Transportation and Arrival
Q. I will arrive first to another city in the United States, and then board another plane to Reno. Since this is my first time in the US, I do not know how long it will take the Customs officials to clear me. Can you tell me about it?
A. It usually takes about 1 hour to get through the immigration/customs line. After you clear immigration/customs you will load your luggage onto another conveyor belt so that it can be taken to your next airplane. You need to walk from the " international" section of the airport (where you have just arrived) to the "domestic" section or concourse. You will need to check the Reader Board to see which gate to proceed to for your flight bound for Reno. It is recommended that you arrive at the gate for the Reno flight 30 minutes before the flight departure.
Q. I will be arriving in Reno early before the official start date of the Gateway Orientation. Please advise me about lodging/housing options.
A. If you are arriving in Reno early, you can check into the Siena early at your own cost. Here is a link to their website on the information page and you should make any additional room night reservations on your own.
Q. Does the Gateway Program cost extra?
A. The Gateway Program is a FREE benefit provided by Fulbright. Fulbright will pay for your lodging during the Gateway Program. Airport pickup service is provided for FREE by the University of Nevada and/or the Siena. We will also shuttle participants to the airport on the last day of the program. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Participants will also receive a $200 travel stipend to help with costs of traveling from Reno, Nevada to your final program (university) destination.
Q. How much money should I bring to the Gateway Orientation?
A. The Fulbright Program will pay for your housing and meals during the 3-day Orientation in Reno. If you wish to do any personal shopping while in Reno, you will need to bring extra money. The Siena Hotel is placed in the middle of the downtown shopping/retail area.
On the last day of the program all participants will receive a $200 travel stipend to help off-set the cost for your transportation from Reno to your final destination/university.
Q. I am a Muslim and wish to share a room with another Muslim of the same gender. Could this be arranged?
A. We will do our best to find an appropriate roommate for you. We do NOT house men and women together in the same room.
Climate / Weather
Q. What is the weather like in Reno?
A. Reno is home to seasonal weather and a moderate climate, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The summer months in Reno, from June to September, feature typically hot, sunny daytime weather, with much cooler evenings, when temperatures drop.
Summer weather in Reno peaks at around 32°C / 90°F during July and August, with many fine, sunny days. Occasional brief thunderstorms can occur during this time, although these do not last long.
Wet weather in the Reno area is light and spread evenly throughout the year, and is often quickly followed by sunshine. The average annual precipitation / rainfall in Reno is around 7.5 inches / 19 cm.
Please bring comfortable clothing, walking shows and a light jacket to make the most of your time in Northern Nevada.
If you're looking to stay in the area after the Gateway Orientation, please feel free to ask any staff about additional things to do in the area.
Q. I will be traveling after the Orientation Program for 2 days, and then returning to Reno. I do not want to carry all of my heavy bags with me. Is it possible to use a locker or storage place at the University International Special Programs Office while I am traveling?
A. You will need to contact the Siena to see if they have a place for you to store your baggage.
Q. I will stay in Reno for 1 or 2 days after the Gateway Orientation before departing to my university. Can you give me advice about lodging for these extra days?
A. The Fulbright program will provide FREE lodging for you during the Gateway Orientation. If you wish to stay in Reno longer until you will need to arrange lodging for yourself. Below are some links to hotels in the Reno and Tahoe area: