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Global Entrepreneurship Semester

Open to all undergraduates on campus. Apply by May 30!

Seoul, Korea

Lund, Sweden

Tel Aviv, Israel

The Global Entrepreneurship Semester (GES) is designed to give students the opportunity to experience dynamic entrepreneurial cultures and environments around the world. A joint initiative of the Office of International Affairs and the Honors College Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program, this full-year program combines one semester of on-campus instruction and preparation with one semester of coursework and experiential learning abroad.

The fall half-semester seminar course on Global Entrepreneurship (ENES 211) is taught by industry experts and seasoned international entrepreneurs, alongside professional development workshops, one-on-one resume and interview reviews, and international entrepreneurship & business events throughout the semester to enable students to excel in their spring internships. While abroad, students will spend 15-20 hours a week interning for local companies or startups and applying their knowledge of entrepreneurship and newly develop skills

Student Benefits

  • Gain international business experience living, studying, and working in another country
  • Apply entrepreneurial ideas and strategies to a real business
  • Develop international personal and professional networks
  • Immerse yourself in the culture and businesses of a new country
  • Become a Global Entrepreneur and let the skills and experiences you acquire carry you to your future goals!


  • Fall 2017: On-campus course and workshop series on Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENES211,1 cr)
  • Winter 2018: Intensive language course
  • Spring 2018: International internship course (EDCP386, 6 cr): a UMD instructor remotely guides your internship experience in host country; 2-3 host university courses (6-9 transfer cr). Classes are available in a wide variety of fields.

“My experience here [Korea] has promoted my sense of self-confidence. I feel like I can make my way around regardless of where I am in the world.

I’ve also been adventurous, exposing myself to new experiences ranging from navigating around the city by myself to eating raw squid.”

— Adam Vinner, mechanical engineering major

Application and Admission Process

Students admitted to the program must successfully complete multiple rounds of application and selection:

  1. Application to the Program at the University of Maryland
  2. In-person Interview with Program Staff
  3. Nomination by the University of Maryland to Partner Universities
  4. Application, Acceptance, and Admission by the Host University


Costs vary with each program, but are the near-equivalent of your current UMD tuition and housing. Cost should not be a barrier for students interested in applying. The Office of International Affairs will work with students to navigate potential funding opportunities and scholarships.


There are a variety of scholarships offered through the Office of Education Abroad and other on campus departments, in addition to special scholarships only available to GES students for certain countries . Please check with your home school or department for additional scholarship opportunities.

Seoul, Korea

Yonsei University is located in Korea’s political, cultural and economic center. A thriving metropolis, Seoul is the home of embassies, theaters, stores and high-tech office buildings. Amongst tall modern buildings sit ancient palaces, temples, and shrines set against crowded markets and the peaceful Han River that runs through the city center. Known as one of the most wired cities in the world, students in Seoul can take advantage of Korea’s position on the cutting edge of global technology.

Lund, Sweden

Lund features the youngest population of any city in the country. There are 130 nationalities in Lund, making it a truly international city. Lund is located in the heart of Sweden’s high-tech region. Several global corporations, such as Sony, Microsoft, and Ericsson have footprints there. Lund features a comprehensive public transport system including buses and trains to transport you in and around Lund, Sweden and nearby Copenhagen in Denmark.

Tel Aviv, Israel

The city of Tel Aviv is a major Mediterranean center of technology, finance, culture, diversity and entertainment. Eighteen of Israel’s 35 major centers for the performing arts are located in the city, and is a major world hi-tech start-up hub. The city is also well known for its fantastic public beaches, with cafes right on the sand. The culture, entertainment, nightlife, and young atmosphere have helped Tel Aviv earn its reputation as “the city that never sleeps.”