Poverty Alleviation & Entrepreneurship
Abject poverty and economic development continue to be among the greatest challenges of the 21st century. This three-credit hour class — open to both undergraduate and graduate students — will be held on Tuesday evenings in the Spring Semester. The course evaluates currently influential approaches to poverty alleviation and ends with a week-long trip to Ghana, Africa — scheduled during Spring Break (March 4-13, 2022) — where student teams will work with small- or medium-sized Ghanaian companies in addressing real business problems and questions. Our time in Ghana will end with a two-day visit to an elephant preserve. This trip is generously supported by the Lassonde Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and student expenses for travel, housing, and food will be subsidized with a $1,000 scholarship for the first 15 students accepted. Interested students should apply by Wednesday, Nov. 24 for priority application and by Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 for the final application deadline.
ENTP 5800/6800 Course Information
Taught by Jay Barney
Presidential Professor of Strategic Management
Lassonde Chair of Social Entrepreneurship
This three-credit-hour class (ENTP 5800/6800), which is open to undergraduate and graduate students, evaluates currently influential approaches to poverty alleviation and ends with a 10-day trip to Ghana, Africa. Student teams will work with small- or medium-sized Ghanaian companies in addressing real business problems and questions. The travel is scheduled during Spring Break (March 4-13, 2021). All Eccles Global Learning Abroad experiences are contingent upon the global effects of COVID-19. All experiences are subject to change.
Course Dates & Times: Class will meet weekly from Jan. 11-March 1, 2021 on Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. in GARFF 2345. Academic work will continue to take place during the trip to Ghana through March 13.
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Learn more about all that awaits you in Spring 2022 with the Ghana Poverty Alleviation & Entrepreneurship experience!
Spend your Spring Break meeting entrepreneurs, understanding the Ghana economy, and exploring an incredible country!
- Stay at the Ensign College of Public Health
- Engage with dedicated entrepreneurs
- Learn how business is started in another country
- Visit a slave castle to understand slavery's history
- Explore an elephant preserve
- And so much more!
The Ghana Spring Semester 2022 Eccles Global experience will cost $3,500 per student, and you are also responsible for the cost of your shots, passport and visa, and any incidentals such as souvenirs. A $1,000 scholarship is available to the first 15 students accepted, bringing the price down to $2,500. The cost covers your tuition for three credit hours, airfare, in-country transportation, hotels, food, and travel insurance.
The program has limited enrollment.
Students at the David Eccles School of Business will be given priority registration, but students from all majors are encouraged to apply.
“We learned about the benefits and downfalls of foreign aid, microfinance, and how entrepreneurship can drive economic and social development. We spent 10 days in Ghana, and it was absolutely incredible. There’s so many applied experiences, it’s not about the classroom. It’s about doing.” – Alexander Becraft, Recipient of the 2020 Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership
Cost & Deadlines
Priority Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 24
Final Deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 1
Cost: $3,500. A $1,000 scholarship is available to the first 15 students accepted, bringing the cost to $2,500, so apply early!
The program has limited enrollment.
Students are responsible for having a valid passport (expiring not less than six months after the end of the trip) and all of the immunizations required for entry to Ghana. Visit the University of Utah's Travel Clinic to find out what shots are needed and obtain all necessary immunizations. You may also receive the required immunizations from other health workers or insurance plans, but we will need proof of those as well. Students also will need a visa to enter Ghana. Program leadership will provide more information about visas as travel dates near.