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I will not cover the details of the paperwork to be submitted to St. John's in this essay as previous essay writers have discussed the necessary paperwork in detail. I will mention that it is very likely you will not receive confirmation of the receipt of paperwork from St. John's before your departure for India. Don't fret, when you get there and meet with Jacintha everything will be arranged appropriately. I do suggest, though, that you keep a copy of a receipt of any monies sent to the college. I used a certified money order to pay for my tuition and this worked well. You will not need to pay for accommodation until you arrive at Annex III.

What to bring (the essentials)

  • Bug spray (lots of it, with a high concentration of deet)
  • Towel
  • Laundry detergent
  • Stain stick (my clothes are spotted with yellow curry)
  • Sheets
  • Sunscreen
  • Purell
  • Wet wipes
  • Clothes you don't like or don't mind throwing away when you're done
  • Sandals
  • A converter (although this can be bought in India for a cheaper price)
  • Water filter (not essential, but handy, and will probably bring peace of mind in certain situations)

Internet and phone

I brought my laptop, and, it was nice to have, but definitely not necessary unless you plan on staying for longer than one month. If this is the case you can buy (~2000 rupees + 800/month service fee) a small modem (that looks like a jump-drive) from Reliance (multiple stores throughout Bangalore, run by the government) that plugs into your computer. I used my laptop to watch movies and download podcasts. I mainly used the intranet café run by Reliance at the Forum mall (I will cover directions to the mall later in the essay). The intranet here was reliable, fast (relative to other places), and cheap (15 hours for 800 rupees). You can also use the intranet at the campus computer lab (directions later in the essay; the lab opens at 09:00). Be forewarned, however, the lab is cheap, but slow and unreliable. It's best to go there during off-peak hours (avoid it from 4:00 – 6:00).

I did not get a phone. At times this was frustrating because it led to more coordination to meet friends etc., but in the end it worked out just fine. The process of getting a phone is somewhat of a hassle. When you meet with Jacintha ask her to write you a letter that confirms your address in India. When you go to buy the phone you will have to present this letter with your passport and possibly your badge from St. John's. Most foreign students went to Virgin mobile and several had complaints about either the service or the actual phones.

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