April 19, 2022

Interested in a study abroad program that offers hands-on, project-based learning about Grand Challenges and social innovation? The Grand Challenges Impact Lab (GCIL), a UW engineering study abroad program in Bangalore, India, is recruiting students for their Winter 2023 program!

The application deadline is May 15.

Grand Challenges are the big problems facing humanity – things like food security, clean water, climate change, low-income housing, education in disadvantaged communities, and access to health care. GCIL empowers UW grad and undergrad students to address Grand Challenges. Through GCIL, interdisciplinary teams of students are placed with an experienced local organization in Bangalore and are challenged to propose, test, and prototype solutions using tools of entrepreneurship and social innovation. 

Watch 2-minute videos about past student projects here: 


The application deadline is May 15, completed via the UW study abroad website.  

GCIL study abroad includes a 1 credit Autumn-quarter course at UW Seattle, and a 15 credit Winter-quarter course (approximate dates: January 3, 2023 – March 13, 2023) in Bangalore, India. 


GCIL is open to junior and senior undergraduate students and graduate students from any discipline. 


Join our virtual info sessions on zoom https://washington.zoom.us/j/5653906544. There are info sessions on April 14, 19, 27, and more; see gcil.uw.edu/india for the schedule.

 If you are unavailable to join one of our live info sessions, here is an informational video that was made a couple of years ago by one of our alumni: Informational Session Video.

Sign up for our interest email list to receive notifications about upcoming information sessions and application deadlines. 

Follow us on Instagram or Twitter, or use this link (https://uwgcil.wixsite.com/uwgcil/2020) to read the blog and learn more about previous student experiences! 

You can email any questions to: gcil@uw.edu

We are excited to help you create solutions that can make a difference and we hope you will consider applying!

All the Best,

Deborah Havens, Julian Marshall & the GCIL Team