Summer Programs in China/India

The China Summer Program provides a unique opportunity for students to experience first hand the economic transition and reform that is taking place in China. This 4-hour study abroad program consists of one academic course in economics. The trip focuses on the study and analysis of market reform in China and includes visits to and surveys of state owned enterprises, private businesses, and joint ventures in major cities including Beijing, Shanghai,and X'ian as well as small towns. The China Program has been in operation since 1999.

 The Bangladesh and India Summer Program provides an opportunity for students to witness first-hand the silent revolution in Bangladesh that has enabled millions to get out of the vicious circle of poverty.  Students get the unique opportunity to observe, review, and evaluate operations of the 2006 Nobel peace winner Grameen Bank and BRAC (world’s largest nonprofit) in remote villages in Bangladesh and visit other NGOs in India. Students conduct interviews and focus group discussions with poor women borrowers at their homes and in their villages to learn how poverty lending is done, how peer groups are formed, how repayment is assured, how women are empowered, and how economic and social change occurs. They also have extended meetings with Nobel Laureate Dr. Yunus and Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. The Bangladesh and India Program has been in operation since 2003.

The Social Entrepreneurship Education (SEED) Program is an intensive internship program in social entrepreneurship and micro-finance that has two components: a four-week internship at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh or at a finance/ microfinance institution in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, or Europe; and a week of intensive pre-business training (lectures and workshops) at Sewanee in finance, accounting, and social entrepreneurship by faculty and alumni. The purpose of  the program is to provide knowledge, skills, experience, and professional networks to participants to fit their individual needs, be it to build a career in community finance, or to excel in a business environment, or to build organizations committed to social change or businesses with social responsibility. The program has been in operation since 2007.  Students have engaged in internships at thirteen finance/microfinance organizations in ten countries, including five in Asia -Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Indonesia, and China.