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What is iXperience?

Founded by two Yale University alumni in 2013, iXperience is a credit-bearing summer abroad program for university students designed to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for a rapidly changing career landscape and globalizing world.

With campuses in three beautiful cities around the world (Cape Town, Lisbon, and Berlin) and growing, iXperience students take immersive classes in high-demand skills. Then, they drive real-world impact at an internship with a local company. All this, while exploring the history, culture, and nature of a breathtaking city, with new friends from around the world they’ll keep for life.

Starting out with just a Web Development course in 2013, iXperience now offers seven cutting-edge courses taught by industry experts. Attracting top students from around the world, we are not just teaching skills – we are creating a movement: a network of like-minded and motivated individuals who are all serious about bettering themselves, their future careers, and the world. Today, this network consists of over 1400 alumni, with many working at top-tier firms including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Bain, Accenture, BCG, Apple, Morgan Stanley, as well as those that have gone on to start their own innovative companies.

In December 2018, iXperience took a big step forward toward its global vision and became academically sponsored by the University of Virginia (UVA). That means that students can earn credit through UVA for completing iX programs. Read more about the collaboration on UVA's website here.

But iX offers more than just a summer abroad. Our programs are designed to be all-encompassing immersive experiences, with exceptional operations, including housing and cultural activities. Our mission is to create epic journeys of growth that unlock our community's potential. Every student that graduates from iXperience is one step closer in the direction of achieving that goal. Learn more about us here.

Alec ortiz

"iX was an opportunity to grow and discover—to explore a dynamic and captivating country, develop practical technical skills, and leave behind the comfort of the familiar to join a diverse assembly of scholars, artists, and adventurers at the edge of the world."

— Alec Ortiz, Stanford, iX '15
David maimone

"This program has been the most impactful developmental step in my young career and I will treasure it for life. Before coming here I had a vague idea of what management consulting was, and when I leave I am going to have not only learned what it was, but also used it in multiple business settings. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and a professional network of people that are going to do great things in the upcoming years."

— David Maimone, James Madison University, iX '17
What differentiates iXperience from other study abroad programs?

The main reason many of our students—especially freshmen and sophomores—choose iXperience each year is because we are the only summer study abroad program that combines the three most important aspects of career acceleration: intensive learning of highly relevant material, hands-on professional experience, and cultural and personal exploration. You'll gain proficiency in a new, in-demand skill, as well as work experience at an innovative company with clear, impactful, and measurable deliverables that you can show future employers. On top of this, you may be able to earn college credit, you'll join a new network of over 1400 top students from around the world, and a changed perspective from immersing yourself in an incredible and unique city abroad.

It is the union of the cutting-edge course, internship, community, and travel aspects that distinguishes us from other summer programs. But you'll find that each of the individual components is, in itself, of an extremely high caliber. Our educational approach is vastly different to traditional tertiary institutions, as it is very hands-on, intensive, and equips you with skills that are extremely sought out by leading and influential local and global companies.

Get first-hand insight – discover the daily lives of students at iX

What is Academic Sponsorship with UVA?

The University of Virginia (UVA), consistently ranked as one of the top research universities in the U.S., is the academic sponsor for the iXperience education abroad program in Cape Town, Lisbon, and Berlin.

As the accredited school of record for iXperience, UVA oversees the academic program and issues a transcript for coursework. iXperience courses and instructors have been reviewed and approved by the corresponding academic departments and the College of Arts and Sciences at UVA. All participants of credit-bearing iX programs are enrolled in UVA courses during their term of study. iX participants are visiting UVA students for the duration of the iX program, will receive a UVA transcript upon completion, and may be eligible to earn transferable credit. Credit transfer works differently at each institution, and we encourage all students to speak with their academic and study abroad advisors about the processes and policies for credit transfer from iXperience. Please email hello@ixperience.co or use the chat bubble in the bottom right of your screen for any queries related to credit transfer, including the request for any documentation.

Aaron fuchs

"The world is changing at an increasingly rapid rate and in response our vision at iXperience is to bridge the gap between traditional education and futuristic skills development. In collaboration with UVA, one of the preeminent public universities in the world, we are designing the future of learning by combining liberal arts and global studies learning with progressive skills development in an international setting. This unique educational experience empowers students to face the challenges of the future."

— Aaron Fuchs, iXperience Founder & CEO
Ian baucom

"The collaboration with iXperience has the potential to serve as a new model for higher education,” said Ian Baucom, UVA’s Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts & Sciences. “This is a compelling way to integrate the liberal arts with skills-based learning and hands-on internship experiences in a global context"

— Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts & Sciences, University of Virginia
How does credit transfer work?

Upon completion of iXperience, you'll be granted an academic transcript from UVA as a visiting UVA student, which you may be able to transfer to your home institution. Each university's process is different, so you'll have to speak to your own study abroad office and/or academic advisors to figure out the process (unless, of course, you go to UVA). We cannot guarantee that UVA credits will transfer back to your home institution. If credits are important to you, please make sure to speak with your advisors about transferability.

If you are able to receive credits through iXperience, you may also be eligible for financial aid or other funding opportunities from your university or the government to attend the program. Again, the process for this is different for each university, so please check with your study abroad office for how this might work.

Where can I find the University of Virginia course code for my iXperience program?

The UVA course code for all credit-bearing iXperience programs is:

GSGS 3510: Living and Working Abroad

If you need more syllabus-related info, email us at hello@ixperience.co, or use the chat bubble at the bottom right of your screen.

What can I put on my resume after completing iXperience?

By the end of your summer at iXperience, you will have gained valuable, in-demand skills well-suited to enhance any resume. Whether your chosen course is supplementary to your degree or very different from it, we have no doubt it will serve to add to your employability.

On top of this, your internship will signal to prospective employers that you have gone beyond the classroom and learned to apply your new skills in the real world.

During and after the program, you'll have access to our Alumni Success and Community team, who work with students enrolled on the program and our alumni to effectively represent iXperience on their resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles.

We are committed to helping you succeed, and we will—as we have done with many of our past students—continue to give you advice and help you along your career path long after you've graduated from iX.

Have iX students been successful in their careers after the program?

iXperience is the only summer study-abroad program that combines the three most important aspects of career acceleration: intensive learning, hands-on professional experience, and cultural and personal exploration.

Read about how iX Alumni are going on to work at some of the world's top companies—including Facebook, Microsoft, Bain, Accenture and McKinsey—and how their experience abroad gave them a significant edge in their careers:

  1. How iXperience gave me a competitive edge

  2. Interning with Bain after iXperience: A Reflection on my Time in Cape Town

  3. How iXperience helped me land an internship at Microsoft

After iX, you'll come away with proficiency in a new, in-demand skill. You'll have hands-on work experience at a company with clear, impactful and measurable deliverables that you can show future employers. You'll have integrated yourself into a growing, international network of over 1400 talented students. And, you'll have enhanced your perspective of the world from immersing yourself in an incredible and unique city and country abroad.

Will iXperience support me after the program?

LinkedIn and resume review support is included in your program fee. We are committed to helping you succeed, and—as we have done with many of our past students—we will continue to give you advice and support as you progress along your career path long after you've graduated from iX.

The Application & Eligibility

How do I apply to iXperience and what should I expect?

You can start your application by clicking the "Apply" button at the top of your screen. Expect the application to take about an hour to complete. During the application, you’ll have the opportunity to tell us more about yourself and choose the unique course + internship combination you would like to apply for. You can change your mind at a later stage (depending on the amount of open spots in other courses), so don’t feel like your application is binding to a particular course and city selection.

Here's what you can expect in the application:

Step 1: Build your summer. (5 mins)

Use our application platform to choose the best city, course, and date combination for you. Not sure what combo to pick? Don't worry – you can change your selection after submitting your application. Our Admissions Team is always here to help you with your choice.

Step 2: Write an application or do a phone interview. (30-45 mins)

Our application focuses on your behaviors, motivations, and aspirations. You can write our short application essays, or choose to schedule a phone interview with one of our admissions consultants if the option is available. Our advice? Just be yourself!

Step 3: Confirm your eligibility. (10 mins)

In order to receive your admissions decision, you'll need to confirm that you are in good academic standing with your home institution. We'll send you a form to complete with your study abroad adviser to make this easy.

Step 4: Get your admissions decision.

You'll hear back from our admissions team in two to four weeks, depending on when in the year you apply. Earlier applications receive quicker decisions and preferential admission. After receiving your decision, you'll have opportunities to ask more detailed questions about the program or even put your parents and university advisors in touch.

Step 5: Secure your spot.

As spots at iXperience are limited, we encourage our admitted applicants to secure their spot in the program by paying a deposit within two weeks.

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When is the application deadline?

We have a number of admissions deadlines throughout the year and accept a limited number of students periodically at each deadline date until specific classes are full.

The Early Action I deadline for iXperience is on October 24 2019, at 11:59pm PT.

The Early Action II deadline is on November 25 2019, at 11:59pm PT.

Please note: this deadline was extended from November 14 to better align with the academic calendar and upcoming holidays.

Our Regular Decision deadline is on January 16 2020, at 11:59pm PT. * Certain classes may already be full by this deadline.

We encourage interested students to apply as early as possible to have the best chance of admission into their desired course and/or city. Those interested in applying for direct financial aid from iXperience are also encouraged to apply early to have the best chance of securing support from our financial aid fund.

Is submitting an application binding?

No, submitting an application is not binding. Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by our Admissions Team and a decision will be released – usually within 2-4 weeks (depending on when in the year you apply). If accepted, you will have some time to decide whether you would like to commit to iXperience by paying a deposit. Throughout the application and admissions process, you can always schedule a time to speak with someone on the Admissions Team about any questions you may have.

Is there an application fee?

No. In our mission of access and inclusivity, there is no fee to apply to iXperience.

What is the age limit for the program?

Due to the nature of our program, which mostly caters to university students, we consider applications from people between 18 and 26 years of age.

​As a rule of thumb, 60% of the program is composed of freshmen and sophomores, with the remaining 40% comprising juniors, seniors, MBAs and recent university graduates.

Can I apply if I'm from a university outside the US or Canada?

Absolutely! Our program is open to students from all around the world. While the majority of our students are from the US, we've received applications from students all over, including Turkey, Brazil, Singapore, South Africa, and Germany.

The global network you build while you're here is integral to the long-term success of the program. Surrounding yourself with other like-minded, motivated individuals is what drives you towards achieving your personal goals long after you've left, and gives you a great foundation of contacts on which to build and accelerate your career.

I'm not sure which course to choose. How do I know which one is right for me?

You’re not alone. Many of our students have a hard time choosing between their passions and interests, versus something they’re already exposed to or studying. We recommend thinking about it this way: what would you not have the opportunity to learn at university otherwise? If you had to fully dedicate yourself to something, what would that be?

We have career and Admissions Advisors ready to help guide you through the selection process, and answer any questions you may have. Reach out using the chat bubble in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Should I apply earlier rather than later?

Yes. We recommend applying earlier rather than later as admissions are more competitive in later admissions cycles due to increasingly limited placement in the program. Early applicants interested in applying for direct financial aid from iXperience are also encouraged to apply early in order to have the best chance of securing support from our financial aid fund.

The next deadline to apply for iXperience is October 24 2019, at 11:59pm PT (called out Early Action 1 deadline).

If I choose the written application, what kind of questions should I expect?

The point of the written application is to help us understand who you are and what you care about. The questions we ask have been carefully crafted to easily bring across to us who you are as a person. Aside from the basic profile and academic information, you'll answer a few short essay questions that will give us insight into your character. Once you have completed your written application, we might reach out to you to set up a phone interview.

Is there a GPA cut-off?

Yes. Your GPA needs to be above 2.75 to be considered for an iXperience program. Please contact us directly before applying if you would like to appeal for an exception.

We use your GPA to make sure you will be able to keep up with the high standards of the iX classroom. However, 90% of the application process is dedicated to getting to know you as a person. Our admissions decisions are largely based on who you are, not on how you do in tests and exams.

If accepted, how do I secure my spot in the program?

If accepted, your spot in the class is only secured once you’ve made your deposit payment. Please note, if you are granted a deposit extension due to a special circumstance, this does not mean your spot is secured, but only that you have been given an extension. Once a class is full, students accepted into that class will not be able to pay deposits. We encourage you to keep in close contact with our Admissions Team about any questions you have about the deposit or program in general – we know a committment to iXperience is a big decision, and we are here to help you along the way.

Unfortunately, you can't use any iX-granted financial aid or scholarships to pay the deposit.

Will I need travel medical insurance?

International medical and emergency insurance is included in the overall program fee, arranged by iXperience, and compulsory for all students attending the program. We have partnered with CISI – a globally reconginized service provider in the education abroad space – and details of your coverage and their services can be found on their website, or through speaking to one of their friendly staff. If you are admitted to iXperience and have paid your necessary program fee installments, you will be uploaded to the CISI portal and will be emailed all of the documentation necessary to give you peace of mind about your coverage.

I'm a local student – can I still apply?

Yes! Every year we welcome students from all around the world, including from the cities of our programs. We also offer special program fee rates for students who won't need accommodation. Please get in touch with us to discuss your eligibility.

The Class

Who will I be taught by?

We have a rigorous selection process for our instructors and teaching assistants and thus our teaching staff will not be finalized until a month or two before the program starts.

The teachers who deliver the courses may differ from year to year, and vary in their academic levels. However, all our teachers have two things in common: they are experts in their industries, and are inspiring mentors with a passion for their field. We place a strong emphasis on hiring the right teachers.

To get an idea of the types of teachers you will have at iXperience, have a look at the spotlights of our 2019 teachers on our blog, where we profile and interview teachers from each of our courses.

Discover more about education at iX

Hear what past iX students say about their teachers


Some more thoughts from our alumni.

Dipak kumar

"A common saying about teaching is that 'students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.' They showed they cared through their actions and effort rarely taking any free time for themselves during the day. Outside of class, without fail, they were spending time reviewing resumes, practice interviewing, or just grabbing coffee with students. I feel so much more confident about my career choice out of college and my ability to achieve that career because of them."

— Dipak Kumar on the iX '17 Management Consulting teaching team
Kyra perry

"At iXperience, my Product Management course taught me more than the practical nuances of Business Model Canvases, Roadmaps, MVP development, and the Lean Startup method. Johann, the PM instructor, showed the nine of us in the class the value of utilizing every single minute of the day, and inspired us to do higher quality work than any of us thought possible. We all adored Johann."

— Kyra Perry on PM teacher, Johann, iX '17
What kind of learning environment does iX offer?

We believe in creating a learning environment that encourages active learning, positive thinking, and collaborative work. Courses are a combination of traditional classes, group projects, and independent exercises. We focus on helping students work together to produce portfolio projects, which are tangible projects that have applications in the real world.

What is my class schedule for the six weeks?

The magic of iXperience is in the combination.

Our unique program combines enriching cultural education, high-intensity skills development, and real-world professional experience—an essential combination for an impactful career in the future.

Week 1: Global Studies

All of our programs begin with an immersion into your chosen city. In the first week, you'll take roughly 20 hours of classes with local and international subject-matter experts about the city's history, culture, and current events to understand your context. Through the first week and further throughout the program, you'll explore your surroundings through iX-sponsored excursions.

Week 2 and 3: Skills Bootcamp

Start building your skill set—quickly. Our collaborative, workshop-style courses, taught by industry experts, will push you to learn faster than you thought possible. A typical day features a 3 to 4-hour hands-on class, followed by a series of projects and exercises that take 3-5 hours to complete. You'll finish up with an impressive portfolio of class projects, and be ready to excel in your internship.

Week 4, 5, and 6: Internship

Go beyond the classroom with a guaranteed internship. Work with a company abroad to apply your gained classroom knowledge in an international professional environment. You'll finish up with a clear deliverable to show future employers. Your teaching team will be available throughout to support you with both subject matter and relationship management.

Throughout the program

Readings and written reflections

Throughout the 6 weeks, there will be readings and reflection pieces that prompt you to connect your international experiences, skills training, and internship.

Community events and excursions

Work hard, play hard. Use the iX Calendar to find out what's going on in the community on any given day or week, sign up for elective events, and RSVP to iX-sponsored excursions.

What if I’m struggling during the course?

The iX curriculum is designed to push you from day one, so we fully expect that you will encounter lots of questions and even experience some difficulties along the way — that’s okay! We have several teaching assistants on duty to answer your questions and help you with difficult material. Additionally, the teaching staff organize extra workshops each week to revise complex material. The topics covered in these workshops are set by the students based on their needs.

If you come ready to work hard, we will put in all the time and energy you need to achieve incredible results.

Read this inspiring article on our blog written by iX 2018 alum, Letícia Guimarães, about her challenging but rewarding experience learning to code at iX.

Do I need any experience to do any of the courses?

The only course you need prior experience for at iXperience is Full Stack Coding (first year CS course or some other coding experience required). You don't need any prior experience to take any other course. The great thing about iXperience is that the diverse range of courses gives you the opportunity to try out skills and interests that you may otherwise not be exposed to. We do send pre-course work to accepted students prior to the program to help you become familiar with the course content and level of learning that happens here at iXperience.

The pre-course work will comprise of 20 – 30 hours (this depends largely on your pace) of self-taught material. There's nothing super difficult about it, so don't stress, but we highly recommend putting in the time to go through your pre-work thoroughly before you arrive. It's there to ensure everyone comes in on the same level and gets the fundamental principles under their belt. We want to hit the ground running in your first week.

The Internship

What will I be doing during the internship component?

During your three-week learning/internship blend, you will have the opportunity to apply and develop your skills in the real world by working on a project, with continued support from our teaching team.

In order to ensure strong integration of teaching and practical deliverables, a few hours a week will be spent in the classroom learning new concepts and reviewing progress against those deliverables. This provides an exciting opportunity to positively impact a company, with the support you need to ensure maximum success.

Internship projects are structured by our respective partner companies in close collaboration with your teaching teams to ensure that the skills you learn in the classroom are the skills you’ll need in the company where you’re placed. Projects may vary from company to company and from year to year, but they’re all designed to challenge our students and help them excel professionally.

Learn more about internships at iX
Do I have to complete an iX course in order to do the internship component?

Yes. Our 6-week blended learning program is designed in such a way that the course and practical component are entirely integrated throughout the 6 weeks. It is not possible to create value for a company without first having the skills taught in the classroom.

How does the placement process work for my guaranteed internship at iX?

1. iX sources companies

During the year, our education team recruits and vets companies for our internship partner network. These companies are chosen based on their ability to provide a project at the right level, and their ability to dedicate management time to provide you and your fellow students guidance during your time at the company. We work with our partner companies to design projects that match your class's curriculum so you're able to deliver high-impact work.

2. You preference companies

When you arrive at iX, your teaching team will introduce you to the available companies and project brief. You'll be given an opportunity to research the companies, evaluate the project brief, and express your placement preferences. Because our partner network and curricula evolve from year to year, we can't release a list of partner companies and project briefs before your arrival. The companies shown in our marketing materials are those we've worked with in the past.

3. Your teachers match you *

After you submit your preferences to your teachers during the program, your teachers will make the match. The matches are based on student preferences, but since it's unlikely that everyone will receive their top preference, teachers also take into account effort and performance in class, your demonstrated ability to be a good teammate, and your company industry preferences.

* Please note the exact placement process may differ from course to course depending on the instructor.

What companies does iXperience work with?

We've partnered with over 130 companies globally, ranging from local startups, medium sized enterprises, international firms, and NGOs.

Company partners vary from year to year, course to course, and from city to city. Students are introduced to their internship companies in the first few days after their arrival at iXperience.

How will I get to work each day?

Students are expected to make use of the city's public transport or one of the many reliable ride-sharing services to get to their companies, unless otherwise stated. Internship transport costs are not included in the program fee.

Is the internship paid?

Due to strict visa regulations and the innovative structure of our program, the internships are unpaid. The internship component of the program is highly curated by our Education Team to integrate seamlessly into your course, and the experience is designed to add immense value to your learning experience and resume.

Our students also have an unusually high level of involvement. Students are given a lot of responsibility - they're expected to use their new knowledge to produce real, tangible results from their projects. This kind of experience is absolutely invaluable.

iXperience is an investment in your future, above all else. It's not just about the work experience you get. It's also about integrating yourself into a global network of other driven, innovative young people, and developing a mentality that will continue to push you towards success long after you complete the iXperience program. This is why our alumni have gone on to work at the world's leading companies, many calling their time at iXperience pivotal to their success during recruitment.

What if I don’t like my placement?

As your experience is a learning/working blend, there will be constant communication channels available to all students. Mentors, teaching staff, and the iX team are all on hand, ready to help resolve any issues as they arise in a way that encourages growth and satisfaction for both students and partner companies.

We work closely with both the students and our partner companies to provide an immersive real-world experience. We value our partner relationships, and look to strengthen these bonds by trying to solve a problem rather than running away from it.

Can I switch companies in the middle?

Due to the time limitation of the program, and because our partner companies structure projects accordingly, students are unable to switch placements halfway through.

Will I be supported during my internship experience?

Absolutely. This is what makes iXperience totally unique. During your internship, you’ll spend some time back in the classroom with your teaching team, ensuring that you’re able to meet your deliverables and that you continue building on the skills you acquired during your course.

What are my working hours during the internship?

Your working hours are dependent on your company and their operating principles. Some companies expect students to work in-office for the standard eight hours a day, while others encourage off-site work.

What are some of the biggest challenges faced during the internship component?

Starting a new work experience is a challenge in itself. The first couple of days are always hard when trying to find your feet in an unfamiliar environment.

Some of the challenges past students have faced are: receiving a lot of information to synthesize, having to learn new tools to get portions of your project done, receiving an open-ended project outline with little background information, minimal communication with your manager, and figuring out the best way to distribute the workload over such a short period.

Remember, challenges and constraints create the best learning experience. Knowing how to overcome challenges in the workplace makes you a more valuable employee and prepares you well to have a successful career.

The Education Team is devoted to supporting you through any challenges you may encounter to ensure you have the support needed to overcome your challenges.

Will the internship vary from company to company?

Yes, practical projects will vary from company to company, according to their needs and client requests at the time.

This not only provides an exciting opportunity to positively impact a company by exercising what you have learned, but also to gain work experience in an area that interests you. We give you exposure to a variety of different companies, so you're sure to find work that aligns with your abilities, skill set and career goals.

To get the most value out of the internship experience, we require companies to structure projects around the relevant curriculum outline as well as the student outcomes/abilities document. This guarantees that projects match the skill sets of students, meet the desired project standards, and are completed on time.

That being said, this is the real world and every experience will be structured in a different way based on how the company operates.

Financial Aid

How does financial aid at iXperience work?

iXperience has a need-blind admissions policy, which means we don't consider an applicant's financial situation when making their admissions decision. If you indicate that you'll be applying for aid in the application, you'll have the opportunity to fill out a separate financial aid application after you submit. We grant aid based on an applicant's demonstrated need, which is calculated based on their family income and a variety of other factors.

If your university has a partnership with iXperience, you will need to apply for financial aid through the university study abroad office, if you are not automatically considered.

If we are not in a financial aid partnership with your university, you may apply for aid through iXperience. Do note that if at a later date, a financial aid partnership is established between iXperience and your university, we may revoke aid granted as you then qualify with your university study abroad office.

Keep in mind, that if your deposit has been paid, your spot in the program is secured, regardless of whether your financial aid decision has been released. All financial aid decisions should be released before your deposit becomes due on the program.

If you have any questions about financial aid at iXperience, please email financialaid@ixperience.co or use the chat bubble in the bottom right of your screen and our Admissions Team will direct you to the right person.

Should I apply if my parents household income is above $100,000?

There is no official income cut-off for financial aid eligibility. Since eligibility for need-based financial aid is determined by many factors, including the family’s income, family size and number of children in college, we encourage you to apply if you are concerned about your ability to pay.

What does family household income include?

Family income includes both taxed and untaxed income. Total income is based on the Adjusted Gross Income listed on the federal tax return plus all untaxed income (ie. tax-deferred pension contributions, social security benefits, child support received, tax exempt interest). In cases of divorced or separated families, the incomes from both parents are considered in determining total family income.

Will an additional outside scholarship affect my award?

Yes, additional scholarships may affect the award given to you by iXperience. We will ask you to disclose any other awards you've received before we grant your aid.

I don't think I qualify for aid, but I'm self-funding my education. Can I still apply for financial aid?

Yes, you need to speak to the iXperience Admissions Team for possible financial aid assistance. Send us an email to financialaid@ixperience.co or speak with us directly using the chat bubble at the bottom right of your screen.

How will my financial aid be disbursed?

If you are awarded financial aid, it will be deducted from your overall program fee.

Do you offer full financial aid or scholarships?

Unfortunately, we do not offer full financial aid scholarships. Our current financial aid and scholarship structure allows us to provide a greater degree of inclusivity than if we were to offer fewer, full scholarships.

If you're a student – although iX cannot in any way guarantee this – you might be able to source funding from your university even if we are not currently in a financial aid partnership. Some past iX students have managed to secure some form of subsidization by approaching their faculty head, study abroad office, or career advisor. We highly recommend speaking with your university advisors about any opportunities that may exist inside or outside of your university. If you apply for external funding, we will be happy to provide you with any documentation you might need.

Where can I look for additional scholarships?

If you're looking for additional funding and you're a student, we'd suggest reaching out to your university. Although we are an external program, some of our past students have secured some form of subsidization from their faculty heads or other funds on campus. We'll provide you with all the documentation you'll need for funding applications that iX may be eligible for. We've had a few students who, through their own efforts, managed to secure complete funding for the program.

City-specific information

Do I need a visa before I arrive in Germany?

It depends on what country you have a passport from. If you're from a visa-free country (like the USA), then you won't need to apply for a Schengen beforehand. If you're from a visa-required country (like China), then you will need to apply for a Schengen visitor visa to enter Germany. iXperience can provide you with proof of accommodation/invitation letter for your application.

How safe is Berlin?

At iXperience, our primary focus is on your safety and well-being. Berlin, like many European capitals, is quite safe. The biggest risks are pickpockets and scammers. Though people use public transport and walk around at night, you should be careful to avoid dodgy areas.

In all of our locations, students are introduced to our health and safety protocols by attending a compulsory orientation session hosted by the iX operations and safety teams in the first week. Additionally, iX staff members are on call 24 hours a day to assist students if necessary. iX also encourages students to take responsibility for their own safety by being vigilant and taking precautions, as they would in any foreign place.

What is the accommodation like?

At iX Berlin, you'll stay in modern dormitory-style housing with 2-3 other iX students of the same gender. The accommodation is located in a trendy and vibrant area of Berlin, in close proximity to restaurants, shopping centers, cafes, and nightlife. At iX accommodation, you'll be able to build a strong community with your classmates and other students in beautiful common areas like rec rooms, libraries, and lounges.

How does rooming work?

Rooming is done on a first come, first served basis. Applying and paying your program deposit allows you to rank your preference of room category. The earlier you enroll at iXperience, the greater the chance you will have of being placed in your first choice room, as well as first-option to select your preferred roommates if you have friends coming on the program.

Are meals included?

You will have to cover your own breakfast, lunch and dinner. But don’t stress! There are amazing restaurants all over the city, many within walking distance. The price of groceries in Berlin is also about the same as in America.

How does daily transport work?

Students can purchase daily, weekly, or even monthly public transport passes with ease, allowing you access to a network of trams, trains and buses that connect you to the greater city, including your classes and internships. Transport for iX-official weekend excursions will be arranged by us.

How much spending money should I bring for the time I'll be in Berlin?

Germany uses the Euro, but is still cheaper than many other European countries. Living in Berlin will be a lot like living in a typical US city. Your only unavoidable expenses are meals and laundry. You can expect to pay between $10 for breakfast or lunch, and $10-20 for dinner, depending on your choice of dining. You can expect to spend $40+, just like you would in America, for nice dinners out with drinks. If you are unsure of where to get food on a budget, we are more than happy to give you a few recommendations!

We also encourage students to partake in additional excursions and activities, which may increase costs.

What’s the weather like in Berlin during the program?

It's the height of summer during the program. Overall, a Berlin summer is quite mild, with highs in the mid 70s. That said, the city can experience week-long heatwaves. At night, it can get a bit chilly, so bring some warmer gear, too. The summer is also the rainy season, so make sure to bring one or two rain jackets.

Do I need vaccinations?

No vaccinations are required for your trip to Germany. You can learn more on the CDC website here.

How good are the medical facilities?

As with most developed European countries, healthcare is quite sophisticated. Private care will be more than sufficient for most health issues, and won't cost too much.

Do I need travel medical insurance?

It is compulsory for all students to have travel medical insurance before attending iXperience. Fortunately, through our affiliation with UVA, iXperience has partnered with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) as the dedicated provider for all students, providing comprehensive cover for the duration of their stay with us. This insurance is included in the program fee. You can find out more about CISI on their website. You will be sent more information about your coverage if you are admitted and commit to the program. If students have queries or claims relating to their insurance, these should be handled directly with CISI, with assistance from iXperience.

Do I need a visa before I arrive in South Africa?

Yes, all participants will require an endorsed visitor visa to participate in the program. Whether or not you have to apply beforehand at the South African Embassy depends on what passport you hold. Please check the student portal for more information about the application process, what documents you'll need to apply/present on arrival to South Africa, and how iXperience can help you.

How safe is Cape Town?

At iXperience, our primary focus is on your safety and well-being. Our current locations in Cape Town are the most metropolitan areas of the city, which makes for a unique, modern, and fun experience without compromising on safety.

In all of our locations, students are introduced to our health and safety protocols by attending a compulsory orientation session hosted by the iX operations and safety teams in the first week. Additionally, iX staff members are on call 24 hours a day to assist students if necessary. iX also encourages students to take responsibility for their own safety by being vigilant and taking precautions, as they would in any foreign place.

My parents are nervous to send me to South Africa. What should I tell them?

Over the last few summers, several parents flew over to Cape Town and visited their sons and daughters who were attending iXperience. We interviewed these parents while they were visiting iX and created a short video *. This video is the perfect way to reassure your parents if they are concerned, or click here to view our Parents page.

* Some of the excursion activities in this video are not included in the program fee for iXperience and were independently arranged by students outside of the program.

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What is the accommodation like?

At iXperience we strive to partner with safe, upmarket accommodation providers in trendy locations. Previous locations included Camps Bay, Green Point, and Sea Point. Most apartments are equipped with a kitchenette, which includes a microwave, kettle, mini fridge and other simple essentials to make your stay comfier.

How does rooming work?

Rooming is done on a first come, first served basis. Applying and paying your program deposit allows you to rank your preference of room category. The earlier you enroll at iXperience, the greater the chance you will have of being placed in your first choice room, as well as first-option to select your preferred roommates if you have friends coming on the program.

Are meals included?

You will have to cover your own breakfast, lunch and dinner. But don’t stress! You’ll have a lot of restaurant options available within walking distance of class and the iX Village.

What is Cape Town cuisine like?

Cape Town boasts a wide variety of restaurants — one only has to take a stroll down Bree Street or Kloof Street to see the eclectic mix of foods from around the world. Local cuisine is influenced by Indian, Southern African, and European foods.

How does daily transport work?

Getting to class
Transport to and from the iX classrooms is handled exclusively through a reputable transport firm, meaning safe and convenient transport daily.

Around the iX Village
The iX Village is located within walking distance of grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, sports facilities, and beaches.

Excursions
Transport for iX-official weekend excursions will be fully arranged by us.

During the internship
The internships vary in location. Although many internships placements are around the city bowl area, most will require transport from the iX accommodation, which is at your own expense. Once your internship is finalized we will help you organize the logistics.

Everywhere else
Reliable ride-sharing companies such as Uber are by far the easiest way to get around town: it's safe, available everywhere, and far cheaper than in America. Cape Town also has a world-class public transport system: the MyCiti Bus Network is a safe and affordable way to navigate to certain parts of the city.

Is there a gym I can use?

There are gyms within walking distance of the iX classrooms, most with monthly membership plans. They are fully equipped with treadmills, weight machines, yoga studios, aerobics classes, and more. We will point you in the right direction when you arrive, depending on your health needs.

How much spending money should I bring for the time I'll be in Cape Town?

South Africa is relatively cheap for foreign visitors due to the strength of the US Dollar against the South African Rand. Living in Cape Town can be “cheap” but not free. Your only unavoidable expenses are meals and laundry. You can expect to pay between $5-$7 for breakfast and lunch, and $7-$15 for dinner, depending on your choice of dining. If you are unsure of where to get food on a budget, we are more than happy to give you a few recommendations!

We also encourage students to partake in additional excursions and activities, which may increase costs.

What’s the weather like in Cape Town during the program?

A good Capetonian winter (remember, it's the southern hemisphere!) has sunshine, wind, rain and clouds - with surprising highs and lows in between. However, these are the facts: the average high temperature during winter is 63°F with a minimum temperature of 47°F degrees in June, July and August. In addition to summer clothes, we highly recommend bringing a few light and thick jackets, long pants, and hoodies.

Do I need vaccinations?

No vaccinations are required for your trip to Cape Town (you can read more about this here).

Vaccinations really are just precautionary. Keep in mind that as a developing country, South Africa has a vast contrast between the infrastructure and living conditions around the country. International vaccination recommendations are generally reflective of the high-risk areas, and so tend to be exaggerated when taking into account that you'll be staying in Cape Town, one of the most modern, developed cities on the continent.

At the end of the day, the decision is totally up to you, but we do feel it necessary to remind you that Cape Town is not reflective of the entire country, and that the CDC's recommendations are in no way mandatory. If there was a real threat, vaccinations would be required.

How good are the medical facilities?

Medical facilities in cities and larger towns are world-class, offering specialist services by highly skilled professionals. Doctors are well trained and must be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Pharmacies are well stocked, and equivalents to most international medicines are available. Pharmacists may not dispense Schedule 3 drugs and up without a prescription, so visitors on chronic medication should carry their own prescription.

Do I need travel medical insurance?

It is compulsory for all students to have travel medical insurance before attending iXperience. Fortunately, through our affiliation with UVA, iXperience has partnered with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) as the dedicated provider for all students, providing comprehensive cover for the duration of their stay with us. This insurance is included in the program fee. You can find out more about CISI on their website. You will be sent more information about your coverage if you are admitted and commit to the program. If students have queries or claims relating to their insurance, these should be handled directly with CISI, with assistance from iXperience.

Do I need a visa before I arrive in Portugal?

It depends on what country you have a passport from. If you're from a visa-free country (like the USA), then you won't need to apply for a Schengen beforehand. If you're from a visa-required country (like China), then you will need to apply for a Schengen visitor visa to enter Portugal. iXperience can provide you with proof of accommodation/invitation letter for your application.

How safe is Lisbon?

At iXperience, our primary focus is on your safety and well-being. Like many European capitals, there are few dangers in Lisbon aside from pickpockets and con artists. People often use public transportation or walk around, even later in the evening.

In all of our locations, students are introduced to our health and safety protocols by attending a compulsory orientation session hosted by the iX operations and safety teams in the first week. Additionally, iX staff members are on call 24 hours a day to assist students if necessary. iX also encourages students to take responsibility for their own safety by being vigilant and taking precautions, as they would in any foreign place.

What is the accommodation like?

You’ll be staying in a beautifully restored and historic building in São Bento – close to tons of cafes, restaurants, and historical landmarks. Bus stops are just a 2-minute walk away while the Metro is just 10 minutes from your door. The building is made up of larger, dorm-style rooms that on average sleep 4-6 people, with large communal spaces to mingle and work, an amazing shared kitchen for cooking and an outdoor area for summer hang-outs.

How does rooming work?

Rooming is done on a first come, first served basis. Applying and paying your program deposit allows you to rank your preference of room category. The earlier you enroll at iXperience, the greater the chance you will have of being placed in your first choice room, as well as first-option to select your preferred roommates if you have friends coming on the program.

Are meals included?

You will have to cover your own breakfast, lunch and dinner. But don’t stress! There are amazing restaurants all over the city, many within walking distance. The price of groceries in Lisbon is also drastically lower than in America.

How does daily transport work?

Students can purchase daily, weekly or even monthly public transport passes with ease, allowing you access to a network of trams, trains and buses that connect you to the greater city, including your classes and internships. Uber, though, is immensely popular and affordable in Lisbon, and many students make use of the service to move around quickly and safely. iX will arrange transport for iX-official weekend excursions where public transport is not feasible.

Is there a gym I can use?

There are gyms around the iX accommodation, most with monthly membership plans. They are fully equipped with treadmills, weight machines, and more. There are also many outdoor gyms scattered around Lisbon.

How much spending money should I bring for the time I'll be in Lisbon?

This is really up to you. Portugal is relatively cheap for foreign visitors, despite higher costs in the rest of the Eurozone. Living in Lisbon can be "cheap" but not free. Students lived comfortably spending, on average, $1600-$2000 during their 2-month stay. Remember, accommodation and all iXperience excursions are included in your tuition. This amount is also dependant on how many independent excursions you arrange during your free time, but these usually add up to $300 - $700 in total.

What’s the weather like in Lisbon during the program?

It's the height of summer during the program! Because Lisbon is coastal, it's more moderate than some other parts of Europe, but it's still toasty. You can expect daytime temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with nighttime temperatures around 60. It'll most likely rain around 5 days every month. So basically, paradise!

Do I need vaccinations?

No vaccinations are required for your trip to Lisbon. You can learn more on the CDC website here.

How good are the medical facilities?

The Portuguese healthcare system was ranked as the 12th best in the world in a World Health Organization report. Private care will be more than sufficient for most health issues, and won't cost too much.

Do I need travel medical insurance?

It is compulsory for all students to have travel medical insurance before attending iXperience. Fortunately, through our affiliation with UVA, iXperience has partnered with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) as the dedicated provider for all students, providing comprehensive cover for the duration of their stay with us. This insurance is included in the program fee. You can find out more about CISI on their website. You will be sent more information about your coverage if you are admitted and commit to the program. If students have queries or claims relating to their insurance, these should be handled directly with CISI, with assistance from iXperience.

Do I need a visa before I arrive in Tel Aviv?

It depends. If you come from a visa exempt country (please check online), then you won't need to apply for a visitor visa beforehand. If you come from a non-exempt country, then you will need to apply for a visitor's visa in advance of your arrival.

How safe is Tel Aviv?

Tel Aviv is described by Lonely Planet as a "remarkably safe city". While there been past incidences of civil unrest, the city is largely immune to these threats. The Government of Israel makes considerable efforts to ensure security, particularly in areas where foreigners frequently travel - every year, hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens visit Israel for study, tourism, and business without incident. Israel’s criminal incident rate per capita is lower than in many major cities in the U.S although reports of petty theft are common, and visitors are advised to avoid leaving valuables unattended in vehicles and public places.

At iXperience, in all of our locations, students are introduced to our health and safety protocols by attending a compulsory orientation session hosted by the iX operations and safety teams in the first week. Additionally, iX staff members are on call 24 hours a day to assist students if necessary. iX also encourages students to take responsibility for their own safety by being vigilant and taking precautions, as they would in any foreign place.

Why can I not earn credit if I attend the program in Tel Aviv?

Due to government restrictions regulations, iXperience cannot offer academic credit for its program in Israel. The structure of the program and course content of the available courses will be similar to those in our other cities, except that your course will have no affiliation with the University of Virginia. In addition, the liberal arts components from the other cities will be excluded.

What is the accommodation like?

Students will be staying at the international award-winning Abraham Hostel. It is located just off Rothschild Avenue and arguably the trendiest and coolest area in Tel Aviv. Abraham’s boasts spacious, dorm-style living (4-6 students per room) with an communal area, kitchen, and one of the coolest rooftop chill-out spots in the city. It is a real gem.

How does rooming work?

iX is all about community, and expanding your social networks is a significant part of what makes our programs so unique. Because of this, iX will handle your rooming placement in gender-specific rooms.

Are meals included?

You will have to cover your own breakfast, lunch and dinner. But don’t stress! There are amazing restaurants and cafes all over the city, many within walking distance. The price of groceries varies, but you can pick up some amazing produce at the local markets, relatively inexpensively.

How does daily transport work?

Tel Aviv has one of the most robust networks of public transport in the world. From renting electric scooters and bicycles to catching the bus or using Gett (a local version of Uber), there is a solution for every preference and budget that will allow you to navigate the city or get to class and your internship.

What is Tel Aviv cuisine like?

Creamy hummus, sensational shawarmas, falafel, salads, and everything in between. The food scene in Tel Aviv is reason enough alone to visit. There are fine dining options, trendy cafes and a bustling street food scene.

How much spending money should I bring for the time I'll be in Tel Aviv?

Cost of living in Israel is comparable to the US. Your only unavoidable expenses are meals, transport, and laundry. You can expect to pay between $10 for breakfast or lunch, and $20-40 for dinner, depending on your choice of dining. You can expect to spend $40+, just like you would in America, for nice dinners out with drinks. If you are unsure of where to get food on a budget, we are more than happy to give you a few recommendations!

We also encourage students to partake in additional excursions and activities, which may increase costs.

What’s the weather like in Tel Aviv during the program?

Tel Aviv has awesome, sunny weather, with a Mediterranean climate that varies between 70-77 degrees from day to day. T-shirts, shorts and cool, loose fitting clothing is essential, as are swimming costumes.

Do I need vaccinations?

No vaccinations are required. However, please check the CDC website here for recommendations.

How good are the medical facilities?

Israel has one of the most technologically advanced and highest-quality healthcare systems in the world. Hospitals in Israel are equipped with modern facilities and high-quality medical technology. Medical personnel are very well-trained and generally speak English. You won’t have trouble should you need medical assistance, but please remember to check in with your travel medical insurance provider before you leave.

Do I need travel medical insurance?

It is compulsory for all students to have arranged travel medical insurance before attending iXperience. Fortunately, your university health insurance will often cover international travel, and independent insurance schemes are quite affordable.

We recommend chatting to your medical service provider about the process of taking out travel medical insurance that guarantees that you will be covered for any emergency while in Israel. Please note that this is a step that you will have to complete on your iXperience student portal.

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A streamlined application process.

Complete your application in an hour.
Early Action 2 application deadline: November 25, 11:59 pm PT.
STEP 1

Build your summer. (5 mins)

Use our application platform to choose the best city, course, and date combination for you. Not sure what combo to pick? Don't worry – you can change your selection after submitting your application. Our Admissions Team is always here to help.
STEP 2

Choose between a written application or phone interview. (30-45 mins)

You can write our short application essays, or choose to schedule a phone interview with one of our admissions consultants, if the option is available. Our advice? Just be yourself!
STEP 3

Confirm your eligibility. (10 mins)

In order to receive your admissions decision, you'll need to confirm that you are in good academic standing with your home institution and that you are approved to study abroad. We'll send you a form to complete with your study abroad advisor to make this easy. We highly recommend meeting with your study abroad office and other advisors about your summer plans.
STEP 4

Get your admissions decision.

You'll hear back in 2-4 weeks. Earlier applications receive quicker decisions and preferential admission. After receiving your decision, you'll have opportunities to ask more questions about the program or even put your parents in touch.
STEP 5

Secure your spot.

As spots at iXperience are limited, we encourage our admitted applicants to secure their spot in the program by paying their deposit.