This three credit course will provide students with an opportunity to study business, economic, social and cultural implications of offshoring of information technology work to India. Students will travel to Pune and New Delhi for corporate visits to IT service providers and an opportunity to interact with leaders at these organizations. In the past, site visits have been conducted at Infosys, Wipro, Spiderlogic, Pacific BPO, IBM, and Hero ITES call center among others. Cultural tours encompass a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra and visits to Jaipur and Mumbai.
At least sophomore standing and enrolled in the College of Business
2.5 cumulative GPA
IMPORTANT NOTE: If after the fall semester, a student’s GPA falls below a 2.5, their application will be rescinded and the student cannot participate.
Cannot be on academic or university probation at time of application
Three academic business credits (INTE 4540)
Various hotels in New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Pune, and Mumbai
Each room has a private shower/toilet/bathroom
All three meals included
Students are responsible for arriving in New Delhi, India by January 3rd, 2016 on their own; program airfare is NOT included in the $4,800 program cost. In September, students will be provided with flight information guidelines.
COSTS$4,800 (EXCLUDING AIRFARE) -- This price includes:
Tuition for 3 academic undergraduate credits granted by Marquette University
Lodging for the duration of the trip
Local transportation within India
All three meals
Costs of admittance to class activities (e.g. , tours)
OTHER COSTS NOT INCLUDED IN ABOVE FEES
International airfare ($1,500 to $2,000)
Required MU international health insurance ($36)
Visa processing ($60 to $80)
Agra, India-The magical allure of the Taj Mahal draws tourists to Agra like moths to a wondrous flame. And despite the hype, it’s every bit as good as you’ve heard. But the Taj is not a stand-alone attraction. The legacy of the Mughal empire has left a magnificent fort and a liberal sprinkling of fascinating tombs and mausoleums; and there’s also fun to be had in the bustling chowks (marketplaces). The downside comes in the form of hordes of rickshaw-wallahs, touts, unofficial guides and souvenir vendors, whose persistence can be infuriating at times.
Jaipur, India- The city’s colourful, chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. Careering buses dodge dawdling camels and leisurely cycle-rickshaws frustrate swarms of motorbikes. In the midst of this mayhem, the splendours of Jaipur’s majestic past are islands of relative calm evoking a different pace and another world.
At the city’s heart, the City Palace continues to house the former royal family; the Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory, maintains a heavenly aspect; and the honeycomb Hawa Mahal gazes on the bazaar below. And just out of sight, in the arid hill country surrounding the city, is the fairy-tale grandeur of Amber Fort, Jaipur’s star attraction.
Mumbai, India-Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is big. It’s full of dreamers and hard-labourers, starlets and gangsters, stray dogs and exotic birds, artists and servants, fisherfolk and crorepatis (millionaires), and lots and lots of people. It has India’s most prolific film industry, the world’s most expensive home, and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone. Mumbai is India’s financial powerhouse, fashion epicentre and a pulse point of religious tension.
New Delhi, India-Delhi is a city where time travel is feasible. Step aboard your time machine (the sleek and efficient metro) and you can go from Old Delhi, where labourers haul sacks of spices and jewellers weigh gold on dusty scales, to modern New Delhi, with its colonial-era parliament buildings and penchant for high tea. Then on to the future: Gurgaon, a satellite city of skyscraping offices and glitzy malls.This pulsating metropolis has a bigger population than Australia, and is one of the world's most polluted cities. But woven into its rich fabric are moments of pure beauty: an elderly man threading temple marigolds; Sufi devotional songs; a boy flying a kite from a rooftop.
So don’t be put off. Delhi is a city that has been repeatedly ravaged and reborn, with vestiges of lost empires in almost every neighbourhood. There's so much to experience here, it's like a country in itself.
Pune, India- A thriving, vibrant metropolis, Pune is a centre of academia and business that epitomises ‘New India’ with its baffling mix of capitalism and spiritualism (ancient and modern). It’s also globally famous, or notorious, for an ashram, the Osho International Meditation Resort, founded by the late guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Pune was initially given pride of place by Shivaji and the ruling Peshwas, who made it their capital. The British took the city in 1817 and, thanks to its cool and dry climate, soon made it the Bombay Presidency’s monsoon capital. Globalisation knocked on Pune’s doors in the 1990s, following which it went in for an image overhaul. However, some colonial-era charm was retained in a few old buildings and residential areas, bringing about a pleasant coexistence of the old and new, which makes Pune a worthwhile place to explore.