Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Please first try e-mail to reach the workshop contacts.

If a matter is particularly urgent, contact David Brandon, Manager, TCBG:
Phone: 217-265-6480
Fax: 217-244-6078

Registration and Fees

Q: Does the workshop provide any financial aid?
A: Unfortunately we are unable to provide any financial assistance.

Q: What is covered in the registration fee?
A: Shared housing (two people per room) is included in the registration fee; single rooms will raise your costs. Workshop materials and other instructional costs are included in the fee. However, meals are not included.


Q: I am not sure whether I could legally stay in the US for the workshop without a visa, or if this is not the case, what visa I would need. Do you know what the current regulations are and can you sponsor my visa application?
A: Please check all US entry-related matters on your end, as different countries have different immigration agreements with the US. We are not able to help with the entry processes to the US. As of October 26, 2004, there are some changes that international travelers to the U.S. should be aware of.  For the latest information about obtaining visas, visit the web site:

Q: What airport should I fly to?
A: Willard airport in Champaign is the closest airport (10 min. driving) to the campus of university of Illinois. You can also fly to Chicago O'Hare airport (3 hr. driving to Champaign), to Indianapolis International airport (2 hr. driving), or to Bloomington, IL (45 min.). From Willard airport you can take Taxi (about $12) or Bus to the campus. From other airports, please check this question for the shuttle information.

Q: Is there any shuttle service between Chicago/Indianapolis airports and the University campus?
A: Yes. Bluebird Charter Coach and LEX (Lincolnland Express) provide shuttle services from Chicago O'Hare, Midway airports and Indianapolis International airport to our campus. You need to make a reservation beforehand. From Chicago area you may also check Suburban Express, Baldwin Shuttle and Greyhound for transportation to Champaign-Urbana.

Q: What buses can I take from Beckman back to the iHotel?
A: Click here for a list of times for buses leaving the nearby section of White and Wright streets, or search at the local CUMTD bus site.

Q: How about renting a bicycle?
A: There are local options for bike rental, click here to read about bike rental options.


Q: Can I stay longer before/after the workshop?
A: Shared housing (two per room) is provided between 7/5-7/11 and 8/9-8/15. You have to arrange with the I Hotel & Conference Center by yourself if you would like to stay longer. You may also check other hotels located in Champaign or Urbana.

Q: How does the pairing of room-mates work and would people know who they would share rooms with before arrival?
A: Pairing will be mostly done at check-in time. Participants will not be notified in advance.


Q: Where can I eat near the iHotel?
A: There is a Houlihan's Restaurant and a coffee bar attached to the I Hotel. There are also restaurants with good prices within a few minutes walking distance west of the hotel. Please check Champaign/Urbana restaurant guide for more information. We estimate meals cost $20 to $30 daily.

Q: Where can I eat near the Beckman Institute?
A: Click here for a pdf map of campus town restaurants near Beckman, or here for a Google map of local eating options.


Q: Am I registered as a University of Illinois student for the workshop?
A: No. The workshop participants are not legally registered as students at UIUC. Attending the workshop is comparable to participation in any conference or a professional meeting and does not establish any formal association with UIUC.

Q:  Will I have internet access at the I Hotel?
A:  Yes, internet access is provided in rooms, pubic and conference areas.