EVERYTHING seemed magnified from the moment they first arrived in India.
From the landmass to most importantly the population.
Coming from a country where the population has not even reached a million and straight to where there is 1.2 billion people is not easy.
For most, it's totally culture shock.
But the new batch of students who recently arrived in India for further studies under the India Council for Cultural Relations scholarships have settled in well despite some of the teething problems one normally face when going to a foreign land.
With the starting of the new academic year in India, most students have already enrolled into their universities and are well into their normal classes.
Ravinesh Ravinesh Singh, a 21-year-old of Vatuwaqa in Suva, who is pursuing his Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering at the National Institute of Technology Warangal in the state of Andhra Pradesh agreed that things were a bit challenging at first, but they had settled in well.
Singh, whose dad is public relations consultant Nirmal Singh, said it was tough leaving behind his family especially his dad, who is his role model.
"At home, I'm the one who does the house work, but now since I'm not there, my dad is the one who will be doing it," he said.
Being away from home for the first time, things were tough for this young lad.
"I really miss my dad and my family, things are very different here, but I'm coping now," he said.
"I know I have to learn to live in this place and study hard so that I can achieve what I'm here for."
"I have to work hard for my dad, who has been there for me and for my three other siblings."
Like the rest of his peers who came under the same scholarships, they were oblivious to the things they would face here.
Not knowing what would await them in this place known widely as the Land of the Incredibles, the Fijians learn to adapt quickly and took things in their stride.
"There's four of us here and we have started college and are enjoying it," said Singh.
The other three students in NIT Warangal are Munindra Mudliar, Kushaal Kumar and Isikeli Rasoqosoqo.
In New Delhi, Zaria Zaheen, a Bachelor of Commerce student at Delhi University's Gargi College said she had settled in well and was enjoying the new experience.
"I'm enjoying college and also have met some very nice people," she said.
Tuvalu student Telei Sevelio, who is also pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Laxmibhai College, University of Delhi said she had started with her classes and was mingling well with her classmates, who are all girls.
Telei and Zaria like most female students who are in Delhi attend an all women's college.
"I'm enjoying my classes, the teachers and the students are very helpful."
And the rest of the students in other states agreed that things are falling into place for them.