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Study Abroad

BUS P256 — Business in a “Flat” World 2014

Please join us for the BUS P256 — Business in a “Flat” World 2014 Information Session on Wednesday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m. in BU 213.

The Course (Spring 2014 – Second 8 Weeks)

Are you ready for an intensive cultural immersion? Our three-credit hour course, Business in a ‘Flat’ World (BUS P256), is taught by Ramesh Venkataraman (Chair of the Kelley Undergraduate Program, Associate Professor of Information Systems, and Whirlpool Faculty Fellow) during the second 8 weeks of the spring semester. The course covers globalization and emerging economies in general and the economy and businesses of India in particular. The course also introduces you to India’s history and culture.

Final course grades will be withheld until the completion of the required trip to India. Please be aware that this is an academic trip. You will be expected to behave and dress in a professional manner. Participation and conduct will be part of the course grade. The travel component of the trip can be physically intense and students should be prepared for long days in a hot climate.

BUS P256 can be used as an elective toward the International Business major, the Supply Chain Management major, or the Information and Process Management major. The course does not apply to the World Language and Cultures requirement or the sophomore Global Foundation Core.

The Study Tour

The study tour will take place in late July/early August of 2014. There will be a mandatory pre-trip orientation course in Bloomington the day before the departure. Housing for the pre-departure evening will be provided. You will be bussed together with the group to the airport. While in India, three days will be spent touring Delhi and Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and the remaining days will be spent in Bangalore. In both Delhi and Bangalore, you will visit local businesses, academic and government institutions, and NGOs.

The $3,500 cost of the trip includes housing for the orientation in Bloomington, travel to the airport, roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, entrance fees, visa, and travel insurance. You are advised to budget $40 per day to cover lunch and dinner, and you will also be asked to contribute $40 cash toward tips for bus drivers and tour guides and toward any group meals that are planned.

Beyond these costs, you will be responsible to pay for any immunizations or medications you choose to receive. None are required, but many are suggested. You will have the chance to meet with a travel clinic nurse from IU, or you may opt to see your family physician.

The Application

The online application will be open from October 25 – December 13, 2013.

BUS P256 is open to Kelley Direct Admit freshmen only, and space is limited to 28 participants.  

Decisions will be made by Friday, January 3. You will have until Friday, January 10 to accept or decline an offer of acceptance. If you accept the offer, a non-refundable $500 deposit will be charged to your bursar account on Monday, January 14. The remaining balance of $3,000 will be charged Friday, March 21. Please be aware that this is a selective program. While there is no GPA requirement, past participants have had an average GPA of 3.6.

Apply here.


There are two scholarship opportunities for students interested in the “Business in the Flat World” program:

1. The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) is offering U.S. citizens who have completed the FAFSA $500 scholarships to defray the cost of this course. Interested students should submit the completed CIBER scholarship form by Friday, December 13 at 4:30 pm. The application will be available on October 25.

2. Hutton International Experience Program (HIEP) Scholarship- Emerging Markets. If your cumulative GPA is 3.4 or higher, you are eligible to apply for the HIEP Scholarship. You do NOT need to be a member of the Hutton Honors College in order to apply. The deadline for the HIEP Scholarship is Friday, March 14, 2014 at noon and requires a faculty recommendation among other things. To apply for the HIEP Scholarship, please go to Use Checklist #2. For item 3, please print the BUS P256 acceptance email you will receive on or before January 3, 2014.

Since you must register for spring courses before admission decisions are made, you are advised to register for a full semester load (12-17 credits). You should try to keep Fridays 10:00 am-12:30 pm free. If you are accepted into the program, the 3 credits may put you over the 17 credit hour limit; if this is the case, you should be prepared to drop one of your other courses. Note that you will be administratively enrolled into BUS P256 if you are accepted; you will not have to use OneStart to register for this course.

For more information regarding this program contact Jessica Zerrer, jessgarr [at] indiana [dot] edu.