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)

More information

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.

Please note:

This program is highly demanding. You will not have time to do any resits of other courses. Also, it requires a strong ability to adapt to a different cultural setting in which you will work and live intensively together with your team during the internship abroad.

Above all, this program is prone to the ever-changing environment. Especially with circumstances such as coronavirus we need to prioritize health and safety issues which might mean that you cannot travel to the country of your destiny. Instead, we will then adapt by offering an internship based in the Netherlands possibly combined with online interactions with people in the Global South. Such internships may be organized in cooperation with partners that are eligible to have students meet the learning goals of the intercultural internship. Furthermore, it may be possible to postpone the internship to the summer of 2021. Various options are currently being explored.

Entry requirements

  • Have fulltime availability for the program (so NO re-sits planned for semester 1)
  • Being selected for the minor
  • This minor is open for English speaking students
  • This minor should be your first choice

Application procedure

  • The deadline for applying for this minor is 15th April 2021. 
  • Make sure you have signed up for the Minor on Osiris
  • Prepare a motivational video of max. 2 minutes in which you convince us why we should select you. You will be able to submit a URL of the video in the application form below. In this video tell us:
    - Why you want to participate (how will this contribute to you as an individual and your future career?).
    - What experience you have (e.g. through extra-curricular activities). 
    - You may also want to highlight any culturally diverse or team-work experiences. 
    - Remember to illustrate your experiences concretely with examples. 
  • Complete the application form using this link no later than April 15th 2021 latest:
  • For any question regarding the application procedure you can contact Titus van der Spek 

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