2021 Business Enrichment Programs for High School Students

High school students from all over the country attend EXPLORE Business Institutes at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. This unique experience offers students an exploration into Global Commerce, Cultural Awareness, and Energy and Sustainability, through education and case studies.



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If you are interested in attending one of the institutes, please complete and submit the following application with your preferences.

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EXPLORE Global Commerce & Cultural Awareness Institute

March 14-18, 2021

Open to: Current 9th, 10th and 11th graders

Texas Residents only.

Interested in Global Commerce? Students will have the opportunity to learn more about how cultural diversity and global commerce are intertwined in this institute. Students will hear from experts in the business field and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion on a corporate level. Students will also get the chance to collaborate with other participants from the surrounding Texas area to work on a real-world case study.

EXPLORE Energy & Sustainability Summer Institute


Open to:  Current 9th, 10th and 11th graders in the United States


Will we run out of oil and what will replace it? Natural gas, nuclear, solar, or wind? How do we run our cars, businesses, and homes and still have a clean environment and avoid dramatic climate changes? These are just a few of the questions you will explore with the University of Houston Bauer College faculty and industry experts. In this program, students will be given a sustainable product they must build that will shape the future.

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Interested in Entrepreneurship?

This year, in collaboration with the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, the C. T. Bauer College of Business is proud to present a new business plan competition for high school students.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the institutes.

    Who is eligible to apply?

    You must be a rising 10th, 11th or 12th grader (current 9th, 10th or 11th grader for the 2019-2020 school year). An application is required (see below). Space is limited: Thirty students will be selected per institute through a competitive selection process.

    When are the institute dates?

    Explore Global Commerce & Multicultural Awareness Institute: June 14-17, 2020

    Explore Energy & Sustainability: June 21-26, 2020

    Where is the institute?

    The EXPLORE summer institutes will take place primarily at the C. T. Bauer College of Business on the UH-Central main campus. Students will also travel off-site for various site visits and field trips (transportation provided).

    How much does it cost?

    The institutes are free, however only 30 total students will be selected per institute to participate. Full scholarships will be awarded to all participants.

    Is housing available? Can I stay on campus during the Institute?

    Yes! Participants are required to stay on campus in UH residential housing during the institute.

    When and how do I apply?

    Apply online from January 1, 2020 until March 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (Online application will not be available until January 1, 2020.)

    When will I hear back about the status of my application?

    May 1, 2020

    Who do I contact if I have questions about EXPLORE institutes or my application?

    Contact Explore Summer Institute Team at exploresummercamp@bauer.uh.edu!


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