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UMD-Winter: India: International Opportunities in Information Studies (INST)
Bangalore, India; Mysore, India
Program Terms: Winterterm
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Costs Winterterm
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student Credit Type: Resident Credit
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Prerequisite(s): None
 Minimum GPA:
Non-UMD students eligible to apply: Yes
 Interview required?:
EA Advisor: Conrad Zeutenhorst
 Visa process required for US citizens?:
Program Description:
Students posing in front of a building

International Opportunities in Information Studies

Priority Deadline for short-term programs is September 1st, 2013. Programs may fill by this date and be closed.

A great opportunity to visit and travel in India and understand the culture from a developing country perspective. During, students will observe and study the information environment in those organizations and information management practices. Students will discuss with professionals in those organizations the business models and information management issues.

In addition to professional visits to software companies and academic/research institutions in the cities of Bangalore and Mysore, many sight seeing places (like famous Mysore Palace and 12th century temples known for architecture) will be visited.

Students will study the information management practices in corporations and academic/research institutions in the cities of Bangalore and Mysore, India.

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Highlights include:

  • Learn outsourcing activities by visiting leading consulting firms like Tata, Infosys, HCL, Happiest minds Technologies, etc.
  • Guest lectures on innovation and leadership by the leading authorities in India
  • Interact with local people and understand the importance of tacit knowledge
  • Visit NGOs and understand their work in development

At Bangalore, India we will be staying at XIME--a business school. Executive accommodations will be provided with well furnished rooms with attached bath rooms. WI-FI is also available as well as other facilities: transportation, laundry, and requested meals.

At Mysore, we will be staying at Infosys--one of the leading consulting firms in the world--and all facilities listed under XIME are also available here.

To apply, verify the minimal course requirements, then click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.

Get a taste of the program through the eyes of previous students in this blog about their incredible experience!

India City gate

Education Abroad will enroll committed students in the following course for three (3) credits from the University of Maryland:

  • INST 729: International Opportunities in Information Studies
Ten days prior to departure, students will prepare a three-page paper that should include a summary of findings from the literature search and review of provided websites. It should also include the area of interest that the student intends to pursue during the field study. While doing field work in India, students are expected to keep a daily journal documenting their impressions and experiences, as well as the learning outcome, at each site visited. Upon return to the United States, students will write a comprehensive report on the entire outcome of their field study in India.

The Requirements
Applicants must be in good academic standing. Please refer to the Fact Sheet area at the top of this page for information on other basic eligibility requirements for this program. This course is for any graduate student interested in understanding information management practices in developing countries.

Program Director: Taverekere (Kanti) Srikantaiah, is a Visiting Professor at the iSchool, University of Maryland. He served as Director and Professor, Center for Knowledge Management at Dominican University from September 1997 through August 2010. Before joining Dominican, Kanti had a distinguished career at the World Bank where he headed varied and important assignments, in the areas of information management. His area of specialization includes Systems Analysis, Business Process Management, Organization of Information, Management of Information Repositories, Environmental Scanning, Information Audit, Project Management and Knowledge Management.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Faculty Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact the appropriate Regional Advisor in Education Abroad.

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Application fee: $50 (non-refundable), must be paid by applicant online via MyEA at the time of application.

Program fee for Winter 2014: $2,595
Please see the "Program Costs" link above for an estimate of the total cost including airfare, personal expenses and other items not included in the program fee.

The program fee is collected in two installments:
  • $250 deposit (non-refundable) - Must be paid by applicant online via MyEA.
  • Early Deadline Deposit: Due by September 18th
  • Winter Deposit: Due by October 18th or within 48 hours of acceptance if accepted on or after that date.
  • Remainder of program fee - Charged to the student's UMD account upon course registration.

Withdrawals and refunds: Refer to our Withdrawal and Refund Policy for information about withdrawing from the program once the deposit has been paid.

NOTE: All University of Maryland faculty-led study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Last Day to Apply Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winterterm 2014 10/15/2013 
Rolling Admission 01/01/2014 01/16/2014

Admission is on a competitive basis, and application review will take place between the October 1 deadline ("last day to apply") and the October 8 decision date. Admissions notifications will be sent on or after the decision date.

This program has a priority application deadline of September 1. Applications that are complete by that date will be reviewed early, and notifications will be sent on or after September 8. Some programs may fill by this priority deadline.

** Admissions for the program are made on a rolling basis and applications will be reviewed in the order that they are completed. Early application is advisable.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.