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Nepali students at Troy University,

United States of America

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We are a family of about 55 members from various parts of Nepal. You will
not be alone from Nepal in Troy. To help you better prepare for your journey I
have listed some helpful suggestions. However, I have not updated some items
related to price! Please contact any of the following from name list (see below)

Emails and phones: 334-669-7306 ; ; 334-654-6543 ;;; rest I don’t know..please google it or ask from
international student advisor….

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a) Krishna
b) Arjun Bajhrachya
c) Paras Tiwari

d) Shantos Shai
e) Puja Gurung
f) Suman Chitrakar
g) Shrijan Shrestha
h) Suman Subedi
i) Nimita Jain
k) Satish Karki
l) Krishna Karki
m) Gaurav Ghimire
n) Thakur Neupane
o) Ela Rana
p) Rajina shrestha
q) Renu Shah
r) Manju Karki
s) Pawan shretsh
t) Sakar Dai

Major Documents to Carry with You:

* You need to have a letter of no objection from Ministry of Education at Immigration of

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.

* Letter of admission and housing confirmation (if you have been given). These two items are
essential as they prove you have been accepted into the University and that you have a place to

* When bringing your passport, make sure its validity, and make some photocopies as it is
required in airport transition.

* Determine whether your visa is "multiple entries" or not. If your visa is not "multiple entry"
understand that it will become invalid if you leave the United States.

* Make sure that you bring your original I-20 or SEVIS form (issued by the University). Without
this you will not be allowed to enter the United States.

* Keep your I-94 departure record safely inside your passport (you will receive your I-94 upon
arriving in the United States). Do not lose your I-94 record as it can cause problem when you are
ready to leave the United States.

* Bring your original transcripts all levels/degrees. These will allow you to skip introductory
courses for certain subjects and will give you credit hours.

* Bring your standardized test (TOEFL/IELTS/SAT/ACT/GRE/MAT) scores. Chances are that

the University has received them during the application process, but in case you have not been
given it will be safer to bring copies.

* Bring documents proving that you have financial resources in the United States from which
you will be able to support yourself during your stay. Have your latest bank statements along with
a certified letter from your bank showing your amount of funds in US dollars with the latest
exchange rate.

* Make sure to photocopy all of the above documents; being a new student, these are all the
documents which can be used to identify you. Keeping in a separate file may be helpful. You may
be asked to show your documents at other airports (Thailand, Japan, Korea etc.) than the US. Also,
keep your photocopies in a different place in case of lost luggage.

Financial Arrangement
* In case you have been granted financial aid by your department then an amount of $3000
should be enough to get you started until you start receiving you paychecks. Assistantships will be
paid at the end of month on monthly basis. So you need money to pay initial tuition fees, health
insurance, housing and housing deposits and other expenses. Health insurance and tuition fees
need to be paid at the beginning of the semester. In case you are on yourself then an amount of
$5000-6000 is required for first semester.
You can send a wire transfer of your money to Troy University account for safety before you leave
Nepal. The deposit should be addressed:
WBCS (Wachovia Bank)
Troy, Alabama 36081
Account number 2000942700602
Routing number 111025013
*Please make certain that your name appears on the wire transfer, check or deposit that is sent to
the Troy University account. Keep in mind that this process can take two weeks or longer to
complete, so you will need to bring money with you or wire the money prior to your arrival in
Troy. Ask Kumar Bank, Laxmi Banki, Machhapuchhre Bank, Nepal Rastra Bank or Nepal
Investment Bank or NCC Bank in Kathmandu if they do this process for you.

* If you are coming directly to the University, bring around $150-200 cash. Carry travelers’
cheque or drafts payable at US bank or Troy University. With this you can open bank account in
the U.S.

* Know the units of US currency like cents, dime, quarters, dollar (100 cents= $1, 1dime=10 cents,
1 quarter=25 cents) like charana, aathana, yekrupeeya in Nepalese currency.

General Information:

* Clothing: Bring appropriate summer and winter clothing, as the temperature in Troy is similar to
the temperature of Kathmandu. If you are arriving during the winter semester, make sure you have
a warm jacket. Houses are heated in winter, so a light blanket may fulfill requirement.

For summer:

Summer is very warm, and you may bring some summer cloths too. Some useful items might be:
Quarter pants, T-Shirts, skirt, open slippers, hat, goggle, swimming costume, shirt, cotton pant,
cap, one or two saree, jeans.

For winter:

Buying winter clothing from Nepal is cheaper but you need not stuff your luggage with lots of
clothing instead use the extra space to fit other items. You must bring at least one good
down/insulated jacket which is good for girls at the gossip (Bishal-Bazaar, Kathmandu) and for
boys in Thamel. Other items that you may want to include:Nice Woolen cap (one which covers up
to ears), gloves, wrist & Leg bands, socks as you need

Pullover, one or two sweater, only one overcoat (not necessary, only if you are bringing)

We do not have snowfall in Troy but you can bring good shoes to wear on the snow (one which
has a good grip) if you like to go to other states in the winter.

At least two pair of thermo cot is useful.

Other times: A wind Cheater jacket is always useful as its windy. You can bring your innerwear
and a pair of sport shoes.

* Bring enough toiletries e.g. shampoo, deodorant, or soap to last for a few days.
* It helps to bring some cooking utensils (e.g. a pressure cooker). Flat-bottomed vessels are
preferable, as there are mostly electric stoves in the U.S. Groceries/Malls. Masalas and besar are
not available here in Troy Wall-Mart, so it is recommended to bring if you require. It is a good
idea to learn cooking, stay with your mom and get learned. If you are planning to come in a group,
you may want to bring one momo-steamer per group. Meals/foods are available in the University
but they are expensive to buy everyday.
* Books are expensive here (Each might cost around $100=Nrs.6,300 i.e. cost of a year’s books in
Nepal!) and it is very difficult to get textbooks solely from the library. Try to bring relevant
textbooks with latest edition from Nepal. This will save you some money. Generally every major
has some set of core courses which are mandatory. You can contact us before buying if you have
confusions. Find out the core courses from the website,, or from the particular
department or mail us so that we can direct you to some student in the department who might give
you the information.

* Other articles that you might want to carry could be a formal dress in case you would to attend
conferences, a pair of formal shoes, and a backpack.
Extra Goods you might want to bring:

* Troy International festival (ISCO) is a wonderful festival to meet students from other countries.
We would like you also to be a part of this International Community. So if possible, please bring
some photographs, posters of Nepal, a traditional dress, small gift items, and may be a musical
instrument that you play.

* If you have gotten in touch with your roommate(s), make sure to ask him/her what they intend to
bring to the dorm room, in order to avoid duplicate items. Dorms are small, so be sure not to bring
too much with you.

* If you are bringing any electronics from Nepal, please remember that the voltage in the United
States is different. The United States uses 110-120 volts @ 60 cycles, so bring an adapter if you
have electronics which run at 220 volts. Do not buy Laptops in Nepal but if you already have one
and want to bring, you need to find a universal converter to fit into the plugs of US. Try to find
such converter in Kathmandu, however you can purchase here too.

* Make sure to bring pictures of your family and friends.

* It would be good idea to bring mo:mo making pot and some packets of mo:mo masala.

* Scientific Calculator, Few lead pencils and leads (Ink pens are not often used here), one good
quality school bag (a good one), a geometry tool set, Nail cutter, and few stationery might be some
extra things you would like to carry.

* Make sure to keep important phone numbers with you on hand. Do not lose them in case you are
in need of help and need to contact your relatives or friends. For example, you might have to call
your friend at airport, might have sudden problem. Remember to make calls from phone card. In
emergency ask the people in and around to use their cell phone. Sometime you get helped from
them. So always ask the people.

* Troy conducts some very interesting cultural activities. Students participate in the festivals like
the international festivals, food festivals and stalls of items from individual countries are displayed.
We also organize grand Nepali night. A set of dance dress for ladies and gents and things like
patuki, dhago, chura, tika, nice pote and daura-surwal, Dhaka topi, small khukuri can be of good

* You can get free CDs and posters about Nepal from the Tourism Board, Bhrikuti Mandap. You
can also bring some CD’s if you have a good documentary of Nepal and which can be displayed in
the school programs.

* Songs and music which are suitable to dance and performance cannot be found here easily. So,
please try to bring a collection of such numbers.


Glossary of College Terms:
Ace: to get a grade of A on an exam
All-nighter, or to pull an all-nighter: stay up all night the night before an exam to study
Awesome: fantastic, very special
Big Brother, Big Sister: upperclassman/woman assigned to you to help you to adjust to campus life
Blue Books: small notebooks used for taking exams
Bomb: to do poorly in exams or dates
Brain: student who is considered highly intelligent
Buddy or Bud: a good friend, especially among guys
Burned out: exhausted
Bucks: dollars
Come on (to someone): to make sexual or romantic overtures
Come on: a phrase that is meant to arouse your interest
Cool: fantastic, special
Course outline: a week-by-week listing of the materials required for the course
Cram: to study hard just before an exam, when one hasn’t studied much before
Frat House: fraternity house
Geeks: derogatory term used for people who work and study very hard
Get real: be realistic, not idealistic
GPA: Grade point average
Gut course: courage with a reputation of being easy
Hassle: sometime that is annoying or troublesome
Hit the books: study
Hump week: the week that marks the middle of the semester
Independent study: a planned ‘course’ during which the student works one-on-one with an
instructor to learn a particular subject
Internship: a paid or unpaid practical experience related to the content of a particular course
Jerk: a person whose behavior is inappropriate
Law Aps: Law school admission aptitude tests
Nickel-dime: to be overly concerned about keeping track of small costs and change
No-brainer: easy exam, course, question
Nuts: crazy, insane (not medically)
On the ball: quick and able to respond
Open book exam: an exam during which you are allowed to take your textbook and notes with you
Psyched: excited, looking forward to
Quiz: a short test
Red Tape: bureaucratic paperwork and delay
Required reading: reading assignments listed on the course outline
Reserve book: a book which is kept behind the main desk at the library and which is used in
library’s reading room
Rip off: cheat or steal
Seminar course: an upper-level course with a small number of students which involves discussion
and interaction
Slam: criticize strongly
Slim chance: very little likelihood that something will happen
Super: very good

Take home exam: an exam which is given to you and which you write outside of class, using any
resource desired, usually due back in class at the next class session
Term paper: a major research report with footnotes and bibliography
Turned in: aware of what is going on around him or her
Waive: to be allowed not to take a required class
What’s up? How are you? What’s going on?
What’s the deal? What are the arrangements? What is going on?
Wiped out: exhausted
Withdraw: to voluntarily resign from a course or from college
Zoned: withdraw into self and out of touch with reality among him or her

Source: Rothman, J. & Kolko, S. R. (2004). 100 Things Every International Student ought to
Know. New York, Cambridge Stratford, Ltd, pp. 241-250.