Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ Summer Institute

Do we have access to Internet?
Internet access will be available for your use as a guest on campus at the workshop site as well as in the Residence Hall. You are welcome to bring your personal laptop computers.

What kind of Health Services are available?
Unfortunately, the URI Student Health Services are closed during the summer months. Should medical treatment be necessary due to accident, injury or illness, the local community offers convenient options for a Walk-In Clinic and a 24 hour pharmacy in nearby Wakefield.

Where is the Nearest Grocery Store?
There is a CVS drug store (open 8:00AM-9:00PM) and 2 Convenience Marts near campus. There are also full service grocery stores about  5 miles away. Local bus service is available.

May we cook in the Residence Hall?
Yes, there is a stove, microwave and refrigerator in each suite. We have limited pots and pans provided, but many guests prefer to bring their own cookware and utensils.

What should I wear?
The workshop is casual. Jeans, pants, shorts, capris are all fine to wear. Make sure you bring layers of long sleeves, sweaters, or jackets, as it will be chilly at night and the air conditioning in the buildings is cool. A light raincoat or umbrella may be needed, as weather in RI is unpredictable.

Some participants like to dress up for the closing awards ceremony and photos. International guests often wear their cultural attire.

Important Telephone Numbers:
University of Rhode Island Information: 401.874.1000 (“O” for operator)
Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies: 401.874.2875
URI Campus Police: 401.874.2121
URI Main Library: 401. 874.2672
Amtrak Train Station: 401.783.2913

What Local Public Transportation is available? 
If you are interested in visiting Providence, Wakefield, or Narragansett Beach and its surroundings the best option is to take the RIPTA Bus #66.

For bus schedule, you can visit:

From URI to Providence:

From Providence to URI to the Narragansett Beach:

Bus to Newport: Newport is a great option to visit on the weekend. It is just 40 minutes away and you can get there taking the bus #64. For a schedule, you can visit:

From URI to Newport:

From Newport to URI:

If you want to go to Boston or you can take the RIPTA Bus # 66 at the Circle of the Memorial Union to go to Providence and then take a Commuter to Boston. The University is not responsible for organizing tour trips. If you are interested, we can recommend a one-day trip you could you coordinate it with other participants.

In case you decide to visit these places please be aware of the bus schedule coming to and from URI to avoid being stranded. The taxi service to and from URI is very expensive.

For more information contact:
Thupten Tendhar