To apply, you must be a currently-enrolled, degree-seeking UWEC undergraduate or graduate student. You must be in good academic standing, have a cumulative GPA of 2.3, and have at least sophomore standing. Students from all academic disciplines are welcome to apply. This program is also open to non-UWEC students. Please note that in the case of a competitive selection process, priority will be given to UWEC students.
The globalization of the U.S. economy has opened doors for both businesses and educational institutions to develop creative strategies to position themselves in the international marketplace. As Asia's fourth largest economy with an annual growth rate of over 8%, India is also an increasingly important export target for the U.S. In addition, India produces under a million IT professionals and over a million engineers annually and is a prime location for Business Process Outsourcing. Another unique feature about India is that it is an English speaking country, English is the language of Business and the workplace. Economic growth in India today is being rewritten by India's highly entrepreneurial and rapidly globalizing private sector. Projections indicate that more than 400 million people (40% of India's population) will enter India's middle class over the next 15 to 20 years. With combined exporting and outsourcing prospects, India has become a potentially strong international partner for the U.S.
The program will cover topics related to the business, economy, politics, society, religion, and culture in India. India is a secular country in which multiple religions have thrived for many years. Having been ruled by the Turkish, Afghans, Moghuls, Portuguese, French and British, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Jainism have survived alongside the predominant religion of Hinduism. In fact, the city of Varanasi, on the banks of the river Ganges, is the birthplace of three religions: Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Whatever your major, you will have something of interest that you can learn from this program.
Attendance at the fall study abroad orientation, plus 15 hours of meeting time in the Fall 2014 semester on the UW-Eau Claire campus (including an educational dinner, language class, screening of a Bollywood movie and lectures) is required for pre-departure curriculum provided by the lead UW-Eau Claire instructor for this study abroad program. Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn 3 credits of INTB 361/561 International Experience in India. This course fulfills GEIIIG Social Science-Interdisciplinary, and 3 credits of the Foreign Culture requirement. (Note that students pursuing a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts & Sciences MUST take the equivalent of two semesters of a foreign language to fulfill the FL/FC requirement. See the university catalogue for details.)
Please note that graduate students will take INTB 561 International Experience in India and pay graduate tuition fees.
The program runs during Winterim 2015, with expected dates being late December to mid January 2015.
updated 9/8/14 SF