Where entrepreneurship meets culture

Travel abroad to help a business grow or stay local and assist an Iowa company to scale globally. We believe it is important to have an understanding of the field of entrepreneurship, not only in Iowa, but across the world.

Business consulting opportunities 

Through the Institute for International Business (IIB) and our Iowa JPEC's Business Consulting course, students have the opportunity to take on real projects for local Iowa companies who are looking to grow and scale globally. Students will team up with 3-5 of their student peers and work under the guidance of a faculty advisor with extensive business experience throughout the course. The curriculum is designed for maximum performance for the client, and throughout the semester, teams provide clients with weekly progress reports and appraisals and will then complete a full report of the objectives, findings and recommendations - all well earning course credit. 

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Travel abroad - while earning course credits

International Entrepreneurship and Culture (ENTR: 4100) suite of program offerings is sponsored by the Tippie College of Business and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center together with Study Abroad. The trip for the 2017-2018 academic year will take place over spring break and will include travel to Cuba. Trips to Cuba and Belize will take place on alternating years.

Spring break in Cuba

Tentatively planned for Spring Break 2018
This multidisciplinary winter session course is designed to prepare students to understand and address complex issues associated with business operations in today's global economy. Market research, trade transactions, logistical knowledge, as well as other cross-cultural and ethnical issues that arise in the area of international trade will be discussed.

In order to be accepted on the Cuba program, students must posses a valid passport at the time of application. Due to the visa process for Cuba, if students do not already have a valid passport, they will not be accepted to participate on the Cuba program. No exceptions will be made.

Travel to Cuba

Travel to Belize

Tentatively planned for Spring Break 2019
Spend nine days during a spring break intersession course in Belize. Students will develop an understanding of entrepreneurship in an international context through class discussions, working with on-site partners, and experiential learning field trips. Students will also have time to explore historic and cultural attractions and experience the culturally rich and diverse atmosphere that Belize has to offer. The course is recommended for both seasoned travelers and those who have not previously traveled abroad. It also provides an opportunity for students with demanding academic schedules who may not be able to study abroad during a year-long or semester-length program to gain a valuable international perspective.

Travel to Belize