Life at the College

Residence
Students are housed in a dormitory style residence with shared bathroom. Housing is simple and comfortable for Western standards.

Food
Students eat fresh vegetarian meals served in buffet style. The menu consists mainly of international cuisine. The food is delicious and simple, pleasing to all tastes.  Three meals a day are covered by the student meal plan fees. There is a small café that offers fresh fruit, snacks, bread and sweets for reasonable prices.
For special dietary needs, please let us know.

Travel
Students will travel from Sweden to South India for the winter study period at The Institute for Meditation and Inner Growth. At the beginning of November, students and support staff will travel together from Sweden to Chennai Airport where they will be picked and brought to Pondicherry where the Institute is located.
These travel costs are included in the tuition fees and the travel is organised by the college. Students will apply for Indian visas from Sweden once the study year begins. Depending upon your country of residence, you may need to get your visa from your home country. We are happy to support you with your visa application.
Study trips within Europe and India which are included as a core curriculum are also included in Tuition travel fees. Since your participation in the program is very active and includes many visits within Europe and India, we advise you not to add any personal travel plans during your study year.

 

Tuition does not cover:

Travel costs from country of origin to Sweden and back
Student visa for Sweden
Insurance
Oversized luggage

 

Language
The main language at the College is English. We call it “International English” as grammar and vocabulary from many different languages are integrated into our daily communication.  We recommend that students have average skills in both spoken and written English. For students who feel that their English skills are not sufficient, please contact us. We can find ways to support your study year, including learning English!

Seva
Everyone in the community participates in Seva . Seva is selfless service for the common good.  Also known as Karma Yoga, Seva is an opportunity to dissolve our boundaries of Me and Mine and act for the benefit of all beings without identification or expecting praise and rewards in return. Seva is a space and time for co-creating community wellbeing through a variety of tasks. Through Seva we can practically learn about our natural ability to sense and respond to the needs of the moment, whether weeding the garden, chopping vegetables, or sweeping the floor.
As a part of the curriculum students are required to engage in daily Seva activities throughout the College year. Such activities also offer practical experience and learning opportunities for building sustainable living skills. Students will have a rotating schedule of management experience for various Seva areas including the café, gardens, building, housekeeping, group meditation and kitchen organisation.