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  • Locations: Agra, India; Bangalore, India; Delhi, India; Dharamsala, India; Hampi, India; Kochi, India
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

sociology italy
Location Delhi, India
Academic Term Early Fall
08/26/2019 - 09/15/2019
Estimated Program Fee $5,175
Credits 5
Prerequisites 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.
Program Directors Abhinav Gupta |
Andrea Pesola |
Program Manager Ruby Machado Shields |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Application Deadline
March 17, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information.
General This program will survey India in all its glory and colors. Through exploring India’s two most vibrant metropolises, ancient palaces, Himalayan mountains, and a Buddhist monastery, students will learn about unique features of Indian organizations and society and how they affect each other.

Program Description

India is the world's second-largest country by population and has the sixth largest economy. The Indian sub-continent presents countless opportunities for students to immerse themselves in its centuries' old culture, traditions and economy. This course is uniquely situated at the intersection of business and society to allow students to explore how the organization of society and markets takes place in a context that is drastically different from the US in multiple ways. First, given India's economic status as an emerging economy, Indian businesses and entrepreneurs face unique challenges including, but not limited to, constraints of resources, technology, and infrastructure. Overcoming these challenges requires creative thinking and bricolage activities that are building blocks for innovation. Second, Indian society and its diverse cultural traditions not only pose constraints for businesses and entrepreneurs but also create new organizational opportunities: organizations have to design and offer cultural product and practices that are uniquely contextualized to meet the needs and demands of the population. Finally, as India has experienced rapid economic growth, it has raised important questions regarding the responsibility of business toward the society, and sustainability of economic development in general. This course will seek to help students gain a deep understanding of how business and society influence each other in the Indian context. We will explore these issues in diverse settings: we will divide our time among four different geographical regions, and visit organizations and leaders from both commercial and civil-society sectors. We will strive to arrange student encounters with leaders from innovative Indian businesses, such as Maruti Suzuki and Hero Motocorps. But beyond these "corporate" visits, we will create opportunities for students to explore organizations and markets that are truly unique to India. For example, we may meet with famous Dabbawalas of Bombay, who have pioneered an organizational model to offer homemade lunchbox delivery to over a hundred thousand office workers in Mumbai. Through carefully designed class projects, students will not only learn from the success stories of these organizations, but will also get a chance to work on some of the ongoing challenges facing these organizations, and share their ideas with the local leaders. Please note that the program fee also includes all meals. 

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Delhi, India


The students will be staying in urban hotels and university dorms. 



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

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. There are no language requirements. 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.


5 UW Quarter Credits


MGMT 490JSIS 392: Business India: Indian Society and Organizations in 21st century (5 credits)

This course explores how society and business co-evolve in India, which has emerged as a world superpower. We will meet with innovative leaders - from business as well as civil society who are at the forefront of change in India; in four different geographical regions in India that are combining social and business goals in novel ways to improve their communities and create opportunities. At its core, this is a Business & Society course. Visiting with entrepreneurs and their organizations, we will engage with the complex issues of how organizations affect society and, in turn, how society affects organizations and organizational practices. Each student will take on a specific leadership role to further explore societal 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 by offering their analyses and ideas to Indian organizations. This course will also provide students' with a deeper understanding of Indian history, religion, culture, cuisine, and political economy.

Learning goals include:
- 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 meet with leaders at all levels of Indian society and engage with them in a discussion about leadership, entrepreneurship, social responsibility and making a difference. - To develop our own leadership skills by leading discussions and taking charge of specific aspects of this seminar.









Abhinav Gupta
Assistant Professor, Management & Organization

Abhinav Gupta is an award-winning professor in the Management & Organization department at the Foster School of Business. Abhinav’s teaching portfolio includes a range of classes, such as Corporate Social Responsibility and Non-Market Strategy (Evening MBA), Strategic Management (MGMT430), International Business, and Principles of Management. At Foster, Professor Gupta has been consistently rated as one of the best professors for undergraduate education. He has published numerous articles on Corporate Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility in top-tier management journals. His research has been featured in major media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR Radio among others. In addition to his seven years of teaching experience, he has worked for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in diverse sectors, such as banking, micro-finance, and social entrepreneurship. He is very familiar with India and speaks fluent Hindi (the main Indian language) as he grew up in a small industrial town in India, and has traveled extensively in all corners of the Indian subcontinent. Hiking in the Himalayas is one of his favorite activities.

Andrea Pesola
Student Engagement Program Manager, Foster School of Business 

Andrea Pesola is the Student Engagement Program Manager for Foster’s Undergraduate Programs. She plans and executes small-scale events for undergrads, including quarterly transfer mixers, service events and orientations, to large-scale events such as, Week of Welcome, Business Week, and the Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration. Before joining Foster, she worked for the University of Minnesota planning programs abroad for professional health science students. She has never visited India, and is thrilled to be visiting the country for the first time through a robust and dynamic program like Business India!







Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,175

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $325 Foster Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • All meals
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019

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.