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Experience report semester abroad at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India ()

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1 Experience report Semester abroad at the Indian Institute f Technlgy Madras, India () Why India? (University of Passau, International Cultural and Business Studies, M.A.) South Asia has always fascinated me and many aspects have accompanied me in my life for a long time. A classmate in the elementary school from Sri Lanka. Bllywd movies in my childhood. Spices like chilli and ginger. Indian food. Semester abroad in Sri Lanka. Films and books about India (including Lin, Der Stern vn India, Vm Inder, who rode his bike to Sweden). My bachelor thesis on British, Sri Lankan and Indian English. When I heard about the partnership with the IITM, it was clear to me that I had to apply. I'm studying for a Master's in International Cultural and Business Studies with a focus on intercultural communication, development research and marketing at the University of Passau. After completing internships in Munich in my third semester, I went to the IIT Madras for a semester abroad at the end of September 2018 and took four courses at the Department of Management Studies (MBA). The application for a student visa was relatively problematic. Due to my previous semester abroad, only one vaccination had to be refreshed. It is advisable to start early. With regard to the assumption of the costs, health insurance companies should be compared. I had to pay EUR 500 myself back then. I paid a total of EUR 500 for the flights (Rm Chennai / Chennai - Hamburg). After the end of the semester () we could use the time until Christmas to travel to India. I will start my master’s thesis in January. The semester abroad in India enabled me to complete my master’s degree including six internships within four semesters. The University The IITM is an elite university and enjoys a very good reputation in India. The exchange was carried out by Prf. Ziegler and Prf. Dr. Rajendran initiated. The Bavarian-Indian Center supported the stay with EUR 900. The quarter went up to The courses usually have 5 CPs and take place twice a week for two hours each time. At the IITM there is a wide range of training courses and courses. I had two hours of volleyball training every day. I also attended the Filmmaking course. The Yga courses are also recommended. Three courses that I originally wanted to choose were unfortunately no longer listed on arrival. Instead I chose: Brand Management, Marketing Tls, Organizatin Develpment and Nurturing the Inner Yu: Develping Psitive Capacities. I would recommend no more than four courses. At the Department of Management Studies there is a work room (Systems Lab) with around ten computers that are accessible to everyone.

2 The Systems Lab is always well attended and usually very loud and cold. For someone who needs peace and quiet to be able to concentrate, I recommend going to the library. The first few days Our buddies were waiting for us on arrival in front of the house and we could move into our rooms relatively quickly. Necessary items such as mattresses, pillows, etc. were nicely placed in our room and will be paid for later in Gurunath Street (do not have to be taken over, see tips below). The staff of the Internatinal Relatins Office and the buddies are all very helpful and gave us a warm welcome. I felt that I was in good hands with my buddy and he could answer anything for me. We spent the first two days registering at the IIT. Campus and Sabarmati Hstel On campus you can actually find everything you need. Cpy-Shp. Small supermarket. Fruit and juice shops. Restaurants. Café Cffee Day (Indian version of Starbucks). Canteens. ATMs. Training places. Open air kin. Pl. Gym. Hospital. Plus dogs, cats, monkeys, deer. (Photo 1 right. View over Chennai). The campus is wonderfully quiet and clean. As for the Hstel: The rooms are comparable to the student residences in Germany. They are furnished with everything you need: 90cm bed, desk, cupboard and shelf. The shared bathrooms in the corridors are equipped with four showers and four toilets. There were never any bottlenecks. Washing machines and clotheslines were accessible to everyone. The Hstel has its own fitness studio, a library (for me a good alternative to the room and the Systems Lab), as well as a badminton and volleyball field. There were water dispensers available in the fyer and on our floor, which we used every day. In the first 1-2 weeks it may be better to buy your own water, as the flow-throughs are not cleaned. (Picture 2 left. View from Sabarmati Hstel over the IIT.) I had a total of two monkeys in the room. The first monkey left my room on my own when asked. The monkeys use every second that the room is unobserved. The monkey ate all my bananas and took my oats with him on the way out the door

3 has. The Oats are unfortunately only available in the Phenix Mall and the way there was always associated with a lot of time and stress. Chennai Chennai is not one of the most livable cities in the world. There are nice areas on the beach, small alleys and good restaurants, but also a lot of dirt, poverty and noise. In addition, there are some things worth leaving the campus for. When it comes to clothing, women should adapt to Indian culture, that is, no tight shirts or tight shirts, but hopefully that goes without saying. (Picture 3 right. Temple in Chennai.) What to see in Chennai: With the Mtrrad through the City drive (ideally with Indians). Rickshaw ride. Picture 4. Rickshaw at night. T Nagar. An inexpensive, authentic shopping area. Fig. 5. Flowers in T-Nagar (shopping district) in Chennai. Take the train towards the beach. Fig. 5. Train travel in Chennai. Climb the lighthouse on the beach. Phenix Center: the second largest mall in Chennai, within walking distance of the IITM. Eat off campus. As for partying in Chennai, there were enough options in my opinion The Tasmac is a pub very close to the IITM Gate. Radi Rm Bar. Skyline Restaurant and Bar. Diff 42 is a bar and club. Westin Htel, and many more upscale hotels.

4 General tips When moving into the room, items are made available. These can be returned unpacked and do not have to be paid for (e.g. a large bucket, small bucket, tablecloth, clothespins, etc.). ALWAYS keep the door of the room closed because of the monkeys. Ola app (similar to UBER). Train tickets have to be booked online very early, but everything is very organized, the trains run on time and everyone receives a reserved seat. Get your visa and vaccinations as early as possible. Only Airtel SIM cards are sold on campus. The reception is not the best in all of India, perhaps it is worth driving into the city for a better provider. Take with you: bed linen (sheets and thin blanket) towels Mskitnetz (there is also in front of the Nt) Visa card (e.g. DKB) Lan cable a lot of patience (especially when buying Cupn for the cafeterias in the CCW building and group work) Conclusion India has some mottos. Two of these describe India very well: Unity in Diversity and Incredible India. I know that there are some strangers who care about their safety. Personally, I never felt unsafe in India. The food was especially good. The food in India is based on curry and also smit on campus in the cafes and canteens. I have no problem with eating curry in any variety of mornings, lunchtimes and evenings. For people who don't like curry, I imagine it is difficult to be happy with the western alternatives on campus (the Café Cffee Day Sandwiches, Tast) in the long run. Unfortunately there was no possibility of cooking. Prridge (buy oats in the Phenix Mall) we could make ourselves with kettles that were available in the bar and fruit from the juice shop next door. The Street Fd deserves an award in itself.

5 Fresh food and drinks are presented on small wagons. In the city, chai with fresh ginger (Fig. 6. Man with Chai in Jaipur.) And sandwiches (Fig. 7. Sandwich in Mumbai.) Are advertised on the streets, and small snacks such as pani puri are also highly recommended. The culture in India is not comparable. The architecture is unique, such as the Taj Mahal in Agra, The Palace f Winds in Jaipur. Religin plays a large role and is sometimes more important than basic laws. Religious ceremonies are interesting to watch. Here, as a tourist, it should be observed to behave respectfully and to adhere to the rules. Shoes should be taken off before entering the temple and could mostly be handed in at a collection point for a few rupees. The opportunity to travel around India is another major advantage when deciding to study abroad at the IITM. Picture 8. Taj Mahal, Agra. Picture 9. Jaipur, Rajasthan. Photo 10. Kerala. Image 11. Kerala.

6 Fig. 12. Hampi. Photo 13. Hampi. Photo 14. Mumbai. Photo 15. Mumbai. Photo 16. Mumbai. Photo 17. Mumbai.

7 I can foresee the following facts: dirt, dishonesty of the Indians (the truth is simply defined differently and the person opposite should not be disappointed), mosquitoes. One should be aware that India is still an emerging country and therefore some things are not going as we are used to. The exhibition of the cafeteria cups can easily be delayed for hours and days. In fact, Indians are improvised artists, but not organizational talents. And that was actually the only thing I really had a problem with in this short time: the group work. As always, work is done at the last minute. The day is used for everything else that initially seems more important and that is friends, family and free time. The result: work for Indians doesn't start until the evening. The way the Indians work can (from our point of view) be described with the word half-hearted and was, especially since we are talking about the Indian elite, difficult for us Germans to understand. In every course there was group work and some lecturers / professors insist that mixed groups be formed. Contact with the group is via WhatsApp. Often there is no response until the evening before the deadline, neither to messages nor to personal responses. In general, the use of mobile phones in India is unfortunately increasing rapidly, as everything has to be organized via WhatsApp. Ggle Dcs is often used to work together. A direct exchange almost never took place (for me). Exact research, correct spelling and grammar, and scientific work (scientific sources and correct quotations) are practically non-existent. My personal, negative highlight was when two Indians from a group of four students completely pulled each other out of an elaborate project of 12 pages. Entire surveys, interviews and findings were falsified because the person responsible no longer had enough time. This is discussed in India. Background info: One student had to take care of his sick son, the other was basically not motivated, behaves in all seminars and invites to dinner in return. It will fail each other. Aside from the results of these group work, which I was not satisfied with, they allowed me to quickly make friends with Indians. I am sure that both cultures can learn from each other, especially when it comes to organizing / imprvising. We Germans can learn from the psychological attitude of the Indians, the unconditional mutual support and the ease with which they approach things. If you can do without our western Kmfrt for a limited time and are interested in India, you will have an incredibly good time at the IITM. The many international students, the food, the beautiful campus and especially the warm people in India make the semester abroad a valuable experience. I liked it very much and I am thinking about writing my master's thesis at the IITM.