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Program Information:


  • Be part of a consulting team for entrepreneurs in a township near Cape Town

  • Study alongside South African students

  • Understand the critical role that entrepreneurship plays in the economic development of a nation

  • Enjoy field trips and excursions to Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island

  • Experience South Africa's "first world" economy with well-developed infrastructure and technology; and "third world" economy with undereducated workers and high levels of poverty

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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 the Entrepreneurship Certificate, the Cross Campus Entrepreneurship Certificate and the Socially Responsible Enterprise Certificate.
  • Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
  • See course description

Student group in South Africa

The courses will be taught on the University of Western Cape campus by three faculty directors from  University of Florida and the University of Colorado. Students from three US institutions and Western Cape will participate. US 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 University of Florida 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.

See Dr. Mueller's Faculty Spotlight.


The program includes field trips to Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island and Stellenbosch.


  • Gilman Scholarship: For students currently receiving Pell grants as part of their federal financial aid.


  • Leeds School of Business study abroad scholarships (for Business majors): to apply, please fill out the Buffs Abroad Scholarships application by the published deadline.


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Program Reviews:
Summer 2016 Participant
My courses: The professors involved in the course make a huge difference. Dr. Morris redefined business for me in a holistic and hands on approach that I have never received in my education. Come prepared for in depth study of business for the first two weeks of the EESA program. It was taught maybe a little too quickly but most of the information students should already know. The courses are mainly there to tie everything together-- marketing, mgmt, finance, accounting, operations.Location: Cape Town, South Africa is a magical place. During the time of the program it is a South African winter so pack for colder weather. There are beautiful mountains, lots of diversity, nice malls, and rough neighborhoods. It is a very artistic city, though during this program we didn't get the chance to go off campus and freely explore as much.Interactions with locals: Especially in this program, you get to interact with locals a lot. Locals are at the heart of what made my experience rewarding and life changing. South African people are so light hearted and humble.Excursions: You don't get to do this much, but in the beginning many weekends have provided/paid for excursions.Internships/Volunteering: This is the essence of the program-- this is the life changing part of the EESA program where you get to put your learning and business/consulting skills to the test.

Cory Kristine Wanamaker, Summer 2017 Participant
You get full on one on one interactions with locals. You literally work in some of the townships. This is the most amazing part of the program I believe because you meet some amazing people that have gone through so much, they really change your perspective on things. You are not a tourist on this program, you are a South African business consultant, and you have to get your hands dirty. It is all worth it, in the end.

Josie Lynn Woods, Summer 2017 Participant
Cape Town is absolutely incredible and working in the townships is an experience like no other. It allows you to not only help them grow as business owners, but this program contributed to a lot of my personal growth.

Ryan Justininao Calzavara, Summer 2017 Participant
Best course I have ever taken. I wish I could do it again in a new country. The teaching by Morris and Mueller is superb and I really feel like those two can bring me to the next level of where I want to go with my education.

Josie Lynn Woods, Summer 2017 Participant
AMAZING! There is no better word to describe it. I learned more in these 6 weeks than I did in my semester long entrepreneurial environments class

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 15-FEB-2018
Variable 08-JUN-2018 21-JUL-2018
NOTE: Dates on this page are for information only; final dates will be confirmed with participants after acceptance to the program. Do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Program Manager. The Start Date indicates the day participants arrive at the program location; the End Date indicates the day participants depart from the program location.
Summer 2019 01-FEB-2019 ** Variable TBA TBA

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