Entrepreneurship Empowerment in South Africa

EESA is now accepting applications for Summer 2020

Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa (EESA) is a life-changing, six-week study abroad experience. During their time in South Africa, students are introduced to the many challenges confronting entrepreneurs in South Africa. Students are then grouped into consulting teams and are expected to identify and prioritize the needs of a real South African ventures. The goal as a consulting team is to make meaningful progress in addressing the venture’s needs with tangible deliverables that can be implemented by the entrepreneur.

This competitive, hands-on program allows students to:

  • Gain work experience in an international setting and explore the world of entrepreneurship outside of the United States
  • Create of practical solutions to actual problems, not just case studies
  • Experience the cultural context in which entrepreneurs live and work and become acquainted with the distinct challenges that they face

Program Details and Highlights

During their time in South Africa, students are introduced to the many challenges confronting entrepreneurs in South Africa. Students are then grouped into consulting teams and are expected to identify and prioritize the needs of a real South African ventures. The goal as a consulting team is to make meaningful progress in addressing the venture’s needs with tangible deliverables that can be implemented by the entrepreneur.

Selection criteria: This program is open to upper level undergraduate and graduate students who have a 3.0 GPR or higher. All majors are welcome to apply.

Selection process: Interested students must complete the online EESA application. After submitting a completed application, candidates are interviewed by the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship staff. Students who are accepted into the EESA program need to complete additional applications with Texas A&M University Study Abroad Office and the University of Florida.

Course credit: Students may earn 6 credit hours for participating in EESA. EESA is hosted in partnership with University of Notre Dame, University of Florida, University of Colorado, and Texas A&M University.

Important Dates and Expenses

Application Dates

January 17, 2020 – Priority application deadline*

February 1, 2020 – Final application deadline**

February 1, 2020 – Scholarship application due, uwide.tamu.edu

Program dates

June 12, 2020 – Housing Begins

June 14, 2020 – Program Begins

July 24, 2020 – Program Ends

July 25, 2020 – Housing Ends

Tuition and fees: This program costs approximately $4,700. Program fee covers lodging, all course material, in-country transportation, and several group meals/outings. The fee does not include, and students are responsible for, airfare, lunches, dinners, and other incidentals.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available through the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship as well as the Texas A&M Study Abroad Programs Office. A $1,000 scholarship is available through McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship for EESA participants. To be considered for this scholarship, you must submit your application by February 1, 2020. To apply for general study abroad scholarships, complete the university wide scholarship application at uwide.tamu.edu, due February 1, 2020.

Learn more about additional scholarships available through the Texas A&M Scholarships and Financial Aid Office.

Application Process

  1. Complete application form on the Education Abroad portal.
  2. Interview with the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship. You will be contacted by the McFerrin Center to schedule your interview

Application Due Date

*The EESA application must be completed by January 17, 2020 to make the priority deadline. The final deadline is February 1, 2020.

**Applications received at the final deadline may not be available for all scholarships.

 

“If there is any part of you considering the trip, GO! It was hands-down the best summer of my life for a number of reasons”-Ryan Zepeda ’19