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INCiTE Summer School

Future proof your skills with the INCiTE Summer School. Apply to INCiTE for your chance to attend a virtual summer school in 2021.

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The INCiTE 2021 Summer School is going to be held online!

This decision has been made with the health and safety of all students and staff involved in the project in mind. We are excited for our 2021 Virtual Summer School and look forward to working with you in new and different ways! The Virtual Summer School will run from 12-30 July, to participate in the programme, you must be available to attend during these dates.

The world is changing. The workplace is evolving. The way we find solutions must also be transformed.

Prepare to think outside the box. On the INCiTE Summer School, you'll spend three weeks working with colleagues virtually from around the world while learning about intercultural competence, design thinking, social innovation and entrepreneurship.

You'll build a business model with your team to solve a global challenge, and pitch that solution to academics, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and corporate sponsors.

8 reasons to choose the INCiTE Summer School

1. Solve global challenges

In taking on real-life challenges that affect us all and coming up with innovative solutions, you will be demonstrating in-demand skills for your CV.

2. Short-term opportunity

Being able to have a structured international experience in a short period of time is a great opportunity, especially for those who are unable to have a longer international experience.

3. Multicultural community

Join a multicultural student community from Australia, China, Scotland, Singapore and the Netherlands.

4. Explore China through a virtual lens

Discover Chinese culture and history with online sessions designed with you in mind.

5. Innovative, interdisciplinary programme

Experience a ground-breaking interdisciplinary course on entrepreneurship and intercultural skills, designed by world-leading academics.

6. Great value

There is no cost for the 2021 cycle of this three-week programme - it's a great opportunity for an affordable international experience.

7. Social programme

Participate in an extensive programme of social and cultural activities designed with you in mind

8. Pioneering programme

Join a new course in its second year and help shape it for the future.

What funding is available?

The 2021 Virtual Summer School programme is free for University of Edinburgh students. This innovative programme has a normal cost of £350 for participation, but is offered free of charge for the 2021 cycle only.

What are the global challenges?

The global challenges are outlined by the UN as the primary issues facing the world in 2020.

They span key topics of health, climate change, diversity, energy, security, transport and food.

The Network for Intercultural Competence to facilitate Entrepreneurship (NICE) has developed a framework for addressing these challenges which you can use to help you decide which global challenge you would like to work on at the INCiTE Summer School.

Global challenges

The NICE programme is separate to INCiTE, but both of these experiences focus on similar themes.

If you wish to find out more about the NICE programme, you can do this by visiting the NICE website.

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Who can apply?

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students from all disciplines are eligible to apply so long as they are a matriculated student at the time of the summer school.

If accepted to the programme, you will be joined by a diverse group of students from our INCiTE partner institutions

The partner institutions are:

  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Jiangsu Education Services for International Exchange

How do I apply?

To apply, we will need some details on who you are and your preference of global challenge, as well as a 300 word personal statement on why you would be a good ambassador for the INCiTE Summer School, and how completing the course would benefit you and your future goals.

Applications are now open, please use the link below to apply for the 2021 Virtual Summer School. The deadline for applications is Monday, 26 April at 12:00 BST. If you have any questions or issues you can get in touch with our team.

Apply for the 2021 Virtual Summer School

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