UMD: A Globally Connected University

Global Entrepreneurship Semester

Haifa, Israel
Lund, Sweden
Seoul, Korea
Tel Aviv, Israel
Terms offered: 
Spring
Program Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
3.0
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English

To apply to this program, click "Apply Now" at the top of this page.

The Global Entrepreneurship Semester Program in Haifa, Lund, Seoul, or Tel Aviv provides you the opportunity to experience first-hand dynamic entrepreneurial cultures and environments around the world. This full year program combines one semester of on-campus preparation, a short-term intensive language training program (in most locations), and one semester of coursework and internship in your host city, facilitated by our international institutional partners.

The on campus semester (Fall 2017) prepares you for your upcoming internship experience! You will learn about international entrepreneurship and innovation, professional culture and skills, and host country business environment and culture. You will enroll in a one-credit class on Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship, attend workshops, and take advantage of the rich international campus environment and our proximity to Washington DC to participate in relevant lectures, events, and field trips throughout the second half of the fall semester. Before the end of the fall semester you will submit applications and interview for internship positions with start-up companies in your chosen city. Your placement will be confirmed before the start of the spring semester.

During your semester abroad (Spring 2018) you will spend 15-20 hours per week in your internship and will take two to three courses at the host institution. Your internship placement will be facilitated by your host institution, and remotely monitored and assisted by UMD.


Contact Information:
Conrad Zeutenhorst, Education Abroad Advisor

For questions about your application, admissions, logistics, academics, finances, and housing.

Raluca Nahorniac, Global Entrepreneurship Semester Coordinator
For questions about internship placements.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing. The Global Entrepreneurship Semester programs are highly competitive and therefore space in each program is limited to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Have completed at least 2 semesters at UMD

Your Global Entrepreneurship Semester includes both resident and transfer credit:

  • On campus course on Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship (Fall 2017, ENES 211, 1 resident credit). This course provides an introduction to the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship and innovation from an international perspective through lectures, case studies, instructors and guest speakers with international experiences and other relevant activities. The course focuses on the benefit for every entrepreneur and innovator to understand the cultural, strategic and operational aspects related to conducting entrepreneurial ventures in an international context. The course starts mid-October and it is a blended learning course with in-class and online components. The course will be a mix of interactive online lectures, case studies, projects, flipped classrooms, and international business/culture activities.
  • Winter coursework abroad (Winter 2018, 0-4 transfer credits) At most locations, students are invited to choose a study track or simply choose course options and activities listed online. Hebrew, Swedish, or Korean language courses are also offered, per location. An updated list of the courses available is online.
  • International Internship Course (Spring 2018, EDCP 386, 6 resident credits): a UMD-based instructor will remotely monitor, assist, guide, and assess your internship experience abroad. Local monitoring and assistance will be provided by your host institution. You have to complete 270 hours in your internship placement in order to be awarded the six internship credits, roughly 15 to 20 hours per week for the duration of the semester.
  • Two-Three host university courses (Spring 2018, 6-9 transfer credits). Per semester, each institution opens English-taught undergraduate courses. Refer to each location for specific academic information.

UMD Global Entrepreneurship students will be offered housing in either student dormitories or apartments. Students are also eligible to seek independent housing. Refer to each location for specific housing information.

Lund Budget

Cost listed are for spring 2018.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $725
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
GES Program Fee $700
Includes coordination and GES-specific programming before and during the experience.
International Health Insurance $223
Technology Fee $152
Tuition (in-state) $4,240.50
Tuition (out-of-state) $15,844
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, housing placement services, and teaching services.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE (in-state) $6,090.50
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE (out-of-state) $17,694
Out-of-pocket Costs
Housing (estimate) $2,750
Meals (estimate) $1,500
Passport $140
Visa $155
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Course materials $125
Personal Expenses $2,500
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE (in-state): $14,760.50
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE (out-of-state): $26,364

Seoul Budget

Cost listed are for spring 2018.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $725
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
GES Program Fee $700
Includes coordination and GES-specific programming before and during the experience.
International Health Insurance $223
Technology Fee $152
Winter at Yonsei Program $1500
Tuition (in-state) $4,240.50
Tuition (out-of-state) $15,844
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, housing placement services, and teaching services.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE (in-state): $7,590.50
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE (out-of-state):  $19,194
Out-of-pocket Costs
Housing (estimate) $2,500
Meals (estimate) $2000
Passport $140
Visa $45
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $2000
Course materials $250
Personal Expenses $2,500
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE (in-state): $17,025.50
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE (out-of-state): $28,629

Tel Aviv Budget

Cost listed are for spring 2018.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
GES Program Fee $700
Includes coordination and GES-specific programming before and during the experience.
International Health Insurance $223
Technology Fee $152
TAU Application Fee $60
Tuition, Ulpan language course, on-site student services, and internship placement $7,700
Housing $3000
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE:  $13,085
Out-of-pocket Costs
Host Country National Insurance Fees $46
Meals (estimate) $2000
Passport $140
Visa $50
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Course materials $250
Personal Expenses $2,500
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $19,271

Haifa Budget

Cost listed are for spring 2018.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $725
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
GES Program Fee $700
Includes coordination and GES-specific programming before and during the experience.
International Health Insurance $223
Technology Fee $152
Tuition (in-state) $4,240.50
Tuition (out-of-state) $15,844
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, housing placement services, and teaching services.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE (in-state): $6,090.50
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE (out-of-state): $17,694
Out-of-pocket Costs
Incoming Exchange Fee $250
Host Country National Insurance Fees $46
Housing (estimate) $1,900
Meals (estimate) $2000
Passport $140
Visa $50
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Course materials $250
Personal Expenses $2,500
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE (in-state): $14,426.50
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE (out-of-state): $26,030

Please note: Costs vary with each program location, but we are striving to keep them near-equivalent to your current UMD cost of attendance. Cost should not be a barrier for students interested in applying. The Office of International Affairs and Education Abroad will work with students to navigate potential funding opportunities and scholarships. Please email Raluca Nahorniac (raluca@umd.edu) for more information.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD.

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 cancelation due to low enrollment.

Host City

Lund is one of the oldest cities in Sweden but with the healthiest and youngest population in the country. There are 130 nationalities in Lund, making it a truly international city in which to study. In the city you can find a blend of old and new, tradition and innovation. Lund is a city in which the university has an enormous presence, a true student city where you can choose to study at one of the many cafés, green parks, or student buildings. In addition there is a comprehensive public transport system including buses and trains to transport you in and around Lund, Sweden and nearby Copenhagen in Denmark.

Lund is located in the heart of Sweden's high-tech region. Several global corporations such as Sony, Microsoft, and Ericsson have footprints there. Beyond telecommunications, Lund also attracts industries such as medical technology, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.

Lund University and the University of Maryland are both members in Universitas 21 (U21). U21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities; working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization.

Learn more about Universitas 21 and its programs and mission on the U21 website: http://universitas21.com/

Visa Information

A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

Host Institution

Lund University was founded in 1666 but traces its roots to 1436 when it was recognized as a studium generale, an institution of international excellence. Steeped in centuries of tradition, Lund University has always been at the forefront of innovation with its modern and dynamic approach. Innovation and creativity remain the bedrock of Lund University, where learning is about critical thinking and pushing boundaries to reveal new thoughts and ideas. Lund University has 33,000 students and 6,800 staff from all over the world. The University is based mainly in Lund, Malmö, and Helsingborg, Sweden. The University of Maryland and Lund University are both part of Universitas 21 (U21). Exchange students from U21 universities are given priority for student housing given that they submit their housing application on time.

Academics

At Lund University, your Global Entrepreneurship Semester in Lund includes both resident and transfer credit:

  • Swedish Language Instruction will take place in Lund one week before the beginning of the Spring Semester. This intensive course, part of the Lund orientation program, will prepare you for your semester-long immersion in Swedish academic, business, and everyday life. For more information on the language classes visit here: http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/lubas/i-uoh-lu-SFSH11
  • Two-three Lund University courses (Spring 2018, 6-9 transfer credits). In addition to the range of courses taught in various departments, you will have access to the following: Special Area Studies ("SAS") – specially designed courses available for exchange students which give an insight into Scandinavian and European cultural interest areas, Introductory Swedish language courses ("SUSA") – specially designed courses for exchange students to give an introduction to Swedish language, Continued Swedish language courses ("SVE").

Course offerings are available here.

Housing

LU Accommodation is part of Student Services at Lund University and offers housing for international students. LU Accommodation manages a limited number of rooms and flats in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. LU Accommodation is mainly a service for international exchange and degree-seeking students. For more information about accommodations and pricing, see the Lund University website.

Host City

Yonsei University is located in Seoul, which is Korea's political, cultural and economic center. A thriving metropolis, Seoul is the home of embassies, theaters, stores and high-tech office buildings. Amongst tall modern buildings sit ancient palaces, temples, and shrines set against crowded markets and the peaceful Han River that runs through the city center. Known as one of the most wired cities in the world, students in Seoul can take advantage of Korea's position on the cutting edge of global technology. With a population of approximately 11 million people, Seoul continues to expand outward.

Visa Information

You are required to obtain a D-2 student visa for Korea before you leave the US: http://usa.mofat.go.kr/english/am/usa/visa/visa/index.jsp.

Host Institution

Since its founding in 1885, Yonsei University has been synonymous with research and international education and exchange in Asia. The University maintains the most extensive international network in Korea with 603 partner institutions in 59 countries and hosts the largest number of international students among Korean universities, with almost 4,000 students per year.

Exchange students participating in Yonsei University’s extensive non-degree global programs get the valuable opportunity to receive the best international education in Asia through its globally renowned faculty members and innovative and extensive curriculum. Exchange students also have the benefit of being exposed to a beautiful and culturally rich environment since the University is situated in a spacious, quiet, and well-wooded environment with a mountain inside located just in the center of Seoul’s metropolitan area.

Its scenic campus has been described as “one of the most beautiful campuses in the world” by CNN’s special program, EYE ON SOUTH KOREA. Lastly, students can immerse themselves in Korean culture by participating in various Yonsei clubs and activities for international students. The famous Yon-Ko Games, an annual sports festival of Yonsei University and Korea University, is also a major must-see for international students.

Academics

At Yonsei University, your Global Entrepreneurship Semester in Seoul includes both resident and transfer credit:

  • Korean Language course (Winter 2018, 1 transfer credit) AND Korean Modern History OR Korean Economy (Winter 2018, 3 transfer credits) will take place in Seoul before the beginning of the Spring Semester. These courses will prepare you for your semester-long immersion in Korean academic, business, and everyday life. You will also have the opportunity of joining fieldtrips organized by Yonsei University, such as a tour of the city of Seoul, a visit to the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea (DMZ), or a visit to a nearby ski resort.
  • Three Yonsei University courses (Spring 2018, 9 transfer credits). Per semester, Yonsei opens about 200 to 250 English-taught undergraduate courses. It offers coursework in eight diverse programs with courses in English. Classes are available in fields such as psychology, theology, physics and astronomy, business, and engineering. Many other courses are available in Korean.

To see a listing of course offerings go to http://portal.yonsei.ac.kr/main/indexe.jsp -> Click "Course Catalogue and Syllabus: Undergraduate and Graduate" -> Make sure the following selections are active: “Undergraduate Programs”, “Semester 1”, and the most recent Year available. Check "English Course Only" and search by College and Major.

Housing

Yonsei operates two properties for international and exchange students called the SK Global House and International House. These dorms can accommodate students in single or double rooms. They have many facilities for residents, including the 24-hour-operating front desk and security system, a kitchen with public refrigerators, music room, fitness center, coin laundry, computer room, dry cleaning shop, lounge area, study room, seminar room, video room, a food court, convenience store, flower shop, school supply store, nail shop, and a fast food restaurant.

Host City

The University and the city of Tel Aviv thrive together as a major Mediterranean center of diversity and discovery in Israel. TAU is located in Ramat Aviv, a district in the northern part of the city. The city of Tel Aviv is a major center of technology, finance, culture, and entertainment. Eighteen of Israel's 35 major centers for the performing arts are located in the city, it has several leading sports teams, is home to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), Israel's only stock exchange, has been deemed a center for fashion and design, is home to a large and well-established LGBTQ community, and is a major world hi-tech start-up hub.

Also known for its architecture, Tel Aviv’s “White City” has the largest collection of more than 5,000 Modernist-style buildings inspired by the Bauhaus school, a style of architecture introduced in the 1920s and 1930s by German Jewish architects who settled in Palestine after the rise of the Nazis. The White City is now deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also well known for its fantastic public beaches with cafes right on the sand. The culture, entertainment, nightlife, and young atmosphere have helped Tel Aviv earn its reputation as "the city that never sleeps."

Visa Information

US citizens will require a student visa to enter and remain in Israel for the duration of the study abroad program. If the student is not a US citizen, he or she should check with the Israeli Embassy to see if a student visa is required for the time of study in Israel. For more information, please see the Israeli Embassy website.

Host Institution

Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest university hosting over 30,000 students studying in nine faculties (colleges) and over 125 schools and departments across the sciences, humanities and arts. As a major teaching and research university with high rankings in both Israel and the world, TAU offers students a unique opportunity to study at a comprehensive university in Israel’s cultural, financial and technological capital city.

Academics

You will earn both resident and transfer credit through your participation in the following aspects of the Global Entrepreneurship Semester program in Tel Aviv:

  • Ulpan: Hebrew Language course (Winter) will take place in Tel Aviv before the beginning of the Spring Semester. This intensive language course will prepare you for your semester-long immersion in Israeli academic, business, and everyday life.
  • Two-three Tel Aviv University courses (Spring semester, 6-9 transfer credits). In general, the language of instruction at TAU is Hebrew. However, Tel Aviv International School offers English-taught courses in a variety of fields and across many departments.

You can consult the current course offerings on the Tel Aviv International Academic page.

Housing

During your semester in Tel Aviv will be staying in the Einstein Dormitories, fully furnished, modern student housing conveniently located within walking distance from the university campus. Housing includes 24-hour security and supportive resident counselors called Madrichim. On campus you will find great outdoor facilities as well as indoor facilities. There are many benefits of being a student at TAU, including access to a discounted gym rate which offers three pools (one olympic size one) a great indoor gym and an always visited gymnasium. There are tennis courts on campus, as well as volleyball courts spread out throughout the open areas. The campus comes alive with weekly social and cultural events.

Host City

Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and is located in the northern part of the country. It is the main port of Israel making use of its natural bay and serves as Israel's major link to the sea. Haifa extends over a chain of hills, part of the Biblical Carmel range, which rise majestically overlooking the Mediterranean. Today, the city is a major seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa covering 63.7 square kilometers (24.6 sq. mi). It is located about 90 kilometers (56 mi) north of Tel Aviv and is the major regional center of northern Israel. Two respected academic institutions, the University of Haifa and the Technion, are located in Haifa, and the city plays an important role in Israel's economy. It is home to Matam, one of the oldest and largest high-tech parks in the country.

Visa Information

US citizens will require a student visa to enter and remain in Israel for the duration of the study abroad program. If the student is not a US citizen, he or she should check with the Israeli Embassy to see if a student visa is required for the time of study in Israel. For more information, please see the Israeli Embassy website.

Host Institution

The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology was founded in 1912 in Haifa and is the oldest university in Israel and the Middle East. The university offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as architecture, medicine, industrial management, and education.

Technion is noted as a global pioneer in multidisciplinary research into fields including energy, nanotechnology, and life science. It has 18 academic departments and 52 research centers, and over 13,000 students. Since its founding, it has awarded over 95,000 degrees and its graduates are cited to have brought the unique skills and penchant for innovation which helped conceive and consolidate the modern State of Israel. Technion’s over 610 faculty members include three Nobel Laureates.

Academics

At Technion, your Global Entrepreneurship Semester in Haifa includes both resident and transfer credit:

  • Hebrew Language course (Winter 2018, 1 transfer credit) students are invited to choose a study track or simply choose course options and activities listed online. Hebrew language courses are also offered. An updated list of the courses available is online at https://int.technion.ac.il.
  • Two-Three Technion courses (Spring 2018, 6-9 transfer credits). Per semester, Technion opens English-taught undergraduate courses. It offers coursework in eight diverse programs with courses in English. Classes are available in fields such as engineering science, entrepreneurship and architecture.

More information on these courses can be found here: https://int.technion.ac.il/semester-programs/.

Housing

Technion offers on-campus housing to international students. Housing is limited and not guaranteed, students should request housing at least 3 months before the semester begins. Students may seek independent housing if desired. You can learn more about accommodation on the Technion website: http://int.technion.ac.il/technion-living/housing/.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017 10/15/2017 07/01/2018