You may have indulged in a fair amount of guess work when it comes to life on the hill, but we can assure you about one thing: there is no need to worry. By completing all relevant tasks in the checklist below, you can ensure your arrival at UWC Mahindra College goes smoothly.
Traveling to India for the first time? See that you’ve the following documents ready.
Check that your passport is up-to-date and will not expire within the next year.
You’ve got a two year multiple entry student visa.
A flight ticket from your home country to Mumbai, India. Check that you have all appropriate visas for the countries you must travel through.
Learn more about visas and travel here (link to Visas and Travel page).
Below are the recommended immunizations for India. Please also consult your own doctor before departure.
Hepatitis A: 2 vaccines 6 to 12 months apart (not required if you’ve had the disease earlier).
Hepatitis B: 3 vaccines at a gap of month between the first and second, and 5 months between the second and third.
The above vaccines are usually available as a combined “2-in-1” injection known in most countries as injection TWINRIX. A dose of this is the same as that for Hepatitis B.
Typhoid: A single injection gives you immunity for three years.
Chickenpox: Recommended if you have not had an attack of chickenpox earlier. Two vaccines are to be taken at an interval of 6 to 10 weeks (adult dose).
Tetanus: A single vaccine gives immunity for five years.
Influenza: A (H1N1).
Before booking your flight, you may wish to apply for an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), as this may give you access to discounted airfares. You will find more information about the ISIC programme at www.isic.org.
You are responsible for covering the costs of any airfares between your home country and the college unless your National Committee is covering this cost in the terms and conditions of your scholarship. The college cannot accept financial responsibility for anyone who arrives with insufficient funding.
It is extremely important that the Head of College and Wada Parents be notified as soon as possible of any change of address which affects the school records. It is also important to provide the college with accurate e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of parents, as all of our communication with parents is done by e-mail. Please send any updates to [email protected].
The College has basic emergency medical insurance for every student which covers up to 1 lakh rupees in hospitalisation and medical expenses judged sufficient in an Indian context. Routine medical care and treatment will be given at our Medical Centre under the supervision of the College doctor and qualified nurses.
The college insurance policies DO NOT cover students’ personal possessions and items of particular value must be insured privately. If you are currently registered for insurance under a parental account, please ensure that the insurance provider is aware that you will be studying in India for 2 years.
You will arrive on campus at the height of monsoon season at which time it will be raining for many hours per day. All activities continue as normal during the season so please ensure you have proper clothing for these weeks. After this season is over however, the sun will shine almost every day for a few months!
Monsoon early June to early October: rains, warm and humid; raincoat, plastic shoes or light boots advisable
Post-monsoon early October to early November: a little rain, but still warm
Winter mid November to mid February: dry, cold nights, pleasantly warm days
Spring mid February to the end of March: warm days and pleasant nights
Summer early April to late May: very hot days and warm nights - dry heat
Students wash their own clothes while living on campus. Two to three washing machines are available in each wada common room, as well as a dryer during the monsoon, and students supply their own washing powder, which can be purchased in Paud or in Pune. When packing clothing, it is important to consider climate, lifestyle and culture. A good rain jacket or poncho as well as plastic footwear (boots or sandals) are necessities during the monsoon and a warm sweater is important for winter evenings or mornings. While on campus, students generally dress very casually however, they are encouraged to keep in mind the cultural sensitivity of the place both on and off campus and are required to take the responsibility to maintain that respect. Most students will wear t-shirts and shorts/ light pants and sandals. You may bring one set of fancy clothes for special events.
If you wish to use the swimming pool, you are required to have separate clothing for the pool. Girls are NOT ALLOWED to wear two-piece bathing suits and should ensure that their bathing suits are culturally sensitive. A bathing suit or t-shirt/short are advisable.
Our only requirement is that the student brings a capable pair of shoes – either trainers or hiking boots, preferably both. You will be required to participate in some outdoor activities and these will be required. In addition we recommend you bring a sleeping bag, backpack, warm clothes and torch, if you are interested in going on any expeditions.
There are also some activities that may leave permanent stains on clothes (such as Holi- an Indian holiday throwing colour) and games in the mud. Please bring a set of clothes that you would not mind getting dirty!