Summer Institute on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Designed to Provide Students from Around the World with a Competitive Edge

Dates: 2020 Summer Institute Dates To Be Announced
Location: University of San Diego
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The Summer Institute on Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a week-long program on global competitiveness, emphasizing innovation and entrepreneurship. Hosted by the Ahlers Center for International Business at the University of San Diego (USD), students around the world will participate in an international learning opportunity featuring USD professors and experts in their field.

Summer Institute FAQ

Institute Format
The Summer Institute is a one-week program held on the University of San Diego campus. The typical schedule is from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm with a lunch break each day. Activities include classroom seminars, a company visit and receptions. 
We provide all instructional materials and share pre-reading material prior to the program start date. Participants will need a laptop or tablet with a USB drive. Internet access will be available at USD. Participants will receive a certificate of completion. USD does not provide academic credit for the Summer Institute.

Who should apply
The Summer Institute on Innovation and Entrepreneurship is designed for students currently enrolled in an institution of higher education. We may ask for verification of enrollment (i.e., contact information of your academic advisor, transcript) during the application process.

Can I receive academic credit from USD
Please note that participants will not be enrolled as students at USD nor will any academic credit from USD be granted for participating in the Summer Institute. The goal of this program is to enhance cross-cultural understanding and academic knowledge in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation. Please note that USD does not issue student visas for this program.
Registration Information
Interest Form
The first step is to complete the online interest form. The form will be made available on this page in early 2020. Upon review of your interest, we will invite you to register for the program by email. We have a rolling application and acceptance policy. You must complete the interest form to receive the registration link by email.
Registration and Payment
Should you be invited to participate in the program, the registration link and payment information will be sent upon review of your interest form.
Acceptance Notification
We have a rolling acceptance policy and will review interest forms until the registration deadline. The email with the registration and payment link will be sent as the interest forms are received and reviewed. In the email, you will also receive additional program and logistical information for the program.
Last Date to Cancel for 50% Refund
Should you need to cancel, a 50% refund will be available if cancellation is received in writing. 
Program Details
The program includes:
  • Seminar instruction and program materials
  • Welcome reception
  • Company visit
  • Transportation to/from company visit
  • Closing dinner
  • Light breakfast and lunch
  • Certificate of completion
  • Parking on USD campus 
The program does NOT cover:
  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • Transportation to/from USD campus
  • Meals other than indicated
  • Additional items not indicated above