Packing Checklist

important note: on this webpage and on all the “student life” webpages (accessible from the menus on the left), you will find drafted language for the 2020 yygs program. yygs reserves the right to edit this information at any time, particularly in leading up to the release of 2020 regular admissions decisions by march 15, 2020.

Things to Bring With You:

  • Government-Issued Photo Identification (ID) and Valid Travel Documents - for paricipants traveling by airplane, train, and/or any method other than driven by parent/guardian.
  • Printout of Letter used to supplement travel documents from YYGS (provided on Application Status page after all tuition is paid to YYGS) - for paricipants traveling by airplane, train, and/or any method other than driven by parent/guardian.
  • Laptop Computer, Tablet, or Equivalent
  • Cell phone with U.S. number (all students must have a U.S. number on check-in day). For students who do not already have phones that will work in the U.S., please consider the following two scenarios:

    1. Scholar has an unlocked cell phone and needs a sim card, they may choose either of the following options -

    • Purchase a sim card prior to check-in from any trusted retailer.
    • If your scholar has an unlocked cell phone, representatives from AT&T will be on-site at check-in to sell them a sim card. AT&T is able to accept cash and credit cards. They will have the choice between a 1 or 8 gigabyte plan. Both offer unlimited talk and text.  You should expect to pay approximately $38.00 USD for the 1 gigabyte plan and $54.00 USD for the 8-gigabyte plan. Please note that not all cell phones can accommodate an AT&T sim card and that you may need to purchase a cell phone. The final cost will be $38.00 USD for the 1 gigabyte plan OR $54.00 USD for the 8-gigabyte plan. Please expect to pay this fee at check-in with cash or credit card. If using cash, please bring smaller denominations than $100 bills.  

2. Scholar needs a cell phone and sim card, they may choose either of the following two options -

  • Purchase a cell phone and sim card prior to check-in from any trusted retailer.
  • Representatives from AT&T will be on-site at check in to sell a simple smart phone with a sim card. AT&T is able to accept cash and credit cards. The cost of the cell phone is approximately $54.00 USD. They will have the choice between a 1 or 8 gigabyte plan. Both offer unlimited talk and text.  They should expect to pay an additional $38.00 USD for the 1 gigabyte plan or an additional $54.00 USD for the 8-gigabyte plan. The final cost (phone + plan) will be $92.00 USD for the 1-gigabyte plan OR $108.00 USD for the 8-gigabyte plan. Please expect to pay this fee at check-in with cash or credit card. If using cash, please bring smaller denominations than $100 bills.
  • Extra-Long Twin Sheets and a Bath Towel (one blanket and one pillow are provided.)*
    • Sheets and a bath towel can be purchased for a fee of $30.00 USD. Limited sets are available, so don’t wait!
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant/antiperspirant, toothpaste, toothbrush)
  • Water Bottle (water is provided, but students need to bring their own water bottle)
  • FanPlease note that suites are not air-conditioned. If you cannot bring one, you may purchase a fan locally.
  • Pens or pencils and notebooks or writing tablets
  • Sunscreen
  • Prescription medications in original bottles/containers with dosage information (YYGS will accommodate needs for medication that requires refrigeration.)
  • Umbrella and light rain jacket
  • Quarters for laundry

Please see your registration forms for information about how to submit payment for Early Arrival and/or Sheets & Bath Towel. Please note that all YYAS Alumni, Young Leaders (YL), and YYGS-Qooco Scholarship recipients will be contacted about this separately.