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Undergraduate Global Enrichment in Brazil

Management 4050: Managing Innovation and Change – Sustainability in Brazil

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Dates: January 4-17, 2015; Classes: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:45pm-3:25pm, Fall B Term.

Term: Fall 2–8 weeks

Objective: This course focuses on how entrepreneurs create new businesses and how organizations innovate and change with an emphasis on sustainably focused businesses. The course focuses on how the innovation journey unfolds in the creation of new businesses, technologies, products, programs, and services, and what paths on this journey are likely to lead to success or failure. It will look at Brazilian organizations that have innovated in areas of alternative energy and sustainability.

Program Benefits: The benefits to students participating in this program may include:

  • Experience insights from the leaders of alternative energy and sustainable development in Brazil.
  • Learn about the interconnected topics of sustainability and innovation from Brazilian and U.S. multinational companies.
  • Expand your knowledge of business in Brazil and the opportunities for growth in a developing economy.
  • Develop life-long friendships with fellow Carlson students.


  • 20–30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students

Academic Credit

  • 4 credit

  • Grading is A-F basis

This course fulfills the Global Perspectives Liberal Education requirement. Prerequisites are MGMT 1001, or MGMT 3010, or MGMT 3001, or instructor permission.


This program is open to University students in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.5 at the time of application or instructor permission. Students must have completed MGMT 3010, or MGMT 3001, or have instructor permission. Preference will be given to Carlson School students.


Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, and is one of the few countries that are energy-independent due to its innovative use of biofuels. The United States is Brazil's largest trading partner. The São Paulo metropolitan area is the second largest in the world with a population of nearly 29 million people. São Paulo is home to many multinational corporations in a variety of industries.


The program comprises guest lectures and visits to domestic and multinational companies and non-governmental organizations like Natura, Cargill, SOS Mata Atlantica and Monsanto. Cultural tours and two group dinners will complement the academic program.

Housing and Food

Students stay in conveniently-located hotels and will share a room with one or two classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast daily, a welcome dinner, and a closing dinner are provided.

Cost Estimate

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2014-2015 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13-19 credit tuition plateau) $0
Program Fee (including group flight, lodging, program events, Brazilian tourist visa, breakfast daily, two group meals, and int'l health insurance*) $5,200 (tentative)
International airfare between Minnesota and Brazil (included in Program Fee) $0
Passport and Photos $145
Textbooks $135
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee) $0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc) $300
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $500
Total $6,280 (tentative)

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Carlson students accepted into Management 4050 will be invited to apply for the Jeanne Voigt Foundation Scholarship for Study Abroad in Emerging Economies. The scholarship funds support the incremental costs of the study abroad experience, including but not limited to travel and living expenses. Scholarship recipients will be invited to meet the benefactor after they return from their experience abroad. Contact Jennie Meinz at if you have questions about this scholarship.

Application and Admission

To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee.

The application cycle starts on March 1 and the priority deadline is April 1. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. 

All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

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Phone: 612-625-9361

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