India 2020

Bengaluru, Mysore, Goa, New Delhi, and Agra

September 5 - 18, 2020 - POSTPONED

“It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in history, the only way of salvation for humankind is the Indian Way.”

  - Arnold Toynbee, British Historian (1889-1975)

There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won't go. For me, India is such a place... I had been seeing the world in black & white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor."

 - Keith Bellows, Former Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic Society

Why India?

To experience India is to experience a dance between deep history and modern progress, a convergence of rich cultures, and a colorful ensemble of colorful sights and sounds. India is an experience like no other; and you will be forever changed by your visit.

India is a part of the world that every business student must understand, and there is no better way to do that than visit the country with expert faculty, interact with Indian business executives and students, and experience its culture and diversity firsthand.

The People. India gives the opportunity to see how nearly 20% of the world actually lives. It has one of the youngest populations in the world and an increasingly wealthy middle class. India is a nation deeply traditional and tied to a culture that spans 10,000 years, while also being technologically developed.

Economic Impact. With an extraordinary rate of growth and more than one billion consumers, India is a rising force in the global economy that can’t be ignored. In fact, it demands the attention of businesses across the globe. As India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry predicts, “Indian-made products can fill much of the gap in the Chinese markets” created by the escalating trade war between China and the U.S. Yet, India is unique in that it must balance its ambitions of global power and growth against the enormous development challenges the country faces with nearly 70% of its population living in villages.

Local Business Ties. Every large company in the Greater Puget Sound region has deep ties with India, either through subsidiaries or partnerships. Microsoft, Boeing, Google, Starbucks, Amazon, PACCAR, Expeditors… all have significant operations on the subcontinent. Spending time in India will help you in your job and job interviews with these kinds of companies.

India Study Tour 2020

The India study tour has only been offered two other times – in 2009 and 2011, with around 60 Albers students between the two – and we are excited to offer this life-changing culturally immersive opportunity once again.

The sites and visits. You will visit a spice plantation, see ancient monuments and temples, walk through the world’s second largest palace after Versailles, ride an elephant, and marvel at the wonder that is the Taj Mahal. We will visit several organizations and companies (past companies included Boeing, Microsoft, Monsanto, Infosys, Aon, Accenture, and GE Healthcare). You will speak with executives and workers who will share the experiences and knowledge about global businesses, economic growth, and the impacts that modern technology has on development and social justice projects.

New connections. This year, we will the opportunity to meet with fellow business students from St. Joseph’s Colleges in Bengaluru, India. Because all the students speak fluent English, you get to have direct conversations and one-on-one discussion about India. We’ve already organized joint undergraduate and graduate classes with them. Very often, these student become your personal guides on the free days, taking you around to all the best spots in town for food and shopping!

Five-star experience. India is a deep experience and we work with professional local logistics experts to make this a high-end tour. We stay at luxury hotels to ensure hygiene, safety, and comfort. All domestic transportation is in air-conditioned buses. We use domestic flights rather than rail or road transportation to ensure the best use of time.

The faculty. The two faculty accompanying you are experts in their field, have traveled in India, and one of whom was born and raised in India. Pre-departure classes that not only prepare you for the visit, but provide meals, teach a bit of the local language, Hindi, and instruct you on the essentials of playing cricket!

Because the future is not in the West, but in the East.

Elephant ride in Goa
Elephant ride in Goa
Students visiting the Taj Mahal
Students visiting the Taj Mahal
Religious ceremony in Mysore
Religious Ceremony in Mysore


India 2020 offers two credit bearing classes: Technology, Business, and Society: The Unlikely and Miraculous Rise of India and Cross-Cultural Negotiations: The Case of India.

Technology, Business, and Society: The Unlikely and Miraculous Rise of India
(MGMT 4940-02/5940-02; counts toward UCOR 3600 and INBU 3200)

Madhu T. Rao, Department of Management

This class will examine the extraordinary rise of India, against all odds, as an economic superpower. No business major should graduate without a deep understanding of how to work with and within India.

This course has the following specific course objectives:

  • Experience the conflict and promise of modernity meeting the richness of a 5,000-year-old culture
  • Develop an understanding of issues affecting the alignment of business objectives, and technology investments, and societal needs in a developing country.
  • Assess the approaches American and local companies in India have used to access its human capital.
  • Reflect on the ethical corporate and personal responsibilities of anyone working in and with India.
  • Evaluate the role of business technology in meeting country development needs.

Cross-Cultural Negotiation Skills: The Case of India
(MGMT 5940-03/4940-03)

Tanner Humiston, Department of Management

Using India as the stage to explore, this course will develop our cross-cultural negotiation skills by understanding the impacts that history and tradition have on the partnerships that drive economic, technological, and social development. This course is designed to help you become more effective in the role of negotiator, advisor, team member, and leader in a globalizing world and international settings.

The course will provide the opportunity for you to:

  • increase understanding of the principles, strategies and techniques of negotiation;
  • develop the attributes and practice the skills of effective negotiators;
  • understand the cultural impacts of negotiations;
  • improve outcomes in negotiations;
  • enhance problem-solving/critical thinking; and
  • enhance cross-cultural communication skills

Registration and Cost

Program Fee: $2750


  • Pre-departure class lunches
  • Accommodations throughout in luxury 5-star hotels
  • Meals
    • All breakfasts
    • Albers-hosted banquets for St. Joseph’s students and faculty
    • Some lunches and group dinners
  • Travel
    • All domestic flights (Bengaluru-Goa; Goa-Delhi)
    • All domestic road transpiration by A/c buses
    • Day trips to Mysore and Agra
  • Tickets to various cultural sites, including Taj Mahal
  • Amazing fun, laughter, learning, and memories for a lifetime

Not included

  • International airfare
  • Books and reading materials
  • Meals other than those listed above
  • Tuition fees for courses (if applicable)

Talk to your advisors about financial aid and scholarships.

Application deadline: Feb 15, 2020