Grand Challenges (GCs) are the big problems facing humanity -- things like food security, clean water, and climate change. The Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL) is a new UW study abroad program in Bangalore, India that empowers students to address GCs.
Through the Grand Challenges Impact Lab, you will learn about Grand Challenges and be challenged to propose and test solutions to them. GCIL is a quarter-long program that will be offered during Winter Quarter 2018 in Bangalore, India. The program offers an active, hands-on learning laboratory and is open to graduate students and undergraduate junior and senior students from any department.
The GCIL course (Winter 2018) is divided into two parts:
In addition, to help prepare for the program, you will also enroll in a 1-credit on-campus pre-departure course during Autumn Quarter 2017. This course will introduce a range of topics from development theory to Indian culture; the goal is to help prepare you to hit the ground running when you arrive in Bangalore. You will meet with your project group and a UW faculty mentor to develop your knowledge of your GC and its impact on the local communities in Bangalore.