University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: Boulder/San Francisco ENTR - micro

Program Dates January 07, 2018 - January 27, 2018 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled.

Program Overview

Study entrepreneurship and what it takes to build, scale, and cultivate a self-sustaining startup ecosystem in select major tech startup hubs and cities (Wilmington, Philadelphia, NYC) culminating in trips to Boulder, Colorado, and the San Francisco Bay Area, which are both known for their second-to-none startup culture and some of the most successful companies in the world. Students will enjoy exploring the economic and social culture of each startup hub visited in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of what makes companies and individuals gravitate to these tremendously successful business communities.

During this adventure-filled micromester, you’ll be boiling down your thoughts and impressions into summaries which will then be submitted for publication in Media, a major online tech news media outlet. During each startup hub excursion, you’ll interact with professionals including startup founders, CEOs, high-level employees and venture capitalists (some of whom are even University of Delaware alumni) as you study entrepreneurship and learn about what makes each community unique and radiant in its own way. In addition, you’ll learn about each city’s startup culture through visits to local startup company headquarters, leading co-working spaces and well-known startup accelerators.

Whether you’re interested in entrepreneurship, venture capitalism, joining an accelerator, economic development of startup communities, or the history of how some of the world’s most exciting startup hubs established their footing, this program is your chance to learn about what it takes to build, scale and cultivate a self-sustaining startup ecosystem and the companies and people who call them home.

The Program Fee covers housing, cultural and academic excursions and international medical insurance. Students will reside in double rooms in hotels at all locations.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare nor airport transfers. The program officially begins when students arrive in Wilmington, DE. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, plane tickets have been reserved for the group, and students are strongly encouraged to purchase as part of the group reservation.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure). All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
ENTR 367: Seminar: Startup Communities (3 credits)
UNIV 371-017: Domestic Travel Study - Boulder/San Francisco ENTR - micro (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,485.00$3,984.00
Estimated Program Fee$4,450.00$4,450.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$5,965.00$8,464.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,200.00$1,200.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Mona Parikh
Faculty Director
132 E. Delaware Ave. Suite 100, Newark

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 27, 2017

Interest Meetings:

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.