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About Baylor i5

The i5 program is built around a proven curriculum for technology ventures. It is designed to create an environment for students to develop science and technology insight, business savvy and global cultural competence. Students apply for different roles on an i5 team according to their interests and academic qualifications. As an MBA candidate, IP Law student or other post-graduate applicant, you will have the chance to be selected as an intern in one of the partnering multinational corporations which sponsor the projects and then lead an international team to complete that project.  As an undergraduate student with business or engineering background, you will have the chance to work on one of these international projects, gaining in-depth cross cultural experience. Lastly, during your stay in China, you will definitely have the chance to unveil the mystery of Orient.

School Partners

  • Baylor University (School of Engineering & Computer Science, Hankamer School of Business, and Baylor Law School - Intellectual Property Law)
  • University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST)
  • University of Nottingham at Ningbo
  • University of Macau
  • Petra University
  • Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
  • University Engineering Alliance (formally the Big 12 Engineering Consortium)

Joining in 2010 with the Hankamer School of Business and the Baylor School of Engineering, the Baylor Law School brings yet another dimension to the i5 and TEI programs. Under the supervision of Baylor's Patent Law Professor, David G. Henry, Sr., law students in the law school's Intellectual Property Concentration participate in i5 and TEI projects by helping to identify and create recommendations for seeking legal advice for protecting the sponsors' intellectual property.

Baylor Law School's addition to the i5 and TEI programs benefits all involved. Project sponsors benefit from the identification of potentially valuable assets that might otherwise have gone unnoticed, while the law students benefit through practical application of their academic knowledge of IP law, and the business and engineering students gain exposure to guidance on issues on which their future successes may largely depend.

Program Design

The program includes students from Baylor, USST, University of Nottingham, Petra University, and University of Macau. It is a 10 week / 6 credit course involving Technology Entrepreneurship + China culture, history + Multi-cultural teamwork units. Some of the highlights of the program include:

  • Working with Multinational and National Corporate partners
  • Starting the program with a team-building, project management workshop in Ningbo
  • Day/weekend plant trips and culture/history trips, such as Xi'an and Macau

Students pay for 6 hours of summer tuition and their round-trip airfare. In addition, they pay a $4000 program fee that covers:

  • Accommodations
  • Meal Allowance
  • Planned Excursions

The 2014 i5 Experience is scheduled during Baylor's second summer session, trip dates are June 2 -August 10, 2014.