Guidelines to incoming Exchange students


Two - three months before:

  • Get your official invitation letter from the ISB
  • Get a passport (at least 6 months validity)
  • Get your visa to study in India (see section on Visa for more information)
  • Check with your doctor for appropriate medicines and vaccines  (Also see the section on Quarantine for more information)
  • Book your accommodation at the ISB
  • Learn something fun about India!


One month before:

  • Confirm registration and accommodation arrangements at the ISB
  • Submit course bids/preferences list to the ISB
  • Contact your assigned ISB Buddy and get to  know him/her, try to engage in Skype and Chat sessions with the buddies.
  • Buy and confirm your air tickets.


One week before:

  • Inform the ISB exchange coordinator of your arrival time and date (for Exchange Students)
  • Keep home university address and contact numbers on your person
  • Photocopy all important information (visa, passport, birth certificate, credit cards, travelers cheques, permanent ID/drivers license, etc ), leaving a second copy at home
  • Obtain a small amount of Indian currency (about INR 5000) for use upon arrival and for emergencies. In addition to cash of INR 5000, it is recommended that you bring most of the funds in traveler’s cheques in INR, however, an ATM for credit/debit cards is available on campus. Also try to keep currency in denominations of 50, 100 and 500 as larger denominations will be more difficult to obtain change at local shops, Cabs and restaurants.
  • Arrange appropriate transfer of funds - wire transfer or cash (dollars) in advance
  • Pack the most important documents in carry-on (cabin) luggage: e.g. passport, airline ticket, invitation letter, etc.
  • Check customs and quarantine regulations and pack separately any items which you need to declare e.g. food, agriculture products, laptop, etc. Detailed information about Indian customs regulations is available from the Indian Embassy or high commission in your country. You may log on to www.cbec.gov.in for information on Indian customs regulations
  • Bring a spare pair of glasses/contact lenses and prescription of medicines if needed. Suggestions: visine (for airplane air and pollution), lomotil (for diarrhea), pepto bismol tablets and/or alka seltzer (for stomach pains), aspirin and sinus Tylenol (for headaches), antiseptic cream (for mosquito bites), Avon’s “Skin So Soft” and insect repellent (mosquito repellent)
  • Pack some personal items such as photos, address book with contact details of family and friends, etc, to help you stay in touch with people back at home
  • Pack something from your home country/culture to share (e.g. costume, snack, recipe, etc)

Post Arrival Checklist:

Exchange students:

  • In the Airport, there are several ATM’s and currency exchanges where you may withdraw money in rupees.
  • When you arrive at Hyderabad Airport, take a cab from the ground floor to ISB, you are advised to take the radio taxis. For more information please visit http://www.hyderabad.aero/traveller.aspx
  • Report to the exchange coordinator upon your arrival at the ISB
  • Meet the Academic Services and Administration department  for help on courses and classes
  • Register with the police department within 2 weeks of your arrival
  • Meet your assigned buddies for a tour of Hyderabad city organized by the ISB
  • Practice going out with some friends in an auto rickshaw before heading off by yourself
  • The housekeeping team has keys to your apartment, and will come in automatically to clean. For help conversing in Hindi with the house keeping staff, call the receptionist at extension ‘0’ for a translation
  • The water on campus is completely safe, but be careful outside (drink bottled water only)
  • Get to know your host family and celebrate cultural festivals
  • Electrical plug adapters are available with the IT department located in the Academic Centre, Level 5
  • India is a great place, so make the most of your time here! You can plan trips with  the ISB travel desk. They will deliver your tickets on campus
  • You will want to set up a bank account with ICICI Bank on campus. Speak with their representative on campus for more information
  • Meet the Finance department to settle payments.
  • Pack some personal items such as photos, address book with contact details of family and friends, etc, to help you stay in touch with people back at home
  • Pack something from your home country/culture to share (e.g. costume, snack, recipe, etc).
  • Bring about 12 Passport size photographs (recent) these will be useful in various registrations and procedures.
  • Mobile phone connections will be available on or near campus, there will be several vendors from whom you may purchase SIM cards, however you will have to bring your own handset (unlocked – GSM type) or purchase one locally.
  • Check the baggage allowance in the flights you take, be aware that certain domestic connection flights within India might have lower baggage allowances than international flights into the country.


Commonly used Phrases In India:

  • Hello…………………………Namastey/Namaskar
  • Yes…………………………..Haan
  • No……………………………Nahin
  • Thank you…………....…….Dhanyawaad/ Shukriya
  • Okay.………………..………Theek hai/ Achchha
  • Let’s go……………..………Chalo
  • Water………………..………Paani
  • Food……….………………..Khana


Conversation in Hindi

  • What is your name?...............Aapka naam kya hai?
  • My name is (name) …………Mera naam hai (name)
  • I don’t understand…….......…Mujhe samajh nahi aa raha
  • I don’t speak Hindi…...….......Mujhe Hindi nahi aati


At a hotel

  • Room……………………Kamra
  • Key………….…………...Chaabi
  • Luggage………..……….Samaan


At the Restaurant

  • How much does this cost?……..Yeh kitne ka hai?
  • Dinner/Lunch……….…..Khaana
  • Tea……………………….Chai
  • Milk……………………….Doodh
  • Eggs……………….....….Ande
  • Potatoes………….…..…Aaloo
  • Vegetables…………...…Sabzi
  • Shop………………...…..Dukaan