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UMD-Winter: South Africa: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Contemporary South African Context (BMGT)

Cape Town, South Africa
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image1This course will provide opportunities for theoretical engagement, experiential learning and reflection through a combination of seminars linked to site visits, symposia with organizations and leaders located in the surrounding communities of Cape Town, South Africa. While there are many emerging perspectives on social entrepreneurship and innovation, most generally a social innovation can be understood as a positive, creative shift in systemic social, economic, and/or environmental patterns. Many social innovations have global ambitions, but even when pursued primarily at the local level, social innovations go beyond simply providing a needed service or remediation. They challenge and experiment with a given system’s underlying building blocks: its rules, policies, technologies, structures, beliefs, habits, values, etc. 

This course emphasizes practical application of course concepts and frameworks in real-world contexts. During this course, we will ask you to see yourself as a social entrepreneur. We will take an interactive approach to familiarizing you with social innovation as both a discipline and practice. The course provides a dynamic academic, practical, and personal experience. Students will be immersed in the world of designing creative, sustainable processes towards social change using multiple learning strategies. By the end of the course, students will have formed their own approach to social entrepreneurship and innovation, and will have begun to develop the concepts, mindsets, skills, and relationships that will enable them to continue to be an effective social innovator throughout their lives.

Past Site Visits and Edu-tourism activities include:

  • SynNovation Toolkit for Ideas Workshop
  • Bo-Kaap
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • Macassar Pottery
  • Makukhanye Art Room
  • Robben Island
  • Langa Township experience
  • Mzantsi Restaurant
  • Table Mountain
  • Solm's Delta Winery
  • Seven Sisters Winery
  • Cape Point
  • V&A Waterfront
  • Aquila Game Drive

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

The course is open to UMD freshmen through seniors and all majors are welcome to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • BMGT469K: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Contemporary South African Context

This course will satisfy a Management major requirement and DVCC (General Education requirement). The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

You will be required to participate in both pre-departure and post-experience sessions as part of the Smith School Common Core for undergraduate faculty-led, short-term programs. Pre-departure sessions will focus on global mindset, country specific business curriculum, and logistics/health and safety. Post-experience sessions will include a subject specific debrief in addition to career application. The Smith School Common Core culminates in the Global Showcase, where students will be able to demonstrate their cultural curiosity and global business acumen through individual or group poster presentations. Dates for all sessions will be detailed on the course syllabus. 

Course Meeting
November 5, 2019
6 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
2505 Van Munching Hall

*Undergraduate Common Core
November 6, 2019
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
2333 Van Munching Hall
Course Meeting
December 4, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
2511 Van Munching Hall 

*Global Showcase
February 13, 2020
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
First Floor Atrium, Van Munching Hall

*All students will be required to participate in the Undergraduate Common Core and the Global Showcase.

You will stay in shared accommodations in a hotel. 

Costs are current for winter 2020. Costs for Winter 2023 will be updated mid-August.
*This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship. Online applications will open in mid-August and are due Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 11:59pm PT.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $40
Tuition $2,000
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $500
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $0
Visa $0
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,800
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $200
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $0

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Questions should be directed to Jeanette Snider or the the Center for Global Business

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Tour of Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the former maximum-security prison where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.
  • Tour of the Cape Peninsula (Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, Boulder Bay, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, etc.)
  • Tour of the Winelands
  • Participate in an all-day safari 
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2023 10/01/2022 10/11/2022 01/04/2023 01/15/2023