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

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in Brazil


Monday, January 1, 2018 to Sunday, January 14, 2018

Abroad program: January 1-14, 2018
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, Cargill, TV Globo and Amil. 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 3. 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. The Brazilian government designated Paraty as a National Historic Site over 50 years ago, and visitors enjoy the slower pace, lush rainforest, and swimming in the secluded beaches nearby. After Sao 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 famed the Christ The Redeemer statue, and known for hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

Housing and Food

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.


  • 20–30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students

Pre-departure Classes

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

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.

Academic term(s)


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.

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

2017-2018 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
International airfare between Minnesota and Brazil (included in Program Fee)$0
Passport and Photos ($145 for US Passport, $247 for Brazilian Tourist Visa)$395
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee)$0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, data plan, laundry, etc)$225
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $400
Total $6,655

Program Manager

Deirdre Opp


Steve Spruth


Short-Term January

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Rio de Janeiro
São Paulo