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India: Sustainability in the Developing World (Faculty Led)
Bangalore, India
Program Terms: Fall
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Budget Sheets Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 05/31/2016** Rolling Admission 12/09/2016 12/23/2016

** 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.
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Dorm (double), Dorm (single)
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Graduate, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
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 Program Specialist:
Ann Ganz
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Program Overview

Students in India 2015
Program Dates: Friday Dec 9, 2016 - Friday Dec 23, 2016

The India Gateway 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, 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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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
Students will be enrolled for 3 hours of WMU. Enrollment will be for the Fall 2016 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

The WMU program fee includes: administrative fees, international health and emergency assistance insurance, housing, some meals, on-site orientation, some on-site transportation, and expenses for specified cultural study activities.

The program fee does not include: 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. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

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

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing be divided into qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program) and non-qualified (other costs).  The total program fee equals the program commitment fee plus qualified and non-qualified expenses added together.
   Program commitment fee
+ Qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program)
+ Non-qualified (other costs)
= Total program fee

Program commitment fee:  This is a portion of the program fee which is billed after the student clicks the "Commit" button to secure their place in the program.  The remainder of the program fee is billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment in study abroad credits. The program commitment fee is due within 30 days once charged to the WMU student account. After 30 days, per university accounts policy, holds will be placed on past-due balances.

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 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.

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.

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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
(269) 387-5890

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

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