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Enhance Your Expertise in Asia With GAP: India

“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

Saturday, May 25
Return to the United States

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Visa Requirements

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.

Vaccine Information

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. 

The are no required vaccinations for travel to India. View the recommended vaccinations.

 

Costs

  • Actual Program Costs: TBD
  • 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
  • Application Requirements
    • Online application
    • Personal Statement
    • Updated Resume
    • 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)
  • Application Criteria
    • 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