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General

What is iXperience?

iXperience is a summer career accelerator in Cape Town, Lisbon, Berlin, and Tel Aviv. iX caters to top students from universities around the world to teach practical, in-demand skills in a unique and immersive learning environment.

Our program features an intensive and integrated six-weeks of learning and an internship. The first two weeks of the program is made up of a structured course program where students attend class and learn the foundation theory of our courses alongside valuable practical skills. The remaining four weeks will be an integrated learning and working experience, where students intern at a leading company, while continuing classroom learning with guidance and support on projects from our teaching team. The program also provides you with the opportunities and freedom to experience thrilling and cultural excursions along the way.

iXperience is more than an education – it’s an all-encompassing summer experience. A typical day may feature hiking, surfing, yoga or a myriad of other exciting activities. Plus, you will be immersed in a new culture and a beautiful new city. iXperience is not just a chance to study abroad; it’s the summer of a lifetime.

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 3 most important aspects of career acceleration: intensive learning, hands-on professional experience, and cultural and personal exploration. After just 6 weeks, you'll gain proficiency in a new, in-demand skill, as well as work experience at an influential company with clear, impactful, and measurable deliverables that you can show future employers. On top of this, you'll also gain a new network of over 1000 top students from around the world, and a changed perspective from immersing yourself in one of the most culturally rich and diverse cities on earth.

It is the union of the 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 global companies.

Check out what previous students had to say about the program:

What do I get for my money?

The course fee includes six weeks of tuition, during which time you will be taught by a head instructor and two teaching assistants. iXperience also provides awesome accommodation and weekend excursions. You will have to cover your airfare, food, and any extra excursions or social outings that you plan independently of the program.

Cameron Cross

"It cost a lot of money to come here and it was a tough choice financially—but that's inevitable with a program of this caliber. To do everything that I did, and learn all that I learned... My parents and I agree that this program is an incredible deal."

- Cameron Cross, UVA '16, iX '14

"Considering the accommodation, the quality of the program and, most importantly, the life lessons that I learned, I can confidently say iXperience wasn’t a "cost", but rather an "investment" for my life; I gained invaluable technical skills, work experience, self-confidence, and motivation."

- Yunny Chung, Brown '17, iX '14

What are the program dates?

Session dates

Our programs run for 6 weeks, across 2 sessions.

Session 1:
May 27 - July 5, 2019
Session 2:
July 8 - August 16, 2019

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. This however, doesn’t necessarily mean that you currently have to be enrolled in university or college.

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

How can I contact iX alumni to ask more questions?

We have an extensive network of over 1000 alumni worldwide. To find an alum on your campus, visit our alumni page. You can also reach out to us using the chat bubble at the bottom right if you'd like us to make an introduction!

Click here to find iX alumni at your school

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

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

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 young people is what drives you towards achieving your personal goals long after you've left, and gives you a great foundation of contacts to build your career on.

The Application Process

How do I know what course to choose?

You’re not alone. Many of our students have a hard time choosing between their passions and interests, vs something they’re already exposed to or studying. We'd recommend thinking about it this way: what would you not have the opportunity to learn at university otherwise? If you had six weeks to fully dedicate yourself to something, what would that be? This advice is directly from our Director of Education, so you are in very capable hands.

We have career coaches at hand, ready to set up a call with you, guide you through the process, and answer your questions. Reach out using the chat bubble in the bottom right corner of your screen.

How do I apply to iXperience?

You can start your application by clicking the "Apply" button at the top of your screen. 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.

Should I apply earlier rather than later?

In a nutshell, an early application means you receive your admissions decision earlier, and have a better chance at being accepted to your first course and/or city choice.

We recommend applying earlier rather than later as admissions are more competitive in later admissions cycles due to increasingly limited placement in the program.

What is the deadline to apply?

We have a number of admissions deadlines throughout the year.

We accept a limited number of students and assess applicants periodically at each deadline date until all the program spots are full.

Our next admissions deadline is November 01, 2018 .

Is there an application fee?

Nope! It's completely free to apply.

Are there any hidden clauses to submitting an iXperience application?

Nope! It’s free to apply to iXperience, and applications are non-binding. However, spots fill up fast, so we encourage you to complete your application as soon as you can, even if you aren’t 100% sure of your summer plans yet.

What kind of questions are in the application?

The point of the written application is to help us understand who you are. The questions we ask have been carefully crafted to easily bring across to us who you as a person. Aside from the basic profile and academic information that you'll quickly fill out in the beginning, you'll also answer a few short essay questions that will give us insight into your character. Once you have completed your written application, depending on which admissions cycle you've applied in, you’ll receive a decision 1 to 3 weeks after the submission date.

How important is my GPA if I want to get into this program?

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. Acceptance is largely based on who you are, not on how you do in tests and exams.

Is there a GPA cut-off?

No. We consider and screen every application on multiple criteria and have no minimum GPA.

What does the program cost?

Tuition
Cape Town:
$8900
Lisbon, Berlin, Tel Aviv:
$9900

Your tuition includes:

  • An immersive, hands-on course
  • Intensive and international internship
  • Housing
  • Weekend excursions
  • Airport pickup and dropoff
  • Résumé and career support

We're committed to making iX as accessible as possible to everyone, and offer up to 30% in need-based financial aid. Learn more on our tuition and aid page.

How do I secure my spot?

If you're 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, 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 .

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

Travel, health, and daily life

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 and our health and safety officers 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 a typical day’s schedule?

During the first 2 weeks of the program, students have class from Monday to Friday. Class is for approximately three to four hours each day and because the program is meant to be intense, students are assigned 3-5 hours of homework. Outside of class (when done with homework of course!) students are encouraged to explore as much as possible, whether that's with sunrise oceanside runs, exploring the cobblestone streets, or taking the metro (or Uber) to nearby neighborhoods.

Following the first two weeks of classroom learning, students will enter the four weeks internship/learning phase. Most days will be spent at the internship companies, where students will work on their projects. Students will also be spending time back in the classroom, receiving support from their teaching team to help ensure that they’re able to deliver the best results and build on their growing body of skills and knowledge.

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 much spending money should I bring for the six weeks 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 during their 2-month stay. Remember, accommodation and all iXperience excursions are included in your tuition. This amount is also dependant on how many 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 Fahrenheight, 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 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 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 Portugal. Please note that this is a step that you will have to complete on your iXperience student portal.

Do I need a visa to come to Portugal?

US Citizens will only require a visa for Portugal for iXperience if they plan on staying for longer than 90 days. If you're a US or UK national, you can stay in Portugal for up to 90 days without a visa.

Any UK citizen who holds either a full UK passport or a BOTC, BOC, BPP or BS passport can also travel to Portugal and visa-free. However, many non-EU nationals who reside in the UK are still required to get a Schengen visa to travel to Portugal.

If you hold a passport that is not a UK or US passport, please check the requirements here).

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 and our health and safety officers 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 the iX campus 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.

What is a typical day’s schedule?

During the first 2 weeks of the program, students have class from Monday to Friday. Class is for approximately three to four hours daily and because the program is meant to be intense, students are assigned 3-5 hours of homework. Outside of class (when done with homework of course!) students are encouraged to explore as much as possible, whether that's hiking Table Mountain, visiting a wine farm or even going on a weekend safari.

Following the first two weeks of classroom learning, students will enter the four weeks internship/learning phase. Most days will be spent at the internship companies, where students will work on their projects. Students will also be spending time back in the classroom, receiving support from their teaching team to help ensure that they’re able to deliver the best results and build on their growing body of skills and knowledge.

To explore the typical daily life of an iX student, check out this “Day in the Life” video, which was made by talented iX alumna Sabra Meretab:

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.

Some apartments have self service kitchens and washing facilities while others might have beautiful sea or mountain views. Rooming is done on a first come, first serve basis and applying and paying your deposit earlier means you get to pick your room first!

Are meals included?

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

Do I need to use public transportation?

Getting to campus
Transport to and from the iX campus 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. Some might be within walking distance while others require transport. Once your internship is finalized we’ll help you work out the transport logistics. Transport expenses to and from your internship are covered.

Everywhere else
Uber is 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 go all over the city whenever you'd like.

Myciti bus
Uber in hand

Is there a gym I can use?

There are gyms within walking distance of the iX Campus, most with monthly membership plans. They are fully equipped with treadmills, weight machines, yoga studios, aerobics classes, and more.

How much spending money should I bring for the six weeks 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. We'd recommend bringing 1 or 2 jackets, long pants, and hoodies just to be safe :)

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 be highly exaggerated when taking into account that you'll be staying in Cape Town, one of the most modern, developed cities in the country.

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, the shots 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 arranged travel medical insurance before arriving in Cape Town. Unfortunately no local medical aid providers will cover foreigners or tourists for a period of time shorter than 3 months. It is therefore in your best interest to purchase medical travel cover from your own medical scheme. Generally, this cover costs around $50 and will cover you for the entire trip.

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 SA. Please note that this is a step that you will have to complete on your iXperience student portal.

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. If students are lucky, they may find their way to a home-cooked meal!

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 and our health and safety officers 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 a typical day’s schedule?

During the first 2 weeks of the program, students have class from Monday to Friday. Class is for approximately three to four hours each day and because the program is meant to be intense, students are assigned 3-5 hours of homework. Outside of class (when done with homework of course!) students are encouraged to explore as much as possible, whether that's with sunrise oceanside runs, exploring the cobblestone streets, or taking the metro (or Uber) to nearby neighborhoods.

Following the first two weeks of classroom learning, students will enter the four weeks internship/learning phase. Most days will be spent at the internship companies, where students will work on their projects. Students will also be spending time back in the classroom, receiving support from their teaching team to help ensure that they’re able to deliver the best results and build on their growing body of skills and knowledge.

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 much spending money should I bring for the six weeks 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, but Berlin summer is quite mild, with highs in the mid 70s. At night, it can get a bit chilly, so bring some warmer gear. The summer is also the rainy season, so some rain gear is highly recommended.

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 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 Germany. Please note that this is a step that you will have to complete on your iXperience student portal.

Do I need a visa to come to Germany?

U.S. and UK citizens traveling to Germany for stays of up to 90 days from their date of arrival do not need a visa, but like all visitors, you must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date you are departing the country.

If you hold a passport that is not a UK or US passport, please check the requirements here).

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. As with most large cities, pickpocketing can be problematic.

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 and our health and safety officers 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 a typical day’s schedule?

During the first 2 weeks of the program, students have class from Monday to Friday. Class is for approximately three to four hours each day and because the program is meant to be intense, students are assigned 3-5 hours of homework. Outside of class (when done with homework of course!) students are encouraged to explore as much as possible, whether that's with sunrise oceanside runs, exploring the cobblestone streets, or taking the metro (or Uber) to nearby neighborhoods.

Following the first two weeks of classroom learning, students will enter the four weeks internship/learning phase. Most days will be spent at the internship companies, where students will work on their projects. Students will also be spending time back in the classroom, receiving support from their teaching team to help ensure that they’re able to deliver the best results and build on their growing body of skills and knowledge.

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.

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 six weeks 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.

Do I need a visa to come to Israel?

U.S. and UK citizens traveling to Israel for stays of up to 90 days from their date of arrival do not need a visa, but like all visitors, you must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date you are departing the country.

Any UK citizen who holds either a full UK passport or a BOTC, BOC, BPP or BS passport can also travel to Portugal and visa-free. However, many non-EU nationals who reside in the UK are still required to get a Schengen visa to travel to Israel.

If you are not from the U.S. or UK, please check to see if citizens from your place of birth require a visa here).

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.

To get an idea of the types of teachers you will have, watch the video below and then read some of the blog posts that follow.


The teachers who deliver the courses 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.

Check out this blog post written for Salman Ansari by his '14 coding class.

You can also check out our 2018 Teacher Spotlight interviews here.

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 résumés, 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. The iX course is 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?

A typical weekday features one 3-hour class, followed by a series of projects and exercises that take 3-5 hours to complete. During the week, we'll push you to the limit (but don't worry, you'll be able to relax).

iXperience's courses are intense, but we strive to ensure students have ample time to explore the city and culture around them. Our teaching staff adapts to each class and ensures your work load is always immersive enough to be interesting while still being manageable.

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 is 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?

You don't need any prior experience to take our courses. 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! It's merely there to level the playing field and to ensure insure that everyone 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 my internship?

During your four-week internship/learning 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 internship deliverables, two days a week will be spent in the classroom learning new concepts and reviewing progress against internship 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 the respective partner firms in 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 to grow.

Here's what the internships are like:

Do I have to complete an iX course in order to do an internship?

Our 6-week blended learning program is designed in such a way that the course and internship are entirely integrated throughout the 6 weeks. It is not possible to attend an internship without first having the skills taught in the classroom.

How do I get placed into an internship?

Before the start of the program, our internship manager and the teaching team will work closely with our partner companies to structure internship projects that are beneficial to both the students and company. These projects are structured according to the course curriculum and student outcomes.

Students are placed with a company by their teaching staff, who will take into consideration each student’s studies, past experience, interests, career goals, project preferences, and skillset, as demonstrated throughout the course. Your performance in class and commitment to learning will have a direct impact on your internship placement.

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

What companies does iXperience work with for the internship?

We've partnered with dozens of companies, ranging from local startups, medium sized enterprises, international firms and NGOs.

Internship partners vary from year to year, course to course, and from city to city. Students are introduced to their options upon arrival.

How will I get to work each day?

In some of our cities, students are expected to use the great public transport system to get to their companies, while in others, they’ll make use of Uber.

Is the internship paid?

The internships are unpaid, but are designed to add immense value to your learning experience and resume. Companies we've worked with in the past include Accenture, Barclays Aliens, Soundcloud, and Travelstart to name a few.

Our interns also have an unusually high level of involvement. You're not going to be a glorified photocopier/admin assistant, as tends to be the case with traditional internships. Interns 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.

At the end of the day, iXperience is an investment in your future, above all else. It's not just about the work experience you get during your internship. 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 companies like Bain, Facebook, Apple, Morgan Stanley, Google, etc.

What if I don’t like my internship?

As your internship experience is a learning/interning blend, there will be constant communication channels available to all students. Mentors, teaching staff, the iX team and internship managers 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 company partners.

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 internships in the middle?

Due to the time limitation (4-weeks) of the internship program, and because our partner companies structure projects accordingly, students are unable to switch internships halfway through.

Will I be supported during the internship program?

Absolutely. This is what makes interning at iXperience totally unique. For two days of each week, you’ll spend time back in the classroom with your teaching team, ensuring that you’re able to meet your internship deliverables and building on the skills you’ve acquired.

What are my working hours during the internship?

Your working hours are dependent on your internship company and their operating principles. Some companies expect interns 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?

Starting a new job or internship is a challenge in itself. The first couple of days are always hard when trying to find your feet in a “new” environment.

Some of the challenges past students have faced in the internship 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 internship manager, and figuring out the best way to distribute the workload over such a short internship period.

Remember, challenges 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 professional development team are devoted to supporting you through any challenges you may encounter during the internship to ensure you have the support needed to overcome your challenges.

Will the internship vary from company to company?

Yes, Internship 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 learnt, 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, skillset and career goals.

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

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

Excursions

What are some of the iXperience activities I can look forward to?

The iXperience Discover program is designed with 3 principles in mind: Lifestyle, Culture, and Social Consciousness.

  • The Lifestyle component is about maintaining balance between focus in the classroom and inspiration from natural wonders, delicious food, and an impressive music scene.

  • The Culture component challenges you to more deeply understand the complexities of human connection, and establish a unified identity and sense of purpose. We'll explore the diverse cultures of the city and country through art, museums, and community activities.

  • The Social Consciousness component is designed to expand your views about the world and challenge your personal assumptions about people and places, in the hope that you'll be able to thrive in any context, anywhere in the world.

Do I have to go on the excursions?

None of the planned excursions are mandatory however, they are included in the program fee. The weekends are yours, and while we have trips and events planned for you, you are free to do whatever you like.

What cultural events will I be doing?

We have designed a unique 6 week cultural development program through which we'll take you to explore some local restaurants and museums influencing our communities.

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 first step of your 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.

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 (i.e., 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?

No, additional scholarships will not affect the award given to you by iXperience.

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 department for possible financial aid assistance. You can send us a mail at hello@ixperience.co.za or chat with us using the speech bubble below.

How will my financial aid be disbursed?

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

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

Yes! Every year we welcome students from all around the world. We also offer local tuition for South African students attending the program in Cape Town. If you prefer a study abroad program that isn't around the corner from where you live, check out our Berlin, Tel Aviv, and Lisbon campusses.

Do you offer full scholarships?

Unfortunately, we do not offer full scholarships. Our current 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, you might also be able to receive funding from your university. Although we are an external programme, some of our past students have managed to secure some form of subsidisation simply by approaching their faculty head, study abroad office, or career advisor. We suggest you take the plunge and find out if it would be feasible; we'll provide you with all the documentation you'll need for this.

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. We'd suggest you take the plunge and find out if it would be feasible; we'll provide you with all the documentation you'll need for this. We've had a few students who, through their own efforts, managed to secure complete funding for the program!

After iX

What can I put on my résumé after completing iXperience?

By the end of your summer at iXperience, you will have gained valuable, in-demand skills perfectly suited to significantly enhance any résumé. 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.

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 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 work experience at a South African company with clear, impactful and measurable deliverables that you can show future employers. You'll have integrated yourself into a growing, international network of 1000+ talented students. And, you'll have enhanced your perspective of the world from immersing yourself into one of the most culturally rich and diverse cities on Earth.

Make yourself stand out. Apply now.

Will iXperience support me after the program?

You will have access to the entire alumni network, who we encourage to support each other and stay in touch.

The iXperience staff is committed to helping you succeed. We will be happy to give your career advice and résumé tips as you look to find the perfect job.

I dove off the deep end into the new world I've been wanting to enter forever.

Vikram Rajagopalan, iX 2014

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