Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can students bring guests along?
Each student can bring along a spouse, significant other, friend, or a relative. You can not bring anyone under 18 years of age unless accompanied by another guest who is at least 18 years old.
2. Can we use financial aid for this program?
Yes. Please contact Kathy Anderson in Financial aid at (909)748-8261.
3. Are there sight seeing possibilities during this program?
Yes. Students will be free of any sessions typically by 5 pm on most days. They can use public transportation for self-directed sight-seeing trips to visit parts of Bangalore. Some sightseeing is also part of the organized/scheduled program. (See program schedule for details)
4. What kind of immunizations/shots do I need to get before traveling to India?
Please see the CDC site for more information and also consult your regular physician at least 45 days before traveling.
5. What if I have an outstanding balance on my student account?
All student accounts must be current before any payments are made toward the Bangalore Program. To check the status of your account, please contact the Student Accounts office at (909)748-8177.
6. Will I be able to contact past participants in the program to get more information from the student perspective?
You can reach the following students who participated in the program in 2012, 2009 and 2007 (Please E-mail anyone to request more information):
7. Should we bring our laptop computer on the trip?
Unless you really can not live without it, I would recommend not bringing it. It will be more of a nuisance and will not add considerable value during the trip. For charging the battery, you would need a transformer to convert from 220 to 110 volts. We will have access to computers (and broadband connection) at XIME in Bangalore and at Internet cafes in New Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra.
8. Where will we convert our Dollars to Rupees?
I would take traveler’s checks as they are easier to replace if lost/stolen. They can be cashed very easily after we arrive in Bangalore on the first day. It is also more likely that you will get a better exchange rate in India as opposed to the money exchange facilities at international airports here in the US. I would also bring some cash (about 20% of the total amount I bring).
9. How much money will we need for our expenses in India (and Bangkok)?
You will need some money for meals that are not included in the package (at least one meal a day on average for 14 days). A decent meal in India will cost around $20. The total cost for meals should be around $250-350. You will also need money for entrance fees (and guide charges) to tourist attractions -- museums, Taj Mahal, etc (and tips at a variety of places). This should be no more than $200 total. Apart from this you will need money for any purchases you plan to make.
10. Will we have access to telephones in India for us to call home/family in the US?
We will have at least one cell phone for our use in India. I may have an additional cell phone in Bangalore. We can make calls to the US using those cell phones as long as we can keep adding money to the cell phone account (pay-as-you-use plan). Calls to US from India should cost about 13 cents a minute.
11. At a minimum, what should we pack for our trip?
- Medicines – prescription and otherwise. Please pack enough to accommodate potential delays in airline travel (not expected, but always possible).
- Clothing – dress business casual (for men for example, a nice trouser, dress shirt, and dress shoes; no need for a tie) for site visits. Otherwise, you could dress somewhat casual for lectures/discussions. For sight seeing you can dress for comfort. Pack at least one pair of comfortable shoes for walking. Most pavements (and some roads) in India are not very well maintained and hence it may be unsafe to wear high-heel shoes. Laundry facilities will be available at XIME. We will again have laundry service in New Delhi. Plan accordingly to carry sufficient clothing.
- Food is not a problem in India and hence I would not carry any food unless you have some dietary restrictions.
- Mosquito repellant is very useful in India. At XIME executive quarters I have not seen too many mosquitoes.
- A good camera, and a camcorder if possible, for bringing back memories to share with others. (plus extra batteries, memory sticks/cards, etc.)
- A hat or a baseball cap for sight seeing on hot days.
- A folding umbrella, just in case it rains.
- Money, of course, for your expenses and planned purchases.
- Your E-ticket stub and passport.
- A small flashlight
- Flip flops
- Alarm Clock with batteries
12. What kind of food will we be eating in India?
The food at XIME will be mostly vegetarian, but we can request some poultry/meat to be served. We can also request for less spicy food if necessary. For the food we eat outside of XIME, we can select restaurants that will serve what we may be interested in. As far I know (which is not a whole lot when it comes to non-vegetarian food as I have been a vegetarian all my life) poultry and meat should be available in most places. As cows are considered sacred by Hindus (about 80% of the population of India is Hindu) beef may not be available that easily.
13. What kind of weather can we expect in India?
We are arriving towards the end of winter and hence the temperatures in Bangalore should be between 60-75 degrees (about 30% humidity). New Delhi and other cities (Jaipur, Agra) will be about 10-15 degrees cooler.
14. How will we travel in the cities in India?
We will have an air conditioned minibus or a set of good passenger vans (like Toyota Sienna).
15. What kind of accommodations can we expect in India?
At XIME we will be staying in executive residences – a nice big room with attached bathroom. In New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur we will try to find accommodations that have at least a three star rating (like Holiday Inn or Comfort Inn.) All accommodations will be double occupancy. If you have a special need and must stay by yourself you will have to pay extra (the difference).