Living In India: Page 2 of 2


The last day of your program will be notified on your admission letter. On the last day, a formal Valedictory Ceremony may take place. Students will be asked to share what they have gained through the ISSJS summer experience.

After this ceremony, program participants are free to either return home to their respective countries of origin that night, or extend their stay at their own expense. For those who choose to depart on the same day, ISJS can assist in making in making the most cost effective arrangements for your catching the flight back. More information will be available in India as the Summer School comes to a close.

and ISSJS.2019.6W & ISSJS.2019-Prakrit participants will depart from Delhi.
ISSJS.2019.4W & ISSJS.2019.Teaching for Peace participants will depart from Mumbai


Part of the ISSJS program in India is to experience the Jain way of life. In addition to studying about Jainism, it is important for you to follow the Jain dietary system, as well. Such dietary restrictions are based on the principles and practices of non-violence, non-possession, self-control and strenuous efforts to achieve worldly and spiritual objectives. It is not a requirement that participants be vegetarians, however, we strongly request that you stay vegetarian the duration of the program.

Due to religion-cultural reasons, all meals will be Jain Vegetarian, which excludes eggs. At some of the institutions, you may see an absence of root vegetables. In addition, many Jains do not eat after sunset. In the instance that we encounter Jains who follow this practice, please kindly respect this request.

The consumption of alcohol, drugs of any kind, and smoking during the summer school session is strictly forbidden.

  • Avoid eating in restaurants with poor hygiene or buying food from street vendors. Make sure that all food is well cooked. Avoid uncooked fruits or vegetables unless you can peel this you.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer is a good option when a sink is not available.
  • Drinking tap water is not recommended in India. Drink boiled, filtered, or bottled water. Soft drinks are usually okay, but beware of juices that may be diluted with water. Never drink any drink that contains ice unless it has been made from boiled or bottled water. In addition, make sure plates and cups are completely dry before eating off of them.
  • There will be sufficient bottled water available; however, several previous participants brought portable water filter pumps called First Need Water Purifiers that screwed onto their water bottles Scholars with filters always had their own water on hand no matter the situation.
  • Drink at least two liters of filtered or bottled water each day. Hydration is an important part of keeping yourself well while in India.

CURRENCY:The unit of currency in India is the rupee. At present there are roughly 58/- to the US dollar. ATM machines, banks, and money changers will be available at most of the places. In particular, Citibank is located all over India. In the past, participants have opened Citibank accounts in their country prior to departure, so that they could withdrawal cash without accruing ATM fees.

Many shopkeepers also accept major credit cards. Make sure you bring your bank account and credit card account information with you, as well as customer service telephone numbers that can be used internationally. It is also helpful to set up online payment options with your credit cards and banks in case you need to pay your bills during your time in India.

MONEY IN MULTIPLE FORMS:You will want to carry your money in multiple forms: Traveler’s Checks, Credit Cards, and Debit Cards. In case ATM machines are not available, exchanging traveler’s checks or using your credit card can be an easy alternative. Take cash in $20 -$50 bills to facilitate easy exchange. Money orders, cashier’s checks, and certified checks are extremely difficult to cash in India.

MONEY BELT:The type that can be worn under your clothes is the most secure. Keep photocopies of your passport, visa, insurance, and emergency contact information, traveler’s checks, and extra ATM/credit cards in your money belt. Because it is very hot in India during summer months, keep your documents in a zip lock bag inside.

In addition ISJS India has prepared a HANDBOOK FOR STAY IN INDIA for scholars to help them make their stay comfortable and rewarding.