Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Am I eligible to attend the ISS?
A. The ISS welcomes applications from anyone who has a genuine interest in learning more about India. The minimum eligibility criteria may be seen below:
(i) a completed high school certification; and
(ii) a secured admission into or enrolment in a higher education programme - undergraduate or postgraduate - or a technical/vocational programme.

Working professionals are also more than welcome to come and attend the ISS.  The programme is open to individuals of all nationalities and Indian nationals are also encouraged to apply.

Q. How will the ISS facilitate the transfer of credits I earn?
A. The ISS will award credits to students who successfully complete the programme.  From our 2015 session onwards, students from the University of California and other institutions with which the ISS has formal arrangements/MOUs in place will have their credits earned from ISS autmotically transferred back to their home institution.

However, notwithstanding these formal arrangements/MOUs,it will be the responsibility of students who wish to attend the ISS to ensure that their home university recognises the credits awarded by the ISS. Also, students who wish to attend the ISS from universities and institutions that do not have any formalised relationship with the ISS will have to clear their modules with the relevant competent authority at their own end. 

On its part, the ISS will ensure the provision of all information that may help its students in this process.

Q. Do I require an Indian visa?
A. If you are a foreign national, you will require an India visa to attend the programme.  Please apply for the visa from your nearest Indian Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible only upon official confirmation of your admission into the ISS.  The ISS will ensure the provision of relevant documents that may help in the visa application process.

Q. How do I apply?
A. The ISS follows a two-stage online application process.  For more information, please proceed to the Apply page.

Please note that due to the large volumes of applications that the ISS receives, it will be unable to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants. Also, the ISS at its sole discretion reserves the right to accept or reject any or all the applications without assigning any reasons for the same.

Q. Are there scholarships available?
A. Yes, partial ones. For more information, please proceed to the Programme>Dates, Fees &Scholarships page.

Q. Do I need travel insurance?
A. Yes.  Travel insurance is mandatory for persons traveling to India to attend the ISS regardless of their nationality.  Proof of travel insurance must be shared with the ISS in order to complete the admission process.  It is also mandatory for Indian nationals who are residing in India to provide a proof of medical insurance in order to complete their admission process.

Q. What are the programme dates for the 2017 session?
A. Four-week academic session:
Sunday, June 25 to Friday, July 21, 2017

Two-week Fieldwork experience:
Saturday, July 22 to Friday, August 4, 2017

Q. When should I arrive?
A. Students can begin arriving on Saturday, June 24, 2017.  On Sunday, June 25, 2017, there will be a short orientation programme.  Students arriving before Saturday, June 24, 2017 must arrange for their own accommodation till that date.

Q. Can I only come for part of the programme?
A. Yes, but subject to certain conditions. For more information, please proceed to the Programme>Dates, Fees & Scholarships page.

Q. Can I join the programme late or leave early?
A. A 75% attendance in classes must be registered in order to receive credits during the four-week academic session.  If you are able to achieve this minimum percentage of attendance and have successfully submitted all your work for assessment before the submission deadlines, the ISS may consider a slightly late arrival or early departure.  However, the ISS must be informed of this in advance.

For the two-week Fieldwork experience, full attendance is required throughout the period.

Q. Where will I be staying?
A. During the four-week academic session, students will be staying the International Youth Centre which is near the JNU campus either on a twin-sharing basis (ensuite) with a person of the same gender or in a six-bedded dormitory again with persons of the same gender (accomodation fees will vary depending on your preference).  The rooms/dorms will be air-conditioned and will be allocated as you arrive in New Delhi.  Upon arrival, students can swap rooms/beds so as to share with friends but only after informing the ISS of this change. The ISS will provide a bus service to commute between the International Youth Centre and JNU.

During the two-week Fieldwork experience, students will be traveling quite regularly and will be staying in multiple guest houses and hotels on a twin-sharing basis with a person of the same gender (except for the final two nights where they will be staying in the six-bedded dorms at the International Youth Centre).

Q. What meals will I be served?
A. Those who apply to stay at the International Youth Centre will be served breakfast on a daily basis and lunch on all weekdays during the first four weeks. All students will be provided lunch on tour days and special meals such as the Welcome Dinner, the Farewell and others deemed as such by the ISS. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided to those participating in the Fieldwork. The ISS places great importance on healthy eating while trying to provide for all types of meal preferences.  Students will be asked to indicate whether they are vegetarian or non-vegetarian and if they have any food allergies prior to their arrival in New Delhi.

Q. Can I arrange for my own accommodation?
A. Students can stay off-campus at their own cost during the four-week academic session.  This will have to be arranged by themselves and any meals eaten by them on-campus will have to be paid for separately.

For the two-week Fieldwork experience, students will be staying in the accommodation arranged for by the ISS.

Q. How will I be commuting?
A. Air-conditioned transportation will be arranged for ISS students for their travel as per the ISS programme itinerary.  For personal travel & conveyance beyond the programme itinerary, students will have to arrange and cover the cost for their own transport.  More information on this will be available in the Student Handbook for successful applicants.

Q. What will the weather in New Delhi be like?
A. The ISS is scheduled to be held towards the end of the summer and beginning of monsoons.  It is likely to be hot and dry during the first couple of weeks and humid & rainy during the last few weeks.  All arrangements have been made to make the students’ stay as comfortable as possible.  The lecture rooms, accommodation and conveyance will all be air-conditioned.

Q. How safe is New Delhi, in general and the JNU & International Youth Centre campus, in particular?
A. Student safety is the highest priority for the ISS.  The campus at the JNU and that of the International Youth Centre is highly protected with personnel deployed for the security of students and teachers.  New Delhi is also fairly secure since it is India’s national capital and an ever increasing police force is present across the city.

For travel & conveyance which is part of the ISS programme itinerary, the ISS has arranged for security and safe transportation for the exclusive use of its students.  While the ISS encourages its students to explore the city at their own time and convenience, they should, however, take precautions while traveling beyond the scheduled ISS programme itinerary.

Further information on the ‘Dos & Don’ts’ will be available in the Student Handbook for successful applicants.  ISS Student Volunteers will also be around to advise & assist students on matters pertaining to safety & security.