Name: Bouachanhxong Libouapao
Nationality: Laos 
Course: BA Economics (Hons) (Third year)
College: Jamia Millia Islamia 

Q. Your first day in college. 
A. I cannot forget that phase of my life in India. I was entirely puzzled when I joined college – clueless about how to fill forms, whom to approach and how to speed up the process. Everything made me homesick. I had full plans to go back to my country. I finally had to fall back upon Lao Student Association in India (LSAI) which gave me shoulder to survive in India. 

Q.How did you cope with issues? 
A.The most difficult thing for me to cope was to understand lectures in the class. Since 70% of the class strength was populated by north Indian students, teachers were comfortable communicating in Hindi. Any Hindi conversation used to make me feel crazy. What dreaded me the most were exams! Since most of my friends from my country have poor English – they started failing in their programmes. There was always a fear to fail in my papers.

Luckily, I passed in all exams. Slowly, I started analysing how Indians behave and interact to situations. I spent my major time reading different kinds of books in the library – It helps me brush my language. Now, I am not intimidated by anyone as I have accepted the new culture. 

International students @ Jamia Milia Islamia
Name: Sumyia
Nationality: Yemen
Course: BA English (Hons)  (First year)
College: Jamia Millia Islamia 

Q.How do you compare India to your homeland?
A.India is very colourful country compared to Yemen. But I do see similarities between Middle East country and India in many ways – religion, festivals and food. Here people are very open. My country is very conservative – we follow one tradition and one religion. Girls cannot move around freely – veil is must in our religion. 

Q.How will you rate Indian education? 
A.The English department of Jamia is very good. Teachers are well read and cooperative. I am glad that the education has a liberal outlook. In my country, my teachers relate everything to religion. What I often nag about is the stuffy classroom setting in India. In my country even with strength of 60 students, we never feel suffocated! We used to have big seminar room which gives you a room to breath.

Q.Are you happy with ICCR amount?
A.Not really. We as foreigners pay double anywhere. We have to pay extra for rental accommodation, food and travelling. I pay $1000 for rent and back home it comes down to $100!
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