Trip Preparation

International Summer School for Jain Studies

Congratulations on being accepted to the ISSJS.2019 summer program! Please take some time to look over our trip preparation material. Living and traveling in India is a wonderful opportunity but there are many travel, cultural, and safety preparations that we would like you to be aware of. Please do read the guidelines for observance at ISSJS New Delhi as we expect you to be aware of certain living requirements in India program. You will also be required to sign separate liability agreements with ISJS New Delhi; MVI in USA before starting the program if not done already along with your application for admission. The draft of this agreement can be seen as ISJS liability. Please read the information provided under each of the following links and contact us at;;if you have any questions or concerns.




Every ISSJS participant will need to have a passport that is valid for the entire length of his or her time in India. The United States has recently started requiring passports for all travel to Mexico and Canada. The result is that there are more applicants and longer waiting periods for passports. For more passport information please visit: Please allow at least two months for the passport application process. Before leaving for India please make several copies of your passport. Leave at least one copy with a friend or family member in case your passport is lost or stolen. While in India keep a copy with you, along with extra passport size photographs in a separate location from your passport. These precautions will allow the U.S Embassy in India to replace your passport as quickly as possible in case the same is stolen or lost..


All participants are expected to pay for their own visa fees. Each participant should get a Tourist Visa.

The visa application process depends upon the participant’s country of origin. For E-Visa please visit These instructions are based on requirements for the participants from United States. Participants should apply for visa for India as early as possible. Those who wish to apply for Student’s visa from North America, please fill the form completely as placed at visa authorization form and email to for getting it recommended from the Mangalayatan University with whom ISJS has an affiliation? When all the visa authorization forms are received, they will be sent to the Indian consulate office which you intend to go for visa.

In case you wish to apply for a tourist visa, you can apply directly to Indian consulate closer to your place of stay. Please apply for visa only for the duration of the program. Extended VISA & stay is strongly objected to by local authorities (requires special registration etc. for which ISJS is not responsible).

You will then make the visa application with the Indian embassy most convenient to you and attach the above form for visa. It can take up to several weeks for processing, although rush processing is usually available for an extra cost. Visa Application Forms can be downloaded from the Indian Embassy website under Visa Services. Make sure that you are using the correct consulate jurisdiction over your state. (i.e., if you live in Los Angeles or Denver you would send your passport to the Indian Consulate of San Francisco). A list of consulate jurisdictions is available online. This is the Indian Consulate website for San Francisco and for New York At these websites you will be able to download and fill out the visa form for India, as well as redirect yourself to the correct consulate needed for your location. For scholars from other countries, ISJS India office can send an admission letter to you which will facilitate your visa application. Please contact Dr. Shugan Jain email: for such letter. You can then approach the Indian embassy and get your visa approved.