Innovation and Entrepreneurship in
This program focuses on business and entrepreneurship topics from a Scandinavian perspective. The CoE is proud to sponsor this program run by DIS, a non-profit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959. Students are placed in a Danish start-up and experience first-hand the challenges of a young company, as well as students' own journey into the entrepreneurship lifestyle. The program also includes a 5-day study tour to Helsinki and Stockholm to explore: startup ecosystems in Sweden and Finland, recipes for entrepreneurship success in Scandinavia, public-private collaboration, and the relationship between entrepreneurship, innovation, and community.
Professional Applications: international experiences offer students the opportunity to observe and engage in engineering as a global profession. Participants in this program, in particular, will benefit from the following professional development opportunities:
Professional Networking | engage with students, business owners, and faculty from Scandinavia and around the world
Access to Industry | direct contact and interaction with businesses and leading entrepreneurs
Professional Practice | link up with entrepreneurs from a local Danish start-up during your 20hr/week practicum. Designed to give students the opportunity to apply the tools and understanding of entrepreneurship in a real-world setting under supervision, participants will work individually or in teams in a consultative capacity to solve a current business challenge that the respective entrepreneurs are facing. Past practicum sites have included working with start-up communities in fashion and design, web and mobile applications, hardware and smart devices, services, payment and finance, meet up organizations, and more
Minimum 3.0 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
Sophomore or above**
There is no foreign language proficiency required for this program
*A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for this program; students are not allowed to petition for an exception to GPA rules.
**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.
College of Engineering Students: In order to earn transfer credit for IPE semester 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: $6,910
Program Fee Includes:
Required U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance - GeoBlue (Coverage dates: May 18 - July 4, 2019 to cover travel to/from the program site)
Required IPE pre-departure orientation (Saturday, April 6, 2019)
Accommodation in Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Stockholm
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 Denmark 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.
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.
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: May 20, 2019 - July 2, 2019
Arrival Date: May 20, 2019
Program Begins: May 20, 2019
Study Trip: June 17 - June 21, 2019
Program Ends: July 2, 2019 Departure Date: July 2, 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:
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.
In-person Pre-departure Orientation on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 p.m. on North Campus.
Students are housed with local students in university housing called Kollegium.
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
NOTE: The Final deadline for this program has been EXTENDED until 11:59 PM on March 17, 2019. Admissions decisions for applications that are submitted before the extended deadline will be issued on a rolling basis, as space allows
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.