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University of Western Cape is located in Bellville, a suburb of Cape Town in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is an industrial area of town between Cape Town and the townships where students will work with small business owners. University of Western Cape is a historically black institution of higher education and has 14,000 students.
You will be housed in one of the student dormitories at University of Western Cape. Meals are not provided by the dorm, but there are cooking facilities where you may fix meals on your own.
You will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements to Cape Town, South Africa and back. Transportation will be provided from the Cape Town airport and for all included excursions. Vans will transport students to their clients in the townships daily. You will not be using public transport.
Course: INBU 4925
Credits: 6 upper-division credit hours
Approved for: This course fulfills the Global Experience requirement for the Global Business Certificate. This course counts towards business electives. This course counts as internship credit for both the Entrepreneurship Certificate as well as the Cross Campus Entrepreneurship Certificate.
Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
The courses will be taught on the University of Western Cape campus by three faculty directors from Oklahoma State University and the University of Colorado. Students from three US institutions and Western Cape will participate. American students are paired with South African students from University of Western Cape to form consulting teams that work with two emerging enterprises. The teams are responsible for understanding the needs of the entrepreneur and providing tangible deliverables that can be implemented.
Entrepreneurship is the key to the South African dream. It is a gateway to opportunities for those traditionally excluded from the economic and political mainstream. There is a need for entrepreneurs with creative business concepts and the courage to turn these concepts into sustainable enterprises---enterprises that can create jobs while also providing society with needed products and services. However, most small businesses fail to achieve meaningful growth, are marginally profitable, and operate as "hand-to-mouth" types of ventures.
EESA participants will develop an understanding of the challenges and barriers to success encountered by firms that are generally: undercapitalized; lack market leverage; do not have deep knowledge of business "specialty" support functions such as accounting, law, finance, marketing or advertising; have no powerful friends in high places; and lack economies of scale or scope. The program focuses on applying a model of how the small enterprise can meet these challenges in order to create a sustainable competitive advantage and long-term value.
There are no examinations in the EESA program. You will be developing a portfolio of solutions to problems. The focus is on implementing and doing, not simply analyzing. You will be evaluated based on the impact of 4 deliverables per client, not on the quality of the recommendations or proposals of what the client should do. The deliverables should cover at least 3 functional areas of the clients' business such as Marketing, Accounting, or Operations. Each consulting team will be expected to complete assignments related to different aspects of the consulting experience for discussion and implementation.
The courses will be jointly taught by CU-Boulder faculty member Dr. Erick Mueller and Oklahoma State University faculty member Dr. Mike Morris.
Staff at the University of Western Cape will provide additional support and the EESA team will make all in country arrangements, including transportation to and from the airport, housing, and transportation to the townships and other excursions. They are available for counseling on any concerns you may have during the program.
: EESA Group by Frank Moyes. EESA Student with Kids in Kyalitcha by Frank Moyes.
Summer 2015 Participant
This is an extremely challenging program. Coursework is difficult and faculty expects nothing short of your very best. This said, this program has also been one of the most rewarding experiences. You really can make a difference in the world...and that is AMAZING! South Africa is so unique...its history is stunning, its people are so community oriented, and its natural beauty is incredible. All excursions are delightful, but remember, the majority of your time will be spent working hard to serve the client.
Summer 2014 Participant
The course work was challenging, difficult, but extremely rewarding. It is real life hands on experience with entrepreneurs in an underprivileged community. Getting to develop a relationships with a few different of these people makes it all worth while when in the end you see the smiles on their faces. It was extremely rewarding to spend time with them every week for 3+ hours a week. The location of the program is idea for the program. While it is in the middle of nowhere, there are few distractions and having the transport provided for you makes it much easier to get around. If you want to go where transport is not going, it can get very expensive though. The excursions are a lot of fun. Very cool signs to see and lots of fun things to do. Overall, loved the program and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to work hard, learn more than they have ever learned, and have some fun on the side.
Summer 2013 Participant
academics were superb, housing was ok, there was a lack of meal options which was a problem, some nights no dinner was available at all. the interaction with locals was great, the excursions were awesome, some of the African students were not on the same academic level making it challenging to work with them.
Summer 2016 Participant
Being in a third world country and being immersed in the townships has changed my whole outlook on life something I cannot even put words to, to describe to anyone.
Summer 2014 Participant
The EESA program is unlike any study abroad program offered at CU. It is a lot of very difficult work, and is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Taking classes in the morning and consulting in the afternoon, you will learn a little bit of everything that you need to know for the business world. You will get to work with University of Western Cape students, and learn a lot from them. Weekend day excursions are planned for you to explore beautiful Cape Town, such as hiking Table Mountain and going to Robben Island.
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