Leadership and Service GIE: India

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SCETL Global Intensive Experience in India, March 2018

SCETL Leadership and Service GIE: India

Dec 9 - 21, 2018

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A ten-day leadership workshop “in the field” of urban New Delhi and rural Rajasthan, India. 

During this program, students will engage with leaders in India’s cultural, religious, political, and economic sectors and interact with the students at Delhi University through peer-to-peer workshops. Students will also have the opportunity to practice and hone their leadership skills on service projects through collaboration and creativity with NGO partners and rural Indian organizations. In addition, students will visit the iconic Taj Mahal where they have the opportunity to reflect on ancient, medieval, and modern “greatness.” Students will return to ASU with increased global awareness and strengthened leadership skills. 

Prior to the trip, selected students will be required to attend five pre-program orientation meetings. At the same time, they will work in student teams to develop a service project with the help of a local NGO in Rajasthan. They will make presentations on their progress at pre-program meetings. Post-program, students will complete an analysis of their project's successes and failures, to include reflection on themselves as project leaders and cultural integrators, and on the entire experience. 

Program components include:

  • Three days of seminars in New Delhi with leaders in India's cultural, religious, political, and economic sectors. 

  • Peer-to-peer workshops with students at Delhi University and Mayo College in Ajmer, Rajasthan

  • Leadership practicum through the development of a service project that ASU student teams will implement with a partner NGO in rural Rajasthan – with the goal of embodying Mahatma Gandhi's exhortation to “be the change you wish to see in the world.” 

  • Travel with global education experts to iconic sites in northern India, including the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid in Delhi and the old city of Jaipur. 

  • Trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra. 

  • Pre-trip readings and discussion of the history, culture, and politics of India.  Post-trip reflection on global leadership and citizenship, and on this leadership workshop in India as a springboard for further service and learning.

    *Group flies together to India; group flight departs from Phoenix on December 9. 

Application Requirements


Interviews September 13 and 14

Students should send the following materials in a single PDF by September 10 to Susan Kells (Susan.Kells@asu.edu):

1) a written statement of interest and qualification

2) unofficial ASU transcript or, if a freshman, a high school transcript; and

3) a letter of recommendation (may be sent directly to Susan Kells if recommender prefers).

Requirements:  G.P.A. 3.0 and enrollment in at least one course with the CEL prefix for Spring 2019.


For more information and resources, and to apply for this program, visit ASU Study Abroad and click the "Apply Now" button. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. The program fee is heavily subsidized for students enrolled in at least one CEL course in Spring 2019.


Supervising faculty

Dr. Susan Carrese, Experiential Education Coordinator

Dr. Karen Taliaferro, Assistant Professor




Contact Susan Carrese at scarrese@asu.edu or susan.kells@asu.edu