Culture and Sustainability in South IndiaMeenakshi Temple

3 Credits

An opportunity to explore the impact of culture on business development and management practices in India

Description of the program:

The 3 credits for this Isenberg School of Management course will be awarded in the winter session. The course combines readings and lectures with a three -week journey to Southern India to study sustainability and culture in the world's largest democracy and the only predominant Hindu culture on earth. While in India, students will meet with Indian college students, business leaders, tour business facilities, community economic develop projects, cultural sites and engage in a community service project.

Duration of the course work:

The classroom component of the course consists of weekly seminars that start around the beginning of November 1 and continue through Dec 15 to prepare for the trip. Following the trip we will hold between 2-3 lectures between Feb 1 and March 15 to debrief and to prepare a final research project.

Duration of the overseas trip:

The group will depart from New York early January and return to New York on approximately 14-16 days later (dates to be confirmed later). 

Location and accommodation:

The group will fly from New York to Madurai, and then make our way to Chennai and then back to New York. Accommodations in India will be mid-level hotels. 

Supervising faculty:

The group will be accompanied by Professor Easwar Iyer (Marketing), Professor Todd Crosset (Sport Management).

Course credit:

This is a 3-credit School of Management elective.


The program fee will be in the range of $3000-3500 per student, and it will cover all course registration and credit fees, all lodging, most meals, lectures, field excursions and all ground transportation while in India. All other expenses -air travel*, visa, some meals, vaccinations and personal spending - are the responsibility of the student. A group fare will be available and it is expected that the participants will travel as part of the group.


Apply through the International Programs Office India: Sustainability and Culture website.

*estimated air fare is $1750. All US citizens will need a visa that can be gotten from the consulate General of India, # East 66th St., New York NY 10065. 212-774-0600