WWU Exchange in India:
Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies
At RCBS, the curriculum is designed to enable students to develop their competencies and capabilities so that they excel in every domain of life. The Rajagiri Immersive Learning Experience Methodology is a pedagogical innovation of Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies. Along with academics, students are exposed to programs and activities which prepare them to manage and lead in challenging environments. The methodology is based on four dimensions: Conceptual Learning, Experiential Engagement, Executive Modeling and Corporate Competency. The various activities under these dimensions help transform the Rajagirians into professionally competent and socially sensitive individuals. All courses are taught in English.
- Accreditations: The MBA, MHRM and PGDM programs at Rajagiri have been accredited by ACBSP accreditation, which is the world's largest international accreditation council and a leading specialized accreditation association for business education.
- Facilities are friendly to differently abled individuals - Rajagiri provides facilities such as Lifts, Toilets, Wheel chairs and alternative paths to stairs for differently abled individuals in all of its buildings in the campus.
- Housing costs are covered for Western students. You will stay at a brand new facility outside the school campus. Regular transportation to and from campus will be provided.
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be provided to Western students.
- This exchange is only available Fall quarter
- Students can apply for internships
Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies is situated in Kakkanad, a pleasant green suburb of Cochin, outside the hustle and bustle of city life. Rajagiri Valley, which houses the RCBS campus, is a sprawling 95 acre estate on the banks of the Chithrapuzha. It is close to the IT hub, Info Park and only 2.6 kms away from the Cochin Special Economic Zone. It enjoys the advantage of being located close to the proposed Smart City and industrial heart of Ernakulam.
Academic Program and Courses
Students may select courses from the MBA, MHRM and PGDM programs. Students are advised to restrict the selection of subjects being offered in any one trimester so as to avoid clashes in class timings. Course offerings include such subjects as: Cost and Management Accounting – Macroeconomics – Foundation and Financial Management – Process Management – Sales Management – Quantitative Technics – Organizational Behavior.
Students may be unfamiliar with the terminology Rajagiri uses to describe their periods of study. Within the year, there are three “semesters”; Monsoon (June to October), Winter (October to January), and Spring (January to April). Each semester is comprised to two trimesters. Western’s agreement with Rajagiri limits student participation to Winter semester only (trimesters II and V). Rajagiri will permit students to return early in order to Western’s Winter quarter start date in January.
The campus offers excellent hostel facilities for international students with resident tutors to look into their welfare. The Hostel has a full time cook to cater to their needs and other modern amenities including 24x7 Wi-Fi. The college provides efficient public transportation facilities for staff and students to nearby places and towns.
Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.
India uses the rupee as its currency. A rupee is divisible into 100 paise. Because of the growth of the Indian economy, multiple denomination paise coins are fast disappearing from general circulation. Coins are available in 1, 2 and 5 rupee denominations. Bills are generally available in 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupee values. Students should check their change carefully when receiving rupee paper currency, as torn or taped bills are not typically accepted, but are sometimes given as change. Students with torn or taped bills will likely have to go to a bank to exchange the damaged bills. Large bills can also be a problem, as change is usually hard to come by.
Currency can be exchanged either at regular banks or private companies, such as Thomas Cook or American Express. For quicker service than at a bank, you can use licensed currency exchange bureaus, which can be found in main tourist areas, though the rates may be higher. Students should plan to cash $100 or $200 worth of currency into Indian rupees on arrival at the airport.
BANKS AND ATMs
Banking hours are generally Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 or 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The State Bank of India is the main government-run bank and can be found in all major cities. Banks are the safest place to exchange currency, but can take much more time due to long lines and forms to fill out.
Debit cards are widely accepted in India, but you should exercise caution when using them in many small shops. A safer alternative is to use cash. Use of credit cards in larger shops is safe. ATMs can be found at main banks in the larger towns and cities, though your bank may charge a foreign transaction fee. Credit cards can be used at major hotels, nice restaurants and some shops, but not in most places. Again, cash is always the best option. It is recommended to exchange large amounts of cash at once to keep the transaction and exchange fees to a minimum. Wiring funds is not a viable option and could take many days.
COST OF LIVING
India remains one of the world’s least expensive countries to live in, especially by Western standards. For just Rs 2000 per day you can stay in mid-range hotels, eat meals in nice restaurants and use taxis or autos for transportation. Prices vary throughout the country; Mumbai is notoriously expensive compared to the rest of the country, with Delhi not far behind price-wise. Traveling outside of Hyderabad to other parts of India will generally be the most expensive part of the student’s semester. Air-conditioned train cars are more expensive, but generally worth it when traveling to sites such as Agra and Delhi. Entrance fees to Indian monuments for foreigners, such as the Taj Mahal, can be expensive but are worth the money.
- Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): USD ~$2,750 per quarter
- Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): USD ~$3,940
- Housing: 0
- Meals: 0
- Books & Supplies: Unknown
- Study abroad health insurance: USD $1.56/day
- Personal Expenses: 15,000 – 30,000 rupees/month
- Airfare: $800 - $1,300
How to Apply
Step 1: Interview and Nomination
You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to UDE. Here is the nomination process:
- Create one EdAbroad application
- Complete the following four items in the Pre-Decision Section:
- Sign the Read & Sign forms
- Pay the application fee
- Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)
- Submit a completed Recommendation.
There are two other items in the Pre-Decision Section, but students can complete them either before or after the interview.
Call the EdAbroad front desk to schedule an interview.
Deadline for Submitting Nomination material
- For Exchanges starting between July and October: February 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
- For Exchanges starting in January and April: June 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Once the student has come in for an interview, the status in their EdAbroad application will be changed to "Interviewed".
Step 2: Accept the Nomination
The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed. Note that different host sites have different nomination and application deadlines. The timeline of the host site’s application process strongly influences the order in which the EdAbroad office processes student applications.
The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
In order to accept the nomination, students should initial and sign the nomination letter and return it to the EdAbroad office by the date requested in the letter. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.
Once nominated students have submitted their signed and initialed nomination letter, their EdAbroad Application status will be updated to "Accepted". When a student's application status is changed from "Interviewed" to "Accepted", the remainder of the EdAbroad application material will become available for review and completion.
Step 3: Fill out and Compile the Rajagiri Application Material
- Students will need to submit the following:
- Rajagiri Application Form
- Letter of Interest (Note that Rajagiri ”
- Scanned copy of passport
- Official transcript
- Housing Application
Once completed, email your application material to Western’s Exchange coordinator.
Fall/Academic Year (Winter Semester): May 1
Spring Semester (Summer Semester): October 1
Rajagiri will provide you with an official letter of acceptance, which you will need when applying for your visa.
Step 4: Apply for your Visa
A student visa and a passport valid for six months beyond the date of departure are required to enter India. The Embassy of India has outsourced all visa processing to an independent company, Cox & Kings Global Services
. Please visit their website for detailed instructions on the visa application process. Please remember that CKGS is a private contractor to the Indian Embassy, and therefore works under its own time frame. The visa process can be lengthy, so you are encouraged to plan accordingly
! For more information, visit the Embassy of India
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