Last year, the Global Entrepreneurship Program, which is provided by the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy at the David Eccles School of Business, took 16 aspiring entrepreneurs on a unique, immersive semester-long trip through Asia. The students lived in and took University of Utah classes at a Korean University in Seoul, Korea, interned with different international startups and earned a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. In addition to broadly exploring South Korea, the group traveled to and toured Shanghai, China, Phuket, Thailand and Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan.
“Studying abroad is definitely an eye-opening experience,” said Tom Sonntag, a student on the Global Entrepreneurship Program trip in 2018. “For me, it took me far outside of my comfort zone and allowed me to stretch and learn new things about myself.”
This coming spring 2019 semester, the Global Entrepreneurship Program is expanding the program’s benefits and hosting a one-of-a-kind experience in South America. Students from all campus-wide majors and backgrounds may take advantage of this significant opportunity.
The program will take place in three countries: Argentina, Chile and Peru. Home base for classes will be Santiago, which has earned the name “Chilecon Valley” as a result of its business culture of innovation as well as sustainability initiatives and practices. In Santiago, students will also visit international companies, meet political leaders and intern with various companies for 10 weeks. The program also takes students to visit Patagonia, Buenos Aires and one of the Wonders of the Modern World, Machu Picchu.
During the program, students will take five entrepreneurship courses from University of Utah professors who will also provide mentorship as students learn to create, finance, market and sell ventures of their own design. Completing the courses will earn students a Certificate in Entrepreneurship, a differentiator for students of any major. For students still finishing up their undergrad credits, the courses taken on the Global Entrepreneurship Program trip will cover four general education requirements.
“We wanted this program to be relevant for students of any background,” said Cesar Sanchez, the manager of the Global Entrepreneurship Program. “Knowing how to generate a venture and how to network and find resources for their success are invaluable skills for anyone in any field of study.”
Learn more about the program and register at eccles.link/global-entp.
Find out more about the Global Entrepreneurship Program’s Spring 2019 trip to South America below.