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India, Mumbai: International Business & Culture (CIEE)
Mumbai, India
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
 Class Eligibility:
2-Junior and Above
 Minimum GPA:
 Language Prerequisite:
 Language(s) of Instruction:
English and local language, Hindi
 Course Prerequisite(s):
3 sems of ECO, ACC, FIN, MGT, MKT, or STAT
 Housing Options:
 Program Type:
 Internship Option:
 Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
 Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
 Program Capacity:
 Program Advisor/Manager:
Shanna Van Beek
 Course #/Placeholder:
IND 303 IS
Program Description:

About the Location

India is home to nearly 1.2 billion people and is the world's largest democracy.  India continues to rise on the world stage and is becoming an economic superpower and a leader in technology.  Mumbai is the economic and entertainment capital of India and combines the traditional as well as the modern, ensuring that students gain insight into the linguistic, historical, and cultural diversity of modern India.  Hindi is the most widely-spoken of India's 14 official languages, but English is the most important language for business, government, and political communications.


Students are provided the exclusive opportunity to study various aspects of management, entrepreneurship, and business design in a direct enrollment environment with local Indian students and a small number of other exchange students from the EU at Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research.  The Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research is recognized as a leader in business education due to its focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, and applied learning, and has recently been ranked #16 nationally in the Economic Times of India.  It is located near both the Matunga and Dadar railway stations in Mumbai.  Matunga has long been a hub of education, dating back to1887.  The famous Shivaji Park, the largest green space in Mumbai and home to some of the best cricket players in the world, is located in Dadar.  The public areas around the institution are thriving with students, local eateries, and cafes.

CIEE students enroll in one 13-week academic term during which they take four business courses at Welingkar.  The term is followed by two weeks of required corporate and cultural site visits which serve to supplement learning following the academic term.

In addition to four business courses at Welingkar, students will enroll in a Hindi language course.  The Hindi I language course meets three times each week for one hour each session.  Students in the Hindi I course are required to take an additional 20 hours of supplemental one-on-one language practice outside of the classroom to further enhance their understanding and use of Hindi in the context of Mumbai.  

Grades count toward an Elon GPA. 

Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.

Students planning to study abroad on this program must fill out the Course Request Packet and meet with the Assistant Registrar to know how the courses will count toward their degree.

To see course listings for this semester program, click here.

A list of courses to be used as a guide for Elon course equivalents from this program is available in the GEC in Carlton 113.

General Program Dates 

Fall program – early-July to late October
Spring semester – mid-January to early May


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:

  • Fall Budget Sheet
  • Spring Budget Sheet

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

CIEE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CIEE programs.  Information is available on the CIEE website.

Students who are interested in studying Hindi in India may be eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship.  For more information on the Boren Scholarship, click here.


Students are placed in student hostels near the Welingkar facility.  Male students live in the "Boys Hostel" which is three bus stops away from the Welingkar campus and takes about 15 minutes to reach by public bus, less by taxi or rickshaw.  Female students live in the "Girls Hostel" which is a five-minute walk from the campus.

The hostels have 24-hour security and an 11:30 p.m. curfew for all students.  Students may come in after curfew by alerting the guard on duty about their plans.  Each floor has a bathroom that includes western toilets, showers, and sinks.  There is a small cooking space on each floor.

Breakfast and lunch are not included in the program, but can easily be found in the Matunga area or in the on-campus student canteen.  To ensure good nutrition and general health among students, dinner is provided by the famous "dabbawala delivery service" associated with modern life in Mumbai and a cultural artifact from Mumbai's colonial past.  The meals are served in convenient, tray packed, disposable containers which are delivered to the hostels where students may enjoy them at their leisure.  Students can choose between vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals.  These meals are served from Monday to Saturday.


Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the deadline and events calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CIEE.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester and summer programs pre-departure orientation schedule.

Additional Information and Links

Want to know more?  Like the Global Education Center Facebook page to chat with alumni and prospective students and receive study abroad updates.

Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Indian Embassy in D.C.

U.S. Embassy in New Delhi
U.S. Consulate Mumbai 

Newspapers and Journals

The Times of India
The Hindu
Manushi: A Journal about Women and Society
Journal of South Asia Women Studies
India Abroad
Indian Express

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 09/17/2013 
10/01/2013 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2014-2015 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 TBA TBA
 NOTE: The start dates and end dates listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

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