Preparing for travel in India is the best way to guarantee you enjoy your time with us. Please check this information about things you must do before arriving in Delhi!
About Visas and Visa extensions
If you are a short term student (less than 6 months) you can study at SGI India on a tourist Visa. For courses of more than six months you need to apply for a Student Visa.
SGI, however, can provide year long visa letters to students from the following countries:
SGI India can give you a visa extension letter to apply with the FRRO in Delhi if you have a student visa. Please note, a visa extension is not possible on a tourist visa.
⇒ Apply for your VISA to come to India. You can study short term courses (less than 6 months) on a tourist visa.
⇒ Apply for student accommodation with SGI or find a room in private accommodation.
⇒ Request a pickup from the airport to your Accommodation.
⇒ Gather official documents that you may need while you are here (eg school and medical certificates).
⇒ Take out travel insurance.
⇒ Get the necessary inoculations.
The most frequent question we receive is “What to pack?”
Well, here are the most essential things to worry about:
The first thing you should check is the weight limit you are permitted to carry on your flight and remember, most things can be purchased when you get here. For example, you don’t need to stock up on toiletries or food as almost everything is available easily in Delhi. Please note, during the summer (May-August), the temperature can range from 30-48C and during the winter the temperature can range from 5-18C. The climate in India is extreme and you should bring clothes according to the time of the year you are coming in.
Essential things to pack
⇒ Clothing and shoes as per the season, including extra clothes if coming during the monsoon (July –August) as clothes will take longer to dry.
⇒ Medication – attach a note from your doctor for medicine. Get plenty of sunscreen as not many brands are easily available.
⇒ Universal power adaptors – necessary for using foreign electrical goods
⇒ Favourite photos of friends and family, posters and pictures – some items to make you feel at home in your new room.
⇒ Important school work that will be useful for your studies here.
⇒ Important documents – also photocopy and scan your plane tickets, passport, visa, birth certificate and home country driving licence if possible
What should I carry in my hand luggage?
Always check with the airline regarding current regulations on hand luggage.
⇒ Valid passport (plus Indian student visa)
⇒ All correspondence from the school, including your unconditional offer letter and accommodation contract letter
⇒ Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs, including sponsor letter if applicable
⇒ Enough money (in dollars, pound sterling or Euros) for the first weeks at school
⇒ Health certificates, including vaccination records, plus X-ray reports if necessary
⇒ Any insurance documents
⇒ Any valuable items