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Yale Business and Enterprise Programme Ages 16-18

Yale Summer School 2020
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Spend two weeks studying Economics and Business Management, and their practical applications, on this inspiring Yale summer course.

2 weeks | Available June - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in Yale University
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Skills-based enterprise workshops and a competitive group project
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

The Business and Enterprise Programme is designed to provide students aged 16-18 with a summer course consisting of both academic classes in international business and group activities focusing on leadership. The course is aimed at students who plan to study business at University – the business leaders of the future!

Students are taught the principles of business management, economics and finance in small groups, and will be given the opportunity to learn the principles of accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and business ethics.

In addition to the academic classes, skills-based workshops will develop the students’ presentation and leadership skills for the benefit of their future business goals. The programme will include a competitive element in which students will work as a group to research, design and market a new business idea.

What to expect from the Business and Enterprise Course

The Business and Enterprise Programme is designed to provide students with the strong theoretical and practical foundations needed to be successful in the field of business and enterprise, from setting up start-ups to working in large, multinational corporations.

Students will develop their knowledge of all aspects of running a business, such as accounting and finance, marketing, human resources, market research, business ethics and what makes businesses fail – all valuable preparation for a business career. Students will also look at real-life case studies and be set fun business challenges of their own, giving them a deeper appreciation of what’s involved in setting up and running a business, and of the hard work that goes into developing, researching and bringing a product or service to market.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Have developed an understanding of the workings of key economic models, business concepts and management techniques
  • Have grasped the different objectives of businesses and understood the factors that affect total revenue and total cost
  • Be able to describe how managers seek to motivate workers and appreciate the causes of business failure
  • Be experienced in debating the ethical issues faced by firms
  • Gained relevant experience for their CV, university or career interviews
  • Participated in a Business Challenge
  • Improved their teamwork skills

Topics covered

Students are taught the principles of business management, economics and finance in small groups. They will also be given the opportunity to learn the principles of accounting, marketing, human resources and business ethics.

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Day Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Business and Economics, an introduction
Lesson 2: Supply and Demand
Lesson 3: Elasticity of Demand
Field trip or guest speaker
Tuesday Lesson 4: Market Structures
Lesson 5: Market Failure and Government Intervention
Lesson 14: Presentation Skills
Lesson 15: Finance options, project completion
Wednesday Lesson 6: Macro Economics; Aggregate Supply and Demand
Lesson 7: Government & the Economy, the effect on Business
Lesson 8: Exchange Rates, Trade and Human Development
Lesson 16: Presentations
Lesson 17: How do they work? What are the functions a company needs to carry out?
Lesson 18: How does a business function in an economy?
Thursday Lesson 9: The Financial Markets
Lesson 10: Why Business?
Lesson 19: Business Finance- Cash Flow, P&L and balance sheets
Lesson 20: the 4 P’s in Advertising
Friday Lesson 11: Introduction and Ideas Development
Lesson 12: Designing a questionnaire and conducting research

Lesson 13: Marketing Audit
Lesson 21: Manufacturing the challenge of the Global Market
Lesson 22: Management and leadership in a challenging environment
Lesson 23: HR & Business Ethics

Take this course if...

Take this course if you plan to study business at University, or if you want to become a business leader of the future.

Welcome to Yale - your home this summer

Yale Campus Quad

Nestled in the heart of Connecticut, Yale University has produced an extensive list of alumni, including American presidents, business founders and actors. Modern, cutting-edge facilities, coupled with Collegiate Gothic architecture, brings the third-oldest American university into the 21st century whilst preserving its prestigious heritage.

Students will eat, sleep and study in one of Yale's residential colleges as they experience the Yale University life. The college is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including an impressive dining hall, a large common room, a library and even its own theatre. As well as its own seminar rooms, sports facilities and student kitchen, the college features key modern necessities despite its old-fashioned exterior.

The programme will include trips to nearby New Haven, a buzzing student town; to Hartford, the capital of Connecticut; and to New York, just a short distance down the coast from Yale.

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Students at Yale will be accommodated in comfortable en-suite single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at Yale, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.

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Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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