India Study Tours

Designed to enhance the classroom curriculum, study tours offer students and their faculty adviser an intense, firsthand experience of the business culture of their chosen country or region. During the 7-10 day trips, students meet with leading executives and government officials while visiting businesses, factories, and cultural sites.

Study tours are organized by student teams and give participants  an opportunity to explore different business environments and to lay the groundwork for future international internships and jobs. The Chazen Institute provides guidance and logistical support throughout the tour planning.

Each study tour usually includes 20–40 Columbia Business School students and one faculty member. Itineraries from past study tours to India include:

Tour organizers arrange information sessions and send out e-mails through student notices regarding trip details and deadlines. If you would like to propose a study tour, review organizing a tour. For information on signing up and general information on the tours, please review participating in a tour. Click here to learn how study tours are different from Global Immersion Program classes.

Follow the adventures and discoveries of this year's Chazen travel programs through the Chazen blog.


  • Ronnie Screwvala, Founder, Unilazer Ventures and UTV Media
  • Reliance Brands Limited
  • DLF Limited
  • Instaoffice
  • GyanDhan
  • Chayoos
  • PVR Ltd.


  • Arvind Gupta, National Head of IT, Bharatiya Janata Party
  • Daljit Singh, CEO, Fortis Healthcare
  • D.R. Mehta, Founder, Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) Jaipur Foot
  • Moshe Shek, Founder and Owner, Moshe’s
  • Deepak Parekh, Chairman and Keki Mistry, Vice Chairman and CE0, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC)
  • Ronnie Screwvala, Founder, Unilazer Ventures and UTV Media
  • Akhil Gupta, Chairman, Bharti Airtel
  • Darshan Mehta, Director, Reliance Brands
  • Dabbawala


  • Deepak Parekh, chairman, HDFC
  • Kishore Biyani, CEO, Future Group
  • R. Gopalakrishnan, director, Tata Sons
  • Ronnie Screwala, founder, Unilazer Ventures and UTV Media
  • Dr. Simmardeep Singh Gil, COO, Fortis Hospital
  • Rajesh Magow, CEO, Make My Trip
  • Montek Singh Ahluwalie, former deputy chairman, Planning Commission


  • Kotak Mahindra Investment Bank: Shanti Ekambaram, president, corporate & investment banking
  • Tata Sons: R. Gopala Krishnan, executive director
  • Bombay Stock Exchange: Ashish Chauhan, CEO
  • Mudra Communications: Madhukar Kamath, CEO
  • ICICI Bank: N.S. Kannan, executive director and chief financial officer; K. Ramkumar, executive director and head of human resources, customer service & operations; Rajiv Sabharwal, executive director and head of retail banking, inclusive & rural banking, and SME & mid-corporate business
  • India Planning Commission: Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman
  • Rakesh Jhunjhunwala (private investor)
  • GIC
  • HDFC
  • Fortis Hospitals
  • Bharti Airtel
  • Teach for India


  • Tata Sons: R. Gopala Krishnan, executive director
  • Mundra Marketing
  • Rakesh Jhunjhunwala (private investor)
  • Ministry of Commerce: Dr. Rahul Khullar, commerce secretary
  • MAX India: Analjit Singh, chairman
  • IREO Real Estate Development: Varun Khanna, director
  • Chief Minister of Delhi: Sheila Dikshit
  • Godrej Industries: Adi Godrej, chairman
  • Akanksha: Vandana Goyal, CEO
  • IDFC
  • Infosys