COIL International Summer Institute | Innovative Global Business Models



COIL International Summer Institute | Innovative Global Business Models

Online and On Campus Course Offered to Students and Community this Summer

March 22, 2017
Stone Ridge, NY

SUNY Ulster Offers COIL International Summer Institute

A Blended Course on Innovative Global Business Models

Registration is open for students and community members to study online and on campus with peers from the Netherlands, Brazil, and Mexico.

SUNY Ulster is offering students and community members the unique opportunity to study both online and on campus in their COIL International Summer Institute – a blended course on innovative global business models. The three credit course entitled, Special Topics in Entrepreneurship – BUS 280 – will run online from June 5th to July 3rd and then on the Stone Ridge Campus from July 3rd to July 14th.

Course participants will be joined in both the online and on campus segments by students from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands, Fatec Americana of Brazil, and Universidad La Salle NoroEste ULSA of Mexico and will also meet with many leaders of innovative companies in the Hudson Valley to explore the entrepreneurial mindset, skills, and techniques required for the development of disruptive business models for a global 21st century.

Learn Online from June 5 – July 3: Students will explore intercultural competency & business terminology, as well as participate in discourse about the entrepreneurial mindset and growth of disruptive business models of companies such as Uber, Airbnb and Mercy Virtual, a telemedicine firm. Case studies from the other participating nations will be studied along with the importance of social entrepreneurship in all 21st century businesses.

Learn on Campus from July 3 – July 14: Students from all participating countries will meet face-to-face on SUNY Ulster’s Stone Ridge campus to learn from leaders of Hudson Valley businesses in the clean energy, sustainability and high tech sectors. Class focus will be on international marketing and the cross cultural mindset. Students will also meet and learn from local makers and tech meet-ups, and participate in a business plan competition.

Hudson Valley business leaders participating include Pasquale Strocchia, Integral Building & Design; Melissa Everett, Sustainable Hudson Valley; Kale Kaposhilin, Evolve Media & Hudson Valley Tech Meet Up; Gerry DeMarco, Fala Technology; and representatives from Ulster County Government, Hudson River Maritime Museum and Applestone Meat.

The cost for this 3 credit course, Special Topics in Entrepreneurship is $794.50 for local students. It includes all tuition, fees, food during the class, a welcome lunch, a farewell dinner celebration, and a SUNY Ulster t-shirt.

SUNY Ulster is a leader among SUNY campuses in creating dynamic overseas partnerships. We offer COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) classes in many of our programs. Participating in a COIL class provides students with experiences sought after by employers as well as transfer colleges and universities. SUNY Ulster’s COIL classes allow students to study with peers from other countries without the cost of travel using internet-based tools like Skype and Moodle to connect with students of other countries around the globe. Students from partnering colleges enroll in shared courses with faculty members from each country co-teaching and managing the coursework.

Alumna, Joan Mena, said of her COIL experience, “I registered for a COIL class in my major, graphic design. Through technology, we partnered with Universidad LaSalle in Mexico where we collaborated on projects using Skype. Then I had an opportunity to apply for a scholarship to travel to Mexico to meet our COIL partners. Qualifying wasn’t easy, but I was chosen to participate. It was an amazing opportunity to see a whole different perspective in design from another culture.”

For more information on SUNY Ulster’s COIL Summer Institute contact Patrice Macauley at 845-802-7173 or, or Mindy Kole at 845-688-6041 or

To register, contact SUNY Ulster Student Accounts at 845-687-5099.

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