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Berkeley Summer Abroad

Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation - VIRTUAL

  • Summary

    *** Watch the Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation info session, hosted by Berkeley students who participated in the program ***




    Join the European Innovation Academy for an intensive, fast-paced learning experience, where you will learn from more than 100 venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, executives from Silicon Valley companies, and experts while building your own startup with like-minded students from around the world. Graduates of the program automatically earn the UC Berkeley Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology.

    The European Innovation Academy (EIA) is the largest entrepreneurship course focused on technological innovations.

    The accelerated online program turns an idea into a startup in just 15 days! Berkeley alumni of the program have gone on to create companies worth tens of millions of dollars that are addressing large societal needs, such as Foresight Mental Health, The Farmer’s Dog, Higher Rewards, and others.

    The goal of this course is to give students a hands-on, real-life experience creating a startup with students from around the world. In 2021, there will be more than 400 students participating in 80 different countries. The course challenges participants to innovate, overcome obstacles, and grow rapidly; with the goal of creating a business valued at 100M EUR or more.

    The most modern tools and technology (e.g AI) are used in order to make sure that the experience is engaging and interactive for students. The most modern tools and technology (e.g AI) will be used to make sure that the experience is engaging and interactive for students. Theory courses are filmed and presented like a Netflix mini-series, with each episode teaching a new theoretical concept in an engaging way. Mentoring takes place live, giving students an opportunity to interact with their mentors daily.

    The course is led by the top tech speakers, mentors, and investors from around the world who leverage the skills, mindset, and knowledge, necessary to coach and inspire participants to achieve set goals. The most modern tools and technology (e.g AI) are used in order to make sure that the experience is engaging and interactive for students. The most modern tools and technology (e.g AI) will be used to make sure that the experience is engaging and interactive for students. Theory courses are filmed and presented as a Netflix mini-series, with each episode teaching a new theoretical concept in an engaging way. Mentoring takes place live, giving students an opportunity to interact with their mentors daily.


    The program is divided into 3 parts:

    • INDENG 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 focuses on building leadership skills through experiential learning.

    • INDENG 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 for a tech start-up in 15 days.

    • Field Experience: Project-based Placement with Start-Up Organization (Co-curricular Capstone): Students complete project-based work directly with an established international company to gain the professional experience and practical skills needed to become a leader in the field.

    Items to note:

    All course content will be delivered online. Students must have access to a computer and reliable internet.
    • Students receive the SCET Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology upon completion of summer abroad

    Dates: June 28 - August 13, 2021
    Dates are subject to change

    Program occurs within Session C

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    • INDENG 185: Challenge Lab (4 units)
    • INDENG 192: Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp(2 units)


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


    Application opens February 1, 2021
    • All applicants are required to submit a current resume in their application. To be admitted to the program, resumes must follow the template linked here.
    • All applicants must complete a 15-minute pre-application advising session before submitting an application.
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021

  • 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 — Theme: Disruptive Technology and Social Impact
    Instructor: Stephen Torres & 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
    Instructor: Stephen Torres & 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.

  • Internship

    Project-based Placement

    This program will culminate in a project-based placement, a capstone to this one-of-a-kind holistic program. With the project-based placement, students will be placed in global companies, allowing students to apply the experience and skills built through the first two phases of this program in a workplace setting. Through this program, students have the unique opportunity to learn and experience innovation and entrepreneurship in a global setting from both building a company from the ground up (EIA competition & BMoE), and working in an established global company (project-based placement). With this program, students will be able to identify their skill sets, and also narrow down their preferred work environments, whether that’s in the beginning phases of start-ups or in established companies. With the project-based placement you will:

    Expand your knowledge: Industry Area; Job Scope; Organizational Services & Products; Local Entrepreneurial Ecosystem; Global Networks
    Build your skills: Teamwork; Time Management; Research; Data Synthesis & Analysis; Communications; Client Relations
    Enhance your abilities: Navigating Ambiguity; Collaborating across Cultures & Time Zones; Presenting Recommendations; Employing Digital Tools 
    Deliver a project and add to your portfolio.

    Placement Details: Students will be placed in English-language placements with global organizations and established companies within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

    Duration: 3-week placement, 20 -24 total hours.

    Work/Project: Each student will focus on a project identified by the company and receive support and mentoring through the program. Projects are scoped for 20-24 total hours, with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous work. By 2021, all placements and supporting services will be delivered remotely, enabled by technology. Students are able to experience remote work and collaboration in a global setting through a structured, supported program.

    Placement Process: Placements are confirmed via a personalized process that takes into account the individual priorities identified during student pre-placement meetings with the team. Those priorities include project scope, company industry, company type, student and supervisor location, and student language skills or technical abilities. Students are matched to placements after acceptance into the program and projects are confirmed during the weeks prior to the program start date of June 28.

    Sample Placements: The following are several examples of project scopes for placements. There is a range of opportunities available across academic disciplines: 

    Consumer Goods Company: developing and delivering SWOT analysis for a new product while coordinating launch through online team collaboration software 
    Development Consultancy: creating and testing a tool to evaluate the loan affordability of microfinance
    Ecommerce Company: developing social media plans, drafting messages, researching competitors and clients
    EdTech Startup: supporting beta testing and market expansion for language learning program
    Engineering Firm: working on product development by building models that quantify the value of sustainability and researching new features for the model to modify it to be used in a range of countries
    Film Production Company: researching and compiling a list of filming locations, evaluating production budget, and reviewing paperwork for film incentives
    Financial Planning and Wealth Management Company: conducting industry research, analyzing and organizing data, performing due diligence, conducting business valuations
    Governmental Agency: surveying local businesses as work with team refreshing annual report on the economy
    Graphic Design Firm: working with clients to create logs, revamp websites, implement SEO plans
    Industry Association: surveying local companies, identifying trends for expansion plans, and researching priority industries or regions
    International Trade Association: creating articles or blog posts using social media and conducting research for reports on working styles and expansion opportunities within a specific country or region
    IT Consultancy: working with a client to develop a website and manage user testing, including conversion between desktop and mobile versions
    Manufacturing Start-Up: reviewing designs for prototypes, organizing data from testing, and compiling report and recommendations
    Marketing Agency: compiling a suite of graphics for clients, including logo designs, mock-ups, user interfaces, and page layout designs
    Marketing Firm: developing and delivering annual food innovation event that shifted to online delivery
    Professional Services Company: supporting all activities related to new business development including new client prospecting, marketing, resource planning, event management, and client engagement coordination
    Public Health NGO: collecting data, analyzing results, and presenting impact report for international project
    Public Relations Firm: writing press releases, creating pitch documents, drafting campaign plans and strategies, communicating with clients, creating and scheduling social media content
    SaaS Company: assisting with the refining of the developer network site, including creating and reviewing documents such as English language reviews
    Social Media Consultancy: working with clients to develop calendar and draft content for outreach via social media channels
    Start-up Incubator: assisting with a week-long online conference, focused on networking events to link local start-ups to national and global contacts

    Student Experience:

    Below are quotes from students who have completed project-based placements.

    “The project-based placement allowed me to see different perspectives and gain confidence in my own abilities” 

    “This pushed me outside my comfort zone to explore new things and research different parts of the globe” 

    “The project was tangible, task-oriented and helped me build presentation skills” 

    “The transition to the placement as a capstone gave an ideal closure to the summer”


  • Costs

    Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe

    Tuition and Program Fee

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

    2021 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $1,900 $1,900
    Campus Fee $380 $ -
    Registration Fee $ - $450
    Document Management Fee $ - $62
    Total Cost $4,794 $5,712

    Fees are subject to change. Please note that the overall tuition amount you will be responsible for in Summer 2021 depends on how many total units you are enrolled in. These costs are only inclusive of the Summer Abroad program tuition costs

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    For Virtual Programs, students will participate from their own residences. Therefore, estimates of out-of-pocket expenses are not customized for each program. Each participant will determine their own unique living situation, be it with family, friends, or living independently. Because of this, each individual student must consider their own expenses and create an accurate individual budget for their summer.

    UC Berkeley students who have filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act application and enroll in a minimum of 6 units will be eligible for financial aid. Financial aid eligible students who want more information on how out-of-pocket expenses will be packaged for this program can read about it here (PDF)

  • Timeline

    Program Dates
    June 28 - August 13, 2021
    Program occurs within Session C

    Program Deadlines
    All deadlines are 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (PT).


    Submit Application March 15, 2021

    Cancel from Program/Withdraw Application w/ Refund of Program Fee & Tuition

    Program Deposit is not refunded.

    April 4, 2021

    Withdraw from Program w/ Refund of Tuition Only

    Program Fee is not refundable if a student withdraws after April 4.

    July 9, 2021
    Change Grading Option August 6, 2021

    *Adding or dropping any non-program course(s) should follow the normal Summer Sessions deadlines. Canceling from the program does not constitute cancellation from the summer term if you are enrolled in any non-program courses.