Programs Focus on Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Looking for a transformative, transdisciplinary and trans-Atlantic experience? The Center for Entrepreneurship’s partnership with the College of Engineering International Programs in Engineering is gearing up for its fifth summer of study abroad. These CFE curated experiences are open to undergrads university-wide.
ENTR Abroad: cfe.umich.edu/entr-abroad
Israel: The summer program begins with a select internship at one of Israel’s many high-tech companies in the city. This offers students an opportunity to bring their Wolverine acumen while honing intercultural communication, tech and business skills. Coursework rounds-out students’ time in-country.
France: Students will choose one of two deep-dives: project management in startups –or- exploring IoT (arduino+sensors+bluetooth). Students will also study French language and culture with a focus on multinational workplaces. Program activities include day trips to the Alps, as well as diverse industry and lab visits.
Denmark: Summer ‘19 internship experiences included biometric solutions, fintech lab, algorithmic black box, CO2 offset and Danish design solutions. A five-day study tour to Helsinki and Stockholm offers immersion in startup ecosystems in Sweden (SUP46, Impact Hub) and Finland (Maria 01, Aalto Design Factory, Kiuas Accelerator) demonstrating additional public-private collaborations and the relationship between entrepreneurship, innovation and regional community.
Portugal: Check out the European Innovation Academy playbook. Students engage daily with renowned speakers, mentors and startup investors from all over the globe. And no other participating university to date can compare to U-M students, who were collaborative members in top ten teams of 500+ annual EIA innovation challenge participants in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
“A super cool part of IPE Copenhagen is that it includes a study tour to Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. The entire trip lasted around a week, and it gave us the opportunity to experience the startup cultures in other parts of Scandinavia.” – Paul Smith (Mechanical Engineering – Denmark)
“The Portugal IPE program sparked my love for entrepreneurship by allowing me to connect with people from various cultures and build genuine friendships with people with different perspectives. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested because of the intersection of diverse intellect and rich culture.” – Ariana Khan (Ross School of Business – Portugal)
“It was a great opportunity to make connections with people all over the world, and I am sure we will keep in touch.” – Jessie Rosenfield (Industrial and Operations Engineering – Denmark)
“I felt quite enchanté by the life I lived in France…It’s this simultaneously delightful experience coupled with the fact that it was my introduction to this country that I have only viewed from the outside.” – Christina Liu (Computer Science – France)
“I will never forget this experience or the amazing friends that I have made.” – Kevin Wang (Electrical Engineering – Portugal)
U-M Alumni networking opportunities, regional excursions and additional co-curricular opportunities are highlights of each locale. Two locations include interning at select startup ventures. CFE+IPE offerings for Summer 2020 include:
Haifa, Israel with Technion University: This summer program is offered through Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, which is the top university in Israel, consistently ranked among the world’s top science and technology research universities. Israel has the highest concentration of high-tech companies outside of Silicon Valley.
Program Dates: May 3 – July 28 | 12 Weeks | 6 Credits
Lyon, France with National Institute of Applied Sciences: INSA Lyon is one of France’s top universities for science and technology, located in Lyon, the third largest city in France, recently ranked as France’s #1 college town. During this summer program, students learn about European perspectives in engineering and innovation.
Program Dates: May 14 – June 12 | 4 Weeks | 6 Credits
Copenhagen, Denmark with DIS: This program focuses on business and entrepreneurship topics from a Scandinavian perspective. The CoE is proud to sponsor this program run by DIS, a non-profit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959.
Program Dates: May 25 – July 4 | 6 Weeks | 6 Credits
Cascais, Portugal with European Innovation Academy: Learn what it takes to become a global entrepreneur and take part in a life-changing experience. The goal of this program is to go from an idea to a tech start-up in 15 days. The program is designed to offer students and experiential learning opportunity that affords deep insight into the real startup life.
Program Dates: July 11 – August 1 | 3 Weeks | 3 Credits
Priority applications for all four offerings are open until January 27, 2020. Applications for Denmark and Portugal programs will remain open as space is available until March 2, 2020. ENTR Abroad: cfe.umich.edu/entr-abroad
The Cooley Writing Content offers students a chance to win up to $500.
Students who have studied, worked, interned, or volunteered abroad may submit a written essay or blog reflecting on their experience. All entries should demonstrate cultural learning.
Find out more at the U-M Technical Communication Program website.
U-M’s IPE was recently recognized as the #1 Big 10 School and a Top 5 University for study abroad programs by the Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors Report.
U-M’s CFE is a leading member of the campus-wide innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, whose undergraduate offerings were recently recognized by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 Big 10 School and a Top 5 program for 4 consecutive years.
Engage with other disciplines globally. Work with offices who are Leaders and Best. For more information on any of these ENTR summer offerings contact CFE’s Christine Gordon or IPE’s Matt Hancock. Funding opportunities for Summer 2020 Study Abroad programs are available through IPE.
Build your resume: immersive global experiences + courses with prestigious entities = ENTR Abroad: cfe.umich.edu/entr-abroad