Arriving in a new country and culture can be daunting. Preparation
and organisation can make this difficult transition into a
positive experience. Almost everyone who studies, lives or
works abroad experiences some degree of differences. It is
quite natural to feel overwhelmed, excited and confused all
at once. For some people the "shock" hits them the
moment they arrive at the airport, while for others it could
be 6 months down the track.
Some surprises always await you when you arrive in a new
place. You may not be able to find your favourite food or
understand the local language. Housing arrangements, the way
in which classes are conducted, the informal manner in which
people greet one another, all may seem very strange and confusing.
This is all part of the adjustment process. Try and remember
that you are not alone, that there are many other students
just like you and that the International Students' Office
of Bharati Vidyapeeth University is here to help you
in every aspect of your experience in India.
- Reaching Pune
The city of Pune is located in the hills of Sahyadri Mountains
at about 170 k.m. on the Deccan Plateau, South of Mumbai.
If one reaches Mumbai, Pune is not far off and not very
difficult to reach. Most of the International flights arrive
at Sahar International Airport in Mumbai. There are several
trains between Mumbai and Pune. They leave from Dadar terminus-a
suburb of Mumbai. One can reach Pune by air also. There
are several flights from Mumbai to Pune which start from
the Domestic Airport at Mumbai.
Addedly, there are several private buses and taxies which
ply between Pune and Mumbai rendering services to the passengers
day and night.
You may also arrange for someone to pick you up from the
airport. Some hotels arrange for an airport pickup. It is
a good idea to purchase a city map right away, so that you
don't loose your sense of direction in a new city. Maps
are available at every bookshop at the airport.
When International students arrive in India, they should
contact the Director of the International Students' Office
The International Students' Office will guide and help them
in completing the admission formalities. Students must produce
all the necessary documents including passport with a Student
Visa endorsed to Bharati Vidyapeeth University, original
academic transcripts, diplomas, degrees etc., a copy of
all the pages of the passport and two passport size photographs.
At the time of admission, the student will have to pay tuition
and other fees, so he/she will have to bring with him adequate
money for the payment of this fee. The student should keep
in mind that, it will not be possible for the University
to give him/her admission if he/she fails to produce the
required documents/ to make the payment of fees in full.
He should take admission before the date which is mentioned
in the letter issued to him. The University will not be
responsible if the student fails to get admission because
of his failure in seeking the admission before the prescribed
- Financial Needs
When a student travels to India, he/she needs to bring enough
money to cover his/her immediate needs on arrival in India,
including transit expenses, customs charges, transportation
fares, initial expenditure at his/her place of study and
It would be prudent to bring cash in US Dollars which can
be exchanged at the airport. International debit/credit
cards are mostly functional and accepted in India. Traveller's
Cheques are accepted only at certain places, while banks
would readily exchange them.
One of the prerequisites of student residential permits
in India is that the students must have a bank account.
To open an account in India, International students will
need to have their admission letter, residential permit
and passport, and some banks may also need the student bona
fide certificate as evidence or may require some more documents.
Individual banks have different policies and charges for
opening a bank account. It normally takes few working days
to receive the cheque book and card so a student must bring
some cash/travellers cheques to carry him/her through this
time. He/she can also exchange his/her foreign currency
at any bank or any foreign exchange office around the country.
It may be noted that the International students will not
get any financial assistance from the University or the
College nor he will be able to earn money through summer
jobs, so the student is advised to ensure that he has enough
funding to cover all the expenses during his stay in India.
- Foreigner's Registration Office (F.R.O.)
International students must register with the Foreigner's
Registration Office (F.R.O.) of the Commissioner of Police,
Pune, within 7 days of their arrival. It is extremely important
that the International students register with the Foreigner's
Registration Office (F.R.O.) within 7 days of their arrival.
The Foreigner's Registration Office (F.R.O.) shall register
International students and issue them a residential permit
which is normally valid for a period of one year and should
be renewed 15 days before its expiry date. The documents
needed here would be:
For any other information in this regard, please contact the
Foreigner's Registration Office (F.R.O.) of the Commissioner
of Police, Pune. www.punepolice.com
- A provisional eligibility letter.
- Passport with an endorsed Student Visa.
- Passport size photographs.
Accommodation is one of the other aspects that a student
must follow up on his/her arrival. If a student opts to
rent a flat, then each accommodation provider or agent is
a little different in his/her requirements. Rents and deposits
also are different depending on various factors like locality,
kind of housing and services etc. Some International students
may choose to stay as a pay-n-guest which is advertised
in local newspapers. And of course we have hostel facilities
at our campuses of Bharati Vidyapeeth University
which could be provided for if available only.
A certain number of seats in the hostel on both the campuses
are reserved for International students. They will be allotted
to them on first come first served basis. Those students
who are not able to get accommodation in the hostel will
have to try for private accommodation. Students living in
hostels and even in private houses will have to adhere to
the rules and regulations.
Medical check-up/No Objection Certificate (NOC)
for Professional Courses
- An International student will have to undergo a medical
checkup at his/her own cost. He/she will be required to
submit a report of this medical examination to the University.
Also, an International student will have to undergo HIV
Test at the Bharati Vidyapeeth's Medical College, Pune
at his/her own cost and submit a report of the test to
- Final admission of professional courses is subject
to producing a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the
Government of India.
Note: The admission of International students will not
be finalised unless he/she produces the above mentioned
On your arrival we would like to Congratulate You on your
successful application to the Bharati Vidyapeeth University, and thank you for choosing to study here in
India. Leaving your home country to study abroad is a brave
and exciting decision, and one that is rich with reward.
Secondly, we would like to Welcome You to the Bharati Vidyapeeth University campus, and to India itself. In an effort
to make your stay both rewarding and memorable, and to help
you achieve your academic goals, we have provided an Orientation
programme for all new International students. The orientation
programme is designed to:
- Make you feel welcome, and get you settled in before
your classes begin.
- Present you with general information about living and
studying at Bharati Vidyapeeth University.
- Provide information on the range of services and facilities
available both on and off the campus.
- Offer some advice on strategies for getting the most
out of your studies so that you will succeed academically.
- Introduce you to the unique culture, traditions, festivals
etc. of India.
- And above all, the Orientation Programme offers plenty
of opportunities to meet other International students