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 entrepreneurial and intercultural competence skills to make you more employable after graduation. You will build your entrepreneurial and communication skills by working in virtual international teams for the purpose of building 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 have fun developing your new skills in online interactive modules. Additionally, you can choose to complete reflective coursework for credit via the NICE SLICC. Over the course of the NICE programme you will be supported by staff from the partner universities to help you get the most out of your experience.  

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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 partial 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 participate in the NICE programme, you will begin your journey in early 2020. At this point you will be placed into a team with four students from partner universities within the NICE programme (our partners are all listed above and on the About NICE page). 

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

The NICE programme will provide you with the skills to improve your future employability. You will develop 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. Creating an innovative business idea with your teammates that addresses your team’s Global Challenge. You can find an overview of all the available topics for you to focus on via our Global Challenges page

You can also choose to participate in two other activities as part of the NICE programme:

  1. Complete a NICE Student-Led, Individually-Created Course (SLICC), an independent, reflective learning course designed by the University of Edinburgh. You will complete the NICE SLICC as you work your way through the modules, helping you to focus on the skills you are developing as you develop them. You will need to spend an additional three to five hours per week working on the SLICC (e.g. writing reports, blogging, gathering your evidence). If you successfully complete a SLICC, you will gain 10 ECTS credits from the University of Edinburgh. You can find out more on the NICE SLICC page or via the University of Edinburgh SLICC site.

  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 eligible to apply for the NICE Summer School. The NICE Summer School is partially funded in that attendees will receive a travel stipend and funds to cover a portion of their daily subsistence.

In the NICE programme, we estimate that you should expect to spend three to five hours per week/per online module. Even though you will only spend an hour each week discussing your project with your team and your facilitator, you should plan you will need to meet with your team outside of the facilitated sessions as well to push your project further. Please keep in mind that this is just an estimate and while some weeks you will spend less time working on NICE, other weeks you will spend more time.

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

What are the dates I need to be aware of?

Applications are now open and close at 9:00 UK time on 13 January 2020. Successful applicants will be provided with their team members’ names on 23 January 2020. If you are selected to participate in the NICE programme you will be provided with access to the NICE platform in early February and the official online course will begin on 17 February 2020. The online course will run until 11 May 2020 and if you would like to participate in the Summer School you will need to make your application for this by 26 March 2020 (Summer School applications will be run by the individual partners).

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 are open! they will close at 9:00 am UK time on 13 January 2020

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 be interested to work with your team. You can find out more about these challenges on our Global Challenges page.

Exceptions:

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