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Montclair in Graz 2017
Graz, Austria (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break Travel
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

Montclair in Graz:         

Global Entrepreneurship
Special Scholarship Opportunity!!

Course: January – May, 2017

Travel: March 3 – 11, 2017

Payment Deadlines and Costs
Program Forms
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This program allows students in any major to participate in an immersive exploration of global entrepreneurship and start-up opportunities, sponsored jointly by Montclair State University Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center of Entrepreneurship and Applied Business Studies in Graz, Austria. As the second largest entrepreneurship program in Austria and one of Montclair’s oldest partner universities, Graz is an ideal partner for students from both institutions to explore entrepreneurship and start up methodologies.
While in Graz, students will expand their start-up knowledge base to include the European entrepreneurship and start-up model approach, as they compare and contrast the European versus the American ecosystems. Faculty from Montclair State University and The University in Graz will provide an introduction to the different entrepreneurial approaches. MSU and Graz students will work in teams through specific questions and issues regarding start-ups, exploring various areas of the business ecosystems. In the end, presentations and discussion of the team outcomes will be an interactive feature of the program. During the trip to Graz, participants will also have an opportunity to visit established businesses and start-ups currently active in Austria, meeting with the stakeholders to discuss their plans for expansion.
Austria’s second-largest city is known for its lively pubs and restaurants, vibrant green parks, red rooftops and a small yet fast-flowing river in the middle of the city. Its charming Renaissance courtyards and provincial Baroque palaces are complemented by innovative modern architecture. It is also known for its clock tower and represents the historic landmark of the city. Visitors can reach the clock tower by a modern glass elevator through the mountain, a steep funicular or by walking up 660 steps, and then enjoy a breathtaking view of the historic old town. With a large student population (approximately 50,000 in four universities) Graz is known for its nightlife and creative artists, making it one of Europe’s most pleasant, active and livable cities.
This Spring 2017 program is made possible by a special scholarship from the University of Graz, allowing for heavily subsidized travel expenses for Montclair students. All students participating in the subsidized Spring 2017 faculty led study abroad program to Graz are also expected to participate in the April 17-23 activites when students from Graz will be in Montclair for continued joint workshops. Twenty scholarships are available.   There is no separate application for the scholarship.  All applications will be considered and twenty will be selected.

Graz University

Graz Street
Graz Street
Graz Old Town
Graz Old Town
Graz Building on a River
Graz Building on a River

Graz Center

Jason Frasca is a full-time faculty member at the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship. He is a top leader of New Jersey’s entrepreneurial community, who was recruited in 2014 to help evolve the entrepreneurship program at Montclair State University. Jason is an entrepreneurial business executive, marketing and sales professional with 20+ years of experience managing Fortune 500 and nationally recognized clients in direct marketing, small business, private investigations, and consulting for technology solutions development. He has dedicated his career to designing radically innovative processes and solutions for his companies, employers and clients. By deconstructing complex problems Jason provides a systems design approach to the execution of optimized business performance. This optimization mindset has yielded massive results with limited resources.
In the fall of 2014, Jason led the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship team in researching 3D Printing technology. The result: MIX Lab – which houses 35 cloud connected 3D printing devices; the 9th such Innovation Center in the World. As the now Co-Director of the MIX Lab, Jason fuses design innovation skills with an entrepreneurial mindset to make things happen-- which is the core of MIX Lab’s mission.
In addition to a strong background in big-picture design thinking Jason is trained and certified by VentureWell in the Lean LaunchPad Educators Program, and by the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative in the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program Facilitator Training. As the Entrepreneurship Instructor and Startup Mentor, Jason has developed and teaches all three courses of the Entrepreneurship Certificate program. Jason co-directs the ongoing development of the entrepreneurial curriculum with Professor Ross Malaga to incorporate the latest teachings on entrepreneurship. Jason is a sought-out advisor on entrepreneurship matters at Montclair State. He frequently counsels Montclair State students, faculty and staff, providing guidance and advice based on his experience at startups, and connecting those aspiring entrepreneurs with experts in the local startup community

Jason Frasca
All students register for the Spring 2017 semester course:
ENTR 201         Entrepreneurial Mindset
This hands-on, highly interactive course is for all students interested in someday starting or owning a business or enterprise, or just exploring how entrepreneurs think and innovate. Students pursuing any major or discipline will benefit from the lessons and real-life stories of guest entrepreneurs. Students will explore creative problem solving and, in teams, develop and test problem solutions using an "opportunity discovery canvas" approach. Teams will receive guidance and feedback from instructors, mentors, and guest speakers. This course is the first of three courses in this subsidized Graz exchange program. When the three courses are completed students earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. Students that are currently enrolled or have previously taken ENTR 201 are ineligible for this program.

Accommodations and Meals
Participants will be housed in a modern apartment-style hotel, with four students per apartment. All meals are covered by the University of Graz hosts.

Estimated Program Cost: $1,500 which includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Graz, Austria
  • Accommodations in apartment style hotel (four students per apartment)
  • All meals
  • All local transfers, transportation and entrance fees.                                            

This program is subsidized by MSU’s partner institution, the University of Graz, allowing for a greatly reduced program cost for Montclair State University students. Program costs are based on current exchange rates and a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 20. A maximum of 20 students will be accepted for this program.Regarding the program cost and the scholarship, this program itself is a scholarship since it is made possible through a generous subsidy by the University of Graz to cover expenses of on-site housing, meals and local transportation for a maximum of 20 students. The program cost to be paid by accepted students-- $1,500-- represents the balance after the scholarship has been applied, for the travel expenses, i.e. international airfare and all administrative expenses.

Out of Pocket expenses and other expenses not included in the program cost:

Personal expenses
  • Mandatory health and evacuation insurance (generally less than $20) 

Estimated Program Costs:

Approximately $1,500
The program cost includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Graz, Austria
  • Accommodations in apartment style hotel (four students per apartment)
  • All meals
  • All local transfers, transportation and entrance fees.   

Program costs are based on a minimum of 10 participants and current exchange rates and are subject to change.

Payment Schedule:
Once accepted into the program, the payment schedule for the program costs is as follows:

Application Fee by Oct 15:


First Deposit by Nov. 1:    


Second Deposit by Dec. 1:    

$750(to be confirmed)

Make checks or money orders payable to “Montclair State University.”

Pre Enrollment Form
All participants must be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 2.50. All participants are required to complete

1) Interview with the Faculty Director,
2) Online application (including one reference form completed by any other faculty member)
3) $100 application fee.

All applications must be received by October 15, 2016. This program is open to all Montclair State students regardless of major. TWENTY Montclair State students will be chosen from the applicants to receive this substantial scholarship. Selections will be announced Oct. 24.

For Further Information:
Payment for program costs is handled through the Global Education Center. Payment can be made by check, money order or by completing a credit card authorization form, but not through online payments.
Cancellation policy:
Because commitments are made by the University based on the number of students, there is a sliding scale of cancellation penalties beginning from 20% of the program cost at the 90 day point (December 1) and 50% of the program cost at the 60 day point (January 1). Cancellations received after February 1 are non-refundable.
All application components must be completed by November 1st in order to be eligible to register for the spring semester course. No visas are required for U.S. citizens but passports are needed by December 1 and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the travel dates. Non- U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining tourist visas if necessary. The Global Education Center will provide supporting documentation as needed.
For further information:
Contact Prof. Frasca at or 973-655-3151.
Contact the Global Education Center at or 973-655-4185.


Faculty Led Short-Term Study Abroad Institutes Forms

Global Education Center
Student Center Annex
Montclair State University
, NJ 07043


Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.