Due to the large number of universities and research institutes in the city of Pune, it is often called the Oxford of the East. There are numerous entertainment and recreational options such as historical sites, temples, museums, clubs, cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, gardens and parks and so on. Students from foreign countries often spend their free time exploring the intricacies of the Indian culture. Apart from the KEI planned excursions and activities, the International Student Council also organizes a variety of cultural events, parties and sports.
Housing & meals
Students live in the university residence hall (hostel). The rooms are double-occupancy and each room has an attached bathroom. Every room has two single beds, 2 desks and 2 cupboards. Students can choose to dine at the residence hall cafeteria, which serves a choice of Indian staples. Pune has many restaurants and cafes. Compared to the USA, the cost of food is inexpensive.
Getting around town
Public transport in Pune is safe and reliable. Autorickshaws (motorized tricycles), are the most convenient form of transportation – both in terms of cost as well as accessibility. Buses within the city and its suburbs are operated by the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML). The bus fares are much lower than autorikshaws, however autorikshaws are the recommended choice. Since the college neighborhood is self-sufficient and most student attractions are close by, students end up walking most distances.
Phones & internet
KEI will provide a prepaid mobile phone handset shortly after arrival in Pune. The KEI incoming team will explain how to use the phone. The phone will have a small amount of credit to get you started. Additional minutes can be purchased at numerous convenience stores. Internet service is available on campus as well as at the Residence Hall.
America and India are very different. Hopefully, this is one of the reasons you want to study in my country. I see my job as helping students bridge the cultural difference and adjust to life in India. It is important to me that students have a positive academic, cultural and personal experience.
In addition to being the KEI Onsite Director, I teach literature at Symbiosis. I am interested in how American writers influence Indian literature in English. I am frequently on campus and accessible to meet in person and by phone. We will be meeting regularly and doing fun activities throughout the program.