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April 13, 2011

UW-Eau Claire to Offer Winter Study-Abroad Experience in India

Taj MahalA new study abroad program to India will be offered to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students during Winterim, 2012.

Students will travel to Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) in New Delhi, Jan. 2-17. Professors from SRCC and Delhi University will lecture on topics related to business, economy, politics, society and the culture of India. Students will also tour cultural and historic sites in New Delhi and the neighboring cities of Agra, site of the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur, known for its palace, stone observatory, forts and monuments.

May 1 is the priority application deadline for students interested in the program. Students in all academic disciplines who have a cumulative resident grade-point average of 2.3 of higher, good academic standing, and at least sophomore standing are eligible to apply. Qualified students should print and complete the application form, then submit it and other application materials by May 1.

Scholarships are also available through the U.S. Department of Education. Twelve scholarships of $400 each will be offered, with preference given to students currently admitted to the College of Business. Additional $1000 scholarships are available for anyone studying abroad in the spring 2012 semester (the application deadline for these scholarships is Oct. 15, 2011).

“The study abroad program to India will give students first-hand knowledge of the key role that India plays as an economic leader and export target for the U.S. as well as for Wisconsin,” said Dr. Rama Yelkur, UW-Eau Claire professor of marketing and coordinator of the international business programs. “It will build perspective of the international marketplace, for both businesses and educational institutions.”

Wisconsin’s exports to India have grown by nearly 30% in the last year, and India now stands as Asia’s fourth largest economy with an annual growth rate of over 8%.

“For students in business and other disciplines, learning about India’s role in the world economy will provide a body of knowledge that will enhance the UW-Eau Claire degree,” Yelkur said.

The Winterim program to India was developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to prepare students and Wisconsin businesses to be more competitive in emerging markets. Through the grant, "Global Opportunities for Business and Education (GLOBE) with a focus on China and India (CHINDIA)," UW-Eau Claire has also offered short-term study abroad programs to China during the January term. The grant also supports the development of a new international business major, and provides programming to assist small and medium-sized companies in conducting business with China and India.

For more information about the GLOBE CHINDA program, contact Dr. Rama Yelkur, UW-Eau Claire Center for International Business Programs, at yelkurr@uwec.edu or (715) 836-4674.

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