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INCiTE summer programme

The world is changing. The workplace is evolving. The way we find solutions must also be transformed. Prepare to think outside the box with the INCiTE Summer School!

What can you expect from the programme?

You'll work on a short online Intercultural Competence and Entrepreneurship course before (hopefully) spending two weeks in Suzhou, China, learning about design thinking, social innovation, intercultural competence and entrepreneurship. You'll build a business model with a team of students from around the world to solve a global challenge such as climate change, energy or health, and pitch that solution to academics, local business and community leaders, and corporate sponsors.

Corona update: The INCiTE summer programme will run as a virtual exchange programme with the experience of Chinese culture and Chinese business incorporated. If safe and possible, the summer school will be in Suzhou, China. The programme will run either way. The decision between a physical and virtual programme will be made in Spring 2021.

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The Chinese Wall with clouds and the sun setting in the background.
“One benefit of this programme is that I had the ability to bring what I’ve learned in my studies to the table and integrate it into the dynamic environment of working in a multicultural and interdisciplinary team and actually delivering a product. Satisfying and challenging!” -- Raphael von Aulock, 2019 INCiTE alumnus

For you?

All current UvA students are eligible. You are welcome to apply, as long as you have an active enrollment with UvA during the entire programme. This programme is especially suitable for students who can't go abroad for an extended period due to caring responsibilities or other reasons, and for students with financial needs (see 'What are the costs' below).

When and where?

The INCiTE summer school runs from 10 July 2021 – 23 July 2021. Expect preparatory events, as well as an introductory course. You can take this course at your own pace.

INCiTE will run as a virtual programme. If possible and safe, the choice will be for a physical programme in Suzhou, China. The decision on the form will be made in Spring 2021.

How much time is required?

The summer school will be a full-time experience with some time off during weekends. You'll be asked to complete an introductory online course as preparation, as well as attend preparatory events and a reflective event afterwards.

What are the costs? And is a scholarship possible?

There are no costs for the virtual course. In case of a physical summer school, part of the costs will be covered by the programme, and there will be a scholarship opportunity.

Is this a credit-bearing programme?

No, this programme is non-credit bearing. You will get the chance to experience working in an international environment and developing in-demand skills for your CV.

How can you apply?

The application period starts in February. Please return to this page for instructions on how to apply.

Join the information session!

Be sure to join one of the information sessions to find out if this programme matches your ambitions to study abroad. You will also get helpful tips to overcome the challenges in applying.


Would you like to be notified when the application for this programme opens? Or do you have an urgent question to ask? Please email us at otbt-sts@uva.nl.