You will join with students from the University of Graz, Austria in an amazing learning experience as you explore innovation and entrepreneurship. Working in collaborative binational teams, you will explore the meaning of creativity in art, in design and in business. Museums become another type of laboratory. You will visit innovative businesses and research centers, and speak with entrepreneurial leaders in the field. You will design and print your own 3D prototypes in the Making and Innovating for X (MIX) Lab. The team’s discussions and culminating presentations are a highlight of this interactive program.
This program is sponsored jointly by Montclair State University Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center of Entrepreneurship and Applied Business Studies in Graz, Austria. Faculty from both institutions will provide a team-taught introduction to different entrepreneurial approaches.
Itinerary Highlights: About Graz
Austria’s second-largest city is known for its lively pubs and restaurants, vibrant green parks, red rooftops and a fast-flowing river in the middle of the city. Its charming Renaissance courtyards and provincial Baroque palaces are complemented by striking modern architecture. It is also known for its clock tower which stands as the historic landmark of the city, which you will visit. It can be reached by a modern glass elevator through the mountain, a steep funicular or by walking up 660 steps, and then you will 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 and welcoming cities.
Map of Austria
The City of Graz, Austria
Herrengasse in Downtown Graz
Jason Frasca is co-director of the entrepreneurial curriculum and is a sought-out advisor on entrepreneurship matters at Montclair State. He is a full-time faculty member at the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship. A leader of New Jersey’s entrepreneurial community, he was recruited in 2014 to develop the entrepreneurship program, researching 3D printing technology and launching the MIX Lab. Jason is an entrepreneurial business executive, marketing and sales professional with 20+ years of experience managing direct marketing, small business, private investigations, and consulting for technology solutions development. He focuses on radically innovative processes and solutions for his companies, employers and clients. Jason has developed and teaches all three courses of the Entrepreneurship Certificate program.
Iain Kerr is co-director of the MIX Lab, and has developed new curriculum for using 3D printing to activate design thinking processes far from the normal realms of Industrial Design and Engineering. He is a designer, systems thinker, and social entrepreneur, working at the intersection of creativity, ecology, and emergent systems. With a background in Architecture, Design, Art and Philosophy, he brings a unique perspective to issues of social innovation, design and entrepreneurship. His work is focused on inventing novel creative processes to transform seemingly intractable problems into problems worth having. Iain has spent the last two decades developing and teaching unique transformative models of creative processes.
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. You 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 the Certificate in Entrepreneurship.
All approved students register for the Spring 2018 semester course:
ENTR 201 - Entrepreneurial Mindset
The University of Graz students will visit Montclair State University March 24-31, 2018. All Spring Break in Graz, Austria students will participate in the March 24-31 activities at Montclair State University and in New York City with the Austrian students.
Space is limited to a maximum of 20 MSU participants. All applications will be considered and 20 will be selected.
Estimated Study Abroad Program Cost: $1,500
The program cost includes:
Accommodations in apartment style hotel (four students per apartment)
All meals in Austria
All local transfers, transportation and entrance fees in Austria
The payment schedule for program costs is as follows:
Application Fee by October 1st: Extended to October 8
First Deposit by November 1st:
Second Deposit by December 1st:
Final Payment by February 1st
(To be confirmed if needed)
Please make checks payable to “Montclair State University.”
Payments are made through the Office of International Education & Global Engagement (not the Bursar) and can be in the form of checks, money orders or by completing a credit card form (not payable electronically or online). Make checks or money orders payable to “Montclair State University” and send or drop off at the Office of International Education & Global Engagement, located in the Student Center Annex Room 207.
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 2) and 50% of the program cost at the 60-day point (January 2). Cancellations received after February 2 are non-refundable.
No visas are required for U.S. citizens, but a copy of a passport is needed by December 1 and should be valid for 6 months beyond the trip dates. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for confirming whether they need a tourist visa. The Office of International Education and Global Engagement will provide supporting documentation if necessary.
Accommodations and Meals:
Participants will be housed in Graz in a modern apartment-style hotel, with four students per apartment. All meals are covered by the University of Graz hosts.
Application Prerequisites and Procedure
Participants must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 and be in good standing.
Due October 8, 2017:
Office of International Education & Global Engagement online application including recommendation and personal statement
$100 application fee
Interviews with the Faculty Directors will be scheduled with semi-finalists after October 8.
Due December 1, 2017:
Passport photocopy or scan.
Participants should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good standing.
Program cost payments will be in installments, due November 1, December 1 and February 1.