What to do before going

There are quite a few small steps to do before going.

First, one should talk to Studienberatung or to the advisors about the international matters to get more information on specific TUM procedures like tuition fee refund, etc.

The applicant should check what is covered by the current health insurance and apply for a good international one. Healthcare in India is usually good and affordable, but one never knows what can happen on such a trip. When in India one can check the possibilities to register at a helicopter emergency medical service (just in case something happens while on the road or in a rural area).

When talking about healtcare one of the best forms to fight possible illness is taking preventative measures against it. Immunizations are an important part of the preparation for an exchange semester in India. One can seek for information at the Reise- und Impfberatung of Tropeninstitut of LMU. Further information about needed immunizations is available at the Fit for Travel information website. In general, one needs the standard immunizations which are done every 10 years - against Tetanus, Pertussis and Diphtheria. A polio immunization is also recommendable. Furthermore, a Hepatitis A/B immunization, as well as prevention against rabies and typhoid fever is not to be missed. Most of the immunizations can be done together in groups, but one should plan at least one month for all of them altogether. More is advisable. Most of the healthcare insurances in Germany refund part of (or the whole sum, e.g. Techniker Krankenkasse) for immunizations done for travel purposes.

After the letter of acceptance from the Indian educational institution arrives one should visit the Indian Consulate in Munich or Berlin to apply for a student visa (beware that if you arrive at an educational institution in India with a tourist visa you will be sent back home and there will be no exception (exceptions are common in India, but not in this case) whatsoever of this rule). The procedure usually takes one day (application in the morning, pick up of the passport and visa in the afternoon). Non-german nationals have to carry a valid Freiz├╝gigkeitserlaubnis/Aufenthalstitel. One should bring along also the letter from TUM international office stating that education fees are covered by TUM.

Flights to India are overbooked most of the times, which means that an early reservation is highly advisable. There are comfortable direct Lufthansa flights from Munich to Delhi and Mumbai. Check price and schedule in advance and consider also alternatives which may be more convenient or cheaper.

It is never wrong to get in touch with the international office of the accepting university as early as possible to clear formalities in advance, to get contact information of advisors and to know in which hostel you will be staying. One has to try to arrange a pick-up from the airport or at least a detailed description how to get to the campus, what means of transport to use and if there is a prepaid taxi booth at the airport.

Indian beaucracy is big! Virtually everywhere (even at places one does not expect it, e.g. prepaid SIM card) one has to provide a picture. Therefore, you will need at least 20 passport-size photographs. These can be made in Germany, but also (much cheaper) in India. Nevertheless, one should have handy about 5 photos.

It is good to know what are the tuition fees and if you need to pay any of them.