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University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Academic Options

University of Michigan offers several course types and programs that provide students a wide variety of academic options. 

Enrichment Courses 

  • Summer Discovery offers non-credit enrichment classes, exclusively for our students, taught by University of Michigan faculty, graduate teaching instructors, industry professionals and top secondary school teachers. 3 week session courses meet 4 times weekly and 2 week session courses meet 5 times weekly, for 1.5-2 hours each. Students who choose this curriculum will take 1 morning and 1 afternoon enrichment course.

Comprehensive Academies 

  • Summer Discovery offers intensive non-credit academies, exclusively for our students. 3 week session academies meet 4 times weekly and 2 week session academies meet 5 times weekly, both morning and afternoon, for 1.5-2 hours each.

All students receive a Summer Discovery "Certificate of Completion" at the end of the program.

Choose one of the curriculum options below. Your choice indicates how you will spend your day academically during the program. You can choose to take 2 individual courses or a comprehensive full-day academy in a specific subject area. Note: 5 week students choose 1 curriculum option for the 3 week session and 1 curriculum option for the 2 week session.

2 Enrichment Courses

Offered during 3 and 2 Week Sessions 

Our most popular curriculum. Students who choose this curriculum will take 1 Morning and 1 Afternoon Enrichment Course.

See our list of course options for this curriculum.

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Michigan Business & Entrepreneurship Academy

Offered during 3 and 2 Week Sessions 

Powered by Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

The Michigan Business and Entrepreneurship Academy provides an engaging and hands-on opportunity where students investigate all aspects of a real-life entrepreneurial venture, including opportunity recognition, marketing and sales, negotiation, financials, and legal structures; through the lens of their own business ideas.

According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly eight in ten high school students (77%) say they want to be their own boss, 45% say they plan to start their own business, and 42% say they will invent something that changes the world. However, the majority of students are not receiving the education and practical experience in their schools to help fulfill their entrepreneurial goals and aspirations. The program lays the foundation for meaningful participation in looking at, and interacting with, examples from the business world. Sessions will be spent in a combination of lectures and discussions, relevant case studies, guest speakers, entrepreneurial coaching and field trips to some of the thriving entrepreneurial companies in the Ann Arbor area. From these sessions, students will build on their own business ideas to determine who would purchase their product service, how they would promote and sell their business, and how to effectively structure pricing to guarantee a profitable business. Students will also have a chance to network with business professionals and other entrepreneurial-minded students from across the country. The Academy culminates with the students’ presentation of their own unique business plans to a panel of esteemed judges from the business and entrepreneurial communities and the winners are awarded prizes for their business plan.

A group within a group

Students will take part in afternoon and evening activities, many weekend off campus excursions, college visits, and sports and recreation with the larger Summer Discovery program. 

Class meets daily morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Business and Entrepreneurship Academy. Students are housed in Mosher-Jordan Hall, one of Michigan’s state-of-the-art, fully air-conditioned residence halls.

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BBYO Business & Entrepreneurship Academy

Offered during 2 Week Session 

The BBYO Michigan Business and Entrepreneurship Academy highlights Jewish business leadership and engages teens to learn through classroom activities and field trips. On campus at the University of Michigan, participants will learn about competitive advantage, marketing, finance and product development. The two week program, powered by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, concludes with a competition where students present their original business plans to a panel of judges from the local business community and the winners are awarded prizes for their business plan. In addition, BBYO will offer exciting and meaningful content from a Jewish perspective, including Shabbat programming, opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship in Israel and more. BBYO Michigan Business and Entrepreneurship Academy also features additional afternoon and evening activities including Detroit Tigers baseball games, The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Cedar Point Amusement Park, plus sports and recreation.

Class meets daily morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Business and Entrepreneurship Academy. Students are housed in Mosher-Jordan Hall, one of Michigan’s state-of-the-art, fully air-conditioned residence halls.

Students enrolled in BBYO Michigan Business and Entrepreneurship Academy are not permitted to drop the course or change classes at any time once the program is selected.

Students fly home the morning of Friday, August 2, 2019 due to Shabbat. 

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Business Innovation Academy

Offered during 3 and 2 Week Sessions 

This Academy is designed to help you take charge of your own financial life. The curriculum combines 2 courses to give you what you need to succeed.

Morning Course: Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship 

Students learn the principles of investing and saving, including stocks and bonds. Discuss credit and investment, the difference between the NYSE and the NASDAQ, and how to deal with interest rates in an easy to understand way. Students make their own individual mock stock portfolios, and will monitor them throughout the class. Then, take your new found investing knowledge and research how to start a business of your own. This program is designed to help students take charge of their own financial life.

Afternoon Course: Game Changers: Business Disruptors

This course will explore the ways in which innovative companies have revolutionized the way we do business. Explore how the business models of modern disruptors such as Amazon, WeWork, Netflix, Uber, Airbnb, and Tesla have literally changed the world and altered the way we think, behave, and act about a certain idea, item, product, or service. This course provides the framework to understand the nature of disruption that is happening to industry after industry in order for students to apply these same techniques as part of a final project where they will work in groups to create their own (perhaps disruptive) business.

This academy meets daily, morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Business Innovation Academy.

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Michigan Global Leadership & Social Change Academy

Offered during 3 and 2 Week Sessions 

Worldwide connectivity and rapidly evolving social media and technology have quickly redefined human interaction and organizational structure. As a result, leadership skills have taken on a transnational, global dimension. Effective leaders must now be technologically savvy and master skills that encompass local, national, and international issues, in order to influence organizational and social change.

This academy is designed to provide foundational knowledge, skills, and practical tools to create future leaders in business, education, and beyond. The curriculum provides insight into organizational structure and change, ethical practices, and business and leadership etiquette. Apply the skill sets you learn in the academy to your home communities, in your schools, and your future.

Morning Course: Leadership and Management for the 21st Century

An organization can change and transform based on the style, strategies, and ethics of its leader. Do you know the difference between leadership and management? Explore strategies to run a successful organization, address the cultural, moral, and ethical dilemmas facing leaders today, learn how to foster creativity and productivity within the workplace, and bring about positive change.

In groups, analyze case studies outlining leadership theories and styles, management roles, organizational structures, business ethics and standards, communication and power, and gender and culture in leadership. This class will include lecture and discussion components.

Afternoon Course: Global Leadership Skills and Agents of Social Change

The afternoon course combines pertinent discussions, site-visits to cutting edge companies and organizations, and meaningful, relevant guest speakers who personify strong leadership and bring about social change. Learn and implement global leadership skills in the rapidly changing world of entrepreneurship, non-profits, social media, and global communications. Effective leaders of today must not only be able to inspire, but they must also be able to navigate the fluid realms of social responsibility, sustainability, technology, and business/personal ethics in a diverse global economy.

Reexamine the leadership concepts you studied in the morning course, and learn to apply those principles using skills such as operational communications, organizational ideologies, critical writing and thinking, and action planning. Translate your theoretical knowledge into practical use by teaming-up with other participants for collaborative group work. Create organizational leadership plans that are applicable in addressing significant societal and managerial topics and present your findings.

Meet with business and organizational leaders through in-class appearances and off-campus site-visits. These site visits and guest speakers may include a Social Media Exec., CEOs, business owners or entrepreneurs, department heads at the University of Michigan, leaders in the greater Ann Arbor and Detroit community, as well as Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation and Google.

This academy meets daily, morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Global Leadership and Social Change Academy.

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Sport Management Academy

Offered during 3 and 2 Week Sessions 

This Academy will give you the tools you need to understand how sports impact us today. The curriculum combines 2 courses to provide you with an in-depth understanding.

Morning Course: Sport Management: Behind the Marketing of Sport in the US

Arguably, sport is one of the most significant industries in the United States, not only because of the billions of dollars that it generates annually, but because of the breadth and depth of its importance in the lives of millions of Americans, as spectators and participants. Consequently, successful leaders in sport business must understand how and why sport is such an important piece of the fabric of society in order to generate revenue effectively and efficiently. This course is a brief survey of issues and strategies that are relevant to the industry of sport in the United States, including, but not limited to, marketing and influences on consumer behavior, the uniquely American phenomenon of big-business intercollegiate athletics, product safety, and the relationship between sport and racial and political ideology. The course is based on a lecture and discussion format and includes in-class, small-group case study analyses and video presentations. The course is led by Dr. Jay Basten, a dynamic senior lecturer of University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology. This program uses faculty of the School of Kinesiology’s Sport Management Program at the prestigious U of Michigan.

Afternoon course: Sports in Society

Explore the impact that professional and collegiate athletics have on American society as you read and discuss key issues with university coaches and athletes. Topics include: race and sports, women in sports, violence in sports, drug use and abuse, recruitment ethics and higher education and the college athlete.

This academy meets daily, morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Sport Management Academy.

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