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Indiana University Bloomington

Institute for International Business

Global Social Entrepreneurship Institute

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Institute is a collaboration between the Institute for International Business and the U.S. Department of State. This multifaceted, immersive program gives selected undergraduate college students from 13 European nations the opportunity to:

  • Learn about and gain practical experience with social entrepreneurship and basic business skills. 
  • Gain an introduction to American business practices in the context of American culture. 
 Video: 2013 GSEI
The program is interactive, experiential, and packed with classroom instruction, panel discussions, business visits, and volunteer opportunities. All of these activities support student work on:
  • An individual project.
  • A team project with an existing Bloomington-based nonprofit. 

While spending time on the Indiana University Bloomington campus, students should be prepared to be busy, work hard, and have a lot of fun. They will have the opportunity to join in the celebration of American Independence Day and observe the local parade and fireworks display as well as a variety of other leisure activities such as movies, games, karaoke nights, and visits to the IU student recreation facilities. More than a cultural exchange program, students can expect a rigorous academic institute that will prepare them to employ entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to address social issues in their home countries.