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Acara Impact Entrepreneurship Header-Discover India

What is CEGE 4011/5570 Design for Sustainable Development – Discovery India?

Bangalore is India’s fast-growing entrepreneurship hub, where rural meets urban, poverty meets wealth, and environmental and quality of life issues are distinctly intertwined. We will explore urban and rural development challenges in India through the eyes of entrepreneurs, local leaders, and communities. Via this class, students will explore entrepreneurial and engineering solutions to environmental and societal challenges. During free time, enjoy the delicious food, diverse culture, and exotic excitement that India has to offer.

This course is next offered during the 2016 May term as a three-credit, three-week study abroad course to Bangalore, India. The class will have four pre-departure meetings in MN in spring 2016. Program dates are May 16, 2016 (depart from MSP) to June 6, 2016 (return to MSP). The estimated program cost will be approximately $4800/student. This class is open to upper-level undergraduates (students with advanced standing – juniors or seniors – with a minimum 3.0 GPA) and graduate students at the University of Minnesota.

How do I register?

Interested students may apply at or contact Brian Bell at bell0384 {at} with questions. The final application deadline is Dec 20, 2015. Note that a 1-page resume and 1-page motivation essay are required along with the online application via the study abroad site.

When is the next course offered?

The next travel dates will be May 16 – June 6, 2016. The cost per student will be $4,800.

More details, including the application process, are available on the study abroad site.

Where can I learn more about what really happens in this course?

2015: Blog, Overview, Syllabus, PHOTOS!

2014: BlogOverviewSyllabus, PHOTOS!

2013: Blog, PHOTOS!

Acara is the impact entrepreneurship program of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management.