Program Overview

Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. They aim to make a profit like traditional businesses–but it’s what they do with their profits that sets them apart–reinvesting or donating them to create positive social change. Social entrepreneurship is an attempt to use business techniques to develop innovative solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. This program will explore social entrepreneurship and socially responsible leadership through experiential learning, guest speakers and site visits within the UK’s vibrant community of social entrepreneurs. Through place-based learning, course readings and field research you will explore innovative solutions to one of the world’s seemingly intractable problems.

Scholarship Opportunity: Several program scholarships will be awarded to students accepted into the Business for a Better World: Social Entrepreneurship in London program. Most scholarships will be in the range of $500-$3,000. Scholarship awards will be based on financial need as well as overall quality of applicants’ study abroad applications. The scholarship application is within the program application; speak with your GEO advisor for more information.

Academic Details

This program takes you on an exciting journey through the vibrant business culture of the United Kingdom, aiming to help you understand how social entrepreneurship is put into practice. In addition, you’ll get a broader overview of contemporary Britain: its politics, culture, and society providing a foundation of understanding to evaluate your British experience. Academic activities are integrated with excursions, giving you an inside look at many socially innovative companies. Visits to several well-known cultural locations in the city and surrounding area are planned. All instruction is in English.

BA199 Social Entrepreneurship: Global Studies in the British Context will be taught by UO Lundquist College of Business Instructor of Management, Josh Skov. 

Britain Today: Issues and Perspectives will be taught by local faculty member and former Editor of BBC World News, Andrew Whitehead. 

All courses offered are recognized and approved for academic credit by various GEO partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Faculty and Staff

Professor Josh Skov is an Instructor of Management and Industry Mentor for the Center for Sustainable Business Practices in the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon. Professor Skov’s research and consulting work has focused on sustainability strategy in a range of industries including energy, food, waste management, and consumer products. He is a cofounder and former principal of Good Company, a leading regional sustainability consultancy and teaches MBA courses on clean energy and life-cycle assessment, as well as industrial ecology. Professor Skov will teach Social Entrepreneurship (BA199). 

A companion course, Britain Today, will be taught by local faculty member, Professor Andrew Whitehead. Andrew Whitehead has been until recently the Editor of BBC World Service News, the BBC‘s biggest radio network reaching more than forty million listeners around the world. During his career, he has been a foreign correspondent, a correspondent covering British politics, a news presenter and a maker of award winning documentaries. He has spent a semester as a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Housing Description

You will join a community of residents from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as part of life in one of the University of London residence halls. The hall is located in central London, close to the GEO Centre, the British Museum and the London Tube.

You will have your own single study bedroom and share bathrooms with other residents. All single rooms have a hand basin, fitted furniture consisting of bed (including linens), desk, chair, and extensive storage for clothes and books. Rooms are fitted with a telephone, Wi-Fi, and data socket. 

The residence hall has study rooms, lounges, computer lab, and laundry facilities available to students. Daily breakfast is included in the program fee, and is taken in the hall's cafeteria. Shared refrigerators, microwaves, and kettles are also available in the hall common areas and there are grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance.

Dates and Deadlines

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Travel Advisories

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Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.