Applications will open in mid-September for the following Summer term.
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The Business Seminar in India trip for Summer 2017 is full and not accepting any more applications. If you would like to be on a wait list or discuss travelling in Summer 2018, please contact the trip leader: Dr. Vikas Anand at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Business Seminar in India: Management Practices & Daily Life provides students with the opportunity to explore and identify trends in the economic, business, political, and cultural environments in India, while gaining a better understanding of the economic relationship between the U.S. and India.
The program consists of two 3-credit-hour courses. The first course involves a semester-long study on campus about the people, business operations and general environment in India. In order to appreciate the nuances of dealing with India, students will be exposed to the history and many dimensions of the Indian culture including religion, food, dress, language and customs. There will be 4-5 classes usually held on a weekend that are 8 hours long (and rated extremely valuable and enjoyable by past participants). This pre-trip portion of the class is designed to prepare students for the second portion of the program--the 3-week visit to India, which is scheduled from mid-May through early June. During the in-country portion of the class, the focus will be on creating an intense interaction with local people--participants will partner with students of a partner school and do projects (and an amazing race) with them. In small groups, participants will be invited into the homes of Indian families and will shadow them. There will also be unique visits to businesses both large and small (examples from the past including Walmart, Univlever and WIPRO). The group will visit some of the poorest parts of the country where there are many social and economic challenges. These will be balanced with cultural and adventure-based experiences that include visits to historic sites (Taj Mahal, palaces, etc.), hiking in the Himalayas, and at least one safari in an Indian Jungle (tiger resorts). The program is intense but rated extremely high on its learning content and satisfaction with students. While the business lens is often used in the program, the primary focus is on understanding how Indians think and act. The program is suitable to individuals from all disciplines and majors.
Students are encouraged to meet with the faculty leaders prior to applying.
The trip will be led by Professor Vikas Anand
, from the Department of Management in the Walton College of Business. Professor Anand has led this trip multiple times over the years. Additionally, as a native of India, he has traveled extensively in the country during his corporate career and for personal travel.
- Undergraduates should have completed the WCOB pre-business core by the beginning of the program abroad
- Undergraduates should have completed at least 24 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5* or better at the time of application. (*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college)
- Graduate student applicants should be enrolled and in good standing by the beginning of the program
- Display an academic record demonstrating maturity in an interview with the faculty trip leader
- Commit to attend class on campus preceding the program travel dates
Prep class in the spring of 2017 + travel during summer session I
Six (6) credits hours UGRD
Three (3) to six (6) credit hours GRAD
: Offered at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels
(6 credits) Special Topics in Management-Business Seminar in India
(3 or 6 credits) Special Problems in Mgmt-Business Seminar in India
The program is operated by the Walton College of Business and was developed to address a growing need to understand the implications of doing business with one of the largest countries in the world that is increasingly becoming a key pivot of the global economy.
The study abroad program focuses on the following:
- Understanding the historical, cultural, and economic facts that have shaped India’s current business environment.
- Understanding the everyday life and experiences of Indians.
- Gaining insights about the shape of India’s future business environment.
- Gaining deep understanding of operational and managerial challenges of businesses working in India.
- Understanding the cultural and other differences between Indian and American ways of doing business.
- Understanding and coping with the challenges inherent in managing the India-based operations of multinational corporations.
Since this program will travel to multiple locations, students will stay in a variety of locations that include hotels, apartments and resorts. The primary focus will be on apartment-type housing, so students get a better sense of living in India and interacting with local Indians. The apartment-style housing is likely to be used in Bangalore and to some extent in Delhi. All lodging is included in the program fee. Students will travel in a luxury charter bus.
While in India, students will travel extensively throughout the country with visits to multiple cities. Participants will have an opportunity to visit with Indian families, engage in service-learning projects with Non-Governmental Organizations, and interact with Indian businesses and business leaders. Students will also be introduced to the ancient cultural and historic legacy of India. Additionally, students will visit some of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world.The trip will be packed with visits to major multinationals like Wal-Mart India, Safe Express, Unilever, etc., as well as various invited speakers in India and here. There will be at least one safari, family and village visits, a service project with an orphanage, and sightseeing with world class sights.
Several excursions: a) Agra and Jaipur to view the Taj Mahal and other historical monuments in order to understand India's heritage, b) Travel to the Himalayas to interact with workers in fruit orchards and immigrant workers, understanding a different component of Indian life, c) Visit a set of local villages in Andhra Pradesh to understand social issues and poverty, d) Visit a forest sanctuary for a safari to understand the wildlife heritage of India.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A student should check out other funding opportunities on our website
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact the faculty leaders:
Department of Management
"It was absolutely life-changing."
"I wanted to learn about business practices in India because of how different the country is from America. I came away not only knowing about how some of the companies succeed there, but also how to better interact with cultures much different from my own."
Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad!
WCOB India_info sheet.pdf
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Warren Franzetti, summer 2015