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Study Abroad

BUS P256 — Business in a “Flat” World 2015

Please join us for the BUS P256 — Business in a “Flat” World 2015 Information Session on Thursday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m. in CG 2069.

The Course (Spring 2015 – 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 Nandini Gupta, Associate Professor of Finance in the second-eight 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.

In BUS-P 256, students gain from their academic and experiential learning a new perspective on the social/political/cultural background of India, the institutional context of business in India, and an introduction to conducting business in India, including a look at how supply chain, marketing, and information management is achieved in this every growing emerging market.

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. 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.

The Study Tour

The study tour will take place in late July/early August of 2015. There will be a mandatory pre-trip orientation course on the day before or day of departure. 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 Monday, October 27 – Friday, December 12.

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

Decisions will be made by Friday, January 2. You will have until Friday, January 9 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 12. The remaining balance of $3,000 will be charged Friday, March 20. 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.

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.


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

  • The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) is offering U.S. citizens $500 scholarships. Students who have not yet traveled abroad and who have completed the FAFSA are eligible. Interested students should consult with Jessica Zerrer on how to apply. Applications will be accepted through December 12, 2014.

  • Kelley International Programs P256 Scholarship: Several need-based scholarships are available. Complete the attached form for consideration. Applications are due December 12, 2014.

  • Hutton Honors International Experience Grant:

    Please note, you may apply for the HIEP only once during your college career. If you plan to study abroad for a summer or semester, you may wish to postpone your application to this scholarship.

    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 application requires a faculty recommendation among other things. For instructions and to apply for the HIEP Scholarship, please go to Note: under the Application Material tab, refer to Checklist #2 (non-OVST Programs). Applications are due March 13, 2015.

For more information regarding this program contact Jessica Zerrer, jessgarr [at] indiana [dot] edu or by visiting the Kelley International Programs Office in HH3038.