This course is offered as a study abroad course to Bangladesh and will focus on understanding the philosophy and operations of Grameen Bank (GB) – the most reputed and renowned micro-credit institutions in the world. “Micro-credit” refers to the extension of very small loans (microloans) to those in poverty, designed to spur entrepreneurship. In 2006, GB and its founder, Professor Yunus, were co-jointly awarded the Nobel Peace prize due to their innovativeness and impact.

Course Schedule

July 4-6 (approx.):            Travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh

July 7:                                    Meet with GB’s staff (headquarters, Dhaka City)

July 8 – 10:                     Attend seminars and discussion sessions to familiarize with GB’s philosophy, operations, policies, challenges, and impact.

July 11 – 15:                        Field visit to a rural GB’s branch office to see firsthand the bank’s operation, meet and interact with its borrowers, conduct case studies.

July 19:                                  Visit Social Business Activities (Grameen Veolia Water Ltd.)

July 20:                                Slam School Visit

July 21:                                 Visit a garments factory (Dhaka City).

July 22:                                 Visit Grameen Shikka, Grameen Kalyan, Gramee;n Shekti                       

July 25:                  Visit to Grameen Danone, Eye Care, Fisheries (overnight at Naz Garden Bogra)

July 27:             Urban Replication Program @ Dhaka City          

August 1:           Field trip to a tea garden (Sylhet City).

August 3-5:                         Travel back to the USA

Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and the principal city of Dhaka District. Located on the banks of the Buriganga River, Dhaka, along with its metropolitan area, has a population of 11 million, making it the largest city in Bangladesh and one of the most populous in the world.

Sylhet has also a very interesting and rich history. Before the conquest by the Muslims, it was ruled by local chieftains. In 1303, the great Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal came to Sylhet from Delhi with a band of 360 disciples to preach Islam and defeated the then Raja Gour Gobinda, Sylhet thus became a district of saints.