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India Gateway (Faculty Led)
Banglore, India
Program Terms: Fall
Homepage: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02/15/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
WMU
 Language of Instruction:
English
 Housing Options:
Dorm (double), Dorm (single)
 Minimum GPA:
2.75
 Class Standing:
Graduate, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Number of Credits:
3
 Program Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas
 Language experience required:
No
 Program Length:
Short-Term
Program Description:


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Program Overview

Program Dates: Saturday Dec 6, 2014 - Saturday Dec 20, 2014


The India Gateway Program will take place during Fall, 2014 with travel to Bangalore, India occurring December 6-20, 2014. The program will expose you to corporate social responsibility (3 credit hours) through the trip to Bangalore, the “Silicon Valley of India.” India is the fastest growing free market economy in the world and India is predicted to become the third largest economy by 2020. It is the world’s largest democracy. 100 of the Fortune 500 have a presence in India. At the same time, however, India struggles with a number of social challenges including poverty, hunger, and women’s rights abuses. Thus, the India Gateway Program provides students with exposure to the spectrum of inequality across India. Doing so will allow students to critically analyze business’ role in society.
 
The India Gateway Program will give a crash ‘India experience’ to WMU students. The trip will include a combination of historical site visits, classes about the Indian economy, visits to industries, dance and cultural programs, and service learning projects including an overnight stay in a remote village meeting with women entrepreneurs.
 
Learning outcomes will be tied to the Haworth College of Business assurance of learning plan. Because the trip will focus on corporate social responsibility, the two primary outcomes are:
       Students will acquire global business understanding
       Students will understand ethical business practices
 
Our travel to Bangalore is coordinated through Christ University, a WMU Twinning partner. With a combined enrollment of approximately 11,000 students, Christ University is a leading institution of higher education in India. The university is noted for its sustainability initiatives including a focus on social justice and, since 2008, has been making a conscious effort to establish the campus as a zero waste zone.


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Location

Bangalore (or Bengaluru), located in the south of India, is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is also called "Garden City" for its beautiful gardens, flowers and trees which flourish in each and every street. It is India's third largest city with a 2011 population of about 8.4 million. December’s average daily high temperature is 80 and its daily low is 60. The languages spoken include Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, Kodava, Hindi, and English.
 
After India gained independence in 1947, Bangalore evolved into a manufacturing hub for heavy industries. Within the last decade, the establishment and success of high technology firms in Bangalore have led to the growth of Information Technology (IT) in India. IT firms in Bangalore employ about 30% of India's pool of 1 million IT professionals.



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Academics

Academic Eligibility
Good academic standing. Minimum 2.75 GPA

Academic Program
Learning outcomes will be tied to the Haworth College of Business assurance of learning plan. Because the trip will focus on corporate social responsibility, the two primary outcomes are:
       Students will acquire global business understanding
       Students will understand ethical business practices


Academic Credit
Students will be enrolled for 3 hours of WMU. Enrollment will be for the Fall 2014 term. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Cost
The program fee includes health and emergency assistance insurance, fees, housing, some meals, on-site orientation, some on-site transportation, and expenses for specified cultural study activities. Not included are WMU undergraduate tuition, airfare, passport processing fees, immunizations, meals, beverages, local transportation not specified, and personal expenses. Note: WMU undergraduate tuition for this three credit course is not included in the program fee. Graduate students will have additional charge for tuition equal to three (3) credits enrollment.

Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences.

The program fee includes housing, fees, health and emergency assistance insurance, visa to India, breakfasts and most meals, and excursions.

Scholarship
Business majors (PBA, BBA, MSA, or MBA) are eligible for the HCOB Study Abroad Scholarship.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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Housing

Lodging will be in dorms at Christ College and hotel accommodations will be provided during excursions.

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Itinerary

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

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Additional Resources


Contacts:

Faculty Director:
Professor Timothy Palmer
Professor of Management
Director, Center for Sustainable Practices
Haworth College of Business
(269) 387-5242
timothy.palmer@wmich.edu
 
HCOB:
Barb Caras-Tomczak, MBA Program Coordinator and Global Business Center Advisor
Office: 2320 Schneider Hall
barb.caras-tomczak@wmich.edu 
(269) 387-5086

Study Abroad Specialist
Sakhi Vyas
sakhi.vyas@wmich.edu
Haenicke Institute for Global Education
(269) 387-5890

Country Information (external links)
India - Lonely Planet
Bangalore - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - India
Culturegram - India
StudentsAbroad

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