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HECUA Development & Community in Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Interim
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: HECUA 
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Program Type:
Field Study/Experiential
Language of Instruction:
Housing Options:
Areas of Study:
Anthropology, Business Administration, Economics, Education, All Grades, Gender Studies, Government & International Affairs, History, International Studies, Sociology
Additional Prerequisites:
Academic Good Standing, Dean of Students Approval
Add'l App Required:
Additional Fees:
$150 IPO Administrative Fee
Program Description:
  • Description

    In its inception and short history since 1971, Bangladesh has a place where international agencies, governmental organizations, and NGOs have tested and implemented various models of development. Students will hear from development theorists and development practitioners, and will talk with the intended beneficiaries of development programs. Through theoretical inquiry and structured experiential learning, students will be presented with conceptual tools to compare and contrast the local understanding of "development" and social change used by materially poor rural and urban Bangladeshis with the development discourses of experts and the urban elite. The program includes lectures, discussions, and group field study (in tandem with Bangladeshi students) to explore the ideologies, policies, and practices of socioeconomic development in the capital city Dhaka and in rural Bangladesh. Rural areas visited include Comilla and/or Bogra districts. The study of community development in Bangladesh is grounded in a basic introduction to the culture of Bangladesh, including religion, to better understand both aspirations and tensions in the development process.

    Grounded in an introduction to the culture of Bangladesh, this program helps students better understand both the aspirations and tensions of the development process through theoretical inquiry and structured experiential learning. Students compare and contrast the understanding of "development" and social change used by the materially poor with the development discourses of experts and urban elites.

    * What goals for development does Bangladesh hold for itself and feel are most
    * What is the role of community in determining the development process?
    * How can visiting students make a contribution and bring relevancy back home to
    local communities?

  • Highlights

    After time in the capital, Dhaka, students venture into villages to explore a research topic of interest to them; previous years topics include politics, healthcare, education, micro-credit, agriculture, and the environment. With the help of peer-age translators from our partner institution, Independent University Bangladesh, research teams engage in first-hand conversations with Bangladeshis and learn about the interconnectivity of issues in this complex country.

  • Degree Level

    Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

  • Subject Areas

    • Anthropology
    • Asian Studies
    • Business Admin. & Mngmt.
    • Communications
    • Conflict Studies
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Fourth World Studies
    • History
    • Humanities
    • Interdisciplinary
    • International Relations
    • Liberal Arts
    • Political Science/Politics
    • Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
    • Social Sciences
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Geography
    • Development Studies
    • Culture
  • Cost in US$:

    $5,900 for January 2015 program

  • Cost Include Description:

    Roundtrip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Dhaka, airport transfers, ground transportation, planned group excursions, lodging, all breakfasts, most lunches and dinners, and reading materials.

    Additional expenses to the student will include  passport, visa, travel insurance, and personal expenses (sundries, tips, gifts, and free time entertainment/meals/transportation).

  • Experience Required


  • Participants Travel to Bangladesh

    in Groups

  • Typically Participants Work

    in Groups of 18-22; small research groups of 3-4

  • Scholarships are Available

    Scholarships for Community Engagement in the amount of USD 250 are given for January-term programs

  • Application Process Involves

    • Online Application plus Application Assessment
    • Letters of Reference
    • Essay
    • Transcript

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.