What is the NICE project?


You will participate in three activities throughout the NICE project:

  • You will work through interactive virtual toolkits focused on intercultural competence and entrepreneurship

  • You will complete a Student-Led, Individually-Created Course (SLICC), which is a self-directed, reflective learning course focusing on the skills you are learning in the toolkits

  • You will build an innovative business idea in a team to solve a Global Challenge that you have chosen together.

You will work in teams with students from around Europe to create your business idea and you will receive credits awarded by the University of Edinburgh for the work you complete within your SLICC. When you have completed this work, you will be provided with a certificate of completion and will be able to apply for a week long, summer school to continue building your skills. There are no fees for you to participate in the programme and if selected for the summer school, you will be provided with part funding to attend.

You can apply to take part and find out more about the project by clicking the button below. 

If you have any questions, you can contact us using our enquiry form. We aim to respond to all enquiries within a few days.

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Who can participate?

This programme is built for you if you are a student from one of the following partner universities: University College Dublin, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Goettingen, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Lund University, the University of Padova or the University of Salamanca.


What are the timelines?

Applications will open in October 2018 (register your interest on our Application page) and you will find out if you are selected in February 2019. You will complete your work from March 2019 to July 2019. The first summer school will run in Dublin from July 21 - 27, 2019.



Through facilitated group discussion sessions you will learn how to work with other students in a virtual environment. As a team, you will create your Global Challenge solution and if you attend the summer school, you will have an opportunity to present your team's idea to a group of community leaders at a Global Challenge Pitch Event. 






Our team

The NICE partnership is made up by eight different research-focused universities within the UK and Europe. Our team is here to help you succeed! If you have questions about your application, the timescale of the project or simply want to chat to someone, please drop us a line via the Contact page.