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UMD-Summer: Australia: Bioentrepreneurship in Australia (BIOE/ENES/CHEM)

Sydney, Australia
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Through lectures, discussion, and business planning, students will learn how to assess the feasibility of a life sciences startup venture. During this course students will identify a specific life science business opportunity, evaluate financial and market opportunities, build financial projections and create a business plan. Projects relating to medical device, diagnostics, therapeutics and platform technologies would be eligible for inclusion. In a team environment, students will assess their specific opportunity. In addition, they will assess the skills and talents of successful entrepreneurs and investigate models and approaches that help leaders navigate the uncertainties of entrepreneurship and creating new life science ventures. Students will debate a wide range of important issues facing entrepreneurs.

*Thanks to generous support provided by Allan R. Will, '76, each committed participant on this program will receive an automatic $500 scholarship. This can be combined with any other funding they receive through the EA Fund Scholarship or other sources.

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.

UMD and non-UMD sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply. 

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the Program Leader (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:

  • BIOE489E: Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences
  • ENES498E: Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences
  • CHEM498E: Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit

BIOE498E and ENES498E are approved for the following:

  • BIOE: Bioengineering Elective
  • ENCE: Out of Major Elective (BIOE course # only)
  • ENFP: Technical Elective
  • ENEE: General Technical Elective (electrical engineering) or Category F elective (computer engineering)
  • ENME: TECH4XX out of major elective

You will stay in apartment accommodation with twin share bedrooms (wifi, kitchen and laundry included) in central Sydney.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
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Costs are current for Summer 2020.
*Thanks to generous support provided by Allan R. Will, '76, each committed participant on this program will receive an automatic $500 scholarship. This can be combined with any other funding they receive through the EA Fund Scholarship or other sources.

This is a non-refundable fee to submit an application.
Education Abroad Fee
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance
This coverage is required and complements students' regular U.S. primary health insurance coverage.
Housing Fee
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
These are the instructional costs which include tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
This fee is charged to your student account and is based on our program deadlines. Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering.
Meals (estimate)
Roundtrip airfare (estimate)
Course materials
Optional activities/incidental expenses
Optional trip cancelation/interruption insurance

*Non-UMD graduate students will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this program.


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

Dr. Connolly is a past director in the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. Dr. Connolly holds BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. She was a research faculty member at Johns Hopkins, and later an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is the author of 36 publications in cardiovascular systems physiology. She is the former Senior Biotechnology Industry Representative for the State of Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development. She also was a founder of an entrepreneurial technology development company, and directed business development at a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company.

She is experienced in early stage technology commercialization, business development and economic strategies. She is the former Director of the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program which accelerates the commercialization of technology in Maryland by providing matching funds for collaborative R&D projects between companies and University System of Maryland faculty. In 2007, the Daily Record named Dr. Connolly one of Maryland’s 50 Most Influential People, and in 2010 she received the President’s award from the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Biosciences Committee. She is a frequent speaker on technology-led economic development. She has consulted on technology-led economic development in Australia for the government of Queensland. Dr. Connolly taught graduate and undergraduate courses in
entrepreneurship in the life sciences at the University of Maryland for 12 years. She has acted as a mentor to capstone medical device design teams. Dr. Connolly was elected a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2013.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Leader. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs

As a part of this program, you will engage in activities such as:

  • Historical walking tour of Sydney
  • Wildlife and Indigenous Culture day trip
  • Guest lectures from industry professionals, academics and expert guides, as detailed in the Proposed Program Schedule, supplied
  • Class space for all classes as detailed in the Program Schedule, supplied
  • Breakfast included every day of the programme
  • Welcome brunch on day of arrival
  • Welcome dinner on day of arrival
  • Morning tea, BBQ lunch, and afternoon tea on wildlife and indigenous culture day
  • Farewell dinner in Sydney
  • Unlimited travel on Sydney’s public transport system
  • Group airport transfers for flights arriving and departing within the advised windows, to be advised
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2020 03/01/2020 03/11/2020 05/21/2020 06/07/2020