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  • Locations: Agra, India; Bangalore, India; Delhi, India; Mumbai, India; Pune, India
  • Program Terms: December
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: EL, Global Business Perspective Study Abroad Contact: Elizabeth Hall
Program Description:
Indian shore
India's cultural history is over 5000 years old. India is the birthplace of Yoga, Bollywood, Ayurveda, Mahatma Gandhi, medical surgery, the number zero, and 4 major world religions. It is the most diverse country in the world with over 150 major spoken languages (22 of which have been deemed official regional languages) and yet India is the world's largest fully-functioning democracy. Although India has been an open market economy for only 25 years, it is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world with world-class companies leading the fray. Currently, 1 in 6 people in the world is Indian, and the UN predicts that the population of India will surpass China's by 2022. With the increasing role of globalization, India will continue to play a larger and larger role in the lives of people the world over, regardless of whether you are ready for it or not.

Why not be ready? Why not take advantage of an extraordinary opportunity? Traveling to 5 cities, across 3 diverse regions of India, with an experienced, India-born-and-raised, business-school professor will give you an "insider's" perspective to India and help you resolve some of its fascinating economic and cultural contradictions. The program focuses on exploring the themes of economic development, innovative business models, emerging global companies, corporate social responsibility, building world-class brands, and public-private partnerships. By meeting senior leaders of elite companies and non-profit organizations, you will understand the growing role of India in the world, both economically and culturally. Participating in this program will positively impact your career and will also challenge many preconceived notions about a country that will play a large part in your future. This program is designed to appeal to both business and non-business students.

Pre-trip readings and class sessions will expose students to Indian history, Indian culture, the Indian business environment and Indian business and social etiquette. Guest speakers include diplomats, expatriates, and Indian business executives. When in India, students will meet with senior leaders of elite companies and non-profits across a variety of industries. Companies visited in the past have included: - Tata Motors - the world's 5th largest truck and car producer
- Infosys - a global IT service provider
- Wipro - Indian multinational IT services company
- Cafe Coffee Day - India's largest coffee chain
- Happily Unmarried - India's first lifestyle brand
- Melange - a high-end fashion boutique run by royalty
- Whistling Woods International - India's best private film school

Other companies have included Games2Win, Deloitte Consulting, Microsoft, Google, Bharat Forge, Amazon, among others. Company visits span several major urban centers such as Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi and Agra. Additionally, meetings with students, non-profit leaders, and government leaders are also scheduled. India has traded and exchanged culture with global superpowers for hundreds (in some cases, thousands) of years, including Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia (especially China). Cultural visits will explore India's role as a global crossroads at UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikhri, Chandni Chowk, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, and many additional sites that are typically known only to locals.

Acceptance into the program will be determined after an interview with the faculty directors.

Zafar Iqbal was born in Pune, India and has led over 15 study-abroad programs to India, Japan, Oman and Dubai. Over the past 6 years, he has taken over 100 students and faculty to India. He is fluent in 5 Indian languages and has worked with numerous Indian, European, and American companies on business strategy and international expansion. At Depaul, he is the Associate Director for Indian Initiatives and is responsible for DePaul’s strategy in India. He co-directs the Honors Marketing program for undergraduates and teaches graduate level courses on marketing strategy, new product development and advanced consumer insights.

All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Course ICS 350 (Undergraduate)/ IB 750 (Graduate), International Business Seminar
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2019
Liberal Studies domain Global Business Perspective OR Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Dr. Zafar Ibqal
Course description This foreign study course is meant to introduce the student to the world of international life and business as it is today. The course provides students the opportunity to visit and study foreign commercial enterprises on-site. Additional emphasis is placed on understanding overseas cultures, self-reference criteria, and the fact that people around the world can maintain/develop hopes and dreams within their own lifestyle even though it may differ from others'.
Additional course information There will be four pre-trip class sessions at DePaul's Loop campus, and one post-trip class meeting. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Hotel accommodations are usually double occupancy.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the India: Business & Culture in a Rapidly Growing Economy program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Go out and work on your negotiation skills as soon as you can. Be prepared to walk away because foreigners are often asked to pay much higher prices than locals.
  • Download the app “”. It uses data when service doesn’t connect, so is very helpful then.
  • Make sleep a priority, because you will be on the move often.
  • Be careful what you eat. Raw foods are usually an unsuggested item, as is ice and tap water unless you are in the hotels or upscale restaurants.
  • Bring along wipes or toilet paper and soap sheets.
  • If you haven't been to a developing country before, prepare yourself for what will be the changing of your own perspective and privileges.
  • Take a break when you need it, as this program can be quite fast-paced.
  • Pack light- you will use less than you think.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
December 2020 05/01/2020 06/01/2020 TBA TBA