Grand Challenges Impact Lab (GCIL) Winter 2023 Study Abroad Applications are Now Open!

Grand Challenges Impact Lab 2023 is now recruiting students!

Interested in a study abroad program that offers hands-on, project-based learning about Grand Challenges and social innovation?

Grand Challenges Impact Lab (GCIL), a UW study abroad program in Bangalore, India, is recruiting students for their Winter 2023 program!

Grand Challenges (GCs) 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 students to address GCs. Through GCIL, interdisciplinary teams of 4 students are placed in a local organization with experience with a GC and are challenged to propose, test, and prototype solutions using tools of entrepreneurship and social innovation.

Watch examples of past student projects here:

Well Connected

Parikrma mulam

Hasiru Mane


Applications are open now with a priority deadline of May 15th. Applications are available here.

GCIL study abroad includes a 1 credit Autumn-quarter course at UW Seattle, and a 15 credit Winter-quarter course (approximately January 3, 2023 – March 11, 2023) in Bangalore, India.


GCIL is open to junior and senior undergraduate students and graduate students from any discipline. We are excited to help you create solutions that can make a difference and hope you will consider applying!


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May 6, 1:00pm

May 11, 3:00pm

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By Eli Heller (He/Him)
Eli Heller (He/Him) Career Coach