Our programs combine coursework with real-world experience. First, students learn about their host cities through a global studies curriculum, then learn high-impact skills through an intensive bootcamp, and lastly apply them in a professional environment with a local internship.
We work with the University of Virginia (UVA) to build a global studies curriculum that showcases the history, culture, and current affairs of the cities in which we operate. This means that students learn and work with a thorough understanding of their context and surroundings.
For the skills-based portion of our program, we recruit industry experts with a deep academic background who are able to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application. Our course content focuses on what we consider skills of the future: data, finance, design, and coding. Students learn both the theoretical foundations of these age-old disciplines, as well as the principles and tools at the forefront of these fields.
Before joining iXperience, Nicola ran a multi-million dollar education innovation investment initiative for one of South Africa's largest financial services groups. Previously, Nicola convened the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation—an interdisciplinary, research-based Masters degree that leads to the development of sustainable, social impact solutions for challenges in Africa at the University of Cape Town—where she is still Adjunct faculty.
Throughout the 6 weeks, there are readings and reflection pieces that prompt students to connect their international experiences, skills training, and internship. By the end, students will have a deep understanding of their city in a global context, and a powerful set of skills and work experience to accelerate their careers.
Our programs are built on data-driven operations systems that give our partner institutions real-time access to their students' health and safety information.
Our global operations team takes a data-driven approach to measuring every aspect of our service, from accommodation and classroom incidents to health and safety responses. They, along with our in-house legal team, have built sophisticated systems that ensure compliance with Title IX, Clery Act, FERPA, and the applicable legislation in all of our locations. Our students are covered by international insurance as a part of their program fee, and we've built a network of medical professionals in each location our students can use.
Russell manages all of our operations—accommodation, classrooms, transport, and security—around the world. Prior to joining iXperience, Russell served in the South African Navy for seven years, as a naval officer and as a junior lecturer in Industrial Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch’s Faculty of Military Science based in Saldanha Bay, South Africa.
iXperience and the University of Virginia (UVA) are collaborating to pioneer a new paradigm of learning: a study abroad program that combines the liberal arts with high-impact skills development.
As the accredited school of record, UVA oversees our academic programs (in Cape Town, Berlin, and Lisbon only), and our courses and instructors have been reviewed and approved by the College. All iX participants are enrolled in UVA courses during their term of study, are visiting UVA students for the duration of the program, will receive a UVA transcript upon completion, and may be eligible to earn transferable credit. (As of 2020, UVA is the #4 best public national US university, and #28 best national US university.)
"The collaboration with iXperience has the potential to serve as a new model for higher education. This is a compelling way to integrate the liberal arts with skills-based learning and hands-on internship experiences in a global context."Read UVA's press release
Both Aaron and Rafi graduated from Yale University, where they each received nearly 100% of tuition in need-based aid. Due to Yale's generous policies, they were both able to have transformative experiences abroad. Their mission is to enable the same experiences for more students like them.
Carla heads up the Global Partnerships team. Prior to joining iXperience, Carla managed corporate partnerships at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, where she also designed Executive Education's first online programs. She's helped both individuals future-proof their careers, as well as businesses to future-proof their people, through innovative training programs aligned to the fast-evolving world of work.Schedule a call with Carla