Language Symposium

Included on this page: 
  • Symposium Details
  • Housing Accommodations
  • Air Travel Guide
Symposium Details

Date: Saturday, May 23rd - Sunday, May 24th 

Location: Golestan Center for Language Immersion and Cultural Education

Time: TBA

Cost: Registration is free for Directors and Educators

Saturday evening – dinner for registrants (details TBA)

Schedule: TBA

Housing Accommodations 

There are a number of useful sites in acquiring housing while in the Bay area. Below are several suggestions. If you have any questions or would like assistance in acquiring housing, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hotels: While many hotels can be expensive, cheaper or discounted options may be found by visiting priceline.com. Priceline offers both reduced rates and the ability to name your own price if you are on a fixed budget. To learn more about how to use Priceline, visit its how-to guide or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reduced Housing: Many in the Bay area post their apartments through the site airbnb.com, which is a reliable site available to find housing per night. There are many options available based on your price range and you can view photos, learn more about your hosts, and select specific areas of the city. 

To learn more about airbnb.com, visit Airbnb’s Berkeley website

Other Reduced Options:

TBA

Shared Housing:  Several participants and supporters in the Bay area have offered to accommodate registrants. If you are interested, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Air Travel Guide

Tips for Purchasing Airline Tickets

1. Delete your cookies before purchasing flights. 

Prices generally go up if you have previously visited the site. You can either try using a new browser or deleting your cookies so that the travel website doesn’t recognize you as a returning user.

2. Find out when fares will likely be the lowest. 

While the ideal time is generally 8 weeks before your trip, check yapta.com’s Price Predictor tool or yapta.com to figure out the likelihood of price changes. 

3. Purchase flights on Tuesdays.

Airlines publish new fares on Tuesdays. Because airlines change prices to match the sales of other airlines, 3pm EST is generally an ideal time to purchase flights.

4. Fly on the cheapest travel days if possible.

Flights are generally cheaper on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and on major holidays. 

5. Buy flights for one passenger at a time.

Flights are generally cheaper if you search for and purchase one flight at a time.

6. Avoid checked baggage fees.

Use travel size liquids and pack lightly. Airlines allow you to travel with one suitcase that fits overhead and a bag that fits underneath the seat in front of you. If traveling to a cold destination, consider wearing your heavy winter gear and shoes on the plane instead of packing it in your suitcase (you can place your coat on your luggage in the overhead compartment). 

7. Mix and Match Flights, Airlines, and Airports.

You can sometimes find better deals when purchasing two one-way flights instead of round-trip tickets with certain airlines. Try searching for both in case you qualify for special sales. If you’re flying into a metro area such as San Francisco or New York, consider flying into other airports. Sometimes flights are cheaper from specific airports on a particular day.

Helpful Travel Websites

1. yapta.com

YAPTA allows you to track the prices of airfares. Use the price predictor tool to find out if you should wait to purchase your flights. If the price predictor suggests that you purchase your flights now, quickly scan the list of cheap flights for specific airlines that are offering sales.

2. Kayak.com

This site allows you to view the month’s fares for a particular destination. Use this website to research specific dates and airlines offering the cheapest flights.

3. Priceline.com

This website allows you to compare the prices of multiple travel sites. It also allows you to negotiate by naming your own price, which is helpful for purchasing hotels, car rentals, and airlines. If your schedule is flexible and allows you freedom to travel during off-peak hours on travel days, the ‘name your own price’ option is ideal, particularly for last minute planning.

Other Useful Travel Websites

Learn about these sites by visiting: http://mashable.com/2012/07/26/cheap-airfare/

  • Airfarewatchdog.com
  • Cheaptickets.com
  • Expedia.com
  • FareCompare.com
  • Momondo.com
  • Skyscanner.com
  • Travelocity.com
  • Studentuniverse.com (For Students)
  • STAtravel.com (For Students)