INDIA TRIP DATES: Winter Break - Saturday, January 3 - Sunday, January 11, 2015

Course Information:

  • GSM7261G is a one credit independent study course and will be graded Pass/Fail. Credits for this course will count towards graduation requirements.
  • Professor: Professor Gary Knight
  • Who is Eligible to Apply: Current students of the Willamette University Early Career and Career Change MBA or the MBA for Professionals (prerequisites listed below). As part of the MBA for Life program, graduates of either program are also eligible to apply.
  • Prerequisites: Early Career and Career Change MBA students: Completed or concurrent enrollment in first semester PACE course, be in good academic and conduct standing* at time of registration for course and consistently demonstrates excellent professional communication, behavior and judgment. Must complete all PACE career management requirements prior to commencing travel. MBA for Professional students: Completed or concurrent enrollment in LEAD, be in good academic and conduct standing* at time of registration for course and consistently demonstrates excellent professional communication, behavior and judgment. Must complete all LEAD requirements prior to commencing travel. Exchange students and Accelerated MBA students: Completed one semester of Willamette MBA coursework, be in good academic and conduct standing* and consistently demonstrates excellent professional communication, behavior and judgment. *A student from any program with an incomplete grade at the time of application must go through an appeal process with the Associate Dean and be approved to participate in the trip prior to registering for the course.
  • Tuition: None for GSM7261G
  • Course requires attendance and participation in class sessions prior to the trip. Class Dates will be 2 Saturdays: November 8 and November 15.
  • Itinerary: View Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)

Estimated Costs

All inclusive of program fee, estimated airfare, visa and meals - $4,967 (estimate)

  • Program Fee: $2,635 (includes in-country travel and transportation, double occupancy hotel rooms, breakfasts, lunches and 2 dinners). Students wanting a single room will pay an additional fee of $660.
  • Airfare: $2,000 estimated
  • Visa is required: $63 to $132 for tourist visa (varies based on citizenship)
  • Estimated additional Costs: $200 (including meals not included in program fee etc)
Financial Aid: Current students eligible for Federal Stafford or Graduate Plus loans may apply to borrow to cover the costs of the trip Contact Katy O'Neil in the WU Financial Aid Office

Application Process:

  • September 10 - Application Deadline
  • October 1 - Full payment required 90 days before official program start date - $2,635 (100% of program fee). This will confirm your participation (NOTE: Financial Aid can be increased for current students during fall semester to cover the cost of the trip - see Katy O'Neil for details).

Refund Policy: There will be no refunds within 90 days of the official program start date due to policies and procedures with our international partners.

Passport and Visa Information: Start this process no later than 90 days ahead.

Course Descriptions and Rationale

This is a one-credit course that includes an international study trip to India in January 2015. The trip includes visits to numerous companies and other organizations in Delhi and Mumbai. In this course we study (i) fundamentals of international business, (ii) the environments and challenges of emerging markets, (iii) strategies and operations for succeeding in emerging markets, and (iv) specific aspects of business in India.

India is the second most populous country, with 1.2 billion people, about 15 percent of the world. The country has developed rapidly in the past twenty years, evolving from an isolated socialist state to a more free-market, vital member of the world economy. A culturally diverse nation, India is home to 15 official languages, across the country’s 29 states. Hindi and English are widely spoken. India’s civilization dates back some 9,000 years.

India has evolved into a leading outsourcing destination, especially for software, call centers, law, and other services sector industries. The country’s IT sector is well developed, and other top industries include pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and automobiles. In the 1990s, the Indian government began reducing barriers to foreign trade and investment. Privatization of domestic output is progressing. The economy has grown an impressive 6 to 8 percent annually for the last two decades.

While agriculture remains an important sector, India is now the world’s third largest economy in purchasing power terms, with a huge retail sector. Per-capita income is approaching $5,000 per year. India's middle class will likely surpass 500 million by 2022. Economic growth has contributed enormously to reducing poverty, which remains a huge problem. However, industrialization has brought massive air, land, and water pollution. Poverty and ethnic strife remain important concerns.

In India, we will visit Delhi, the seat of national government and the largest commercial center in northern India. We will also visit Mumbai, the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India.

Several class sessions will be held before the trip. Attendance is required.

Download Detailed Syllabus

View Tentative Itinerary

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