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INCiTE Summer School

A 2-week, in-person, part-funded summer course in Southeast Asia. Work with colleagues from around the world while learning about intercultural competence, design thinking, social innovation and entrepreneurship.

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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 work with colleagues 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.

Top 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, the Netherlands, and Cambodia.

4. Explore Southeast Asia

Discover Cambodia and its capital, Phnom Penh.

5. Innovative, interdisciplinary programme

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

6. Funding available

Programme costs include accommodation and some activity costs. If selected, you will receive funding to cover programme costs as well as some funding for additional costs (travel, subsistence, etc.).

7. Social programme

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

What are the programme dates?

  • Students arrive – 12 July
  • Summer School programme – 13-27 July
  • Students depart – 28 July

Who can apply?

The 2023 INCiTE Summer School is open to University of Edinburgh students who fall under the Widening Participation categorisation. The applications team will work directly with the Widening Participation team to determine who is eligible for this opportunity. If you have received an email from the Widening Participation team telling you about INCiTE then you are eligible to apply for 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
  • National University of Management in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

What funding is available?

Programme costs, including accommodation and some activity costs, are £1,000. Successful applicants will be awarded funding to cover the programme costs in full and will have at least an additional £1,200 to go towards travel or other subsistence costs.

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.

 NICE website

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 in the email that you were sent to apply. The deadline for applications is Monday, 6 March at 12:00 GMT.

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