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Language courses in India

formalities

As a rule, language travel providers and language schools support their language students with information on all aspects of immigration, visas and residence permits for language travel to China.

Embassy or Government of India required. In general, however, it is sufficient if the passport is valid for at least six months upon entry and a current visa is available.

It is not possible to enter India with just an identity card or passport without a visa. The visa cannot be applied for at the border or at the airport. The application form is available from the Indian representations against return postage.

Tourist visa
Tourist visas are issued with a period of validity of six months from the date of issue, whereby multiple entry visas are possible. Entry must take place within six months of the visa being issued and entitle you to stay in India for the remaining term of the visa.

Inform directly about valid entry regulations
Anyone who would like to extend their language stay and do not leave within the validity of the visa must expect a prison sentence and a multi-year entry ban.

Entry regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. It is therefore recommended to obtain information about the valid entry requirements for India from the relevant Indian diplomatic mission before a planned trip.

accommodation

For the choice of accommodation during the language trip, India offers everything your heart desires, from simple huts to highly luxurious hotels. The latter also have first-class European and Indian cuisine on offer.

In the big cities and tourist resorts of India there are modern hotels of international standing. Language students can choose from first-class luxury hotels that really fulfill every wish to host families or simple accommodation - depending on their budget and individual ideas.

Hotels and youth hostels
The most famous hotel group in India is the Taj Group. The hotels of the Taj Group belong to the so-called palace hotels, which set up their facilities in breathtaking landscapes and in cultural regions. The prices are low compared to many other countries. Usually ten percent service and seven to 15 percent luxury tax are charged.

A hotel directory is available from the India Tourist Office or from The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India, B-82, 8th Floor, Himalaya House, 23, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, IN-New Delhi 110048.

They are simple, practical and very inexpensive bases for organized tours for hiking and mountaineering. The approximately 20 hostels of the Ministry of Tourism in India are spread across all regions and ideally located for exploring both the lowlands and hill stations. Further information is available from the Youth Hostels Association of India, 5 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, IN-New Delhi 110021.

Health

A general foreign health insurance is recommended to everyone for the language trip to India. It regulates medical care and, in an emergency, also the return transport. Medical care in India cannot be compared with Europe.

Particularly in rural areas of India, medical care is often still very problematic in terms of technology, equipment and hygiene. In the big cities of India the medical care situation is much better and corresponds to the international standard.

However, if you are not yet able to use the language skills correctly, you will have difficulties understanding the doctors. Private clinics are also common. They offer clean "full service" and also meet a high standard. It is always a good idea to get information from the Tropical Institute and your family doctor before leaving for India. Personal advice can also take place here.

Vaccination protection
Vaccination against yellow fever is recommended before a language trip to India, as well as vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. For long-term stays over four weeks or special risks, vaccinations against hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, typhoid and possibly against cholera are also recommended respectively. The standard vaccinations for children should be carried out before traveling to India according to the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute.

Diseases
Malaria cases are more common in Goa. But even in the rainy season, caution against malaria should be advised throughout the country. A good insect repellent can prevent this, especially in the evening and at night. If you have a fever, see a doctor immediately. General drug prophylaxis against malaria is currently not recommended for India, but it can be useful in individual cases. Appropriate tropical or travel medical advice is therefore recommended before the language trip.

Diarrhea is a common occurrence among travelers in India. However, these can easily be avoided through appropriate drinking water hygiene. A certain basic hygiene, such as frequent hand washing, is therefore particularly important. A cholera vaccination is not necessary for the language trip to India.

The HIV / AIDS infection rate in India is very high and the virus is spreading rapidly. Appropriate protection is therefore extremely important. According to experts, India has overtaken South Africa as the country with the most AIDS or HIV positive patients. The epidemic had spread so rapidly in India that India had to "wake up" and take the problem seriously. Otherwise, millions of people in India would die.

activities

Whether nature or culture, India is a diverse country with a moving history. Majestic palaces, temples and traditional cities attract numerous language students and other travelers.

If you like to be outside, the so-called hill stations in India are recommended. They offer a welcome and refreshing respite from the heat of the plains - at least Simla is a must-see. Also of interest are Mussoorie, Ranikhet, Nainital (near Delhi) and Darjeeling, a popular holiday destination near Kolkata. There you can see Mount Everest and the entire Kanchenjunga mountain range. The Hill Stations are very popular with trekking fans.

If you want to relax on your language trip and forget the everyday life of the language school, you can take a houseboat across the rivers in India. Nature, villages and animals can be observed in peace and quiet. Every now and then a “line boat” goes by, a kind of bus with the resident near the rivers from village to village and children to school or simply taken to the supermarket across the river.

Culture fans can admire museums and architectural works of art across the country. In the north of India, the capital New Dehli has English colonial buildings, extensive parks and a centuries-old old town. Narrow streets, temples and mosques shape the cityscape in New Delhi. In the south of India you can see Portuguese colonial buildings, white beaches and extravagant landscapes.

A must for anyone taking a language trip to India is a visit to the Taj Mahal. The 58 meter high and 56 meter wide mausoleum was built on a marble platform in Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Furthermore, an 18 hectare garden was laid out in front of him, in the center of which there is an elongated water basin.

Outdoor activities are also possible in India: a trip on rivers in a houseboat, safaris or elephant rides are very popular among travelers to India.

Country & people

India is known as a multidimensional country - and not for nothing: Snow-capped mountain peaks, sunny beaches, traditional street bazaars or sophisticated 'fancy' boutiques shape the subcontinent India, as do growing industrial conglomerates and flourishing tourism.

The original civilization of India goes back over 5,000 years - in the Indus Valley (today's northern India). The religion of Hinduism, which is widespread in India, arose a little later and around 1,500 BC, the first European tribes immigrated to India, whose merging formed the basis for today's traditional Indian culture.

When Great Britain took over political control in the 19th century, the Indian subcontinent was divided into the State of India and the smaller Muslim state of Pakistan. A third war between the State of India and Pakistan in 1971 resulted in East Pakistan, which eventually became Bangladesh.

To date, there have been very serious disputes with Pakistan over the Kashmir area. All these events made India what it is today: An overpopulated subcontinent with a mixture of numerous ethnic groups, a cultural cocktail - not just for language students.

India's soul is elusive
It is almost impossible to describe the Indian or the Indian culture, because in addition to the modern ones there are tons of spiritual places where everyone can get carried away by religious philosophy and wisdom. Lively and colorful streets are just as much a part of India as poverty and street children. In Goa, outdoor fans settle on palm-planted beaches, while city dwellers go shopping in Mumbai or Bangalore and try Indian specialties in chic restaurants.

There are behaviors for religious and social occasions
Many Hindus are vegetarians and many, especially women, do not drink alcohol. Indians of Sikh and Parsi descent do not smoke. It is especially important for language travelers to observe these customs - otherwise one can quickly be seen as impolite and disrespectful.

Friendliness is - as in the entire Asian region - the top priority, you can't go wrong with it and charmingly cover up a kick in the faux pas. In India, on formal occasions, people greet each other with clasped hands and head bent over and say Namaste. It is unseemly for Indian women to shake hands in greeting. In India, as a sign of respect, the feet of older people are touched to greet them.

nightlife

Nightlife in the western sense is hard to find in India. Only in the big cities and metropolises of India like Mumbai there are nightclubs and discos. In India, meetings in teahouses and cultural events with performances of Indian dances are more common.

Mumbai and Kolkata are the metropolises of India where night life in the western sense takes place. Clubs, bars and restaurants are quite expensive by Indian standards, but they are well attended and popular. People meet there, dance, talk and dress smartly. Young DJs hang up and take pride in mixing traditional Indian music with electronic and bass beats.

Bollywood and cinema
Mumbai and Kolkata are also the metropolises of the Indian Bollywood film industry. The number of feature films produced in Bollywood is three times as high as in the USA. Almost every city has at least one cinema, some sometimes showing films in English. Music and dance, love dramas and politics, along with other influences, play a large role in Indian cinematic art. In large cities, theaters often perform plays in English. Cinema is very popular with young people in India and is therefore often used as a meeting place.

Night life in the countryside
There is virtually no nightlife in India in rural areas and small towns. People sit together, drink tea, chat or spend the evenings with friends and family. Cola drinks and alcohol are available everywhere, but there are so-called dry days, especially in large cities, on which alcohol is not allowed to be sold. But tea is still the most popular drink in India.

climate

There are numerous climatic conditions in India. The north of India is completely different from the weather in the south. Generally speaking, there are three seasons in India: hot, cold and rainy season.

The weather and the time of year play an important role for anyone planning a language trip to India. The southwest monsoon is known in most regions of India between June and September, and the northeast monsoon in October and November.

The three seasons
In general, India can be referred to as three seasons: the warm season, the monsoon season and the cold spell. The length of the respective seasons in India varies depending on whether you are in North or South India. According to the experience of language students, the best time to travel to India is from November to mid-February - in the cooler season (although here, too, no specific temperatures can be given for the whole of India).

Check climate zones
The hottest time in India is between March and May. In the southern regions of India it is often so humid that the air feels like a damp washcloth on the skin. It is best to study the different climatic zones beforehand for any language trip to India. The language schools also know the best time to travel to India.