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Study Abroad Advisor: Derek Shepard Program features: Internship
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Open to Non-UNC students: No Program type: Faculty-Led
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English
Program Description:
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UNC Burch Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley

Students in the seminar will spend a semester interning in an innovative enterprise while pursuing the course work associated with the minor in entrepreneurship. The seminar will take full advantage of the strong entrepreneurial culture associated with the Bay Area. Trips to venues such as the Stanford Design Lab, the Y-Combinator Incubator, and iconic companies such as Apple, Google, Twitter, and Uber will be incorporated into the curriculum. The seminar will also involve local entrepreneurs in teaching, speaking, and mentoring.

The courses offered in this Burch seminar represent the core of the Minor in Entrepreneurship. This seminar is open to UNC undergraduates (second-year status or greater) with a 3.0 GPA who have completed ECON101 and ECON125 or with instructor permission.

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Courses & Credits

The seminar will be open to students in the Entrepreneurship minor who have completed Econ 101 (a prerequisite) and the minor's mandatory gateway course, Econ 125 Introduction to Entrepreneurship or with instructor permission. Students in this semester-long Burch seminar will enroll in three three-hour courses and an internship-based practicum worth six hours of academic credit, for a total of 15 credit hours.

The seminar begins in Durham for a 2-week intensive of the majority of Econ 325H and continues on to California for the remainder of the program.

ECON 325H Entrepreneurship: Principles and Practice, 3 credit hours, satisfies minor requirement
Instructor: Jed Simmons (Durham intensive)
ECON 325H, a two-week intensive course of study offered at the beginning of the seminar, will provide a granular approach to the most important tasks required to create a new enterprise. The course will meet for four hours a day at American Underground in Durham.

ECON 327H Business Venturing Workshop, 3 credit hours, satisfies minor track requirement
Instructor: Silicon Valley-based faculty
The venturing workshop will take advantage of the resources of the Bay Area to give students a unique combination of experiential learning opportunities. The content of the course will include at least seven site visits to innovative companies or enterprises in the Bay Area and a series of speakers, all of whom will bring real-world expertise to the classroom. The course will meet weekly for 3.5 hours.

HNRS 350: The Silicon Valley Experience, 3 credit hours
Instructor: Silicon Valley-based faculty
Students will study design thinking and understand the ingredients that made Silicon Valley a center for innovation.

ECON 393H Practicum in Entrepreneurship (Internship), 6 credit hours, satisfies minor internship and practicum requirements
Instructor: Jed Simmons (online)
The internship is central to the curriculum of the Minor in Entrepreneurship. Students in the Burch seminar will work in their internships 30 hours per week for 12 weeks. Local coaches will assist students in networking and maximizing their internships.

Courses in this program are UNC Graded Credit.
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  • These courses automatically show up on your Tar Heel Tracker and UNC Transcript.
  • You will receive a letter grade for those courses, and this does affect your GPA.

Housing

Students will be housed in dormitories with double or triple rooms with students at Menlo College in Atherton, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. There is a strong small-campus culture and interaction with local students. From Atherton, there is access to San Francisco and the entire Bay Area via public transportation. A meal allowance for the dining halls is included in the housing costs.

For the first two weeks of the program, students will be housed in double-rooms in a hotel in Durham before traveling to California for the remainder of the program.

Full-time residential staff are available to answer questions and handle emergencies on the ground.
 
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the program are based on operating costs of the program. Tuition and fees will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.

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Application Process

Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application. Selected applicants may be required to interview with program faculty and staff. 

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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/12/2018 10/05/2018 01/06/2019 04/27/2019