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  • Locations: Cascais, Portugal
  • Program Terms: Spring and/or Summer
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring and/or Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75 Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 1st Year (Freshman), 2nd Year (Sophomore), 3rd Year (Junior), 4th Year + (Senior)
Click here for a definition of this term Foreign Language Required: No Click here for a definition of this term Experience Type: Study/Education
Click here for a definition of this term Discovery Search Keyword: GoAbroadStudy, StudyAbroadSpringSummer, UndergradSpringSummer
Program Description:
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European Innovation Academy in Cascais, Portugal



EIA Portugal Program
EIA Portugal Program

Learn what it takes to become a global entrepreneur and take part in a life-changing experience!  The goal of this program is to go from an idea to a tech start-up in 15 days. Students will work in multidisciplinary teams (every team has at least one designer, one business student, one marketing student, and two engineers) to follow all the milestones for creating a start-up: from idea to launching. The program is designed to offer students an experiential learning opportunity that affords deep insight into the real startup life. Teams will receive daily mentoring sessions by over 100 industry leaders from Silicon Valley and other global entrepreneurship hubs. 

At the conclusion of the program, teams will pitch their product to a panel of venture capitalists, and potentially acquire seed funding from prestigious investing firms such as Alchemist Accelerator, Amazon Capital, Garages Technology Ventures, LC Ventures, Singtel Innov8 Ventures and more. 

Professional Applications: international experiences offer students the opportunity to observe and engage in engineering as a global profession.  Participants in the EIA Portugal program, in particular, will benefit from the following professional development opportunities:

  • Professional Networking | interact and receive daily mentoring sessions from more than 100 worldwide industry leaders from companies like Amazon, Fiat Chrysler, Google, Ferrari and many more!
  • Access to Industry | pitch to venture capitalists and prestigious investors such as Amazon Capital, Garages Technology Ventures, Alchemist Accelerator, Singtel Innov8 Ventures and more.
  • Professional Practice | experience the start-up life cycle first-hand by taking your idea and turning it into a company in 15 days.


  • Minimum 2.75 GPA*
  • Current U-M Ann Arbor University of Michigan students in good academic standing, priority consideration will be given to Engineering students who meet the requirements
  • Undergraduate students only
  • Freshman or above**
  • There is no foreign language proficiency required for this program
*Students with less than the required 2.75 GPA are allowed to petition for an exception to GPA rules; please contact the Lead Advisor for this program. Petition requests must be received by the Lead Advisor no later than 2 weeks before the application deadline.

**Class standing for IPE programs is determined by year of study, regardless of credit hours earned. Applicants must have completed the required year(s) of college study by the program start date.


  •  3 credits total.  ENTR 390.012 | Digital Product Design (2 credits) + ENTR 417 | Tech Entrepreneurship Discussion (1 credit) 


College of Engineering Students: In order to earn transfer credit for IPE study abroad programs, the College of Engineering requires students to earn the equivalent of a “C” grade or better in the course.

Non-CoE Students: please contact your home unit to determine how courses completed through this program will count towards your degree requirements. 


2019 Program Fee: $2,715 

Program Fee Includes:

  • UM GEOBlue Insurance (Coverage dates: July 12 - August 4, 2019 to cover travel to/from the program site)
  • Required IPE pre-departure orientation (Saturday, April 6, 2019)
  • Accommodation in Portugal (student dorms)
  • Tuition for ENTR 390.012 and 417 (3 credits) 
  • Required course materials 
  • Daily mentoring sessions by Silicon Valley and other global experts
  • Access to the pool of 100 mentors, speakers, VC's
Click Here to View All Estimated Program Expenses


Click Here to Learn More About Available Funding

Passport and Visa


Students going on an IPE Program are required to have a passport which is valid for six months beyond the end date of their program.  For this program, your passport must be valid beyond February 2020.


Due to the duration of this program (less than 90 days), U.S. citizens who participate in this program are not required to obtain a visa. If you are not a U.S. citizen, refer to the Visa Information on the Embassy of Portugal website to determine if you need a visa to enter the country.   
If a visa is required, please inform the IPE program advisor.  IPE can offer guidance and help facilitate the collection of required documentation from the host institution; however, only the immigration officials of Portugal can answer specific questions regarding your application.  IPE does not represent foreign governments, nor do we create visa regulations. 

+Please note the following:

  • It is the student’s responsibility to research and obtain the required entry/exit documents (i.e. student visa).  Visa requirements vary greatly by program destination and citizenship of the student. 
  • IPE does not guarantee that students can obtain the appropriate visa for this international experience.
  • IPE does not grant visas for students nor claim to be a visa authority.
  • Students cannot apply for a visa until after they have committed to the program.   Once students have confirmed participation in the program, IPE will help gather the required documents needed for the visa application.
  • The visa process can be time-consuming and quite detailed.  If a visa is required, you should start the application process upon confirmation in the program.
  • International students are strongly encouraged to contact the U-M International Center to inquire about how this program may impact their U.S. student visa.
Passport Photos
IPE offers a free passport photo service by appointment every Friday that classes are in session in the IPE office (245 Chrysler). Undergraduate CoE students needing passport photo(s) for a passport or visa application may drop in to have these photos taken and printed for free. 

Make Your 10-minute Appointment

In your appointment request, please include the following information:
  • What is the international experience you need the photo(s) for?
  • Where is the international experience you need the photo(s) for?
  • How many photos do you need?

Application Procedures

In addition to the online application, this program will include a 15-minute Skype interview with program staff. 
IMPORTANT NOTE: While this program is marked as having "Rolling Admission", complete applications will not be reviewed until the priority deadline (January 30, 2019).  Students will receive admissions decisions on February 6, 2019.  Accepted students will have 7 days to submit their confirmation decision.

MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS POLICY: Please note that the M-Compass application system allows students to open multiple applications for the same term, but IPE has specific rules regarding the number of applications per student we will review. Please refer to our Multiple Applications Policy for details, and contact your IPE advisor if you have any questions. 

Dates & Deadlines

Key Program Dates: July 13, 2019 - August 3, 2019 

Arrival Date: July 13, 2019
Program Begins: July 14, 2019
Program Ends: August 2, 2019
Departure Date: August 3, 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The final application deadline for this program has been extended until March 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm.  Admissions decisions for applications that are submitted before the extended deadline will be issued on a rolling basis, as space allows.

ORIENTATION: All participants who confirm participation in the program must complete two mandatory components to the Pre-departure Orientation:

  1. The Online Supplement to Pre-Departure Orientation is a self-paced online course that must be completed any time before 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2019.  Additional information will be provided to students once confirmed in the program.
  2. In-person Pre-departure Orientation on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 p.m. on North Campus.


Students will be housed in single occupancy rooms in the new NOVA School of Business & Economics Dormitories with the following amenities: 

  • Private bathroom
  • Private balcony
  • Shared kitchen/living rooms
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning

Need to Know

Contact Information

Lead Advisor: Matt Hancock, 
International Programs in Engineering
245 Chrysler Center, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2091
Phone: (734) 647-7129
Fax: (734) 647-7081


Christine Gordon
Assistant Director, Curriculum and Experiential learning
Center for Entrepreneurship
3350 Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094
Phone: (734) 763-2903

Visit the International Programs in Engineering website for additional resources and information for engineering students.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring and/or Summer 2019 03/17/2019
Rolling Admission 07/13/2019 08/03/2019
NOTE: The Final deadline for this program has been extended until March 17, 2019. Applications completed by this later date will be reviewed for any remaining spots on the program and may be placed on a waiting list. ORIENTATION: All admitted students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on North Campus.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.