Munich Cityscape

IBUS 3055: Innovating with Technology - Global IT Entrepreneurship in Action

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in Germany

Program Dates:

Applications will open on September 1 with a priority deadline of October 15 at noon.  

Classes: Tuesday/Thursday, 9:55 - 11:35 AM, Spring Semester 2022, B-term only.

Travel dates: May 12 - 26, 2022. The travel for this course will interfere with graduation/commencement. Students wishing to participate in graduation ceremonies should find an alternate option.  



Program Details

    IBUS 3055 provides state-of-the-art knowledge about Information Technologies and fundamentals of entrepreneurship with an international learning experience offered virtually. Over the last decade, dramatic changes in technologies, economic conditions, and geopolitical developments have opened new business opportunities in international markets both for new high-tech ventures and for the already established companies. Increasingly, US-based companies and entrepreneurs need to understand the role of culturalization and adaptation of their IT products for success in international markets, particularly in fast-growing markets. The course will cover basics of consumer electronics, Internet and mobile communications, web technologies, cloud computing, cyber-security, social network, etc.

    The entrepreneurship component of the course will cover the basic characteristics of entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial processes (i.e., typical events, tasks, and opportunities) at individual, firm, industry and international levels of analysis, and key functional competencies that are required of all entrepreneurial endeavors.

    Though Germany and Austria might be best known for their beer and bread, the two countries also have a burgeoning tech industry. Combining the rich histories of both countries with this modern tech boom, students will get to experience the old and the new in both Munich and Vienna.

    Due to uncertainties in travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, this program will only travel to Germany.

    Students will stay in double rooms with students of the same gender at a centrally-located hotel. 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 will be provided daily at the hotels. A welcome dinner and closing dinner are also included in the program fee.

    • 4 credits
    • Eligible for 4 credits of ENTRE elective credit and/or 2 credits of MIS elective credit
    • Grading is A-F basis

    This program is open to U of M undergraduate students in good academic standing, with a GPA of 3.0 at the time of application. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

    U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to travel to Germany. If you already have a passport, you need to check the expiration date and confirm that it is more than seven months after the program ends. If you do not have a passport, or your passport needs to be renewed, you will need to apply for one immediately upon confirmation.

    A visa is a document that proves that travel into a particular country has been approved by their governing body. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits up to 90 days for tourism in Germany. Non-U.S. passport holders should check with the German consulate regarding visa requirements and fees. A consulate is a foreign government's official place of residence and representation in a foreign country. While consulates provide passports, birth registration, and many other services, they also have consular sections which issue visas for foreign citizens to visit, study, and work in their country. If you carry a passport other than a U.S. passport and are required to carry a visa into Germany, you will be responsible for securing your visa; you will work closely with the Program Manager (Mary Krebs) to make sure you have any University-specific documentation that you need.

      To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on September 1, 2021 and the priority deadline is 12:00 pm (noon) on October 15, 2021. 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 no later than November 15, 2021.

      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.

      30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students.

      Tuesday/Thursday, 9:55 - 11:35 AM, Spring Semester 2022, B-term only. This course will be taught by Associate Professor, McKnight Presidential Fellow, Jim & Mary Lawrence Fellow, Director of Research MIS Research Center, Soumya Sen ( of the Information and Decision Sciences department. The pre-departure classes are a fundamental component of the curriculum. These pre-departure classes are partly discussion-based given the broad range of diverse and complex challenges faced in international business, and therefore the quality of the student experience is dependent upon all students attending and participating in the pre-departure classes.

      In order to be eligible to participate in the international portion of this class, students must maintain satisfactory academic performance as determined by the instructor. If your academic performance prevents you from participating in the international component of the course, you will not receive a refund of the program fee. Please bring any concerns about this directly to the Program Manager (Mary Krebs).

      This course meets spring, B-term only.

        The program starts with a city tour and welcome dinner. The program includes guest lectures, company visits and cultural activities. Included in the program is time for a small amount of independent exploration.

        Please contact Program Manager, Mary Krebs, if you have additional questions about the schedule.

      Cost Estimate (Summary)

      These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details are subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.  The program fee will be finalized by mid September and will be updated here.  

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

       This table is a function of the website. No program fee will be charged if travel is cancelled in 2022.
      2021-2022 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13+ credit tuition plateau) $0
      Program Fee (including international airfare between Minneapolis and Europe; lodging; program events; breakfast daily; two group meals; program transportation; and int'l health insurance*) $5,500
      International airfare between Minnesota and Europe (included in Program Fee) $0
      Passport and Visa $160
      Textbooks $100
      Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee) $0
      Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $400
      Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc.) $300
      Total $6,460


      Mary Krebs
      Soumya Sen
      Academic term(s)
      Short-Term May/June
      Degree level