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Fall 2013 multidisciplinary honors seminar with five-day study tour to Montréal.
INTB3094, #606886, date and time TBA (students can register directly, no application required)
This multidisciplinary and cross-cultural course is designed to introduce and promote entrepreneurial thinking for effectively responding to key challenges in our new global economy. The course will center on global issues such as the environment, health, poverty, education, sanitation, agriculture, trade, and migration/immigration.
The focus is on social entrepreneurship: how to develop a product that would be responsive to a societal need, produce a social benefit, and make a nominal profit. Students will work in teams to develop a product that meets these goals without harming the environment. These low cost, innovative products will be for consumers who make between just $2.00-$5.00 a day and will contribute to solutions to complex global problems.
UC students will collaborate with peers from the University of Québec at Montréal (UQAM) to develop the products, working in cross-national and cross-discipline teams via video conferences and direct meetings in Montréal and Cincinnati. These student teams will create entrepreneurial solutions, using critical thinking in bringing about economically sound decisions to solve contemporary global challenges.
During the course and the visit to Montréal, students will meet with entrepreneurs and other professionals who can provide examples of “best practices” that the students might be able to emulate (e.g., visit with a microfinance expert in Cincinnati, having guest speakers in class such as a CEO of a local social entrepreneurship venture, and more).
Montréal Study Tour
The class will travel to Montréal during the fourth week of the 2013 fall semester, from September 18-22.*
*Note that the study tour component takes place during fall semester. The group will be in Montréal from a Wednesday through Sunday missing three days of class. It is each student's individual responsibility to contact their instructors (as early as possible) to find out if it will be possible to make arrangements for exams or other requirements that will be missed during that time.
Total expected cost paid to UC is $550. The actual cost for UC is $1200, but this will be offset by a $650 grant from University Honors, making the actual total expected cost around $550. All participants will receive the grant.
Costs will include airfare and accommodations.
Costs do not include baggage fees, meals, passport, ISIC card, ground transportation, or other personal expenses.
To participate register for INTB3094 for fall semester.
Space is limited and the class can accommodate only 10-12 students. If you are interested, be sure to register early! Registration is initially limited to those who are at least a rising third year; however, sophomores may be allowed to apply to participate if space allows.
UC undergraduates who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to participate, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.4 or above. Graduate students are not eligible to enroll. If you are a UC undergraduate and would like to enroll, please contact André Durham of the University Honors Program with your name and M Number.
In order to travel outside the United States, you will need to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return; for this course, that means June 19, 2014. To find the forms you need to apply for or renew your passport, go to the Passport page on the US State Department's website. New passports regualrly cost $135 while renewals cost $110.
UC requires that all students have an International Student Identification Card (ISIC). UC International has information regarding how to obtain an ISIC. ISICs are $25.
You are encouraged to review the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control's page on Canada.
Comment from a previous participants – “I now look at problems with more critical thought and think about how they are really just opportunities.”