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India: International Business Seminar
Agra, India; Bangalore, India; Delhi, India; Mumbai, India; Pune, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: December
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
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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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Eligible GPA: 2.0 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: Global Business Perspective, JYEL
Program Description:

India is becoming one of the worlds fastest growing and most influential nations rivaling China and the United States. While enjoying rapid economic growth over the past 2 decades, it is still an emerging market that presents challenges for companies and individuals that try to do business there.  In addition, it is a country with a rich history and cultural traditions dating back 4000 years.   It is the world’s largest democracy, home to over 1 billion people, the origin of 4 major world religions, a place where the language spoken changes every 300 miles – yet it is home to the largest film industry in the world.  India presents contradictions no matter which way you analyze it.

During this seminar, students explore India's accelerated transition from a traditional, conservative, centrally-planned economy to an open market economywhile simultaneously exploring the various contradictions that India presents. With experienced faculty directors Dr. Zafar Iqbal and Prof. Luis Larrea from the Department of Marketing, students examine the business environment of multiple industry sectors including: retail, entrepreneurship, entertainment, fashion, online/mobile gaming, complex manufacturing and information technology. Students also look at Indias changing macro-environment (political, economic, cultural and demographics), and its fledgling micro-environment (information services, manufacturing, retail and financial) in several major urban centers such as Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi.

The group may make company visits to Infosys, Bajaj, Tata Motors, Café Coffee Day, Bharat Forge and Wipro. In addition, visits to rural areas acquaint the students with domestic-type NGO initiatives. There, students gain an appreciation of how indigenous companies compete in an environment often constrained by government bureaucracy, regulations, lack of institutions and infrastructure. A day trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal is included. In addition to the Taj Mahal, the group will visit many UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites in all the cities visited.
Acceptance into the program will be determined after an interview with the faculty directors.



BananasUpon successful completion, seminar participants receive 4 credits in the Fall Quarter. Graduate students receive credit for IB 750, and undergraduate students receive credit for ICS 350.  Graduate students receive credit for IB 750 and Undergraduates receive credit for ICS 350, which fulfills both the Global Business Perspective requirement and the Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) requirement.  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.

Dr. 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.
Prof. Luis A. Larrea has led over 20 study-abroad programs to countries such as India, Japan, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Brazil, and Thailand.  He has extensive international business experience in various sectors and consults with many companies looking to expand internationally.  He teaches courses primarily in international business, with a specific emphasis on marketing across cultures and in emerging markets.   He also teaches in the Honors marketing program at DePaul.

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.


Living Arrangements

Hotel accommodations are usually double occupancy.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee, both billed during the Fall Quarter. Tuition is billed at the student's regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program.  Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.


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 countrys local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. The Study Abroad Program will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.


Questions about this program? Contact Quang Tran at QTRAN2@depaul.edu or visit during open advising hours.


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.


This program is currently not accepting applications.