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  • Locations: Assam, India; Delhi, India; Kerala, India; Pondichery, India; Rajasthan, India
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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Program Information:
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 Location Pondichery, Kerala, Rajasthan, Assam, Delhi, India
Early Fall 2017
August 29 – September 24, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,250 (includes $300 Foster School Study Abroad Fee)
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Cate Goethals, Josina Garnham
 Program  Manager Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s) --Q&A with "Half the Sky" program leaders - Mon Jan 30 5-6pm Paccar 456 & Thurs Feb 9 5:30-6:30pm Paccar 456
--Info about all Foster Explo Sem programs including "Half the Sky" can be found here 

Please email the Foster Global Business Center with questions or for an advising appointment about the program at
  General Students study leadership and global health issues by meeting with female leaders of diverse organizations at all levels of society in six India states. They will raise money in Seattle to perform service projects selected by the group.
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Program Description

Incredible India is undergoing an exhilarating economic transformation. This program will immerse students in the Subcontinent’s vibrant culture and entrepreneurial spirit as we visit with the new kinds of leaders who have found ways to bring prosperity to a country where most people live in poverty and deep-rooted customs and practices can block social change.

Women in particular are bucking tradition to assume leadership roles at an astonishing rate. In some industries like banking they now occupy top positions in greater proportions than anywhere else in the world, creating inspiring new models for leadership and team-building. At the other end of the economic spectrum they are forming collective businesses, taking out small loans, and building networks of micro-enterprises to help their families and struggling communities to prosper. In the process, they are transforming the way global government and development groups think about how to fight poverty and health issues. They are also inspiring global corporations to support them with private initiatives.

What makes this so astonishing is the context, a country where females continue to be undervalued. Girls are less likely to be born, to be treated for illness, to be allowed to attend school or join the workforce. Brides continue to be burned in some places while widows are shunned. One prominent economist estimates that 100 million women are missing. Our group will study this paradox as we visit large companies as well as rural microfinance organizations and women’s health and empowerment groups.

Dividing our time among six geographically and demographically diverse states, we will visit large and small organizations, for-profit and non-profit, including global companies practicing “compassionate capitalism” and entrepreneurial ventures whose “patient profits” help them meet social goals. We will meet with dozens of leaders – men as well as women – at all levels of society who are making a difference. Each student will have the opportunity to make their own difference by contributing to our three short service projects with inspirational organizations and taking on a leadership role within our group to explore values and talents and personal pathways to a meaningful life. Through it all we will discuss the role models we encounter and explore what leadership means in our own lives, in business and organizations, in India, and in the world.

The group will meet for 20 hours of mandatory pre-departure sessions during Spring Quarter.



Starting in the former French colony of Pondicherry, we will

  • Visit with entrepreneurs in the futuristic community of Auroville,
  • Work with a community organization to improve access to clean drinking water while studying the environmental and sustainability issues faced by a beach community with an eroding beach
  • Enjoy the relaxed vibe of this artsy city by the sea
On to Bangalore, arguably India’s most Westernized city, to
  • Meet with a top female bank executive
  • Witness microfinance repayment meetings, hear the stories of the women taking out small loans, and and do a service project with Grameen Financial Services
  • Learn about the scarcity of resources in rural areas and work to guarantee one village school a safe water supply
  • Meet with Rohini Nilekani, the “Melinda Gates of India” and other innovators in this IT hub city
  • Chuckle our hearts out as we practice Laughter Yoga
Next stop, gorgeous Kerala, to
  • Visit this state’s reknowned beaches
  • Ride elephants
  • Spend a night in the ashram of Amma, “the hugging saint” and learn about her many humanitarian projects around the world
In the entrepreneurial city of Ahmedabad, we will
  • Meet with the inspirational Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), hearing the stories of women escaping poverty by forming collective businesses
  • Perform a service project. (Past groups have documented focus group attitudes on clean energy cookstoves, created a business plan for a thread store for a garment stitchers collective, and founded the Girl in Yellow Foundation that is now funding the educations of 11 girls who otherwise would have had to drop out.)
  • Eat some of the best ice cream in the world (hint: it’s made with buffalo milk)
On to Udaipur, the “Venice of the East” to enjoy its lakes and palaces and visit with the inspirational management team of an inspirational NGO

Next stop, Assam, to meet leaders in the tea industry – if you’re a black tea fan, leaves to brew your favorite drink are probably grown there. We’ll tour mountainside tea gardens and (if we’re lucky) spot rhinos among the other wildlife.

Finally, New Delhi to visit with business and government leaders and see Gandhi’s moving memorial, an inspirational Sikh temple that prepares food to feed everyone who visits, and other sights.

Our grand finale: a day trip to the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra.



Mumbai, India


Pondicherry, Bangalore, Kerala, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Assam, Delhi, India


The students will mostly be staying in urban hotels



Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program is designed for mature undergraduates and graduate students – men as well as women - with an interest in India, leadership, global health issues and making a positive difference in the world. While this is a business program concerned with the opportunity for business leaders and organizations to be forces for the good, non-business students are encouraged to apply. Past groups have included many majors – and this created a deeper and richer experience for everyone. Students should have an interest in one or more of the following: leadership and women’s leadership, microfinance, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, global health and development – organizations that pursue social goals and business goals simultaneously - empowering and educating girls as the key to eliminating poverty, international development, and the increasingly interconnected global marketplace. Ideally, each student will bring a specific interest or expertise to be shared with the others in discussions.

The selection criteria will include a serious interest in the subject matter, an openness and desire to learn, a good attitude, and sensitivity to others.

Students will need to handle a demanding schedule and be prepared to encounter (and hopefully enjoy!) situations and scenes very different from those at home. They will need to take malaria pills and typhoid vaccines.


5 Credits


IBUS 490 or Global Health 490 (5 credits)

This course explores how women and business are making a difference as India mushrooms into a world economic power. We will meet with innovative leaders – males as well as the females who are bucking tradition to lead in new ways – in five different Indian states and visit large and small businesses that are practicing “compassionate capitalism” and combining social and business goals to improve their communities. At core, this is a leadership course. Visiting with changemakers and their organizations, we will engage in a dialogue about role models and leadership and entrepreneurship and personal and business obligation to society. Each student will take on a specific leadership role to further explore personal values and what leadership means. Does it change in different contexts, urban versus rural, big business versus non-profit organization, developed nation versus emerging market? What kind of leaders do we want to be? Students will also have the opportunity to make a difference through service projects.

Learning Goals: 

  • To immerse ourselves in a culture different from our own, experiencing the exhilaration, discomfort and ultimate growth and confidence that come from navigating this new environment
  • To question assumptions, examining not only what strikes us as different and interesting, but also what our own responses and attitudes reveal about us - and to grow from that knowledge.
  • To gain understanding about India, her history, her emerging economy, her challenges and her place in the world.
  • To examine the interconnections created by global business and the impact of these on all the people and countries involved.
  • To investigate microfinance, responsible business initiatives, “patient profits” and other ways social entrepreneurs and businesspeople are solving (and hoping to solve) social problems
  • To meet with leaders at all levels of Indian society and engage with them in a discussion about leadership, entrepreneurship, role models, mentoring and making a difference.
  • To develop our own leadership skills by leading discussions and taking charge of specific aspects of this seminar.
Grades for this class will be based upon three areas.

1. Leadership area. (25 percent). On your selected topic or organization, you will need to be a leader - informed enough to be a resource for other students and responsible for managing related discussions. Your responsibilities for this include (unless we agree otherwise):
  • Researching the organization or issue.
  • Make an informal 10-15-minute presentation to our class Spring Quarter 2017. What are the most important aspects of this visit or issue? I’m looking for you to both inform and fuel enthusiasm among your classmates. PowerPoint, demonstrations, visuals are encouraged.
  • Create a 1-2 page briefing sheet for use on the trip.
  • Selecting a small gift for one of our hosts.
  • Briefing us before our visit, either at breakfast or as a group just before we leave the bus. Give us a question to answer or something to look for.
  • Taking a lead in greeting our host.
  • Making sure intelligent questions are asked during the visit.
  • Leading the discussion after the visit. Generally this will occur on the bus. I encourage you to use a ‘3x3 format’ – that is, to maintain the discipline of determining what the three most important facts or learnings were in a visit…and then what its three most striking or surprising aspects were. Sometimes these are the same, sometimes not. As a discussion leader, it will be your responsibility to share your ‘3x3’. This will encourage others to participate.
  • Obtaining a business card or address info and sending a thank you note afterwards.
  • Being our group resource on your issue or organization – and any related topics that emerge throughout our trip.
2. Participation. (50 percent) This includes
  • Attending pre-departure sessions, sharing your book with the group, and participating in exercises and briefings during Spring Quarter
  • Being prompt, attentive and engaged during our visits and interactions with others.
  • Participating in briefings and discussions.
  • Adhering to the university’s code of conduct and our class’s code of conduct.
  • Coming to a post-tour meeting and party at a time we all agree. We will share what we learned about leadership at that time.
3. Final Paper. (25 percent) This should be about 7 pages long (5-9 pp) and incorporate what you learned about India, its culture and emerging economy – and women’s leadership and/or social business. Also, what did you learn about yourself? You should keep a journal to record and stimulate your thoughts on the trip itself. This journal will also be a wonderful memory book for you. Excellent papers will demonstrate:
  • Increased cultural knowledge. What do you now know about India, women in India, microfinance and business as a solution to poverty that you could not have imagined?
  • Increased subject matter knowledge - reflections on what you learned about leadership, entrepreneurship and business in both the Indian environment and in the U.S.
  • Increased self knowledge. What did you learn about yourself as a person, a traveler, a leader, a contributor to the world?

Program Directors & Staff

Cate Goethals, Foster School of Business, Program Director

Program Director Cate Goethals leads a number of women’s leadership and international programs within the Foster School of Business. She has directed 14 previous UW study tours to India and one to South Korea. She holds two passports, has lived and worked in several countries, and has lectured at the London Business School. She has also taught intercultural communications at both the undergraduate and graduate level and earned a range of practitioner certificates in this area from the Intercultural Institute (

Josina Garnham, Foster School of Business, Program Co-Director

Co-Director Josina Garnham is Experiential Learning Manager for the Foster School of Business undergraduate program. Josina has a passion for facilitating leadership development through experiences that encourage personal and professional growth. Having grown up all over the world, she views travel as the ultimate opportunity for experiential learning, allowing individuals to become more of who they are meant to be.

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,250

Estimated Program Fee of $4,250, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food*, UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money. *Most meals will be covered. $200 overall will buy food, incidentals, and modest gifts to bring back.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,500* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Foster School Study Abroad Fee $300 October 13, 2017
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $3,950 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.




To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from an instructor or supervisor who knows the student well, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.