How the NICE project works & how to apply

Text overlaid on image above reads: Become an entrepreneur, work with students from other cultures and attend a part-sponsored, week long summer school!

Text overlaid on image above reads: Become an entrepreneur, work with students from other cultures and attend a part-sponsored, week long summer school!

What will I gain from the NICE project?

The NICE project will provide you with entrepreneurship and intercultural competence skills to become more employable after graduation. You will build your entrepreneurial and communication skills by working in international teams to build a business solution for a Global Challenge - to help make the world a better place! While you are working on your business solution, you will complete reflective coursework for credit and will have fun learning your new skills online through interactive toolkits. Throughout your time on the NICE project you will be supported by staff from the partner universities to help you get the most out of your time.  

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Am I eligible?

Applications for the NICE project are open to all full time, part time and visiting students from the following partner universities:

  • University of Amsterdam

  • University College Dublin

  • University of Edinburgh

  • University of Goettingen

  • Lund University

  • University of Padova

  • University of Salamanca

  • Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi

Applications for the NICE project are also open to students with disabilities who may not be able to participate in other international experiences.

There is no fee to join the NICE project and there is part-funding available for those who are selected to attend the summer school.

What will I do on the NICE project?

If you are selected to be a part of the NICE project, you will begin your journey in March 2019. At this point you will be placed into a group with four students from other universities within the NICE programme.  More information on our partners can be found on our Partners page. You will be placed into these groups based on the Global Challenges that you have selected as part of your application.

The NICE project will provide you with skills to become more employable after graduation. You will build these skills by working through three different things throughout the project:

  1. Fun, interactive virtual toolkits focused on intercultural competence and entrepreneurship

  2. A Student-Led, Individually-Created Course (SLICC), which is a self-directed, reflective learning course (designed at the University of Edinburgh, find out more on the SLICC homepage on the University of Edinburgh website) focusing on the skills you are learning in the toolkits

  3. Building an innovative business idea in a team to solve a Global Challenge that you have chosen together, you can find an overview of all the available topics for you to focus on via our Global Challenges page

We estimate that the work above should take you between two to three hours per week for the toolkits, SLICC and business idea. Please keep in mind that this is just an estimate and some weeks you will spend less time on your NICE work, but other weeks you will spend more time.

After you have worked through the toolkits, completed your NICE SLICC and built your Global Challenge solution with your group, you will be given the opportunity to attend a summer school. The summer school will be part-sponsored as attendees will have a travel stipend and a daily subsistence amount provided to them by the NICE project to allow for attendance. If you have questions regarding the travel stipend and daily subsistence, please contact us.

At the end of the project, you may be invited to attend a final dissemination workshop in Brussels in August 2020 to present your Global Challenge solution to local and international community leaders.

Apply to the NICE project!

Final Deadline to apply for the project has now passed, but students from the university of padova can still apply until february 10 2019.

Selection criteria:

Applications to the NICE project will be evaluated on the following basis:

  • You are a student at one of the partner universities who will be enrolled at that university for the duration of the NICE project (March to July 2019)

  • You must be a student in good standing

  • You must have a good knowledge of English

What information will you need to complete the application form?

  • Personal and contact information

  • Information about your current programme, level of study and English language abilities

  • A personal statement (no longer than 300 words) outlining why you would be a good ambassador for the NICE project and how completing the course would benefit you and your future goals

  • You will also need to select three of the Global Challenges that you would like to work on throughout the project in your groups. You can find out more about these challenges on our Global Challenges page.

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The skills students learn throughout the NICE project will provide them with the knowledge, tenacity and insight to succeed the global workplace
— Isabell Majewsky Anderson, Head of the Go Abroad Office at the University of Edinburgh & lead on the NICE project