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India Study Abroad: An Overview. Dr. Ramakrishna October 2009. Overview. Learning opportunities in a foreign environment Opportunity to make international contacts High level of student involvement

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India Study Abroad: An Overview

Dr. Ramakrishna

October 2009

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  • Learning opportunities in a foreign environment

  • Opportunity to make international contacts

  • High level of student involvement

  • Opportunity to connect with (study-abroad) students from the University of Akron College of Business

  • 3 Saturdays pre-trip preparation (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

  • 2 week travel: Management school, companies, and sight-seeing

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Student Involvement

  • Three student-leaders(main, finance / logistics, curriculum)

  • Best paper award

  • Best travel-journal award

  • Best picture awards

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Why India?

  • 4th largest economy in the world

  • The most diverse country

  • Strength in “(Knowledge) Services economy” (unlike China that is known for manufacturing); Learn:

    • How value in services (medical, pharmaceutical, R & D, and IT & IT-enabled areas) is created

    • About the Indian Business Environment

    • About the potential opportunities for US businesses

  • Share of services work in the US is growing

  • Unique sight-seeing opportunity

  • Thomas Friedman “World is Flat”

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What will we do?

  • Lectures/discussions at XIME (6 days)

    • About 12 lectures from top notch leaders in their field (culture, management, IP, services, IT, etc.)

    • Interactions, both formal and informal, with students (including class visit)

  • Site visits -- companies/organizations that provide R&D, IT services, medical tourism, biotech, and manufacturing for global businesses

  • Sight Seeing (7 days) -- Palaces, safari, capitol buildings, tombs (including the Taj Mahal), forts, market places, etc. (+ transit country)

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  • What are the deadlines?

  • Whom can I contact with additional questions?

  • What about course substitutions?

  • What’s included in the price?

  • What are the academic requirements?

  • Can I stay longer?

  • Is it safe?

  • What’s the housing quality like?

  • Other questions (visit FAQs section on website)

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What Are the Deadlines?

Leadership applications: October 19, 2009

First deposit ($500) due: November2, 2009

First payment ($1,500) due: November 23, 2009

Second payment ($1,800) due: December 14, 2009

Travel dates:Departure (LAX): January 29, 2010 (Fri)

Arrival (LAX): February 14, 2010 (Sun)

(Another possible trip: August 6 through 22)

More information (more FAQs, tentative schedule, etc.):

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Whom Can I Ask Additional Questions?

  • International Programs [email protected]

  • International Programs [email protected]

  • India Study-Abroad Director [email protected]

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What Courses Does my Trip Substitute for?

  • First study-abroad Trip:

    • MBA: BUAD 655 (Global Business) or equivalent emphasis course

    • MAM: by approval of Graduate Program Director

    • MSIT: INFT 630

    • BAM/ BSB: BUSB 342

  • Second study-abroad Trip:

    • By approval of Undergraduate or Graduate Program Director

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What’s Included in the Price?

  • All group transportation from the departure airport (LAX) and back (including all travel in India but excluding travel and sight seeing in transit country)

  • Housing

  • Foreign Tuition (this may be reimbursed by your company)

  • Close to 75% of the meals

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What Are the Academic Requirements?

  • Research paper (country-analysis or topic as agreed upon by advisor)

  • Travel journal

  • Presentations

  • Class participation

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Can I Stay Longer?

  • Yes, but you have to let us know by the time of the deposit

  • You can also meet the group at the first destination, but you also have to let us know by then

  • Please note that you need to be with the group for all academic portions of the trip in order to receive credit

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Is It Safe?

  • All trips are as safe as any travel that you can do on your own to any of the destinations selected, if not safer.

  • Since its inception, we have not had any safety-related incidents in this program (i.e., the last four years).

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What is the Housing Quality?

  • Varies by location

  • In Bangalore we will stay at the Executive residence at XIME (more like a three star hotel)

  • In Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, the hotels are four or five star.