“As a young business professional; we’re all going to do business on a global scale. So, to have that exposure early-on in life, and to see how business is done in different parts of the world, it’s priceless. You really can’t put a tag on that.”
- Greg Zunkiewicz, [GAP] India, MBA 2013
India has been developing dramatically over the past ten years. Its economy has continued to expand throughout the global recession, and is estimated to grow by 8.6% this year. Fueled in part by a spirit of entrepreneurship and a quickly globalizing private sector, India has become one of the fastest growing and key economies for business.
With potentially 400 million people entering the rapidly growing middle class in the next 15-20 years, though the PPP-adjusted GDP per capita is only approaching $3,000, companies are investing now in high technology and industrial goods, healthcare, and infrastructure development. 71% of the population is under 35, ensuring that knowledge-based competitiveness will continue for years to come.
India Fast Facts
Population of over 1.2 billion people
Third largest economy by purchasing power parity
Economy driven by massive textile, service, and agricultural sectors
Fourth largest producer of energy products in the world
India’s GDP per capita is expected to quadruple by 2020
Based on the latest Five-Year Plan (2012-2017), India is seeking to invest over $1 trillion dollars in infrastructure needs
In the next three years, up to 25% of the world's new workers will be Indian
Over half of India's population is below 25 years. By 2020, the average age of an Indian is expected to be 29 years.
By 2030, India's middle class population will grow to more than 580 million
India's consumer market, currently the world's thirteenth largest, is expected to become fifth largest by 2030. Currently, Indians are among the most confident consumers globally.
Course and Project Information
Course Information: Click here for general information about the GAP course structure Professor: Shad Morris Past GAP Projects Include:Airbus, Johnson & Johnson, Dow Chemical, Brisk Heat, Visagio Consulting, Emerson, Banco Perola, Artemisia, Ashland Chemical, Tsong Cheng, Clean Living, 5168 Ventures, Osklen's Instituto-e, Tata Motors, Proctor and Gamble, and Credit Agricole (Project Descriptions)
Sample Schedule (2013)
Thursday, May 2 Depart for India
Friday, May 3 Arrive in Delhi
Saturday, May 4 Morning: Tour of Delhi Afternoon: Drive to Agra
Sunday, May 5 Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri
Monday, May 6 Morning: Return to Delhi Afternoon: Free Afternoon (Delhi)
Tuesday, May 7 Morning: Site Visit (Delhi) Afternoon: Site Visit (Delhi)
Wednesday, May 8 Morning: Site Visit (Delhi) Afternoon: Travel to Pune
Thursday, May 9 Morning: Tata Site Visit (Pune) Afternoon: MindTree Site Visit (Pune)
Friday, May 10 Morning: Free Morning (Pune) Afternoon: Travel to Mumbai
Saturday, May 11 Mumbai Sightseeing and Slum Tour
Sunday, May 12 Free Day
Monday, May 13 Project Work (Mumbai)
Tuesday, May 14 Project Work (Mumbai)
Wednesday, May 15 Project Work (Mumbai)
Thursday, May 16 Project Work (Mumbai)
Friday, May 17 Morning: Fly to Ahmedabad Afternoon: Site Visit, Return to Mumbai
Saturday, May 18 Free Day (or Indian Home Visit)
Sunday, May 19 Free Day (Mumbai)
Monday, May 20 Project Work (Mumbai)
Monday, May 21 Project Work (Mumbai)
Wednesday, May 22 Project Work (Mumbai)
Thursday, May 23 Final Presentations and Farewell Dinner
Friday, May 24 Final Presentations Depart Late Evening for United States
U.S. citizens, and most international students, will need a visa to enter India. Visit the consulate website for specific requirements for your citizenship.
The Office of Global Business will work with you to process all of the visas as a group; however, you will ultimately be responsible for acquiring the Indian tourist visa if you do not already have one. The $200 cost of acquiring the visa is included in each student's program fee.
The Wilce Student Health Center offers reduced vaccine prices (50% off the listed fee up to $300 per year) for those under the Comprehensive Student Health Plan. There is a $21 administrative fee per visit (an additional $10 for each additional vaccine). To schedule an appointment, call 614-292-4321. Please note that it can take 2-3 weeks to get an appointment.
Costs include: double occupancy accommodations, all breakfasts, all cultural tours, ground transportation every day, flights/transfers within India, select meals, visas, gratuities, and international health insurance.
Program fees excludes: tuition, round-trip international airfare, passports, vaccinations, and meals/ incidentals not covered in the itinerary.
The Office of Global Business reserves the right to increase the study abroad program fee if the actual group price exceeds the estimated amount (due to changes in exchange rates or increases in internal airline tickets).
Deadlines and Application
Application open soon
Interview after application is submitted
Ability to get a passport and eligibility to apply for a Indian visa
Non-refundable $1,000 deposit (refundable only if not accepted into the program)
1st year MBA will receive preference (although the program is open to all graduate programs)
Personal Statement and Interview will play a significant role in determining who is admitted into each program