CuriousU International Summer School

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN INSPIRING WAY TO SPEND YOUR SUMMER?

In 2021 we offer a fully online summer school! Check out our summer courses and get inspired by the unique opportunity to expand your knowledge online from the comfort of your home. You wouldn’t want to miss it on 2-15 August, 2021.

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Summer school format & Covid-19

Instead of offering our summer school in a blended format, both online and on campus, our programme will be hosted completely online from 2 - 15 August, 2021. We are shifting our programme in such a way to still make it valuable and exciting for you. Classes, workshops, project group work, social activities and so on will all be hosted online on our own online (educational) platform. 

Additionally, we try to offer you the most flexible cancellation policy, more information regarding this can be found here.

The CuriousU summer school

The CuriousU experience is an one-of-a-kind combination of a European summer school programme with international taste in combination with a festival theme offered by the leading entrepreneurial University of Twente. Our summer school package includes: academic courses, an online learning platform, social programme, workshops and inspirational speakers. We’ve got it all. The last edition of CuriousU was a huge success with participants from more than 50 countries! Check out CuriousU summer school and get inspired.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
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Where and when will it take place?

CuriousU will take place between 2-15 August, 2021, online from your home.

Registration fees

We offer you a complete package including online course participation, social programme and so on. Read more about our courses and the participation registration fee & conditions

Undecisive?

Sign-up for our newsletter and receive approximately 1 mail per month. We will tell you more about CuriousU, our summer courses and fun activities. We will definitley do our best to convince you :) 

Registration deadline

Registration is open until 26th of July 2021. Make sure to register as soon as possible because our courses are filling up quickly! You can also sign up for our newsletter.

Admission requirements

CuriousU is a summer school for international students, with a focus on Bachelor’s students in their second to last or last year, and entry level Master’s students, but is also open for anyone with broad interests and an inquisitive mind. So we do not have specific (C)GPA requirements. If you doubt whether you will be admitted, you can use our question-based admission tool prior to your registration.

INSTRUCTION LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

Due to the international character of CuriousU the courses and keynotes are all in English. Therefore, CuriousU is a great opportunity to practice your English language skills!

We expect you to have a good command of the English language but these language requirements are your own responsibility and will enable you to follow the courses' lectures. Don't worry about communicating with the Dutch, by the way: 90% of the Dutch population understands and speaks English!

Summer programme 2021

Our schedule gives you a good impression of how CuriousU is organized. Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the first session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the programme you choose. You’ll then join fellow students for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. After lunch you’ll dive back into your course. The evenings are devoted to having plenty of fun, socializing and expanding your horizon.

NOTE: The CuriousU schedule is based on the CEST timezone. Please note that course activities, lectures and project work will be spread out through the 2 weeks. The contact hours per day are estimated to not exceed 3-4 max. a day, so you can combine your CuriousU course with a restful day!

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CuriousU 2021 schedule

Day
Opening CuriousU
Time:09:00 - 10:30
Day:Mon. 02-08

Today CuriousU officially starts, welcome!

Dungeons & Dragons
Time:16:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 04-08

Join this virtual role-play game in our CuriousU version of Dungeons & Dragons and decide the future of those two characters.


Only a limited number of spots available!

Meet up
Time:17:00 - 17:30
Day:Wed. 04-08

Come and meet new Curious people, hear their stories, get inspired and start creating your CuriousU memories!

Today's topic: Social Life

Goodbye!
Time:09:00 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 14-08
Meet up
Time:16:00 - 16:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

Come and meet new Curious people, hear their stories, get inspired and start creating your CuriousU memories!

Today's topic: Around the world

CuriousU.LIVE: David Fernandez Rivas
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Tue. 10-08

Get inspired by one of our keynote speakers from our beautiful CuriousU studio.

Today's Speaker: David Fernandez Rivas

Lab Tour: Chemical Science Engineering

Host: University Innovation Fellows

Workshop: Designing a social interface
Time:15:00 - 16:00
Day:Fri. 06-08

Designing a social interface: the first step for making your own social robot

If you ever think about the future, there is a big chance that you imagined robots serving and helping people, living side by side. That actually is not a future too far away. Join this workshop if you want to see it happen: [you make] your laptop into a "social robot."

Together we shall attempt to make a social interface that runs speech, sight, and AI right from the comfort of your own home.  It's easier done than said!

This workshop is intended for people of any level and there is no prior skill or knowledge required.

Workshop: Lean Continuous Improvement
Time:14:00 - 16:00
Day:Thu. 12-08

Only a limited number of spots available!


Workshop: Lean Continuous Improvement

 

Description:

At this workshop, you will get acquainted with the philosophy of lean and have a first experience of how this thinking can be used to achieve sustainable improvements. 


To prepare for this workshop we ask you to go the the GoodHabitz online learning environment, select the course lean, and go through the magazines of all modules. This will take about 90 minutes in total. Of course, you can always take an additional look at the other parts of the modules like the story boards. In our workshop we will discuss customer value and waste, and, as you are the customers of our event, we will use your experience with CuriousU as a real life case.

 

To login to the GoodHabitz Platform:

  1. Go to: My.goodhabitz.com/UTwente  à select University of Twente*
  2. Use your username/password to login à Your personal course environment will come up (By clicking your name on the right side of the page, you can change to your preferred language)
  3. At the field: “Find a course” enter the course name Lean à A Lean and Agile Scrum course will come up
  4. Select the course Lean and start your journey

 

*External participants will get access to the Good Habitz platform a few days before CuriousU starts.

Yoga
Time:08:30 - 09:00
Day:Tue. 03-08

Theme: Confidence Boost Yoga


Relax your body and mind with our yoga coach Laura. You don't need to be good at sports, what matters is that you are good to yourself.

Meet up
Time:14:00 - 14:30
Day:Tue. 03-08

Come and meet new Curious people, hear their stories, get inspired and start creating your CuriousU memories!

Today's topic: Traditions

Online course
Time:09:00 - 13:00
Day:Wed. 04-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Online course
Time:09:00 - 13:00
Day:Thu. 05-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Online course
Time:09:00 - 13:00
Day:Fri. 06-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Yoga
Time:08:30 - 09:00
Day:Fri. 06-08

Theme: Chill Out Yoga


Relax your body and mind with our yoga coach Laura. You don't need to be good at sports, what matters is that you are good to yourself.

Online course
Time:09:00 - 13:00
Day:Tue. 10-08

Is your Curious mind still eager to learn? Enjoy a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on your course.

More information
Chess Tournament
Time:14:00 - 15:30
Day:Wed. 04-08

CuriousU's Gambit: Are you prepared to duel your fellow competitors? Who will survive to the end and emerge as the great chess winner?


Only a limited number of spots available!

Dungeons & Dragons
Time:17:30 - 18:30
Day:Wed. 04-08

Join this virtual role-play game in our CuriousU version of Dungeons & Dragons and decide the future of those two characters.


Only a limited number of spots available!

Meditation
Time:14:00 - 14:30
Day:Mon. 09-08

Relax your body and mind with Laura.

Meditation
Time:08:30 - 09:00
Day:Tue. 10-08

Relax your body and mind with Laura.

The Verdict
Time:15:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 11-08

The Verdict is an interactive online jury experience that puts participants in the position of being the member of a jury. You will be asked to evaluate evidence, and you will get the opportunity to question the defendant. Once your questions have been answered you will have to discuss your thoughts with your fellow jurors. Like in a real jury you will have to make difficult decisions about the uncertainties and the ethics of the case


Join the jury, evaluate the evidence, watch the witness interviews, question the defendant and discuss your judgement with your fellow jury members.


Only a limited number of spots available!

Pub Quiz
Time:16:00 - 17:00
Day:Tue. 10-08

Did you that La Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain) is taking longer to build than the pyramids?


Compare your knowledge with other CuriousU participants during this Pub Quiz!

Meditation
Time:08:30 - 09:00
Day:Thu. 12-08

Relax your body and mind with Laura.

Online course
Time:09:00 - 13:00
Day:Thu. 12-08

Is your Curious mind still eager to learn? Enjoy a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on your course.

More information
CuriousU.LIVE: Edwin Dertien
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 06-08

Get inspired by one of our keynote speakers from our beautiful CuriousU studio.

Today's Speaker: Edwin Dertien

Lab Tour: Goescience

Host: Miriam Iliohan & University Innovation Fellow

More information
Online course
Time:10:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Taste the Netherlands
Time:14:00 - 15:00
Day:Fri. 06-08

Do you know what is the most popular Dutch dish? Is your answer pannekoeken? We agree that The Netherlands is not the most famous culinary destination but Dutch cuisine is definitely not only about cheese ;-)


Join this online cooking workshop and impress your friends with typical Dutch Pannenkoeken. While eating your delicious pannekoeken, you can share what is the most traditional food in your country. Who knows, we may try to cook it another day. 


What do you need:

- plain flour,

- eggs,

- milk,

- oil/butter,

- salt,

- and whatever you like as a topping (e.g., fruit, ham, cheese).

Movie Night
Time:16:30 - 18:00
Day:Thu. 05-08

Some prefer mystery, some prefer comedy and some of us dream to date Ryan Gossling (am I the only one?) or Scarlett Johansson. But what we all agree on is that a good movie needs POPCORN. What movie would you like to watch?

CuriousU.LIVE: Rebecca Saive
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Thu. 05-08

Get inspired by one of our keynote speakers from our beautiful CuriousU studio.

Today's Speaker: Rebecca Saive

Lab Tour: Sustainable Energy Technology

Host: Miriam Iliohan & University Innovation Fellow

More information
Meet & Mingle
Time:14:00 - 15:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

Come and meet new Curious people, hear their stories, get inspired and start creating your CuriousU memories!

Online course
Time:09:00 - 13:00
Day:Tue. 03-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Escape Room: Catacombs
Time:17:00 - 18:30
Day:Tue. 03-08

Are you a Curious person? Do you like mystery, discovering clues and solving puzzles and riddles? We urgently need your help solving this mystery!

"Catacombs: Amsterdam's world famous horror sensation! Escape room meets immersive theatre. Help guide your contact around in this live-cam online escape room. Together you can explore the Amsterdam undergrounds and find out the horrors that hide beneath the Posthoorn Church. This is a 90 minutes Live Horror experience."


Only a limited number of spots available!

Online course
Time:09:00 - 13:00
Day:Fri. 13-08

Is your Curious mind still eager to learn? Enjoy a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on your course.

More information
Online course
Time:09:00 - 13:00
Day:Mon. 09-08

Is your Curious mind still eager to learn? Enjoy a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on your course.

More information
Yoga
Time:16:00 - 16:30
Day:Mon. 02-08

Theme: Confidence Boost Yoga


Relax your body and mind with our yoga coach Laura. You don't need to be good at sports, what matters is that you are good to yourself.

Yoga
Time:14:00 - 14:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

Theme: Chill Out Yoga


Relax your body and mind with our yoga coach Laura. You don't need to be good at sports, what matters is that you are good to yourself.

Free day
Time:09:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 08-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

CuriousU.LIVE: Nancy Beers
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 09-08

Get inspired by one of our keynote speakers from our beautiful CuriousU studio.

Today's Speaker: Nancy Beers

Lab Tour: Industrial Desing Engineering

Host: University Innovation Fellows

More information
Meet up
Time:14:30 - 15:00
Day:Mon. 09-08

Come and meet new Curious people, hear their stories, get inspired and start creating your CuriousU memories!

Today's topic: Sustainability

Online Farewell Ceremony
Time:13:30 - 15:30
Day:Fri. 13-08

This is it! Today we close off CuriousU 2021 summer school, you receive your certificate and say good bye to your new international friends.

But before that get inspired by one of our keynote speakers Daniël Poolen.

More information
Free day
Time:09:00 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 07-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

CuriousU.LIVE: Barry Fitzgerald
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Tue. 03-08

Get inspired by one of our keynote speakers from our beautiful CuriousU studio.


Today's Speaker: Barry Fitzgerald

Lab Tour: Creative Technology 

Host: Miriam Iliohan & University Innovation Fellow

CuriousU.LIVE: Khiet Truong
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Thu. 12-08

Get inspired by one of our keynote speakers from our beautiful CuriousU studio.

Today's Speaker: Khiet Truong

Lab Tour: Civil Engineering

Host: University Innovation Fellows

CuriousU.LIVE: Student Teams
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 11-08

Get inspired by the most famous student teams from The University of Twente student and their futuristic work.

Today's Speaker: Student Teams Twente

Host: University Innovation Fellows


Student Teams Twente:

Solar Team Twente

Electric SuperBike Team

ESportsTeam


The University of Twente has dozens of student initiatives. Students can get involved in organising symposiums, tournaments or exchange trips and they can even start their own company. Our multidisciplinary student teams are excellent examples of extracurricular activities that successfully combine a university education and research. They broaden our students’ horizons in exciting ways; for example by designing and building sustainable vehicles and competing against teams from other universities around the globe. 


Online course
Time:09:00 - 13:00
Day:Wed. 11-08

Is your Curious mind still eager to learn? Enjoy a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on your course.

More information
Escape Room: Eliza's heart
Time:15:00 - 16:30
Day:Mon. 09-08

Are you a Curious person? Do you like mystery, discovering clues and solving puzzles and riddles? We urgently need your help solving this mystery!

"Eliza's heart: Investigate the mysterious disappearance of one of Amsterdam's most legendary adventurers!"


Only a limited number of spots available!

Escape Room: Catacombs
Time:15:00 - 16:30
Day:Tue. 03-08

Are you a Curious person? Do you like mystery, discovering clues and solving puzzles and riddles? We urgently need your help solving this mystery!

"Catacombs: Amsterdam's world famous horror sensation! Escape room meets immersive theatre. Help guide your contact around in this live-cam online escape room. Together you can explore the Amsterdam undergrounds and find out the horrors that hide beneath the Posthoorn Church. This is a 90 minutes Live Horror experience."


Only a limited number of spots available!

Workshop: Your Sustainability Journey
Time:14:30 - 15:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

You may know the feeling: you want to live a sustainable life, but it is difficult to know what actions you can take to realize this.


In this one hour workshop you are introduced to different sustainable activities you could take in your daily life through a card game. Examples of cards include: buy more fresh food, get an energy audit, and join a climate organization. You divide these actions into three piles: things you already do, things you can’t or won’t do, and things you could do. At the end you are encouraged to choose one of the actions on you ‘could do’ pile to actually do. The back of the cards shows the approximated reduced carbon emissions when people do a sustainable activity.

Meet up
Time:14:00 - 14:30
Day:Tue. 10-08

Come and meet new Curious people, hear their stories, get inspired and start creating your CuriousU memories!

Today's topic: Money or happiness?

Meet up
Time:16:30 - 17:00
Day:Thu. 12-08

Come and meet new Curious people, hear their stories, get inspired and start creating your CuriousU memories!

Today's topic: Social dilemma

Meet up
Time:14:30 - 15:00
Day:Wed. 11-08

Come and meet new Curious people, hear their stories, get inspired and start creating your CuriousU memories!

Today's topic: Global citizen

Workshop: How to write a CV & motivational letter
Time:14:30 - 15:30
Day:Tue. 10-08

In this presentation, we will give you tips and advice on writing a CV and motivational letter.

How do recruiters work and how can you make your CV stand out? What are the do’s and don’ts for writing a motivational letter?

You can bring your own CV and motivational letter to make changes and annotations. We will provide the opportunity to share your CV or letter for feedback during and/or after the presentation.

This workshop is organised by the University of Twente Career Services.

Workshop: designing a social interface
Time:15:00 - 16:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

Designing a social interface: the first step for making your own social robot!

If you ever think about the future, there is a big chance that you imagined robots serving and helping people, living side by side. That actually is not a future too far away. Join this workshop if you want to see it happen: [you make] your laptop into a "social robot."
Together we shall attempt to make a social interface that runs speech, sight, and AI right from the comfort of your own home.  It's easier done than said! 

This workshop is intended for people of any level and there is no prior skill or knowledge required.

CuriousU.LIVE: Peter Joosten
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 04-08

Get inspired by one of our keynote speakers from our beautiful CuriousU studio.

Today's Speaker: Peter Joosten

Lab Tour: Mechanical Engineering

Host: Miriam Iliohan & University Innovation Fellow

Aftermovie

Please keep in mind this aftermovie was filmed pre Covid-19 and therefore is not a accurate reflection of the programme for 2021.

STILL NOT CONVINCED?

We offer you a complete package for the course, the festival programme, food and accommodation! Read more about the accommodation options, our courses and the participation fee.

How to get to the University

Find here more information.

Tailor made programmes

The University of Twente is a major player in Europe and offers tailor made programmes that introduce your students and staff to the multidisciplinary and project- based learning method of the University of Twente. In our education we fuse technology, science and engineering with social sciences to foster out of the box problem solving and (self-) discovery.

Tell your friends about CuriousU

Do you have any friends interested in experiencing a festival like summer school? Then, feel free to use this form to let your friends know about CuriousU! We will send them an email with some info about CuriousU. We will mention your name in the email. Only one email will be sent; we won't send your friends additional emails.