New country, many amazing experiences and countless firsts - Welcome to India!
You're stepping out of your comfort zone and it’s the beginning of a new chapter in your life, so the first few weeks would be one filled with excitement and a tad bit of nervousness!
Here are a few first week tips to equip yourself to explore, learn and navigate your way around in India.
Getting a SIM card
You’ll need to get yourself a SIM card for your phone on arrival, as this will allow you to stay connected with the university or college, family and others.
India is home to many telecommunication service companies, of which Reliance Jio, Airtel, Idea and Vodafone are most popular and offer affordable packages for local and international calls. As an option, you can also try it out, and if needed switch or "port" your service provider. You could also use your country's SIM card for apps like Whatsapp or Messenger by connecting to your campus wifi. Skype calls are also a good option.
To University and beyond!
If you're living in one of the university hostels on campus, classes are a walk away. If you choose to live off campus, you could opt for local transport such as buses, autorickshaws, subway, taxis and others.
Google translate helps
While English is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the country, India has officially identified 121 languages spoken by Indians. We suggest that you have the Google Translate application handy, so you aren’t too perplexed with what may come your way.
Downloading the app with an offline version will let you use Google Translate even when you're not connected to the internet.
Eating well and healthy
Indian food is known for all things spicy and sweet. It's always a good idea to gradually let your palette adjust to the Indian cuisine. Please be sure to always mention your food preferences and allergies, if any.