A group of Carlson students holds up the ice cream they are eating in a plaza in Paraty, Brazil.

MGMT 4050: Managing Innovation and Change - Sustainability in Brazil

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in Brazil

Program Dates:

This program has been cancelled for 2020-2021. 


Program Details

    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.

    "I never imagined that by studying in Brazil I would have a chance to experience one of the largest emerging economies in the world that will offer big opportunities to forward-looking businesses in the coming decade. The MGMT 4050: Managing Innovation and Change - Sustainability in Brazil program not only gave me first-hand experience necessary to be qualified in a startup endeavor, but cross-cultural and interpersonal communication skills useful when working on any multi-cultural professional team in the professional world." - Chelsea Montgomery, MGMT 4050, January 2019

    “The best part about my time in Brazil was the people. The CSOM faculty, the students, and the individuals who hosted us were incredible and enhanced my experience tremendously. My time in Brazil allowed me to learn outside of the textbook and learning outside of the textbook allowed me to have a deeper understanding and a greater appreciation of culture and business. Studying abroad in Brazil is All That.” – Randy Bialcik, MGMT 4050, January 2018

    "Brazil has taught me the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and just going with life as it moves along. Going to another country is scary at first, but my time spent abroad felt purposeful because I did not let my fears get in the way of learning about this new culture and what it has to offer not only the country itself, but also the world. Brazil is amazing; everyone should experience it at least once in their life." - Gabe Odom, MGMT 4050, January 2018

    Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, and is one of the few countries that is energy-independent due to its innovative use of biofuels. The United States is Brazil's largest trading partner.

    • São Paulo: The São Paulo metropolitan area is the second largest in the world with a population of nearly 29 million people. It is the center of business in Brazil, with unparalleled opportunity to meet with domestic and multinational companies.
    • Paraty: With its unique history and pristine natural beauty surrounding, the Brazilian government designated Paraty as a National Historic Site over 50 years ago. Visitors enjoy the lush rainforest, fishing, and swimming in the secluded beaches nearby.
    • Rio de Janeiro: After São Paulo, Rio de Janiero is the second largest municipality in Brazil and is said to be ”home to beaches and bossa nova, but also business”, in addition to the famed Christ The Redeemer statue. Rio is also known for hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

    Students will stay in double rooms with students of the same gender at a centrally-located hotel in Sao Paulo, Paraty, and Rio de Janiero. 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 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).

    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.

    U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to travel to Brazil. 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.

    Non-U.S. passport holders should check with the Brazilian 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 Brazil, 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 March 1, 2020 and the priority deadline is 12:00 pm (noon) on April 1, 2020. 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 May 1, 2020.

    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.

    • Up to 30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students.

    Classes are Tuesday/Thursday, 1:45pm-3:25pm, Fall B Term 2020. This course will be taught by faculty Steve Spruth/Mike Nolan of the Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship Department. The pre-departure classes are a fundamental component of the curriculum. These pre-departure classes are partly discussion-based given the broad arrange 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).

    The program comprises guest lectures and visits to domestic companies, multinational companies, and non-governmental organizations like Natura, Cargill, Grupo Globo and Amil (United Health Group). Cultural tours and two group dinners will complement the academic program.

Cost Estimate (Summary)

Fees are based on estimates and may change due to international economic factors. This information applied to 2020-2021 programs.

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

** Costs are estimated for U.S. passport holders only. Non-U.S. passport holders should check with the Brazilian consulate regarding the visa application process and costs.

All costs subject to change prior to departure.

Fees Cost
2020-2021 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13-19 credit tuition plateau) $0
Program Fee (including group international flight, lodging, program events, breakfast daily, two group meals, and international health insurance*) $5,600
International airfare between Minnesota and Brazil (included in Program Fee, above) $0
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee, above) $0
Passport and Photos** $160
Textbooks $135
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, data plan, laundry, etc.) $225
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $400
Total $6,720


Mary Krebs
Steve Spruth/Mike Nolan
Academic term(s)
Short-Term January
Degree level
Rio de Janeiro
São Paulo