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  • Locations: Bangalore, India
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Quarter
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Bangalore, India
Winter Quarter 2018
January 3 – March 11, 2018
 Estimated    Program Fee $7,000
 Credits 15 UW credits
 Prerequisites N/A
 Program      Directors Julian Marshall, Meenakshi Kushwaka
 Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline May 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General Learn about Grand Challenges in developing communities and develop solutions to address them in this active learning laboratory program in Bangalore, India.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

Grand Challenges (GCs) are the big problems facing humanity -- things like food security, clean energy, and poverty. The Grand Challenge Impact Lab (UW-GCIL) is a new UW study abroad experience that empowers students to address GCs.

GCIL teaches students about GCs and invites them to propose and test solutions. Students will spend time learning about GCs from residents and experts in Bangalore. Once they understand the GCs, students will work in groups to develop and test solutions. Students will learn how to develop solutions via a “design thinking mindset” and how to create lean start-ups. This program offers a hands¬on active learning laboratory in Bangalore, India.

Bangalore, India is an excellent location for studying GCs: there are many social and environmental problems and many organizations working on solutions. Bangalore is also a globally connected city with amenities, a pleasant climate, and a good infrastructure of roads, hospitals, and airports. Dr. Marshall previously taught many classes there when he was a professor at University of Minnesota, and he has a strong professional network in Bangalore.


Bangalore, India


Students will be housed together in a house or hotel.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

The ideal student for this program is someone who is interested in developing a deep understanding of Global Challenges and in working with a local community to develop solutions that will address those challenges.

Students from any UW department can participate. The program may be of particular interest to students in engineering, environmental science, public health, business, and physics, among others.

The program is ideal for juniors, seniors, and graduate students, though sophomores with a high level of maturity and academic preparation may be considered.

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 Credits


CEE 408: Grand Challenges Impact Lab (15 credits)

The UW-GCIL course is divided into two parts: • Weeks 1¬4: Students learn about GCs such as food security, earthquake safety, 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 5¬10: Students work in interdisciplinary teams 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.

Learning Goals: 

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 credit)

This is a 1-credit course to prepare students for the Grand Challenge Impact Lab, which will be in Autumn 2017.

Program Directors & Staff

Julian Marshall, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Program Director

Meenakshi Kushwaka, Local Coordinator

Program Expenses

Cost: $7,000

Estimated Program Fee of $7,000, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food, UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 - $1,600* 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
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 May 15, 2017
Program Fee Balance $7,000 May 15, 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 a professor or TA, 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.