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Tuesday, July 16th 2019

Entrepreneurship Study Abroad

New Entrepreneurial Experiences Boost Creativity: Study Abroad
Study Abroad

The fundamental learning outcome of any study abroad program is new perspectives, which is key to fueling an entrepreneurial mindset. At SDSU there are over 50 study abroad opportunities each year, covering a vast array of cultures from all over the world. Each country has an entrepreneurial clique that students will interact with, including fellow entrepreneur students, incubators, and founders. We strongly encourage taking advantage of these opportunities to immerse yourself in new settings and let them influence your thinking.

Rome, Italy Winter Break Study Abroad
December 27th, 2019 to January 11th, 2020
MGT 358 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

Sydney 2016

Maximize your study abroad experience in a two ½ week winter break program in Rome Italy. Get a full three (3) credits for Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (MGT 358). This course is needed for both the Major/Minor in Entrepreneurship; however, anyone who is a student at SDSU can take this amazing course. Stretch your perspective of the world and get a new point of view and a rich set of new skills and experiences. The benefits of this course are three course credits, short time frame, a perspective of what it takes to identify great ideas/trends, learn how to evaluate the product potential and create a company. Rome, Italy is an amazing place with its architecture and history from the Roman times up to modern day entrepreneurial Rome. We will stay in a historical neighborhood in hotel/hostel housing. Also, you will have the opportunity to visit the best cities in Europe on the weekends and truly create a rewarding study abroad experience.

When you complete this course, you will have acquired the knowledge to examine a service or product idea thoroughly, through a very solid new business model framework, to determine its viability of ever becoming a business. You will learn that all initial ideas need to be examined, trends examined, feasibility analysis needs to be conducted, and secondary and primary research provides additional insights. You will learn how to target customer segments within marketplaces, to conduct a competitive analysis and to work with team members in analyzing course cases. And you will prepare a final plan and presentation of one idea that you have thoroughly examined as a team.

We will conduct this case-study based class in the mornings and meet with entrepreneurs later in the day. We will visit with local founders and incubators in Rome. The course is also designed to allow for three free weekends for side trips to Lisbon, London, Madrid or Barcelona.

* This course has been approved as a marketing elective. However, to be official, students need to complete a RAAR form. Please contact Teresa Donahue at to complete this form.

Quotes from Students Who Participated in The Program

"The structure of our class was amazing. I learned so much about Entrepreneurship and was inspired by my professor." - Anonymous, Winter 2017

"Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I enjoyed meeting with entrepreneurs after the class portion because it broadened my perspective on developing a business." - Anonymous, Winter 2017

"This was a great experience due to our professor having so much business experience and knowledge on the subject." - Anonymous, Winter 2016

"[The major strength of the program was] our meetings with local entrepreneurs." -Raena P., Winter 2016

Summer in Spain June - July 2018
Course: MGT 358 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Summer in Spain

Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Executive Director and Professor Alex DeNoble will take a group of undergraduate students for a 2 week long venture through the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship in Alcala, Spain, just outside of Madrid. This course is designed to provide an overview of the entrepreneurial process in multiple contexts. Given the study abroad nature of the course, students will have the opportunity to work in multi-cultural teams and study entrepreneurship in a Spanish context. Through a unique arrangement with Alcala University in Spain, SDSU students will be working alongside of Alcala students to investigate the key principles of the entrepreneurial process as they pertain to opportunities that may emerge from this cross-cultural experience.

During this 10 day intensive program abroad, students will listen to lectures from both SDSU and Alcala faculty on the various aspects of the entrepreneurial process. They will also have time to work on projects in their study groups and to visit with local entrepreneurs. At the end of the course, student teams will present the results of an opportunity analysis and a designed business model in order to pursue the opportunity. These presentations will take place at Google's brand new co-working space for entrepreneurs called Campus Madrid.
To learn more about the trip please visit the College of Extended Studies

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Building the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University serves SDSU students, entrepreneurs and business leaders through entrepreneurial curriculum, workshops, internships, resources and events. For information browse the Programs section of our website, subscribe to the Lavin Center Calendar and sign up for the Center's Entrepreneurial Fuel Newsletter. Entrepreneur resources such as the Lavin Center resume guide, marketing and business planning tools and more can be found in the Resources section of our site.

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