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  • Locations: Bangalore, India
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Quarter
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Engineering Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English Estimated Program Fee: 7400
UW Program Director: Deborah Havens, Julian Marshall UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Katherine R Kroeger
UW Program Staff Email:
Program Information:

Location Bangalore, India
Academic Term Winter Quarter
January 3rd, 2020 - March 15th, 2020
Estimated Program Fee $7,850
Credits 15
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites or language requirements for this program. Instead, selected students will have an interest in learning about Grand Challenges (GCs) and have a desire to work with local communities to solve those challenges.
Program Directors Julian Marshall, PhD |
Deborah Havens, DO MPH TBD
Program Manager Katherine R Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline May 15, 2019
Information Sessions Monday, March 25 from 12:30-1:30 pm, in Wilcox Hall room 264 Friday, April 5 from 9:30-10:30 am, in Wilcox Hall room 264 Wednesday, April 24 from 2:00-3:00 pm, in Wilcox Hall room 264
General Learn about Grand Challenge problems and solutions in India, then in a “hands-on” team project, work with a local organization on a specific problem and propose, design, and test a solution.

Program Description

Grand Challenges (GCs) are the big problems facing humanity -- things like food security, clean water, climate change, low-income housing, education in disadvantaged communities, and access to health care. The Grand Challenge Impact Lab (UW-GCIL) is a new UW study abroad experience that empowers students to address GCs. About GCIL GCIL teaches students about GCs and invites them to propose and test solutions. This program offers a hands­-on active learning laboratory in Bangalore, India. The UW-GCIL course is divided into two parts: Weeks 1-3: Students learn about GCs such as food security, clean water, and public health. Local professionals share insights into how communities in Bangalore experience GCs and the approaches that have succeeded and failed in addressing them. Students will also learn entrepreneurship skills such as design thinking and lean startup, which can help in designing effective strategies for GCs. Weeks 4-10: Students work in interdisciplinary teams with a local organization to understand and address GCs. Teams identify a population or community experiencing the GCs, define the GC problem facing that population, consider potential solutions, and design solutions to meet the populations' needs. Students will be placed in a local organization with experience with that GC, and will work with local mentors and UW faculty mentors. Bangalore, India is an excellent place for studying GCs: there are many problems present in the environment, as well as also many organizations working on solutions. Bangalore, as a globally-connected city, has amenities and connections with the US that will facilitate student's time there, including student learning. Bangalore has a comparatively pleasant climate and environment, and comparatively good infrastructure (roads, airport, hospitals, restaurants).




Bangalore, India


UW students will stay in double occupancy rooms within one dormitory building at a local community campus. Facilities on campus include classrooms, common spaces, and a dining hall where students can eat all meals. Program lectures and meeting will take place in the meeting rooms of the facility.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no prerequisites or language requirements for this program. Instead, selected students will have an interest in learning about GCs and have a desire to work with local communities to solve those challenges. Because the course is intended to be experiential, most activities will take place outside of a classroom including the group placements with local organizations in the second half of the program. Students should be comfortable working outside and standing for long periods of time. We will do our best in working with our community partners to accommodate any requests from students regarding physical requirements during the program, including the placements with local organizations.


15 UW Quarter Credits


CEE 498: Grand Challenges Impact Lab (15 credits) Diversity

GCIL: Grand Challenges Impact Lab Grand Challenges (GCs) are the big problems facing humanity -- things like food security, clean water, and climate change. The Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL) is a new UW study abroad program in Bangalore, India that empowers students to address GCs. About GCIL Through the Grand Challenges Impact Lab, you will learn about Grand Challenges and be challenged to propose and test solutions to them. GCIL is a quarter-long program that will be offered during Winter Quarter 2020 in Bangalore, India. The program offers an active, hands-on learning laboratory and is open to graduate students and undergraduate junior and senior students from any department.

Learning goals include:
The overarching goal is students will have a demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary teams to identify a "Grand Challenge" –type problem facing a community in India and identify a solution that appropriately responds to and reflects the on-the-ground reality of what their customer values and how he/she thinks about this problem. The course will give students exposure to specific elements, such as design thinking, that describe how to achieve that goal. The students will be assessed based on their ability to identify the problem and a viable solution that reflects their observations and the available evidence.

CEE 498: GCIL Study Abroad Pre-Departure Course (1 credits)

This is a 1-credit course during Autumn 2019 to prepare students for the Grand Challenge Impact Lab program in Winter 2020.








Julian Marshall, PhD
Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Deborah Havens, DO MPH
GCIL Assistant Director


Meenakshi Kushwaka, MPH
GCIL Country Coordinator




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $7,850

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1200)
  • Food (about $10-50/week depending on how often you eat outside of our lodging campus)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: January 8, 2020

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.

Financial Aid

  • 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 Study Abroad 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.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  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.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

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 complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. 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:

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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 application is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

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