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  • Locations: Delhi, India
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Location Delhi, India
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 26- September 17, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $5,150
Credits 5 UW credits
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; Jordan Wolf
Program Manager Ruby Machado |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Extended Application Deadline March 15, 2018
Information Sessions Jan 25, 12:30-1:20pm, PACCAR Hall 456
Jan 30, 12:30-1:20pm, PACCAR Hall 456
Feb 8, 12:30-1:20pm, PACCAR Hall 456
General This program will survey India in all its glory and colors. Through exploring India’s two most vibrant metropolises, dunes of Thar desert, 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 seventh largest economy. The Indian sub-continent presents numerous 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 Infosys and Tata Sons, as well as speak to executives of Seattle-based companies (e.g., Starbucks, Boeing) trying to gain a foothold in the Indian market. But beyond these “corporate” visits, we hope to create opportunities for students to explore organizations and markets that are truly unique to India. For example, we will 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.

Testimonials about Professor Abhinav Gupta’s classes from Foster Students (2016-17):
“This was probably the most intellectually stimulating class I've ever had at Foster. Every class session helped me stretch my thinking, and I really appreciate this type of teaching style. Since a third of my grade was based on class participation, I was extrinsically motivated to participate. But after a week and a half, I noticed that I was just enjoying talking in class and really intrinsically motivated to talk and learn.”

“Dr. Gupta is awesome. Seriously. I haven't had a professor who balanced pushing his students while not being a jerk about it. He strikes this balance perfectly. He chose the perfect cases to teach concepts. The individual cases were great in that they really pushed my thinking... as a whole, I enjoyed the class.”

“We covered a variety of topics that are skimmed in other classes...and Gupta's participation structure pushed me to give my full attention to every word spoken. I felt that I absorbed so many insights amidst the rigor of it all.”

“I liked the open discussions. Everyone had something different to say and it was easy to voice my own options. That being said I am an introvert but I found it was easy to talk in class.”

“Having an open space allowing students to express their thoughts contributed most to my learning because it really opened my mind on how different perspective could be depending on each individual.”

Please see the “Location” tab for a breakdown of this program’s travel itinerary




Delhi, India


Mumbai An inclusion in a wedding dowry to the British Crown by Portugal, this once swampy, mosquito infested set of islands was developed into India’s busiest port. Mumbai is now the country’s richest city and also one of her largest, boasting the largest financial, commercial and entertainment industries in all of India. Mumbai never sleeps, and is regarded as one of the world’s most underrated nightlife and shopping scenes. Here we will be visiting and studying a wide array of diverse cultural environments and business centers like: meeting dabbawalas, going to Bollywood, The National Stock Exchange, the Dharavi Slums and more.

Jodhpur the gateway to the Thar Desert. This beautiful, historic city is rich with culture and tradition. It is home to a stunning array of stone architecture which can be found displayed in its collection of old forts, temples, havelis and palaces, some of whose origins can be traced as far back as the 16th century! In Jodhpur we will be taking a zipline tour of a fort(optional), taking a cooking class from a famous female entrepreneur and more.

Jaisalmer a city dominated by what is known as the Golden Fort whose origins date back to 1156. It is the 2nd oldest fort in all of India! Jaisalmer has been converted into what is known as a “living fort,” where you will find within its massive, yellow, sandstone walls a flourishing civilian center with shops, hotels and age old havelis. Here we will go on a desert safari via camelback to camp beneath the stars in yurts, meet with local NGO leaders and experience unforgettable cultural events.

Delhi India’s National Capital Territory, is as much an historical landmark as it is a commercial one. Here we will experience a unique mixture of Delhi’s age old culture, tradition and architecture with its modern counterparts. Home to the Crematory of the Father of India, Mahatma Gandhi, Delhi is the home to many patriotic Indian’s hearts as well. Here we will engage in sightseeing at Jama Masjid, the Red Fort, Birla Temple, India Gate and more. As well as enjoying a Rickshaw rides through 400 years old Chandni Chowk one of India’s oldest markets. We will also be doing business here as well! We will be meeting with Boeing India Execs, Touring a bustling Delhi call center and visiting a Honda car factory.

McLeodganj, Dharamsala Home to the Buddhist Spiritual leader, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and neighbor to the location of Tibet’s government in exile, as well as many monks and nuns, McLeodganj is a spiritual center. A huge amount of people flock to McLeodganj to volunteer with the Tibetan community, take courses in Buddhism, meditation or yoga, trek in the Dhauladhar mountains, or just enjoy the low-budget spiritual/alternative vibe. In McLeodganj we will be visiting the Dalai Lama’s home, Meeting local NGO’s, Observing craft industries, perusing the bazaars, sampling local delicacies and trekking to Triund for an overnight stay. Triund is a majestic escape to the Himalayas with amazing views of Kangra Valley. This trek is not strenuous, but it is optional.

Agra We will end our trip at the city which homes the mausoleum of Taj Mahal. In early 7th century, Mughal Emperor Shahjehan attempted to enshrine the matchless beauty of his recently deceased wife by constructing the equally beautiful Taj Mahal. A jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally most admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage, the Taj Mahal is declared one of the seven Wonders of the World and a fitting end to our journey!


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.
No Academic prerequisites, but there will be lots of walking and hiking on this trip. Plus, students are required to bring a smartphone which has a functional video camera.


5 UW Credits


MGMT 490 (joint listing with JSIS 392): The Business of Living: 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 five 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 learn from leaders of important organizations in India.

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 develop our own leadership skills by leading discussions and taking charge of specific aspects of this seminar.
This course will utilize non-traditional grading method in incorporating leadership, technology and other media as outlined below. Grades for this class will be based upon four areas. This class will require developing familiarity with some basic video-editing tools. As part of the pre-departure sessions, we will provide basic lessons on some potential tools that students can use.
1. Leadership area (2 students/team; 25 percent of overall grade). 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.
   • 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.
    • 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. Reflection Vlog. (25 percent) Make an informal 1-minute video for each of the professional site visits covering the following:
    • What are the most important aspects of this visit or issue?
    • I’m looking for you to both inform and fuel enthusiasm among the audiences. We will periodically upload these online through canvas. They will be watched by the program leaders and other students. You are welcome to share them with your friends and family members in the US or elsewhere.
    • 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.

3. Course Engagement (25 percent)
   • Attending pre-departure sessions, sharing your reading material 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.

4. Final Vlog (in teams of 4 students; 25 percent of overall grade) This video should be about 20 to 30 minutes’ long and incorporate what you learned about India, its culture, history, economy, and organizations. Also, what did you learn about yourself? You should consider keeping a journal to record and stimulate your thoughts on the trip itself. This final vlog will also be a wonderful memory book for you and your friends and families. Excellent vlogs will demonstrate:
   • Increased cultural knowledge. What do you now know about India’s culture and its distinctiveness from cultural in the United States and other countries familiar to you?
   • Increased subject matter knowledge - reflections on what you learned about the influence of society on organizations, and vice versa? social problems and challenges in India? How do organizations play a role in helping solve or exacerbating of those problems?
   • Increased self-knowledge. What did you learn about yourself as a person, a traveler, a leader, a contributor to the world?
   • Effective utilization of technology and creativity. How interesting and aesthetically appealing is your vlog?



Abhinav Gupta, Management & Organization, Program Director

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, 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.

Jordan Wolf, Foster Academic Adviser, On-site Coordinator



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,150

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $300 Foster Study Abroad Fee 
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,200)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

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 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.
  • 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. Here 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 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:

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 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:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.