How the NICE programme 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 programme?

The NICE programme 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 virtual 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 can complete reflective coursework for credit via the NICE SLICC and will have fun learning your new skills online through interactive modules. Throughout your time on the NICE programme 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 programme 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, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Lund University, University of Padova and the University of Salamanca.

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

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


What will I do on the NICE programme?

If you are selected to be a part of the NICE programme, you will begin your journey in early 2020. At this point you will be placed into a group with four students from partner universities within the NICE programme (our partners are all listed above or on the About NICE page). 

Keep in mind: as part of your application, you will be asked to selected three of Global Challenges you would like to focus on (read more detail about these on our Global Challenges page). If you are selected to participate in the programme, you will be placed into a group based on the Global Challenges that you selected in your application.

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

  1. Fun, interactive virtual modules focused on intercultural competence and entrepreneurship. Find out more about the modules on our Modules page.

  2. 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

You will also have the opportunity to complete two other activities should you wish to, as part of the NICE programme:

  1. Complete a NICE Student-Led, Individually-Created Course (SLICC), which is a self-directed, reflective learning course. This course is designed at the University of Edinburgh and you can find out more on the NICE SLICC page or via the University of Edinburgh SLICC site. The NICE SLICC will help you focus on the skills you are learning in the modules and you will complete the NICE SLICC work as you are working through the modules.

  2. Apply to attend the NICE Summer School in Salamanca. The summer school will run from July 12 - 18, 2020 and you can find out more on the Events for Students page. Please keep in mind that an application for the NICE programme is not an application for the Summer School in Salamanca. If you wish to attend the NICE Summer School in Salamanca, you must apply to this separately. Application information will be sent to all NICE participants in early 2020. Only students who have completed the online modules will be able to apply to the NICE Summer School 2020. The NICE Summer School is part funded and attendees will have a travel stipend and a daily subsistence amount provided to them to allow them to attend.

We estimate that the time to complete the NICE programme should take you between two to three hours per week for the NICE SLICC, online modules and Global Challenge work. Please keep in mind that this is just an estimate and while some weeks you will spend less time on your NICE work, other weeks you will spend more time.

If you have any questions regarding the any of the information above, please contact us.

At the end of the NICE project, a select number of exceptional students will be invited to attend a final dissemination workshop in Brussels in August 2020 to present their Global Challenge solution to local and international community leaders.

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Apply to the NICE programme!

Applications to the nice programme have not yet opened, but they will be available from the fall of 2019. You can register your interest by clicking the button below and you will be notified when applications open.

Selection criteria:

Applications to the NICE programme 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 programme (January to July 2020)

  • 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 programme 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 programme 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