A new country, many amazing experiences and countless firsts - Welcome to India!
You're stepping out of your comfort zone and beginning a new chapter of your life, so your first few weeks here may be full of excitement as well as nervousness!
Here are practical first day and first week tips as you explore, learn and navigate your way around being a new student in India.
Getting a SIM card
This step is the most important. Your SIM card may not work, so this should be one of your priorities on arrival.
Get your SIM card issued from either of these companies : Reliance Jio, Airtel, Idea and Vodafone. All of these offer good packages for both local and international calls. Additionally, you can ask around for the best option and try it out for sometime. You can always switch or "port" your service provider.
You could still 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 like a B.E.S.T bus, autos, taxi or even cycle-rickshaws.
You could also use air-conditioned pre-paid taxi services for longer distances, or book a taxi on the Uber or OLA apps.
Google translate helps
English is one of the most common languages used to communicate, but a lot of the locals still prefer Hindi. So, it's always handy to to have a translator at your beck-and-call.
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
It's always a good idea to let your stomach acclimatise to the new cuisine for a few days before going into a street food feast.
Even if you pride yourself on a strong stomach and want to try street food, it helps to do a mental assessment of the standards of cleanliness.
Always eat food that is freshly cooked and avoid ice, ice cream, and fruit you haven't just peeled yourself.
Many Indians are vegetarian, so the food here is perhaps the world's most delicious choice of vegetarian food. If you do eat meat, make sure it's well cooked, and stick to stalls and restaurants that are packed with locals.
You could also order food to your home or hostel through the Zomato or Swiggy apps.
Avoid walking or travelling by public transport at odd hours, as you would anywhere in the world. Don't carry a large amount of cash around with you.
Make a photocopy of your passport and carry around. Also, make note of emergency numbers and keep them handy.
In India, the all-in-one emergency number is 112. For fire - 101, police - 102 and ambulance - 103.
Your Orientation week/ Day
Orientation week looks different at every University across India. It may involve an opening session where you get to gather in a hall with all the new students or have an informal get-to-know session with an introduction followed by some ice-breakers. Or both.
In the weeks following your Orientation Week/Day, make sure to sign up for as many activities as you can. As a new student, this will help you make friends (and travel plans - should you choose to vacation in India); it will help you know your city, its culture and learn more about how everything works.
The Orientation will also cover necessary topics such as opening your bank account, getting a Personal number, facilities available for students and what to do incase of an emergency.
Use a high SPF sunscreen, sanitizer and a power bank to charge mobiles.
We believe in "Atithi Devo Bhava"™ which means guests are equivalent to God, so we will do our best to make your transition smooth.
Also, these tips will definitely help you achieve a great student experience and pave the way to beautiful memories.
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