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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
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
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. Click here for a video about the program. 


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 2020
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.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

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.

Important Note: Anyone of Pakistani origin (or with relatives of Pakistani origin) is extremely likely to encounter challenges while attempting to secure a visa to visit India. When applying for an Indian visa, being “of Pakistani origin” applies not only to those who were born in Pakistan themselves, but anyone—irrespective of their current nationality—whose parents or grandparents were born in Pakistan. If this applies to you, we strongly suggest that you consider applying to a different study abroad program outside of India. While some students in this situation have occasionally secured an Indian visa in the past, it was an extremely difficult and unpredictable process. The majority of students in this situation have not been able to secure a visa and have been forced to withdraw from their program at the last minute, resulting in significant financial penalties as outlined in the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy and no way to receive class credit. If you fall into the category “of Pakistani origin” as defined by the Indian government, please contact your Study Abroad Program Manager to discuss your situation before you move forward with applying to a program in India.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Visitors/tourists are often asked to pay much higher prices than locals, so work on your negotiation skills before you go to India.
  • Download the app “”. It uses data when service doesn’t connect, so is very helpful.
  • The program is fast-paced, so make a sleep a priority, and take breaks when needed.
  • Steer clear of raw foods and ice/tap water unless you are in a hotel or upscale restaurant.
  • Bring along wipes or toilet paper and soap sheets.
  • Pack light- you will use less than you think. Also, listen to advice given by your instructor about what to pack.
  • Toss out your preconceived notions as an American, you are a guest in India so you should be very respectful of their cultures, norms, environment, and customs.

If you have any questions about the student experience on this program, feel free to contact any of the following DePaul students who have participated:  

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:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.