JOIN US ON OUR
PROGRAM IN 2019
Applications are now open for our New Zealand Prime Minister’s Scholarship to Asia funded program. There has never been a better opportunity for you to visit India on an expert-led four week tour.
Experiencing the most diverse place on earth has always been exciting and a privilege. With India now the fastest growing major economy in the world – knowing more about this extraordinary country is also increasingly relevant to your career.
Your chance to experience India
Program runs from Nov 23rd to Dec 23rd 2019
We believe learning is best achieved through real-world experiences. Using India’s cities and villages as our classroom, Reimagining India takes your learning out of the lecture hall. Our program combines an incredible range of site visits with expert interactions and workshops.
Over four weeks, you will attend sessions at multinationals, startups, NGOs and more. You’ll visit rural villages, urban slums and ancient cities. Along the way, you’ll consider India’s significant cultural influence and explore its innovative contributions to global challenges.
You’ll leave India bursting with new ideas, experiences, and inspiration to help you carve out your future studies and career path.
The Reimagining India Program is delivered by IndoGenius – India’s leading provider of short courses to international students with over 1,500 alumni from the UK, U.S., and Australia since 2011.
FROM GAINING INSIGHT INTO MODERN INDIA TO DEVELOPING A RANGE OF NEW SKILLS,
THE REIMAGINING INDIA PROGRAM IS AN ACTION-PACKED MONTH!
Participants will interact with 20+ local and international organisations in Bangalore, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai, Chennai and Pondicherry:
– On-site visits and talk with industry experts from various sectors;
– Government bodies, including the New Zealand High Commission;
– Visits to prestigious institutions to meet students and learn about their entrepreneurial businesses and ideas;
– On-site visits and activities with social enterprises.
– You will meet and network with business leaders at their corporate offices and interact with the world’s fastest-growing startup ecosystem.
The Reimagining India Program is not just an excellent opportunity to gain new skills, experiences, and friends.
Technology and globalization are transforming the spaces in which we live, learn and work. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, careers in the 21st Century will be very different to recent decades. Young graduates need to be adaptable, creative and confident to thrive in an increasingly competitive and uncertain future.
In addition to learning about India, the program will provide you with the skills and network to thrive in a future that will be very different from today.
Cost of the Program
The Reimagining India programme fee is NZD7000. This includes the admission and tuition, accommodation for the duration of the programme, meals during programme activities as well as domestic transport and transit for official programme activities.
This program has received partial funding from the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia, providing a limited number of scholarships to cover the cost of the programme and return flights. By applying for this program, you will automatically be considered for one of these scholarships (if eligible – please see PMSA eligibility requirements below).
For more information on the NZPMSA, you may visit the Education New Zealand (ENZ) website and our FAQ below.
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Reimagining India Application Process and Deadlines
Applications will stay open until all the places are filled: Apply to secure a place by clicking the “Apply Here” button, next to this section or at the top of the page.
To speed up the eligibility verification stage please check with your faculty whether you can receive credit for your participation. Once your application has been graded by our team we shall get in touch regarding your result.
30-60 days before the program: Apply for your Indian visa and prepare to participate by taking part in participant groups on social media, attending a pre-departure webinar and reading through the program website and official handbook.
Reimagining India Program 2019
24th Nov-22nd Dec 2019: Join us in India for an unforgettable month of learning, connecting and once-in-a-lifetime experiences!
Thinking of applying for the Reimagining India Program?
What is the application deadline?
Applications will remain open until we have filled all the places.
Apply to secure a place by clicking the “Apply Here” button at the top of the page.
When will I be notified about the outcome of my application?We will get in touch with you once we have reviewed your application – this may take time if we need conduct eligibiity checks with your university. To speed up the eligibility verification stage please check with your faculty whether you can receive credit for your participation.
What does the program fee cover?
- Airport pick-up in Bangalore and drop-off in Chennai
- 3 to 4-star accommodation on twin/triple sharing basis
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including special events and packed lunches when required
- All the water you can drink
- Air conditioned transport
- Pre-departure support
- Orientation program
- Welcome pack with fun and useful items
- Maps of local neighborhoods and emergency contact cards
- Indian SIM card which work in unlocked phones
- Key information cards packet for quick reference regarding program activities and events
- Participant welfare staff with the group 24/7
- Team IndoGenius program facilitation and coordination throughout
- Excursions to sites of political, cultural, religious and historic importance including entry fees
- Cultural performances and events
- Immersive challenges
- Group social events
- Expert lectures and talks
- Facilitated peer interactions
- NGO, corporate and educational institution visits
- Final workshop to identify, highlight and continue your India learning
- IndoGenius Alumni group on LinkedIn and indogenius.org for networking, job postings and more
- Program completion certificate documenting your learning hours
What costs and expenses are not included in the program fees?
The NZD 7000 program fee does not cover the following. However, the NZPMSA recipients will receiving funding support to cover much of this costs.
- International Airfare to/from the program start and end locations
- Indian visa ($65)
- Traveler’s medical insurance
- Medical expenses including any vaccinations needed prior to the program
- Food outside of that arranged by Team IndoGenius*
- Room service, laundry, chargeable internet and communications and other charge to room expenses
* IndoGenius includes 3 meals a day and often snacks as well! Extra food is seldom necessary, but you may want to go out for a meal when afforded the time to do so.
What is the NZ Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia?
The Prime Minister’s Scholarship is a programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand. The scholarship aims to:
- strengthen New Zealand institutions’ connections with their counterparts in key Asia countries
- promote understanding of the strength and quality of New Zealand’s education system and raise awareness of New Zealand as a preferred education destination
- improve the international skills of the New Zealand workforce
- strengthen people-to-people connections between New Zealand and countries in Asia through participants building lifelong friendships and networks.
- strengthen New Zealand’s ability to engage with key trading partners
- improve New Zealanders’ understanding of key trading partner’s business practice and culture
Long-term outcomes of the scholarship – we want Prime Minister’s Scholarship recipients:
- Applying their skills, knowledge and abilities; embracing different cultural contexts and developing as genuine, respectful global citizens, and;
- Using their skills, knowledge and networks to contribute to engagement and cooperation between New Zealand and key trading partners
For more information visit the ENZ PMSA website
What are the eligibility requirements for the NZPMSA funding?
- be at least 18 years old at the date of applying for the scholarship, AND
- be a New Zealand citizen or hold Permanent Resident status and in all cases be ordinarily resident in New Zealand, i.e., have resided in NZ for 12 of the previous 24 months.
- may apply for a second Prime Minister’s scholarship only if their first award was as a member of a group PMS programme.
You must also be enrolled at one of the eight New Zealand universities that are members of our consortium.
Does it matter what subject I study?
Undergraduate students from all academic backgrounds are eligible and the program is designed to attract and interest a diverse range of students.
I am a masters student, can I apply?Yes, you can apply for a self-funded place. You will not, however, be eligible for the NZPMSA Scholarship funding.
I have a disability, how do I let you know about this?IndoGenius is committed to operating a system of equal opportunity and will endeavor to make all reasonable adjustments to enable students to undertake the programme.
What documents do I need to submit with my application?
You will not need to submit any documents with your application.If your application is successful, you will then need to submit a valid passport and student ID.
Where in India will the program take place?
Your journey will begin in India’s tech capital, Bangalore, where we visit multi-national outsourcing, consulting and data science companies.
We then head North to the City of Empires and the political capital of India, New Delhi, you’ll discover religious pluralism, entrepreneurship and India’s startup culture. You will also get the chance visit the unmissable Taj Mahal in Agra.
We then drive on to Jaipur – a city with a royal past and a present-day reputation for innovation. Visit major IT corporate Infosys and learn how they support Australian companies like Telstra, Westpac and Sun Corp. Meet the team behind a kitchen which prepares over 100,000 children’s midday meals. Learn about the Jaipur Foot – the world’s cheapest prosthetic limbs with over 1.5m beneficiaries.
We then fly onto Mumbai, the commercial and entertainment capital of the country also known as Maximum City. Here you’ll experience the cities pulsating beat through visits to schools, international companies and Asia’s largest slum.
The final week of the program is in Southern India – where we explore sustainable development projects and explore Indian spirituality in Pondicherry and Chennai. This will include renewable energy, organic agriculture, fair trade fashion and a host of other project visits.
AFTER SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
What should I do if I have been accepted?
Along with your offer email, you will receive an email outlining ‘Your Next Steps’
This will include instructions on how to finalize your place.
If you have been accepted for NZPMSA funding, you will need to begin the process of checking with your University whether you can get credit for your participation.
When will I find out if my application has been successful?
Applications will be accepting on a rolling basis.
Once we have reviewed your application, we will need to conduct eligibility checks with your university.
To speed up the eligibility verification stage, we will ask you to check with your faculty whether you can receive credit for your participation.
If your application is successful, we will email you on the email address you supply. Please also become a fan of the Facebook page to receive any updates there as well.
When do I have to pay my program deposit?
Your NZD500 non-refundable program deposit should be paid once you have received a formal offer email. Only once the deposit has paid is a place on the programme guaranteed.
You need to have confirmation from your University that you will get credit for your participation prior to paying your deposit.
Will I receive more information about the program?
We will provide you with a handbook prior to departure containing essential information regarding what to pack, etiquette in India and general health and safety advice.
You will be advised to share the handbook along with contact information along with your next of kin.
You will receive the final itinerary during the program orientation in India.
Will I get a refund if I withdraw from the programme?
Self-funded students wishing to withdraw from the programme will have their fees refunded. The program deposit is non-refundable. Please note that refunds requested after 15 November will not be processed until after the programme.
Will I need to get a passport or visa for the program?
Yes. You must have a passport valid for at least 30 days beyond the end of the program (i.e. valid until at least 1st January 2019). You must also get an Indian tourist visa, which it is recommended you obtain via the e-visa process. You will not need to take any action regarding your Indian visa until you have been awarded a place on the program.
I don’t yet have a passport – I’ve only just applied. What do I enter in the passport number section?
If you have been offered a place on the program, you must inform us via email that you are in the process of applying for a passport. When submitting passport details, you will be requested to submit proof of your passport application.
When should I apply for a visa?We will share a document which includes instructions for how and when to apply for a visa.
When should I book my flight?It is your responsibility to arrange your own independent travel itinerary. We will inform you of the deadline by which you must book and confirm flight details.Please DO NOT book or make any travel arrangements unless you have been notified to do so by the IndoGenius team.
How will I get to the from the airport to the programme accommodation?
We provide a pickup service from the airport to your program accommodation.
Prior to your departure, we will inform you of the name and contact details of the IndoGenius team member who will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel.
You will also travel with other participants arriving at a similar time.
Should I be worried about getting sick in India? What precautions can I take before coming?
All program participants need to speak to their general care practitioner about their upcoming travel to India and get any necessary vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control offers general travel health and vaccination information for India. While the vast majority of program participants do not get sick, there are some students who experience travellers’ diarrhea. The areas you will be visiting are not considered risk areas for malaria and the season during which you will be traveling is not one during which malaria and other water borne diseases are commonly transmitted.
The program handbook will include further information about travel health, including how to prepare your body for the transition to India. While on the program, there will be an IndoGenius student welfare in-charge available to participants 24/7.
Is India safe? What safety concerns should I bear in mind?
While all travel includes a certain degree of risk, many of these risks are manageable. Overall, India is quite safe. Most incidents can be avoided by undertaking precautions. IndoGenius screens all accommodations, venues and partners and implements a rigorous risk assessment process. Furthermore, in the program handbook and program orientations we coach you on how to stay safe and avoid risky places or behaviours.
Please read the Australian Government’s Smart Traveller site for more information on visiting India.
What will I need to pack? Will I need to make any special purchases for my time in India?
We will provide detailed packing advice in the program handbook along with an itinerary indicating suggested/appropriate dress for each activity.
In terms of non-clothing items, we generally suggest that you bring the following. All of the items on this list (perhaps aside from favorite toiletries and the granola/cereal bars) can be purchased in India. However, your time for shopping will be limited.
• Power adapters – The electric current in India is 220/ 250 volts and 50 cycles. It is AC practically everywhere. Check when you buy an adapter that it is compatible for India – where the power points are built for round pins. You could buy this before arriving in India, else purchase it in Mumbai where it is guaranteed to be cheaper
• Sunglasses and Sunhat, scarf for covering head
• Water bottle
• Sun Block
• Umbrella for shade as well as rain protection
• Personal basic medical kit
• Cereal bars/energy bars
• Wet wipes
• Alcohol hand-rub/hand sanitizer
• Packets of tissues (not all lavatories will have paper)
• Small padlock with keys or combination padlock
• Money belt or pouch for passport, travellers’ cheques etc.
• Plastic bags that seal for electronics, earplugs, etc. as well as for packing out garbage
• Small tote or backpack to carry snacks and a book while on long coach rides – this is also goof for carrying any items you may be gifted or purchase while on program outings
• Eye mask and ear plugs if you are disturbed easily by light and noise when sleeping
How much time is there for shopping and personal time on the program?
Throughout the two-week program, there will be one to three days with brief (1-3 hour) time slots provided for shopping. The program is meant to give you the maximum amount of knowledge, tools and resources for taking your learning and exploration forward. Therefore, there is no time included in the program for personal outings or trips. Furthermore, the program code of conduct prohibits participants from having friends or family visit them while on the program. Personal visits and travels are expected to take place before or after the program only.
What kind of accommodations will I stay in?
Program hotels are hand selected by Team IndoGenius for their exceptional locations, comfort, hygiene and hospitality. Most hotels are long-standing, family-run operations. Program participants typically stay in shared rooms with twin or triple occupancy.
Hotels provide towels and soaps/shampoos. Some hotels also provide toothpaste. You will want to bring your own favorite toiletries as not all brands are available in India.
What will be expected of me during the program?
All program participants are expected to attend and actively engage in all program related sessions to ensure maximum growth and learning for everyone.
Short-term programs, out of necessity, are time intensive, leaving very little time for independent exploration that is not structured as a learning activity within the program. Activities aside from those scheduled on the program and travel to other destinations in India are to be reserved for either prior to or following the program.
As participant safety is always our number one concern, we also require all participants to follow the IndoGenius code of conduct. The code of conduct is a document of common sense rules regarding attendance and participation, safety and maintenance of good relations with program staff, contributors and fellow participants and can be accessed here.
Also, owing to the diversity of participants, our short term programs cover basic as well as more advanced material – it is up to participants to identify areas for personal learning and growth at every level when engaging in on-site activities, where local high profile session facilitators, IndoGenius program experts and IndoGenius team are ready to help you pursue specific questions and conversations.
Finally, we intentionally include a broad range of ideas and opinions in our program activities and events. There will inevitably be some ideas presented with which you do not agree. We ask that you try to look at the foundations of those ideas and attempt to understand what circumstances and assumptions might lead a person to accept and even advocate said ideas. Keeping these possible explanations in mind, take the ideas in the context of all else that you see, learn and do on the program and then make a balanced final call, remaining respectful in your moments of disagreement or disbelief. This exercise is referred to as “suspending judgment” and is often considered a vital part of successful cultural immersion.