Undergraduate and Graduate Field Study in International Finance
FIN 360 / FIN 680V
This International Finance Field Study traveled to Kerala and Mumbai, India from January 9 – 20, 2016. Led by Professors P.V. Viswanath and Burcin Col, this course introduced students to the practice of microfinance in urban and rural locales in India. Students visited microfinance institutions who bring different kinds of financial services to people at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid. The group gained society-specific insights from microfinance site visits that included Kudumbashree Poverty Reduction Project, Society for Rural Improvement (SRI), Chembur Financial Inclusion and Literacy Centre (FILC), and more.
Two Lubin students were each awarded scholarships in the amount of $2,000, made possible by a generous donation from the the Phil and Marianne Bleser Fund.
One Lubin student was awarded a full scholarship in the amount of $3,700, made possible by a generous donation from an attendee at the Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner, for a total of $12,200 awarded to this field study.
I loved this trip so much and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go.”
– Ashley Heller
“Having the opportunity to attend the Pace University India travel course will have a lifelong impact on me. This has been an eye opening trip that has affected me both personally and professionally. This trip did not only allow us to meet the founders and workers within the microfinance institutions, but we were able to meet the business owners of the micro enterprises.
This course also allowed me to go on site visits to schools and slums where we were able to have a better understanding of how the locals lived. Meeting and volunteering with the children was such a gratifying feeling. They were so excited to see us and have us be there for them. We were even blessed with presents just for visiting.
This trip was one of the most humbling experiences and I owe it to the Philip and Marianne Bleser Scholarship for providing me with the opportunity to have this life changing experience.”
– Gabriella Ferrara
This was a once in a lifetime experience. Between the business and cultural site visits, I learned an incredible amount of knowledge about India and its citizens. Although this trip was focused on microfinance, the most valuable lesson I learned was in regards to my perspective on life. Despite a lower standard of living in India, the people in India still strive to do the best that they can in order to financially support themselves and their families. This opportunity allowed me to use the knowledge that I have acquired through Pace and apply it to gaining more insight into India and the microfinance industry.”
– Morgan Steadwell
From eating with my bare hands off a plantain leave to shaking the hand of a young child in the Dharavi slum. Two experiences, I will never forget, one connected me with the food I was ingesting and it made me feel intouch with human nature. The other one put me in touch with humanity. I will never forget the happiness in that child’s eyes in shaking the hand of a stranger.
My five senses were extremely pushed during my visit to India. I experience the good, the bad, the ugly, and the heartbreaking and it all made me more human, so thank you Figueroa Family for making this possible.”
– Genesis Jaya Ron
“The travel course to India was definitely an unbelievable and life-changing experience. Given that this was my first travel course, I had been looking forward to the trip for months. We began our trip in Kerala where we visited various MicroFinance Institutions (MFI) and as well as its customers. After our visit to Kerala, where we were able to meet incredibly welcoming people, we traveled to Mumbai. Here, we visited the largest slum in Asia, an experience that was genuinely humbling and educational. We finished the course by visiting a few mid-sized entrepreneurial companies. Throughout the trip we were exposed to the culture and traditions of Indian people, learning new aspects of their MFI industry every day. This amazing experience could not have been possible without the support from both Pace University as well as the Spirit of Pace Award.”
– Sergio Borjas