BMGT498I: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Contemporary South African Context (3 credits)
|Program Dates||January 3-17, 2017|
|Destinations||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Faculty||Associate Dean Victor Mullins, PhD & Jeanette Snider, MA|
|Program Fee||$2,500* (estimate)
*This estimate is based on the 2016 program fee. Exact program fee is TBA. Fee does not include airfare, visa processing if applicable, most meals, and personal expenses.
|Scholarships||$500 Smith School Scholarships available for 1st time study abroad experience. Please visit the financing study abroad page for information.|
|Application||Application opens May 1, 2016
Application deadline is October 1, 2017
The time in Cape Town will inspire students’ academically, professionally and personally by immersing them in the field of social innovation. The course includes visits to locally owned companies such as BPeSA, and government agencies that support Cape Town’s growing venture activity. Also included are thought-provoking tours of Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the former maximum-security prison where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. At the District Six Museum, students will learn the sobering history of apartheid and, in Langa Township, residents will share their stories of rising above their history to improve their livelihoods and local infrastructure for themselves and their fellow countrymen.
Understanding of the unique South African story so that students can fully engage in the world of designing creative, sustainable processes towards social change will be promoted by engaging with students currently enrolled in the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Students will be challenged to design creative, sustainable processes towards social change using multiple learning strategies.
By the end of the course, students will be able to articulate their own definition and approach to social entrepreneurship and innovation and will have begun to develop the concepts, mind-sets, skills, and relationships that will result in becoming effective life-long social innovators.
Course is open to freshmen through seniors and all majors are welcome.
What Else Do You Need to Know?
International flights should not be booked until confirmation of course acceptance. Once registered for the course, students are advised, but not required, to purchase refundable airplane tickets to counter any inconvenience caused by a change in unforeseen circumstances. Oftentimes, students have made their travel arrangements through STA Travel, a discount student travel agency. Each student will, however, be responsible for payment in full of their own flight.
THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE
Program fee includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; shared accomodation, in-country ground transportation, most group meals, business visits, and costs for any other mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities, professor and partner fees, pre-departure meetings, UM Education Abroad services, and international health insurance (including medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage).
Not included: international airfare, transportation to South Africa, visa processing if applicable, most meals and personal expenses, and optional trip insurance. Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable.
PAYMENT(S) FOR THE COURSE are collected accordingly:
- A non-refundable $50 application fee payable online by credit card is due at the time of application.
- Upon acceptance into the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit payable online by credit card is due within 10 days or less. The exact due date of this deposit will be communicated when student is accepted. Applicants understand that when he/she pays this deposit after being accepted into the program, it is deemed to be a commitment of participation. This deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances.
- The remaining balance will be due upon Education Abroad's registration of student into the program. This amount will appear on the student's account and will be payable before the end of the next billing cycle. See UMD's Education Abroad website for other refund and withdrawal rules. Any scholarship monies awarded by Smith will be credited to the student's account once the charge appears on his/her account. All efforts will be made to have the scholarship monies credited prior to payment due date.