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Berkeley Summer Abroad

Portugal: Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe - FULL for 2022

  • Summary

    Join the European Innovation Academy in Porto, Portugal for an intensive, fast-paced learning experience, where you will learn from venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, executives from Silicon Valley companies, and experts from across the globe.

    This program trades traditional classrooms with challenge labs, where students work with over 60 mentors and 400 students from all over the world to create innovative products. Whether you’re a seasoned student entrepreneur or have barely heard of Silicon Valley, this rigorous program gives you an incredible opportunity to explore your passion and potential within the startup scene and the world of business.

    The program is divided into 2 parts: 

    IND ENG 192: Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (2 units) - Graded or P/NP

    The Berkeley Leadership Week: The first week of the program leverages the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) methodology to prepare students to build startups in the next phase of the program. This week focus on building leadership skills through experiential learning. 

    IND ENG 185: Challenge Lab (4 units) - Graded or P/NP

    UC Berkeley Students will join the world’s largest extreme entrepreneurship program - The European Innovation Academy - Where they will develop an idea to a tech start-up in 15 days.

    Items to note:

    • Student accommodation in Lisbon for the first week will be in twin rooms (2 students per room), in a 4* hotel, next to the venue (2 min walk). Students will be assigned roommates according to the gender listed on your passport. If you have questions about this or need to request accommodations please contact

    • Student accommodation in Porto will be single rooms and close to the venue (5/10 min walk)

    • Courses are for a letter grade

    • No meals are included in the program fee

    • Cultural excursion during the 1st week in Lisbon 

    • Students receive the  SCET Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology upon completion of summer abroad

    Dates: July 10 - August 7, 2022

    Units: 6 units

    This program is being planned to be in-person for 2022. Berkeley Study Abroad is actively monitoring COVID-19 on the ground for all in-country programs. 


    Language of Instruction: English


    • • IND ENG 185: Challenge Lab (4 units)
    • • IND ENG 192: Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (2 units)


    • • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • • 2.0 GPA or higher


    Please note: There is a pre-application advising process for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe, Summer 2022 program, detailed in the application.

    • Application opens February 1, 2022
    • • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • • Deadline to apply is March 15, 2022.


  • Courses

    During the program, you will take two courses for a total of 6 Berkeley units.


    Course: Industrial Engineering & Operations Research 185

    Title: Challenge Lab

    Faculty Lead Team: Pam Induni & Ken Singer

    Units: 4 units

    Prerequisites: None

    In collaboration with the European Innovation Academy (EIA), students work in cross-discipline lean start-up teams vying to create innovative products. Teams will navigate realistic weekly challenges introduced through case studies. They will understand real-world constraints, use rapid iterative build, and validate development methods.

    Course: Industrial Engineering & Operations Research 192

    Title: Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship

    Faculty Lead Team: Pam Induni & Ken Singer

    Units: 2 units

    Prerequisites: None

    Developed at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) is a unique pedagogy that is offered in three interconnected layers of theory, entrepreneurial mindset, and new venture networks. A seminal aspect of the BMoE is the use of a game-based learning approach to developing the entrepreneurial mindset and social behaviors needed to develop successful new ventures. The curriculum embeds games and exercises within an experiential and competition-based journey of venture creation.

    You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

  • Costs


    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2021 Fees

    UC Students

    Visiting Students

    Tuition (6 units)



    Program Fee



    Total Cost



    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $63.


    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    2022 Estimated Expenses


    International Airfare and Transportation






    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)


    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses



    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer.

    ​​Financial aid estimates for 2022 Berkeley Summer Abroad programs are now available in the Summer Financial Aid Estimator in your Cal Central account.

    Please FIRST obtain your estimate in the Summer Aid Estimator, then write to if you have any questions about the estimate you receive. Your estimate will include a Berkeley Study Abroad Scholarship if you qualify for one based on financial need.

    How to locate the Estimator:

    1) Log into Cal Central
    2) Navigate to the My Finances Tab, and find the "Financial Resources" card
    3) Scroll to the bottom of the Financial Resources card and click on Summer Sessions
    4) From the Summer Sessions menu, click on Summer Cost and Aid Estimator

    Make sure to adjust the number of units in the estimator if your program offers a choice of course selection. If your program only offers one combination or one course for 6 total units units, you do not need to update the units in the estimator.​

    All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit

    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $570 per unit

    The program fee includes* the following items:

    • Students will be housed in shared accommodations with other program participants (more info on summary page)

    • Excursions

    • Participation fees for European Innovation Academy

    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services

    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest lecturers, museum admissions, etc.

    The $400 deposit. If accepted to the program, the $400 deposit is non-refundable and will be applied towards your program fee. If you are waitlisted or denied admission to the program, your deposit will be refunded. If you request to withdraw your application prior to an admission decision being issued, or cancel your participation after being accepted to the program, the deposit remains non-refundable


    *Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee and included in the Out of Pocket expenses estimate:

    • International airfare

    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)

    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)

    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)

    • Additional meals

    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes


  • Timeline

    Application opens

    February 1, 2022
    Application closes March 15, 2022
    Applicants notified of selection March 25, 2022
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 8, 2022
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal July 10, 2022
    Last day of program in Porto, Portugal August 7, 2022

    *These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    †Students should plan to fly to Portugal and check into program housing in Lisbon, Portugal on July 10, 2022. The program then changes cities mid program and students are expected to check out of program housing in Porto, Portugal on August 7, 2022. Students who depart after the last day may do so, but they are responsible for arranging their accommodations outside of the program end date.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Faculty Director: Pam Induni


    Pam Induni is a marketing, sales ops, and business development executive with a career ranging from working for global leaders such as IBM and Autodesk, to being the co-founder of an Automotive-Tech startup. She has a passion for developing and launching products, programs, and people.

    As the CMO of her startup, Pam led the company to be selected as 1 of only 57 startups invited to exhibit at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in the Techstars startup area of Automobili-D. Prior to that, Pam was the Director for the IBM Watson Academic Engagement program, where she had overall responsibility for creating and driving the strategy to bring Watson technology into the curriculum of top universities around the globe. By advancing student skills in cognitive computing, she helped to lead the effort to fuel our next generation of innovators in this new era of computing. Prior to IBM, Pam spent 12 years in sales with NCR in the Financial Systems Division in the New England region. Most recently, Pam leads the Global Field Sales Onboarding program as a Sr. Manager at Autodesk. In 2019 Pam began teaching at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley. With a focus on the product delivery lifecycle, her Product Management course teams cross-discipline students to effectively take an idea from concept to market. The very popular course is extremely hands-on, and focused on real world product management scenarios.

    p>Being a coach/advisor for early startups is one of her passion projects, and is the focus of her workshop titled ‘The Idea Equation’. Pam’s interests include inspiring our youth to embrace STEM ideals and education. She has served as the lead marketing mentor for an award-winning FIRST Robotics team, and was twice awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for this endeavor. Pam earned a B.S. with high distinction in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Maine. She currently lives in Oceanside, CA.



    Ken Singer


    Ken Singer is a serial entrepreneur, technology executive, university lecturer, and director/advisor to numerous startups in the United States and Europe. A 14-year veteran of the mobile industry (enterprise software and digital advertising), Ken has been creating mobile solutions since cell phones first connected to the Internet at a whopping 28 kbps. Since then, he has founded or co-founded five companies in the mobility space. His experience spans all forms of mobile technology, from mobile video streaming to downloadable mobile apps. He has worked with Bluetooth, HTML5, GPS, SMS, and IVR, and he has served as a guinea pig for virtually every other acronym in the industry. Most recently, Ken was the co-founder and CEO of AppCentral, the first enterprise app store to let companies distribute mobile applications to their employees' iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Ken successfully led the company through difficult market conditions and several rounds of venture financing.

    Since 2008, Ken has been teaching the Mobile Applications and Entrepreneurship course in the College of Engineering. One of the first of its kind, the interdisciplinary course provides Berkeley students the opportunity to develop a working mobile application and business plan. Students pitch their businesses to active venture capitalists for a chance to create a real startup company. Ken has been promoting the curriculum around the world through a non-profit organization he started with two of his industry colleagues. Today, the Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative (BMIC) sponsors international competitions for university entrepreneurs. Ken has helped organize the past three competitions which have played host to the best university-based mobile startups from virtually every continent.

    Ken is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been a guest lecturer at Tsinghua University and CYUPS in Beijing. As a firm believer in paying it forward, Ken is on the board of several startups and continues to advise and invest in some of the most promising mobile companies in the Silicon Valley, Berlin, and Paris.

  • COVID-19 Details

    Summary of Recommendations to Student Travelers to Portugal:

    Berkeley Study Abroad is actively monitoring COVID-19 on the ground for all in-country programs. All programs that are running have gone through a screening for COVID-19 safety. That said, the global pandemic is an ever-evolving situation, and programs may need to be postponed (and in some cases, cancelled) in the event of an increased risk of COVID-19. To prepare for this, Berkeley Study Abroad recommends the following:

    • Vaccinations are strongly encouraged and recommended to participate in Berkeley Study Abroad programs. If students have a vaccination exemption, we cannot guarantee that they will be able to travel, re-enter the U.S. upon return, live in program housing, take public transportation, or participate in program activities. You may also be subject to a mandatory quarantine period upon arrival, which would be your financial responsibility. If you are a student with a vaccination exemption and wish to study abroad, we highly recommend you reach out for an advising appointment to discuss if there would be a program that would meet your needs.
    • Purchase refundable or changeable airline tickets in case the on-the-ground situation changes
    • Research entry and exit requirements and restrictions for all countries you plan on traveling to (including paying attention to any travel prior to your arrival in-country for your program)
    • Budget for entry and exit related expenses related to COVID-19 that are not covered by UC travel insurance policy. Details about the student travel insurance policy, and to find out what is covered, click here.
    • Regarding vaccination status: All students must comply with the UC Berkeley UHS and UC policy on reporting requirements, proof of vaccination, or exemption. For students with vaccination exemptions, please research entry requirements for the program location. It is each student’s responsibility to plan and budget for necessary quarantines/additional testing, etc.
    • Please take the time to familiarize yourself with any and all COVID-19 safety protocols in-country, and take extra precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Especially in these times, it is important to consider how our actions can have an impact on local communities while we travel in study abroad programs.


    Additional Links and Resources for travel to Portugal:


    Traveling Responsibly:

    On July 15th 2021, the University of California Office of the President announced a system-wide vaccine mandate that will require all students, staff, and faculty be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Summer 2022 program participants must comply with this mandate prior to their program start date. It is imperative to plan ahead as several COVID-19 vaccines require a 6-week period to achieve effectiveness. All students must comply with the UC Berkeley policy on reporting requirements, proof of vaccination, or exemption.

    Please also take note of the COVID-19 related travel entry requirements for the country in which your program is taking place. These entry requirements may vary depending on which national passport you are traveling with. Note that some locations require proof of vaccination for entry, and that any costs associated with quarantining for non-medical related reasons will be the responsibility of the student. Please also pay close consideration to the route you are planning to take to enter the country, as some locations may have additional travel restrictions from places outside the US.

    Lastly, while traveling to and living in your program country, we urge you to consider not only your own safety, but also the safety of others. As students representing the UC Berkeley community, especially in these times, it is important to consider how our actions can have an impact on local communities while we travel in Study Abroad programs. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with any and all COVID-19 safety protocols in-country, and take extra precautions to keep yourself and others safe.