International Entrepreneurship & Development

This minor program allows students to work abroad to develop technical solutions for complex challenges that will contribute to socioeconomic development.

During the minor you will work in multi-disciplinary teams to solve a challenge that has been assigned to you by a project provider. The majority of these challenges are located within developing and emerging markets and focus on pro-poor growth.

Together with your team you will learn how to manage and work in a technology related project in a different cultural and institutional setting and learn.


The minor program is structured as follows:

In the first 2 months, students will complete a set of four courses to help prepare them for their time abroad. These courses will help students adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and prepare them to work effectively in different cultural contexts. Students will also learn how to conduct research and learn about the local ecosystem and stakeholders of their challenge. Finally, they will prepare a project plan for their time abroad.

In the second phase of the minor, students will travel abroad. During their time abroad, students are required to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset as they research, develop and execute a solution to a challenge. Challenges providers include non-governmental organization, (social) enterprise, universities or governmental organizations.

At the end of the minor, student will assess the impact and feasibility of their solutions and reflect on the competencies they have developed as a team and as individuals.

Course list

  • Entrepreneurial Thinking (4 EC)
  • Preparation Intercultural Internship (4 EC)
  • Development, Sustainability and Impact (4 EC)
  • Project Research and Design (3 EC)
  • Intercultural Internship (15 EC)

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Gareth Wakeling

Minor code: WM-MI-101
Language: English
Access: All
Maximum number of participants: 60
Teaching methods: Teamwork, internship

Development projects do not always bring lasting opportunities. But if you can help people set up an independent business elsewhere, a real change has been made.

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