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India ISM
Delhi, India; Mysore, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirements:
English
Program Type:
USF Sponsored
Level of Study:
Graduate, Undergraduate
Open to:
Active USF Student, Degree Seeking USF Student
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Krissy Loveman
Minimum GPA:
Academic Good Standing
Sponsoring College:
Business
Program Primary Subject:
Computer and Information Sciences
Program Description:
Infosys
India ISM
Summer 2015

Program Overview

This program offers an unparalleled opportunity for students to gain cutting-edge information systems courses in one of the world's most vibrant and fascinating cultures.  India has experienced meteoric economic growth over the past decade, and it is predicted that by 2050, it will have the third largest economy in the world.  India is also considered to be among the leaders in providing information technology services and innovation.  The 3-week intensive IT Summer School will be conducted in Mysore, India at the training and education facilities of one of the world's IT industry giants: INFOSYS. INFOSYS has recently been ranked as the most admired company in India according to a recent survey.

A previous program participant had this to say about the program:

Going to India was the most amazing experience of my life . . . I will treasure the moments forever. The educational experience was paramount. I am going to practice and apply the methods I've learned in Software Engineering to other areas of IT.

Please watch our YouTube video based on the 2010 program.

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Location

India ISM 

Mysore (Mysuru) is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka in the Southern part of India, and close to Bangalore – India's technology hub. It is the former capital of the Mysore Maharajas and is a beautiful, colorful and fragrant city filled with palaces, sacred temples and gardens.  Students will engage in a very intensive academic program from Monday - Thursday with weekend visits to the region's unique and breathtaking historical palaces and sites around Agra, New Delhi, Bangalore and Mysore, including a visit to "Taj Mahal," one of the wonders of the world.

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Host Institution

The courses and accommodations for the program will be at the Infosys campus which is an entirely self-sufficient compound providing accommodations, classroom, cafeteria and shopping facilities. Alcohol is totally prohibited on the INFOSYS campus.

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Academic Program and Course Information

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed course work or have relevant work experience in System Analysis and Design, and Object Oriented Programming.

  • ISM 6930: Software Engineering (Graduate) / ISM 4930: Software Engineering (Undergrad)

*Pre-requisites for participating in this program are ISM3113: System Analysis & Design and ISM 3232: Business Application Development or equivalent course work/work experience

Students should be prepared to have several meetings and/or on-line course assignments and instruction prior to the beginning of the program in India.  The University of South Florida accepted 3 hours of undergraduate credit for the undergraduate software engineering course taught by the INFOSYS instructor of record credentialed by USF.  The University of South Florida accepted 3 hours of graduate credit for the graduate software engineering course taught by the INFOSYS instructor of record credentialed by USF.

Students will undertake intensive course work four days a week (generally 9:00AM-12:30PM, and then again from 1:30PM-4:30PM). On Wednesday afternoons, students will finish classes earlier for visits in and around Mysore.  Weekend excursions and site-visits will run from Friday-Sunday.  Students should expect evening assignments during the week.

All courses will be held at the Infosys facilities at Mysore.

Credit Type

Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.

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Faculty

TBA

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Program Costs

Fees for the Summer 2015 program: TBA

The cost includes:

  • Mandatory Pre-departure Sessions
  • 3 USF credits
  • Accommodations at Infosys campus, and Double Occupancy Accommodations during weekend trips
  • Excursions to areas of interest (e.g. N Delhi, Agra (Taj  Mahal), etc)
  • Emergency Insurance
  • Meals during weekend excursions

The cost does NOT include:

  • Passport Fees ($165)
  • Entry Visa to India ($165-subject to change)
  • Vaccinations/malarial prophylaxis
  • International Airfare ($1,500-1,800)
  • Weekday Meals ($4.00-$10.00 per day)
  • Personal Spending (varies)

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Living Arrangements

Students will be accommodated in single-occupancy rooms on the Mysore INFOSYS campus and double-occupancy rooms during weekend excursions.

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Who Can Participate?

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed course work or have relevant work experience in System Analysis and Design, and Object Oriented Programming.

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How to Apply 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that you will also be required to submit the Medical Questionnaire, but this is not a condition of acceptance to the program. Program enrollment is limited, so early application is encouraged!

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international transportation to Bangalore, India, and on the way back, you should plan to fly out of New Delhi. It is strongly recommended that you purchase a ticket based on a recommended itinerary that will be provided to you as group travel is highly recommended. Please do not purchase your air ticket until you have received your visa for entry into India. Alternatively, you may purchase a ticket as long as you also purchase trip cancellation insurance that will completely refund the cost of the ticket should the program be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, or you are unable to receive your visa for entry to India.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Please note that the USF insurance does not include trip cancellation coverage or travel insurance (theft of luggage, costs due to delays in travel time, etc.), pre-existing conditions or on-going medical treatment.

Those who plan to travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.  If not provided through your domestic health insurance carrier, this can be purchased separately through CISI or through another agency. The USF Card Center sells the International Student ID (ISIC) card which has a health insurance benefit in addition to providing student discounts overseas. For information, call the Card Center at (813) 974-2357 or visit the office located in the Marshall Center on the USF Tampa campus.

In addition to a valid passport, a visa is required for travel to India.  Passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of visa application. The Education Abroad Office will assist with obtaining the Indian visas for students in the program; students may also view requirements online.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

The Information Systems & Decision Sciences Department and the College of Business will jointly offer up to 12 scholarships at $1500 will be available to CoB (Tampa) students who sign up for this program subject to the following conditions:

  • Students should be admitted to a degree program in the college of business (BS, MS etc.) in Tampa.
  • Undergraduate students should have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75
  • Graduate students should have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Students should meet the program prerequisites by July 19, 2014

To apply for the ISM scholarship, students must send an email to Professor Balaji Padmanabhan bp@usf.edu. Emails should contain your name, U number and degree program that you are pursuing.  Requests for scholarships will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis subject to meeting the above-listed criteria. Requests for scholarships may be made from: TBA. Earlier applications will not be considered. 

Please contact Pavla Ozkul or Jackie Nelson for the deadline date for the COB scholarships.

The Education Abroad Office offers Study Abroad Scholarships. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis to degree-seeking USF students. Please visit here for application information and deadlines.

Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad.  USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit here for further information. 

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.  Because of the added stresses associated with operating in a foreign culture and language, even the safest foreign locations are likely to carry more risk to your safety and health.  For this reason it is vital that you learn as much about the places you will be traveling to; the more you are familiar with the host country's geography, culture and language, the safer you will be.  All participants will be required to attend a general study abroad orientation as well as program-specific orientations.  In addition to these sessions, you should consult the USF Safety Website as well as the websites listed below that provide useful information regarding your host country, and preparation for your international travel.

As with many places around the world, India has experienced terrorist attacks, most noticeably the luxury hotels in Mumbai November, 2008 which killed scores of people, plus 4 smaller incidents in 2008 (follow link below to US State Department website for more details).  Crime in India is on the rise, but generally relates to petty theft and pick-pocketing. 

The Infosys campus at Mysore is a gated and heavily-guarded compound and approximately four miles from the city center.  Students and other visitors are carefully searched upon entry and exit – primarily to prevent theft from Infosys, as it is a site of technology development and research.  The Infosys campus is self sufficient and safe. Participants do not need to step out of the campus as the Infosys campus provides many options for eating, recreation, as well as shopping. Eating options on campus include: Continental food, Chinese food, Pizza and Indian food. Daily food expenses (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) could vary from $4.00 to $10.00 depending on the eating option chosen on the campus.

In order to ensure personal safety, participants are advised not to step out of the Infosys campus alone, but to go out in a group.

Additional information will be provided to registered participants, but we encourage you to consult the following websites as soon as possible.

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Health and Fitness Requirements

The majority of USF's study abroad programs involve a great deal of walking, and in some cases hiking and trekking.  The USF/Infosys Program is a largely resident-based program.  Nevertheless, students will be required to climb stairs, and walk a great deal on campus, and on cultural and other field trips.  While Mysore is relatively pollution free, Bangalore, Agra, and N Delhi may be polluted. Participants having respiratory illness should consult their doctor before embarking on this trip. Participants should be prepared to drink only bottled water (with the seal intact) and eat only at hygienic restaurants and cafeterias.

Generally, the climate in India in summer is very hot and humid.  Mysore, because of its location, is quite comfortable.  On side trips to Agra and N Delhi, participants can expect very high and humid temperatures. 

According to the CDC, visitors to India are recommended to take a malarial prophylaxis (preventive medicine against malaria) and to be vaccinated against Typhoid.  Please consult with your physician and go to the Hillsborough County Travel clinic (see link below) at least 6 weeks prior to your departure.

If you have any concerns regarding your health (mental or physical), please consult your doctor, and the staff of Education Abroad prior to the program!

Travel & Health

• Travel Health Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Travel Health Information from the Food and Drug Administration
• Travel Health Information from the World Health Organization

Hillsborough County Health Department Travel Clinic Website

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Deposit (less $300 non-refundable administrative fee) will be refunded, only as recoverable from the host institution/providers of service. The purchase of trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised.  If USF must cancel, all program fees will be refunded.

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Special Terms

Everyone is required to be professional dressed during working hours. This is usually business casual (without jackets). On Mondays and Tuesdays, all men are required to wear ties (no jackets required).

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Contacts for More Information

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Balaji Padmanabhan
College of Business
Phone: (813)-974-6763
E-mail: bp@usf.edu

Administrative Advisor

Krissy Loveman
Education Abroad, CGS 101
Phone: (813) 974-4314
E-mail: kloveman@usf.edu

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This program is currently not accepting applications.