MGMT 4050: Managing Innovation and Change -- Sustainability in Brazil

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in Brazil
January 2, 2017 to January 13, 2017

Abroad program: January 2-15, 2016
Classes: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:45pm-3:25pm, Fall B Term.

This course focuses on how entrepreneurs create new businesses and how organizations innovate and change with an emphasis on sustainably focused businesses. The course focuses on how the innovation journey unfolds in the creation of new businesses, technologies, products, programs, and services, and what paths on this journey are likely to lead to success or failure. It will look at Brazilian organizations that have innovated in areas of alternative energy and sustainability.

Program schedule

The program comprises guest lectures and visits to domestic and multinational companies and non-governmental organizations like Natura, 3M, Cargill, and SOS Mata Atlantica. Cultural tours and two group dinners will complement the academic program.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on March 1 and the priority deadline is April 1. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 4 weeks of the priority deadline.


This program is open to University students in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.5 at the time of application or instructor permission. Students must have completed MGMT 3010, or MGMT 3001, or have instructor permission. Preference will be given to Carlson School students.

Location details

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, and is one of the few countries that are energy-independent due to its innovative use of biofuels. The United States is Brazil's largest trading partner. The São Paulo metropolitan area is the second largest in the world with a population of nearly 29 million people. São Paulo is home to many multinational corporations in a variety of industries.

Students stay in conveniently-located hotels and will share a room with one or two classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast daily, a welcome dinner, and a closing dinner are provided.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please see Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.


  • 20–30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students

Academics and credits

  • 4 credit
  • Grading is A-F basis
  • This course fulfills the Global Perspectives Liberal Education requirement. Prerequisites are MGMT 3010, or MGMT 3001, or instructor permission.

Tuesday & Thursday, 1:45pm-3:25pm, Fall B Term.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.


*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

Cost table

2015-2016 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13-19 credit tuition plateau)$0
Program Fee (including group flight, lodging, program events, breakfast daily, two group meals, and int'l health insurance*) $5,500 (tentative for 2017)
International airfare between Minnesota and Brazil (included in Program Fee)$0
Passport and Photos ($145 for US Passport, $247 for Brazilian Tourist Visa - facilitated by CGI)$395
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee)$0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc)$300
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $500
Total $6,830 (tentative)

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Short-Term January

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Rio de Janeiro
São Paulo