This 16-day program will start in the capital city of New Delhi with its historic British and Mughal influences, move on to Agra with its famed Taj Mahal and small scale handicrafts industry, and then travel a thousand miles South to Chennai and its auto industries. You will next travel to the former French enclave of Pondicherry where the Life of Pi story begins, to the technology center Bangalore, where every major US technology company has offices and thousands of employees each, and then visit the palaces of nearby Mysore and the Tiger Safari in Bandipur forests. Travel will involve interaction with businesses including Indian and US high-tech companies in India, while you stay at classy and comfortable hotels such as La Meridien and Taj Coromandel. Gain exposure to yoga, beaches, temples and forts!
WSU Sponsoring Unit: Carson College of Business
External Partner: Vesna Tours
Program Dates: December 26, 2020 - January 10, 2021 (Winter Session)
(Note: Travel begins on December 26th from Seattle to New Delhi, India; you will return from Bangalore, India on Jan 10th. Also, be aware that classes will begin online starting November 30th before traveling abroad!)
Program Eligibility Requirements:
- Be 18 years or older at the time of the program.
- Be in good academic standing at WSU.
- Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
- Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
- Program Specific Eligibility:
- Certified or expecting to certify soon into a business major
- All prerequisites for courses on the program are fulfilled prior to departure.
Please Note: A minimum number of participants is needed for this program.
Program Cost Estimate (Fixed Expenses & Estimated Additional): $8,204
Program costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses). A breakdown of these costs can be found below. For payment due dates please scroll to the “Billing Schedule”.
Fixed Expenses Billed by WSU
|Global Learning Application Fee
|International Insurance Fee
|Total Paid to WSU
*Participation Expense includes excursions, accommodation, and program related in-country travel.
Estimated Additional Expenses*
|Total Estimated Additional Expenses
*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.
**Please see the “Destination” tab for additional passport and visa information.
This billing schedule is for the Fixed Expenses billed by WSU only and does not include Estimated Additional Expenses that are the responsibility of the participant.
October 12, 2020
Financial Aid Information: For financial aid purposes, Winter Session is considered part of fall semester. This means that WSU students may be eligible for loans (Stafford, PLUS or private) for Winter Session, depending on the financial aid already awarded to them for the academic year.
|Financially Responsible as of September 21, 2020
|Participation Expense Deposit
||September 25, 2020
|September 28, 2020
|Remaining Program Fee
|| September 25, 2020
||October 12, 2020
|3 credits WSU Tuition
Students can apply for loans by submitting a revision request for “special fees” to have a budget adjustment to increase their total cost of attendance. Once the revision request is processed, students will be awarded any remaining eligibility in the form of Stafford or PLUS loans. If a student does not have any remaining eligibility in the form of Stafford or PLUS loans they have the option to seek a private loan to pay for Winter Session.
Note: Students must be approved for a private loan by their lender at least 10 business days before the start of the session to ensure private loan funds are delivered to their account by the Winter Session tuition due date. Participants must budget their fall aid accordingly.
Contact the Office of Student Financial Services, 380 Lighty, 509-335-9711, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Refund Policy: Participants are responsible for the Fixed Expenses of the program once they have committed to the program application and the application deadline has passed.
This is a 3 credit program.
Students take one course.
WSU Courses (choose one)
- MKTG 360 (3 credits) or
- IBUS 380 (3 credits)
Grades and GPA:
The selected course will calculate into student’s WSU cumulative GPA
All faculty-led participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure. Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after the program has been officially confirmed.
Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application.
Faculty Directed Orientation: These take place over multiple sessions and will be planned by the program faculty director.
The subcontinent of India has a rich and complex history. From first recorded civilization; in the Indus Valley in 2600 BCE to its independence as a secular state in 1950, India's history has been influenced by trade and empire building, colonization and democracy.
- - Agra is the home of the famed Taj Mahal and small scale handicrafts industry
- - Bangalore is a business hub where every major US technology company has offices and thousands of employees each
- - Chennai is known for its auto industries
- - Delhi is India's capital city with Mughal and British influences
Currency: Indian Rupee
Weather: Most of India is hot and tropically humid; some northern states are cooler, however.
Participants will stay in modern hotels in each location selected by Vesna Tours.
Meals & Personal Spending: Students should budget for additional meals and shopping. Please see the "Estimated Additional Expenses" in the Cost tab for a rough figure on what is typically needed. This will depend on your personal preferences, so please plan accordingly.
Passport & Visa Details
It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.
United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
U.S. citizens seeking to enter India who plan to stay no longer than 60 days may apply for an electronic travel authorization at least four days prior to their arrival in lieu of applying for a tourist visa at an Indian embassy or consulate. For more information go to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
- Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements. Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship. Also, you may need to obtain an entry visa for Chile. WSU Global Learning can assist with any official WSU documentation needed to get the visa.
How to Apply
- Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
Before the Deadline:
- To apply for this program click the "Apply Now" button located above.
- You will then have an application in "Application Phase". Complete application materials:
- Signature Documents
- Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
- Online Trainings
- In-Person Meetings (if applicable)
- Please Note: Items which say “NOT Required by Deadline” can be submitted after the deadline but are due before you depart to go abroad.
- Once all materials have been completed, your application will be moved to either the “pending” or “accepted” phase.
- “Accepted” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline.
- “Pending” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements, and your application is being reviewed before your participation is determined. After review, if you are accepted your application will move to the “Accepted” phase.
- Commit to the program: Once in the “accepted” phase, you will see a box appear asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the program.
- If you click “Commit”: You have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment.
- If you click “Decline”: Your application will be withdrawn.
- The Deadline for this Program is Monday, September 21st at 11:59pm!
After the Deadline:
- After you commit and are in "Committed phase", complete:
- Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
- Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
- Any requested material items specific to your program.
- Prepare to Depart!
- Apply for a visa (if required)
- Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
- Start packing!
How to Fund Your Program
Financial Planning: Know Your Budget!
- Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
- Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
- Review your Faculty-Led and Financial Planning (FLFP) training (see orientations tab)
- Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
- Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
- Create your budget
- Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
- Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
- Private Businesses
- Online Fundraising