Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship – Maymester
Learn about creating a business to address social problems.
The course is a practical exploration of social and cultural entrepreneurship in which students learn by doing and are required to create a mission-driven business targeted towards solving a pain-in-the-market that will produce a positive social impact for a culturally marginalized group. The program is complemented by a series of organized excursions and professional visits.
The summer 2022 location for this program will be announced soon.
- Academic Term: Maymester
- Program Dates: May 22 - June 18, 2022
- Credits: 3 UT credits
- Eligibility: BBA students w/ min. 2.5 GPA
- Prerequisites: None
- Program Code: 350167
*Applications for Summer 2022 will be open Oct. 1-15
About the Program
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This program is open to BBA or non-business undergraduates with a minimum 2.50 GPA. Please note, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
Classes take place Monday-Thursday (usually 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Some afternoon or Friday classes possible. Students are strongly urged to refrain from making weekend travel plans until receipt of finalized schedule. Absence from class will not be permitted.
BGS 370S* - Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship – Taught by UT faculty
*This course counts for a Cultural Diversity (CD) Flag.
Note: Students taking BGS 370S on this Maymester can receive credit for an upper-division business elective OR an upper division non-business elective.
This is an Experiential Practicum (Capstone) course that meets Requirement 5 of the Entrepreneurship Minor.
Questions about this program? Contact Aleksandra Wingate.
Fees and Tuition
FEES AND TUITION
2022 Program Fee: TBC
- For information on scholarships and financial aid, please visit our funding page. Please note that the only opportunity to apply for a Maymester scholarship through BBA International Programs is at the time of program application.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM FEE?
- Weekly cultural excursions
- Welcome and farewell receptions
- Visits to local companies
- 24/7 assistance from on-site staff familiar with language/culture
- Pre-departure sessions
- Re-entry guidance for recruiting
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM FEE?
- UT Tuition (3 credits - tuition for Maymester programs is waived for undergraduate students enrolled in at least 12 hours during the Spring semester - no additional tuition will be required)
- Texas Global Fee ($75)
- Overseas insurance
- Local transportation
- Personal expenses (toiletries, shopping, traveling, etc.)
Company visits are an important component of the program. They are designed to provide students with a first-hand look at important local industries and business practices.
Company visits will vary on a yearly basis. Past company visits include:
- Starbucks - coffee plantation
- Al Grano CR - organic food products start-up
- Community recycling initiative
Cultural excursions provide students with an opportunity to experience the local environment. Weekly outings, including admission fees, are coordinated on behalf of the group. These events are built into the program and participation at each event is mandatory.
Housing and Transportation
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Participants will live in a student residence and will be able to request a roommate.
Participants will book their flights on their own and will arrange their own transportation from the airport to the dorm.
Visa and Passport Information
VISA AND PASSPORT INFORMATION
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the study abroad trip. Texas Global Passport Services can process passport applications.
Due to COVID-19, U.S. passports are taking an exceptionally long time to be processed. In some cases, even expedited passports may take 12-18 WEEKS to arrive. If you are even considering a study abroad program and you do not have a passport (or your passport will expire within 6 months of the end of your program), you should apply for one now.
UT Austin does not require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to participate in study abroad programs.
However, our international partners and/or the country(ies) you are entering may have their own policies and laws surrounding vaccination to which you could be required to adhere. BBA International Programs strongly recommends that students who wish to participate in a study abroad program get vaccinated.