Summer Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the Munk One Program have the opportunity to travel abroad with Beyond the Classroom, our summer study program. Financial assistance and U of T course credit is available for most Beyond the Classroom programs. These international summer opportunities build on the material learned during the academic year in the Munk One program and give students the chance to further enhance and practice their skills.  Past programs have included:

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND: Munk One students in the Global Health Lab identified the potential utility of a mobile app to diagnose PTSD in the Zaatari refugee camp, home to thousands of families fleeing the Syrian civil war. This team of students received funding to work over the summer in Northern Ireland with various NGOs on the app’s development and pilot trial in the field.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL: Israel has emerged as a hub of tech innovation with a growing list of successful start-ups rivaling Silicon Valley. Housed at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, InnovNation is a month-long intensive program offering students unmatched insight into disruptive technologies and direct access to top Israeli entrepreneurs.

PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA: In Argentina, students explore the gap between “thinking globally and acting locally” by studying the implementation of international environmental policy in a developing country. Working in Buenos Aires and Patagonia, students analyze government, private actors and civil society decisions to conserve the environment or exploit it.


Current Munk One students had the opportunity to participate in a case competition on Aboriginal food insecurity, hosted by last year’s Munk One class as a legacy gift. Students spent two days working on their solutions with mentors and guest speakers and were able to practice their presentation skills in front of judges ahead of their Dragon’s Den pitches.


In Global Problem-Solving: Laboratory Opportunities, students worked with U of T alumni in Taiwan who founded the Social Innovation Research Group (SIRG) on special case problems that SIRG designed especially for Munk One, giving Munk One students more opportunities to apply lessons learned in the lab and in class to global situations.

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