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International Entrepreneurship and Culture

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Cuba: Spring

Belize: Spring

Location:

Havana, Cuba or

San Pedro Columbia, Belize

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

For Cuba: Students must possess a valid passport at the time of application. For Cuba and Belize: Minimum 2.75 GPA; must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Students must have consent of the program director(s).

Application Due:

Belize: 11/9

Cuba: not offered in 2019

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

International Entrepreneurship & Culture

International Entrepreneurship & Culture is a unique suite of program offerings sponsored by the Tippie College of Business and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center together with Study Abroad. Each course is a separate offering with similar academic components that are then applied to each location's unique international business practices. Since each program location is varied, information below will be location-specific. If you don't find the location-specific information that you are looking for, please scroll down.

Belize Program

The Tippie College of Business and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center sponsor a 9–day spring break intersession course in Belize designed to provide students with an international experience as it relates to entrepreneurship. Students will develop an understanding of entrepreneurship in an international context through class discussions, working with on-site partners, and experiential learning field trips.

Students will also have time to explore historic and cultural attractions and experience the culturally rich and diverse atmosphere that Belize has to offer. The course is recommended for both seasoned travelers and those who have not previously traveled abroad. It also provides an opportunity for students with demanding academic schedules who may not be able to study abroad during a year-long or semester-length program to gain a valuable international perspective.

Belize Academic Content

This 3 s.h. course is taught by Tippie College of Business faculty member Professor Bob Walker. Professor Walker has previously led students on a program similar to this at another higher education institution.

ABRD:3353:0001 International Entrepreneurship & Culture – Belize

Prerequisite: ENTR:2000

What does it take to do business with another country? This course will examine international business strategies, foreign exchange, tariffs and trade, and the economic conditions and culture of Belize. Students will have the opportunity to get a firsthand look at international businesses in operation as well as lectures from in-country experts. Students will utilize all of their skills and knowledge as they examine business strategies and operations for successful sustainable growth in foreign countries.

The 2 s.h. course will meet during the spring semester prior to departure as well as following the return to campus. The portion of the course that will occur abroad during spring break will be a separate 1 s.h. course. Students must register for both the on-campus course (ENTR:4100) during the Spring Semester as well as the ABRD:3353:0001 course through the Study Abroad office. The Study Abroad course number will be converted to ENTR:4100 upon completion of the program.

Belize Program Dates

Dates for spring 2019 have not yet been determined. Please check back later for more information.

Further Information about the Belize program:

Professor Bob Walker
Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
University of Iowa
bob-walker@uiowa.edu


Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
University of Iowa
319-335-0353

Cuba Program

This program will not run in 2019. The next time this course will be offered is spring 2020. This multidisciplinary elective course is designed to prepare students to understand and address the complex issues associated with conducting business globally, micro-enterprise development, cross-culture, history, and understanding music from the Cuban folkloric and jazz traditions.

In order to be accepted on the Cuba program, students must possess a valid passport at the time of application. Due to the visa process for Cuba, if students do not already have a valid passport, they will not be accepted to participate on the Cuba program. No exceptions will be made.

Cuba Academic Content

During the spring semester, students will take a 2 s.h. course in preparation for the study abroad course in Cuba over spring break. The 1 s.h. course over spring break will be combined with the semester-long course for a total of 3 s.h. for this study abroad program.

The 2 s.h. course will meet during the spring semester prior to departure as well as following the return to campus. The portion of the course that will occur abroad during spring break will be a separate 1 s.h. course. Students must register for both the on-campus course (ENTR:4100) during the Spring Semester as well as the ABRD:3353:0002 course through the Study Abroad office. The Study Abroad course number will be converted to ENTR:4100 upon completion of the program.

The course is taught by John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) faculty member Professor Dimy Doresca and University of Iowa School of Music faculty member Professor James (Jim) Dreier.

ABRD:3353:0002 International Entrepreneurship & Culture - Cuba

Prerequisite: ENTR:2000

On the International entrepreneurship side, market research, trade transactions, logistical knowledge, cross-cultural as well as the ethical issues that arise in international trade will be discussed. Students will gain practical knowledge about how business(es) operates in Cuba.

On the music (jazz and folkloric) side, the emphasis will be placed on the examination of not only the musical roots of Cuban (and therefore American) jazz, but of the historical, cultural, and political events from the early colonial period to modern times that has informed this unique brand of jazz.

Students will register in an ABRD course which will then be converted to ENTR:4100 upon successful completion of the program and course requirements.

Cuba Program Dates

ALL DATES ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

For the portion of the course that will occur abroad, the program dates are March 10th (departure from the U.S.) – March 18th, 2018 (program ends).

Depart from the U.S.: March 10th, 2018

Arrive in Cuba: March 10th, 2018

Return to the U.S.: March 18th, 2018.

Further information about the Cuba program:

Professor Dimy Doresca
Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
University of Iowa
dimy-doresca@uiowa.edu

Professor Jim Dreier
The University of Iowa School of Music
University of Iowa
james-dreier@uiowa.edu

Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
University of Iowa
319-335-0353

Belize

Belize is located in Central America. Belize shares a border with Mexico to its north, Guatemala to its south and west, and the Caribbean Sea to its east. Though Belize is the only country in Central America whose official language is English, Belizean Creole and Spanish are also commonly spoken. The climate in Belize is tropical; the hot and humid rainy season is from May – November and the dry season is from February – May. The interior of Belize has low mountains, hills, and jungles. Because of Belize’s tropical climate and biodiversity, it boasts a vast and distinctive ecosystem.

There are many attractions in Belize that visitors can take part in, including a barrier reef where people can snorkel and scuba dive, archaeological sites, bird watching, canoeing/kayaking, caving, and other warm-weather outdoor activities. Common modes of transportation include water taxis, 4x4s, and public buses.

Cuba

Cuba is an archipelago of islands located in the northern Caribbean sea. Havana, Cuba’s colorful capital, features well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture and a vibrant intercultural community. The climate is generally tropical, with a drier season from November to April and a rainier season from May to October. The official language of Cuba is Spanish. There are two official currencies in Cuba: the Cuban peso and the convertible peso.

Cuba is known for its white-sand beaches and rolling mountains, and it also has a rich history of music and dance. The Cuban cuisine is typically a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean dishes.

Sunset in Cuba
Havana
Las Terrazas

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Belize Accommodation

Students are housed in bunk-style shared housing accommodations. On the last night of the program, students will be housed in a hotel.

Belize Travel Arrangements

Students will work with the Faculty Director and Study Abroad to arrange their travel. Advice, recommendations and information will be provided by the program coordinators. Students are advised to travel as a group, with the Faculty Director, to the destination, though this is not required.

Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. Students will be informed in a timely manner whether there is sufficient interest to offer the program. Instructions for purchasing tickets will be shared at a later time.

Important notice for students without a valid U.S. passport, or whose passport will expire before July 2016: Those with valid passports already should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months PAST the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad, i.e., through September 2016.

Students who do not yet have a passport are advised to apply for one as soon as possible. Applications are available at the Iowa City Post Office on US-6 Street or at the U.S. State Department web site.

Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive) and we encourage students to ask at the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

A special note to international students interested in Belize:

Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before you can enter Belize. You can check on the Belizian Border Agency's web site to find out if you need to apply. If you need a visa to enter Belize, UI Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application.

To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the United States. You can obtain a travel signature from an advisor at International Student and Scholar Services, 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Vaccination Information for Belize

The CDC recommends that all travelers to Belize are up-to-date on all routine vaccinations. They also strongly recommend that travelers get the Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines, as there is a risk of of these diseases in the country. The website for the CDC also lists other vaccinations that are recommended, but not required. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions about the vaccines that are required for travel to Belize.

Cuba Accommodation

Typically, students are housed in home stays for the Havana portion of the program during an excursion to Vinales. All housing information will be made available to students once housing has been confirmed.

Cuba Travel Arrangements

In order to be accepted on the Cuba program, students must possess a valid passport at the time of application. Due to the visa process for Cuba, students who do not already possess a valid passport will not be eligible for this program. Students who do not yet have a passport are advised to apply for one as soon as possible; the passport must be uploaded to the online application by the application deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted and no exceptions will be made. Applications are available at the Iowa City Post Office on US-6 Street or at the U.S. State Department website.

Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive).

Students will work with guidance from Study Abroad to arrange their travel. Advice, recommendations, and supplementary information will be provided by the program coordinator. Students will be required to travel as a group, with the Faculty Directors, to and from the destination.

Students will be given details on the purchasing of plane tickets after the program's status is confirmed. Students will be informed in a timely manner whether there is sufficient interest to offer the program. Instructions for purchasing tickets will be shared at a later time.

Important notice for students without a valid U.S. passport, or whose passport will expire before September 2018: Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months PAST the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad, i.e., through September 2018.

A special note to international students interested in Cuba:

Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before you can enter Cuba. If you need a visa to enter Cuba, UI Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application and work with an authorized local provider to provide application details.

To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the United States. You can obtain a travel signature from an advisor at International Student and Scholar Services, 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Cuba Vaccination Information

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that persons traveling to Cuba are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diptheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. According to the CDC, most travelers to Cuba should get a typhoid vaccine and the hepatitis A vaccine. For more information, please visit the CDC website for travel to Cuba at the following link: CDC Health Information for Travelers to Cuba.

General Eligibility Criteria

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. A minimum 2.75 GPA and consent of the program director is required for acceptance. Please see the Program tab for prerequisites. Please see below for application deadlines and how to apply.

Belize Cost

The program fee for spring 2019 will be $2150. The base program fee for Spring 2019 includes educational costs, housing, meals, and cultural programs (which typically include chocolate making, traditional craft making with a local Mayan artist, guided hikes to an organic farm and to the source of the San Pedro Columbia river, kriol drum lessons, and a full day of snorkeling at Snake Caye). The program fee also included all local transportation to and from the airport and program site, as well as a farewell dinner in San Pedro Columbia and at Ashas Over the Sea on the last night in-country. There will be an on-site orientation upon arrival in San Pedro Columbia, along with program roundtable discussions with community members and two evening lectures from local experts. Additionally, students pay the UI study abroad administrative fees of $455 and the required Iowa Regents CISI Insurance detailed at the following link: Health Insurance Information. The total amount charged on the U-Bill (base fee, administrative fees, and insurance) was $2,605. Students should also be prepared to pay for round-trip airfare to Belize, personal expenses, and books out of pocket. Total estimated cost of attendance (including any passport or visa expenses where necessary) is $4,452. There is a $50 application fee.

For a total estimated cost of attendance overview, please click the following link: International Entrepreneurship & Culture, Belize cost sheetPDF

Application Deadlines for Belize

11/9/2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

How to apply for the program

The application form is available by clicking on the following link: Application

UI students who apply to either of these programs will be U-billed a $50 application fee per application. The application form, along with a copy of the information page of your passport, should be submitted by the application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

Program admission decisions will be based on several factors, including:
•Course eligibility requirements met;
•Submission date of complete application and submission of a valid passport;
•Course selection

Enrollments must meet a minimum number of students in order for the course to be offered.

Eligibility for Cuba

In order to be accepted on the Cuba program, students must possess a valid passport at the time of application. Due to the visa process for Cuba, if students do not already have a valid passport, they will not be accepted to participate on the Cuba program. Students must have also taken ENTR:2000 as a prerequisite course in order to be considered for admission to this program.

Cuba Cost

The program fee has been set at $3,050. This includes tuition, housing, most meals, course-related excursions and cultural activities, Cuban visa expenses, a welcome and farewell dinner, and all in-country transportation as well as a local guide. Extensive staff support on the ground in Havana is also provided.

In addition to the program cost, students pay a UI Study Abroad administrative fee. This fee is $453. Students also pay the required Iowa Regents CISI Insurance detailed at the following link: Health Insurance Information. Students can expect additional costs, including but not limited to: airfare, lunch expenses, medical exam/immunization expenses (see the "logistics" tab for information on recommended vaccines by the CDC), textbook expenses, personal expenses, and the $50 application fee for applying to this program.

A total estimated cost of attendance for this program can be found at the following link: International Entrepreneurship and Culture Spring 2018 Cost Sheet.PDF

Application Deadline for Cuba

October 15.

How to apply for the program

The application form is available by clicking on the following link: Application

UI students who apply to either of these programs will be U-billed a $50 application fee per application. The application form, along with a copy of the information page of your passport, should be submitted by the application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

Program admission decisions will be based on several factors, including:
•Course eligibility requirements met;
•Submission date of complete application and submission of a valid passport;
•Course selection

Enrollments must meet a minimum number of students in order for the course to be offered.

Flight Information

Do not purchase an airline ticket until you are given the green-light by Study Abroad.

Belize Confirmation Materials

Please review, print, sign, and return the following form to the front desk of the Study Abroad Office (1111 UCC) by November 16, 2018:

Belize Enrollment Information

The following information should be read and kept for your records:

Cuba Confirmation Materials

To be announced.

Cuba Enrollment Information

The following information should be read and kept for your records:

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802
USA

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343
E-mail: study-abroad@uiowa.edu