Things to remember:
Get a copy of your previous syllabus along, as sometimes you may end up having prerequisites and you could waive it by proving you have covered such topics as usually the course requirements maybe covered by parts in the courses we do.
You require your provisional or degree completion certificate (sometimes they do not accept a provisional from some universities), which has to be submitted at the graduate college. So if you happen to come here as soon as you graduate apply for it.
When traveling if you are a vegetarian specify for vegetarian food on your flight.
Keep your cabin baggage as light as possible, during transits you may have to walk long distances. It would be good if you could get a trolley bag.
If you could you can try and get an International Driving Permit (Driving License)
Get your dental checkup done before you come here.
Get your eye sight check up done, and if you have sight get a spare pair of spectacles as they are usually expensive here.
A TB test is also advisable as if they ask you to get one done here, it is also expensive and not only that their tests are sensitive and usually we Indians test positive for it.
Carry money as travelers’ cheques, safest and convenient method of carrying money but do get cash in all denominations for immediate expenses.
If you intend to cook Indian food then we would suggest getting along a pressure cooker and any flat-bottomed vessels that you would feel comfortable using.
You could get along some masala powders, pickles etc. you could even carry some pulses etc but we would suggest not to as we have Indian groceries around our campus.
Here usually we wash clothes in laundry (maybe once in 10 days) so get clothes that would suit our washing conditions, as usually they are rough and tough.
Get atleast 10 to 12 sets of under garments, socks (usually you get better ones here but you can get some to get starting)
You will require some warm clothes as its usually quite cold here except for 3- 4 months in summer.
Get a good alarm clock (that sounds loud)
Do not get any stationary items like (staplers, punchers etc)
If you are getting electronic items here check for voltage compatibility.
A good school bag, a Visa folder (to hold cards), a wallet/ purses (leather good are usually expensive here).
Get some medicines which you think would be useful or any common health problems that you have you could get some basic medicines for headache, stomach ache, indigestion, fever etc. along with a doctor’s prescription.
Box specifications:(As an example the Air India economy class baggage specifications to the USA are given below. Note the specifications may be different for other countries/airlines).
2 pieces of baggage with total linear dimension (l+b+h) not exceeding 270cm (106″).
Moreover the total linear dimension of each piece should not be over 158 cms (62″).
The weight of each bag should not exceed 32kg (70 lb) [note: they are not particular about this]
Carry on baggage: In addition you can carry a bag with linear dimension not exceeding 115 cms (45″) onboard (fits beneath the seat).
Put a copy of the documents you are carrying in each piece of your luggage.
Do not carry any sharp things along with you as they are usually detected as weapons
Select the courses you are planning to take and find the corresponding books for those courses. If you don’t find the books corresponding to the courses that you intend to take then you may request some of the ISA members from your department for help. Please do not ask ISA about courses you may take.
You are advised to have the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunization, and get a certificate of all vaccinations you had even as a child. Hepatitis-B vaccinations are also advised, but it takes 3 injections over 6 months. Consult your doctor on all this.
This list of other items has been constructed according to the personal experiences of people who have come here. So, may be some important items are missing or are inadequately specified. Hence, personal discretion is highly recommended. Also if you feel something is not here then please do send us an email and we will try and post that info as soon as possible.
|1||Full Sleeve Shirts||4||Depends maximum of 4 is recommended|
|2||Half Sleeve Shirts||4|
|4||Blazer (Informal) / Suit (Formal) Suit Recommended.||1||Optional|
|5||Tie||2||For professional interviews|
|6||T-shirts||5||Most frequently in Arizona weather|
|8||Shorts / Cargos / Bermudas||4|
|9||Belts||2||Formal and Casual|
|11||Sweater||2||Jerkin / Sweat shirts ( Any one is better )|
|12||Pyjamas / Night Suit||3|
|13||Under Garments||14||As u go to the laundry once in a week or 2|
|14||Towels||3||Preferably not Turkey towels as difficult to dry|
|16||Blanket (Light Weight)||1||Optional, depends on your baggage|
|17||Single Bed Sheet||2|
|20||Woolen Gloves||2||Leather & wool|
|22||Thermal Underwear||-||Not required at all.|
|1||Chappals / Sandals||1||Traditional Footwear / Sandals for Jeans|
|2||Slippers||1||Optional if for home use|
|3||Formal Black Leather Shoes||1||Better to have one|
|4||Casual Sport Shoes .||1||Daily use|
|5||Shoe Polish||1||For Formal Shoes|
|6||Shoe Polishing Brush||1|
|7||Socks black for formal shoes||2|
|8||Socks White||12||Cheaply Available here.|
|1||Glasses / Contact Lenses||3||Must. Optics very expensive here.|
|2||Contact Lenses Solution||-||Check for yourself|
|4||Alarm Clock||-||Buy electronic here, as batteries r costly|
|7||Recorded Music Cassettes||-||Highly Recommended|
|8||Wallet (to hold Credit Cards also)||1||Highly Recommended|
|9||Hangers||-||Donâ€™t bring. Cheaply available|
|1||Shaving Blades / Cartridges||12||Available here.|
|3||Shaving Cream||-||Cheap here|
|5||After Shave Lotion||1|
|14||Nail Cutter||1||Don’t forget this|
|19||Bathing Soap||1||Cheaply available|
|20||Washing Soap||-||Donâ€™t get it. Cheaply available|
|E||Cooking Hardware (Be sure that all vessels are Flat-Bottomed, b’coz u have electric stoves here)|
|1||Pressure Cooker 3 Litres||1||Bigger the better|
|2||Spare Dead Weight Valves||1|
|3||Spare Safety Valves||2 or 3|
|4||Spare Gaskets||2 or 3|
|5||Frying Pan (Non-Stick)||1||Very good Qlty such as Nirlep recommended|
|6||Spoons Small Size||3 or 4|
|7||Big Spoons / Spatula||2|
|8||Steel Plates / Dishes||2|
|10||Pakkad / Tongs||1|
|12||Utensils / Patelis||3||Medium Size|
|13||Tea Filter / Galane||2 or 3|
|14||Tea Making Utensil||1|
|15||Knife (If u get one, don’t keep it in Cabin Baggage!!!)||-||Good Quality|
|17||Cooking Book||1||Your mother’s recipies highly recommened!;-)|
|F||Cooking Groceries (Remember, All the items except the Masalas are recommended only if u have luggage space.)|
|1||Tea Powder||2 Kg|
|2||Instant Coffee / Nescafe||-||Cheaply available. (Folgers)|
|3||Turmeric Powder / Haldi||250 gm|
|4||Mustard Seeds / Mouri / Mohari / Ri||250 gm|
|5||Red Chilly Powder||250 gm|
|6||Garam Masala||250 gm||Even more if u come from North-India|
|7||Dhane Powder||250 gm|
|8||Jeera Powder||250 gm|
|10||Asofotida / Hing||1|
|11||Sambar Masala||2||Bring as much as u can, as this will turn out to be your Staple Food!!!|
|12||Cholle/ Pav BhajiMasala||1||Recommended|
|13||Ready Instant Mixes ( MTR kinds)||1-5||Recommended|
|14||Dals ( All kinds espl Toor Dal )||1- 2Kg||Each ( Expensive here )|
|15||Elaichi / Veldoda||100 gm||Optional|
|16||Clove / Lavang||100 gm||Optional|
|18||Aachar / Pickles||-||Bring many properly packed.|
|19||Tamarind Powder / Cocum / Tamarind Paste||1||Required|
|20||Sugar / Rice / Salt||-||Please Dont bring these.|
|21||Rava / Suji||1 Kg||This is very helpful in beginning|
|1||School Bag||1||A Little Expensive here|
|2||Ball Point Pen||2||Not needed available in plenty here|
|3||Refills||1||same as above|
|7||Clutch Pencil (0.5 mm)||1|
|8||Lead Box (0.5 mm)||2|
|9||Steel Scale 6″||1||Optional|
|10||Stapler||1||Dont Forget these|
|11||Stapler Pins||2 Box|
|12||Punch||-||Plz Donâ€™t Bring. 3 holes punch Reqd here.|
|13||Scientific Calculator||1||Replace the batteries without fail!!|
|15||Glue Stick / Glue||1||Optional|
|17||Note books / Papers / Files / Folders||-||Do not bring.|
|H||Books (apart from course-work)|
|1||Oxford Concise Dictionary||1|
|2||Books about India||Optional|
|I||Medicies (must bring)|
|1||Vicks (Vaporub & Inhaler)||1|
|2||Balm (Amrutanjan, etc)||1|
|5||Some Band-Aides (wash proof)||10|
|7||Burnol||1||Important! Mr. Sanjeev Kapoors & Ms. Tarla Dalals !!!|
|8||Painkiller tabs like Combiflam, Brufen.||20-30||They dont go waste|
|9||Drugs and Antibiotics (for common fever & cold etc)||Crocin , Amoxyciillin, Disprin .|
|11||Vaseline||1||Especially for ppl coming in winter|
|And all the specialized medicines that you take. And, the things we missed.|
|1||Recent Photographs/ Negatives||Remember!!! Memories are the best company.|
|2||General Photographs||Preferable to carry in CD’s or online albums|
|K||Documents (Not limited to these)|
|1||Passport / Photocopies||Leave a copy in each bag.|
|2||Admission Letter||Leave a copy in each bag.|
|3||I-20 & VISA photocopies||Leave a copy in each bag.|
|4||Credentials||Leave a copy in each bag.|
|5||Transcripts||Leave a copy in each bag.|
|6||Recommendation Letters||Leave a copy in each bag.|
|7||GRE / TOEFL Score Sheets||Leave a copy in each bag.|
|8||Medical Fitness Certificate||Leave a copy in each bag.|
|9||Health History Form||Leave a copy in each bag. (Provided by UMR)|
|10||Vaccination Certificate||MMR, TB test.|
|11||Medical Prescription of all medicines||Leave a copy in each bag.|
|12||College Leaving Certificate||Leave a copy in each bag. (Optional)|
|13||Foreign Clearance from Income Tax Dept.||Leave a copy in each bag.|
|14||International Driving License (I.D.P.)||Optional|
|15||Receipts of traveller cheques||One copy in each baggage|
|16||Enough Money||Cash with some change for phone calls and other initial stuff|
Note : All information present here is collected through internet , previous personal experiences, some other universities ISA sites and many different other forums/blogs. This information is general experiences of an individual, you might have to take some other actions/options. Its just to help or guide you; don’t totally rely on this.