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This page was created to help Indian students coming to NC State University with information on housing, finances and academic questions.
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<pre>"To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the
Please edit with care and only if you feel you can improve on the existing information. Before editing, consider using the [[Talk:Ncstate|Discussion Board]] to discuss points of view.
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                      greatest service that one man can do another."
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                                                                          - Benjamin Jowett
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== Arriving at NC State ==
 
You will arrive at Raleigh-Durham airport (RDU) - this airport serves the tri-city area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The airport is not very far away from Campus. If you inform [http://www.ncsu.edu/stud_orgs/maitri/pickup.htm Maitri] well in advance, they will arrange to pick you up.
 
  
=== What to do when you arrive ===
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This page was created to help Indian students coming to NC State University with information on a range of questions that we ourselves had as incoming students.
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Welcome to the US and NC State University !
 
  
It is possible that after your long journey you will experience some jetlag. Don't worry this is normal and the effects will disappear with time.
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== [[Ncstate:Preparing_to_come_to_the_US|Preparing to come to the US]] ==
  
Most likely, you will be assigned accomodation by the folks at Maitri. They handle the pickup and temporary accomodation of hundreds of students coming from India. For this reason, please contact them a month or more in advance and advise them of your confirmed travel plans.
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There's a lot you need to do when you plan to travel to the US to study. This section deals with some of the important things you need to take care of.
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*[[Ncstate:Preparing_to_come_to_the_US#Is_NC_State_right_for_you_.3F|Is NC State right for you ?]]
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*[[Ncstate:Preparing_to_come_to_the_US#Applying_for_and_getting_your_visa|Applying for and getting your visa]]
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*[[Ncstate:Preparing to_come_to_the_US#Tickets|Tickets]]
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*[[Ncstate:Preparing_to_come_to_the_US#Baggage|Baggage]]
  
==== Opening a Bank Account ====
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== [[Ncstate:Before_you_leave|Before you leave]]==
  
One of the first things you should do as soon as you arrive at NC State is open your bank account. You will need access to your money for a variety of things very soon and you should not delay this procedure. There are a number of good banks around the NC State Campus like Wachovia, Bank of America, BB&T etc. Most students opt for an account at Wachovia Bank opposite the D.H Hill Library on Hillsborough Street.
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Right before you leave, make sure that you have done all these things. It will save you a lot of problems later.
  
* [http://www.wachovia.com Wachovia Bank]
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*[[Ncstate:Before_you_leave#Health Checkup|Health Checkup]]
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*[[Ncstate:Before_you_leave#Dental Work|Dental Work]]
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*[[Ncstate:Before_you_leave#Travel Insurance|Travel Insurance]]
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*[[Ncstate:Before_you_leave#Notify Maitri|Notify Maitri]]
  
* [http://www.bbandt.com BB&T]
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==[[Ncstate:Packing_your_Bags|Packing your Bags]]==
  
* [http://www.bankofamerica.com Bank of America]
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Packing your bags and weighing them may be one of the most stressful things you do. Here are some tips about what you should and should not carry with you.
  
To open a bank account you need your passport, I-20, letter of admission and any other  specific documents the bank may require (check website). If you have brought your fees as a International Demand Draft or Traveller's Checks you will need to bring that along as well.
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*[[Ncstate:Packing_your_Bags#Food Items|Food Items]]
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*[[Ncstate:Packing_your_Bags#Clothing|Clothing]]
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*[[Ncstate:Packing_your_Bags#Gizmos and Electronic Appliances|Gizmos and Electronic Appliances]]
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*[[Ncstate:Packing_your_Bags#Cell Phones|Cell Phones]]
  
Most students create two accounts - a Checking and a Savings Account
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== [[Ncstate:Traveling_to_the_US|Traveling to the US]] ==
  
* '''Checking Account''' : This account earns no interest but is used in your day to day transactions. The money for checks you issue will come out of this account. Similarly, any ATM transactions or purchases you make using your ATM/Debit card will be billed to this account. You should not keep all your money here because it is unsafe (in case your ATM/Debit card gets lost or stolen) and inefficient (because it earns you zero interest)
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You're good to go ! While traveling make sure you follow our tips for a safe hassle-free journey.
  
* '''Savings Account''' : This account earns you a nominal rate of interest. It comes with some restrictions.  For example, you can only perform a limited number of transactions on this account every month. Check with the bank for more details. You should deposit your fee DD and funds in this account. Using the Netbanking facility that the bank will provide, you can periodically transfer some money from your Savings account to your Checking Account.
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*[[Ncstate:Traveling_to_the_US#Airline Travel|Airline Travel]]
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*[[Ncstate:Traveling_to_the_US#Travel Documents|Travel Documents]]
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*[[Ncstate:Traveling_to_the_US#Getting to the Airport|Getting to the Airport]]
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*[[Ncstate:Traveling_to_the_US#In the plane|In the plane]]
  
As soon as you apply and receive your Social Security Number (SSN) you should inform the bank of the same.
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== [[Ncstate:Arriving at NC State|Arriving at NC State]] ==
  
==== Looking for your own accomodation ====
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Welcome to the USA !
  
Looking for your own accomodation should be a priority as soon as you arrive. Your temporary accomodation will only be able to host you for about a week so as to make room for other students.
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You will arrive at Raleigh-Durham airport (RDU) - this airport serves the tri-city area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The airport is not very far away from Campus. If you inform [http://www.ncsu.edu/stud_orgs/maitri/pickup.htm Maitri] well in advance, they will arrange to pick you up.
 
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There are two main areas where most of the Indian graduate students stay - Avent Ferry Road and Gorman Street. Both these places are considered close to campus and are served by the Wolfline (NC State's Bus Service). You will have to meet the apartment managers of the various complexes and ask them what places they have available. Besides the rent, they will also tell you when they can hand over the house to you.  
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Here are some of the housing complexes you can visit :
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* On Avent Ferry Road :
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** Champion Court
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** Ivy Commons
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** Avery Close
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** Kensington Park
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** Western Manor
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* On Gorman Street :
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== Living at NC State ==
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=== Accomodation ===
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*[[Ncstate:Arriving at NC State#Airport Pickup and Temporary Accomodation|Airport Pickup and Temporary Accomodation]]
Living in Raleigh is quite reasonable. Most graduate students stay in apartments on Avent Ferry Road or Gorman Street. There is a wide range of housing available. Students generally stay 2-4 per house. Rents range from a high of $750/month to a low of around $500/month for the house. This means that each person pays 1/3 or 1/4 of this.
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*[[Ncstate:Arriving at NC State#Opening a Bank Account|Opening a Bank Account]]
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*[[Ncstate:Arriving at NC State#Looking for your own accomodation|Looking for your own accomodation]]
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*[[Ncstate:Arriving at NC State#Visit the Office of International Students (OIS) and check-in|Visit the Office of International Students (OIS) and check-in]]
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*[[Ncstate:Arriving at NC State#Visit your college and check-in|Visit your college and check-in]]
  
=== Food ===
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== [[Ncstate:Living at NC State|Living at NC State]] ==
Here are some of the things you should bring with you from India.
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*Utensils
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Come join the pack ! Living at NC State is fun !
*Bakery goods
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*Dhania powder
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=== Clothing ===
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*[[Ncstate:Living at NC State#US Survival Tips|US Survival Tips]]
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*[[Ncstate:Living at NC State#Accomodation|Accomodation]]
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*[[Ncstate:Living at NC State#Roommates|Roommates]]
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*[[Ncstate:Living at NC State#Roommates Agreement|Roommates Agreement]]
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*[[Ncstate:Living at NC State#Transportation|Transportation]]
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*[[Ncstate:Living at NC State#Cell Phones|Cell Phones]]
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*[[Ncstate:Living at NC State#Entertainment|Entertainment]]
  
Here are some of the clothes we think are useful that you bring.
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== [[Ncstate:Finances|Finances]] ==
  
*Jeans
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Money issues - always sobering. Read here to how best to deal with the money situation.
*T-shirts
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*Shorts (the formal kind)
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== Finances ==
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* [[Ncstate:Finances#Money to bring|Money to bring]]
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* [[Ncstate:Finances#General Expenses|General Expenses]]
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* [[Ncstate:Finances#Financial Aid|Financial Aid]]
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* [[Ncstate:Finances#Part-Time Jobs on Campus|Part-Time Jobs on Campus]]
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* [[Ncstate:Finances#Banking|Banking]]
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* [[Ncstate:Finances#Credit History & Credit Cards|Credit History & Credit Cards]]
  
=== Money to bring ===
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== [[Ncstate:Academics|Academics]] ==
=== Financial Aid ===
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*[[Ncstate:Academics#The Academic Credit System|The Academic Credit System]]
=== Banking ===
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*[[Ncstate:Academics#Academic Code of Honor|Academic Code of Honor]]
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*[[Ncstate:Academics#Books|Books]]
  
  
See [Opening a Bank Account]
 
  
=== Credit History & Credit Cards ===
 
  
== Academics ==
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[[Category:Education]]
=== The Credit System explained ===
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=== Academic Code of Honor ===
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Revision as of 20:53, 19 July 2006

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"To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the
                      greatest service that one man can do another." 
                                                                           - Benjamin Jowett


This page was created to help Indian students coming to NC State University with information on a range of questions that we ourselves had as incoming students. Please edit with care and only if you feel you can improve on the existing information. Before editing, consider using the Discussion Board to discuss points of view.


Preparing to come to the US

There's a lot you need to do when you plan to travel to the US to study. This section deals with some of the important things you need to take care of.

Before you leave

Right before you leave, make sure that you have done all these things. It will save you a lot of problems later.

Packing your Bags

Packing your bags and weighing them may be one of the most stressful things you do. Here are some tips about what you should and should not carry with you.

Traveling to the US

You're good to go ! While traveling make sure you follow our tips for a safe hassle-free journey.

Arriving at NC State

Welcome to the USA !

You will arrive at Raleigh-Durham airport (RDU) - this airport serves the tri-city area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The airport is not very far away from Campus. If you inform Maitri well in advance, they will arrange to pick you up.

Living at NC State

Come join the pack ! Living at NC State is fun !

Finances

Money issues - always sobering. Read here to how best to deal with the money situation.

Academics

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