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India: Sustainability in the Developing World (Faculty Led)
Bangalore, India
Program Terms: Fall
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Dorm (double), Dorm (single)
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Graduate, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
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Ann Ganz
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Business, Public Relations
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Students in India 2015
Program Dates: Friday Dec 9, 2016 - Friday Dec 23, 2016

The India: Sustainability in the Developing World program will take place during Fall, 2016 with travel to Bangalore, India occurring December 9-23, 2016. The program will expose you to corporate social responsibility (worth 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, this 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 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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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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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
Participants will be enrolled in BUS 3960: International Seminar (3 credits) during fall semester. Students are urged to work closely with their academic advisor(s) to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

WMU students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship, which offers both merit and financial need-based awards. Business majors (PBA, BBA, MSA, or MBA) are eligible for the HCOB Study Abroad Scholarship. Please note that students may receive either a merit award from the Haenicke Institute or the HCOB Scholarship, not both.  Additionally, applicants may be considered for a financial need-based award from the Haenicke Institute.  Students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship at the same time they submit their application for the program. To access the online scholarship application, click here.

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, they 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.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead!  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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

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Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Program dates: December 9 - 23, 2016

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Additional Resources


Faculty Director:
Professor Timothy Palmer
Professor of Management
Director, Center for Sustainable Practices
Haworth College of Business
(269) 387-5242
Barb Caras-Tomczak, MBA Program Coordinator and Global Business Center Advisor
Office: 2320 Schneider Hall 
(269) 387-5086

WMU Study Abroad
Ann Ganz
Acting Associate Director
WMU Study Abroad
2425 Ellsworth Hall
Tel. (269) 387-5890

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

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This program is currently not accepting applications.