Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 12:30pm MGH 015 H
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 12:30pm MGH 015 H
The iSchool Summer 2018 Study Abroad trip is an exploration of one of the busiest transportation systems in the world with an eye toward analyzing open-data to help suggest improvements of both safety and operational efficiency.The students on this trip will experience first-hand the challenges faced by a crucial yet chronically underfunded infrastructure component for one of the most-populous countries on earth. Major corporate sponsors include Software AG and Microsoft Corporation. Stops include meeting with Ministry of Railways in New Delhi, as well as Cloud Infrastructure professionals in Bangalore. Majority of travel while in-country will be via railway.
'INFO New Delhi: Systems Analysis of Infrastructure using Open Data Platform' challenges students to engage in problem-based learning to investigate a data-driven challenge related to national transportation networks in an emerging economy with numerous infrastructure problems. Students will leverage several large data sets available on Open Government Data (OGD) Platform India. The case study that students will address is co-written by corporate professionals from Microsoft and ConnX Solutions (subsidiary of Software AG) who have significant presence in-country providing support to Ministry of Railways, a state-owned public utility of the government of India.
New Delhi is the capital city of India where the Ministry of Railways is located and regional offices for our corporate site visits, including Software AG and Microsoft. We will also visit Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad where executive offices and technical centers for many global technology are located. These include program sponsors Microsoft and ConnX Solutions which have teams of technical professionals as well as cloud storage data centers. Students will receive exposure to system architects from program sponsors via lectures in addition to behind-the-scenes tours of these world-class cloud-storage facilities.
Planned site visits include Taj Mahal, Microsoft facilities in Bangalore
New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad all offer numerous options for safe and clean commercial hotel housing located near program site locations. Local corporate partners will assist with identifying reliable hotels.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Preference will be given to students who have taken the database fundamentals course (INFO 340) or Introduction to Data Science (INFO 370). India in July and August has a hot, humid climate. Students will need to stay hydrated. Students can expect to walk 3-4 miles a day visiting various corporate, historical, or cultural sites.
6 UW Credits
INFO 497: INFO New Delhi: Systems Analysis of Infrastructure using Open Data Platform (6 Credits)
Students will engage multiple open data sets to investigate real-world problems related to management of national transportation networks in a surging economy (India) with numerous infrastructure challenges (Ministry of Railways). Students will address a case-study developed by prominent tech industry partners. Students will receive exposure to system architects from program sponsors via lectures in addition to behind-the-scenes tours of world-class cloud-storage facilities located in New Delhi and Hyderabad, India, a critical center of technology.
Learning goals include:
Students will apply skills and practice critical thinking related to systems analysis, project management and database design. More specifically, students will:
Develop artifacts using the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) to justify proposed design decision
Conduct stakeholder interviews to accumulate and identify user requirements
Critique existing systems that leverage open data
Develop an information problem statement
Establish a project charter
Design use cases, data flow diagrams, and logical database diagrams
Gregory Hay, Information School, Program Director
Greg Hay has spent over 27 years in Information Technology as a production database administrator for many large organizations including Microsoft, Disney Internet Group, WebMD and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Additionally, Greg has also instructed nearly 100 courses since 2009 for students studying technology at major research universities including University of Chicago, Northeastern University and the University of Washington.
Matthew Saxton, Information School, Co-Director
Dr. Matthew Saxton joined the faculty of the Information School at the University of Washington in 2000 after earning his PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has served as Associate Dean for Research since 2007. His teaching interests are in the areas of information services, information behavior, and research methodology, and his primary research interest is in the evaluation of information services. Dr. Saxton’s research has appeared in Library Quarterly, Government Information Quarterly, and Information Research. His monograph Understanding Reference Transactions was published by Academic Press in 2002. He has led study-abroad experiences for UW students for 8 years. Prior to joining UW, he has worked as a librarian, a curator, and a research archivist.
Gandhi Swaminathan, Information School, Program Staff
Estimated Program Fee: $3,950
Included in the program fee:
$450 Study Abroad Fee
Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
Food (about $30/day)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: October 12, 2017
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.
A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
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: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
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.
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 disability.uw.edu.
$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.