CuriousU International Summer School

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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.

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.If you have doubts whether you will be able to attend the physical part of the programme, please send us an inquiry via curiousu@utwente.nl.

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:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

Today CuriousU officially starts, welcome!

Keynote
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 04-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast.
Speaker: Peter Joosten (Our Cyborg Future)

Dungeons & Dragons
Time:19:00 - 21:00
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.

Chess tournament
Time:17:30 - 19:00
Day:Wed. 04-08

Checkmate or check your mate?

Meet up
Time:09:00 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 04-08

Researchers proved that there are so- called "social-seekers" among us even in 2021. If you belong to this group, we have great news for you! Join this informal chit-chat where you can not only share your tips on how you survived year 2020 but you can talk about many other topics. Don´t forget your drink!

Meet up
Time:17:00 - 17:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

Researchers proved that there are so- called "social-seekers" among us even in 2021. If you belong to this group, we have great news for you! Join this informal chit-chat where you can not only share your tips on how you survived year 2020 but you can talk about many other topics. Don´t forget your drink!

Taste the Netherlands
Time:08:00 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 06-08

Do you know what is the most popular Dutch dish? Is your answer a cheese? We agree that The Netherlands is not the most famous culinary destination but Dutch cuisine is definitelly not only about cheese. Join this online cooking workshop and impress your friends with your Dutch cooking skills.

Online course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Thu. 05-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Keynote
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Tue. 03-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast.

Speaker: Barry Fitzgerald

Keynote
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 06-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast.

Online course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

UT & you
Time:08:30 - 09:30
Day:Tue. 10-08

Visit our University of Twente facilities and get taste of our high tech - human touch approach.

Popcorn & chill
Time:19:00 - 20:30
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?

Taste the Netherlands
Time:19:00 - 20:30
Day:Fri. 06-08

Do you know what is the most popular Dutch dish? Is your answer a cheese? We agree that The Netherlands is not the most famous culinary destination but Dutch cuisine is definitelly not only about cheese. Join this online cooking workshop and impress your friends with your Dutch cooking skills.

Escape the Room
Time:19:00 - 20:30
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!

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

Researchers proved that there are so- called "social-seekers" among us even in 2021. If you belong to this group, we have great news for you! Join this informal chit-chat where you can not only share your tips on how you survived year 2020 but you can talk about many other topics. Don´t forget your drink!

Online course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 06-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Keynote
Time:21:00 - 21:30
Day:Tue. 03-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast.

Speaker: Barry Fitzgerald

Keynote
Time:21:00 - 21:30
Day:Wed. 04-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast.
Speaker: Peter Joosten (Our Cyborg Future)

Keynote
Time:21:00 - 21:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast.

Keynote
Time:21:00 - 21:30
Day:Fri. 06-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast.

Meet up
Time:17:00 - 17:30
Day:Fri. 06-08

Researchers proved that there are so-called "social-seekers" among us even in 2021. If you belong to this group, we have great news for you! Join this informal chit-chat where you can not only share your tips on how you survived the year 2020 but you can talk about many other topics. Don´t forget your drink!

Keynote
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Thu. 05-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast.

Lab Tours
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 09-08

Would you like to see the future of technology? Visit with us this virtual lab tour which takes you to the near future without ageing. Doesn´t it sound promising?

Keynote
Time:21:00 - 21:30
Day:Tue. 10-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker!

Speaker: David Fernandez Rivas

Keynote
Time:21:00 - 21:30
Day:Mon. 09-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker!

Speaker: Nancy Beers (Serious Play)

Keynote
Time:21:00 - 21:30
Day:Wed. 11-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker!

Inspirational Speaker: E-Sport Team

Meet & Mingle
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

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

Online course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 04-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Online course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tue. 03-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Teams
Time:09:00 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 11-08

You don't have to dream to escape reality, you just need to make your mind flow.


Activity: 

- Meet our student teams (E-sport Team, Solar Team, Electric SuperBike Team)

Trivia
Time:19:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 11-08

Did you that La Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain) is taking longer to build than the pyramids? Whether you are a party animal or you prefer a sloth party, we can ensure you that you will have at this virtual pubquiz"

Keynote
Time:21:00 - 21:30
Day:Thu. 12-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker!

Speaker: Khiet Triong

Workshop
Time:17:30 - 18:30
Day:Thu. 12-08

It's never too late or early to start thinking of your professional development. Join this session if you want to kick-start with acquiring some skills that will come in handy for your future next step!

The Verdict
Time:19:00 - 21:00
Day:Thu. 12-08

Have you always wanted to be part of a jury? Join this virtual crime story and decide the future of the defendant by asking questions. Your decision will not be easy, as there are some uncertainties and ethical dillemas in this case.

Keynote
Time:18:30 - 19:00
Day:Fri. 13-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker!

Speaker: Daniël Poolen

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 07-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Keynote
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 09-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker!

Speaker: Nancy Beers (Serious Play)

Meet up
Time:09:00 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 09-08

Researchers proved that there are so- called "social-seekers" among us even in 2021. If you belong to this group, we have great news for you! Join this informal chit-chat where you can not only share your tips on how you survived year 2020 but you can talk about many other topics. Don´t forget your drink!

Escape the Room
Time:19:00 - 20:30
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!

UT & you
Time:19:00 - 20:00
Day:Tue. 10-08

Visit our University of Twente facilities and get taste of our high tech - human touch approach.

Online course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
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
Online course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
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
Meet up
Time:09:00 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 13-08

Researchers proved that there are so- called "social-seekers" among us even in 2021. If you belong to this group, we have great news for you! Join this informal chit-chat where you can not only share your tips on how you survived year 2020 but you can talk about many other topics. Don´t forget your drink!

Online course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
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
Goodbye!
Time:08:30 - 17:00
Day:Sat. 14-08
Keynote
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 13-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker!

Speaker: Daniël Poolen

Online course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
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 Farewell Ceremony
Time:17:00 - 18:30
Day:Fri. 13-08

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

Keynote
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Tue. 10-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker!

Speaker: David Fernandez Rivas

Online course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
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
Keynote
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Thu. 12-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker!

Speaker: Khiet Triong

Keynote
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 11-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker!

Inspirational Speaker: E-Sport Team

Escape the Room
Time:08:00 - 09:30
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!

Escape the Room
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!

Workshop
Time:17:30 - 18:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

Investing in your personal development is self-caring. Care about yourself and join this two-session personal development course! (2/2)

Meet up
Time:17:00 - 17:30
Day:Tue. 10-08

Researchers proved that there are so- called "social-seekers" among us even in 2021. If you belong to this group, we have great news for you! Join this informal chit-chat where you can not only share your tips on how you survived year 2020 but you can talk about many other topics. Don´t forget your drink!

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

Researchers proved that there are so- called "social-seekers" among us even in 2021. If you belong to this group, we have great news for you! Join this informal chit-chat where you can not only share your tips on how you survived year 2020 but you can talk about many other topics. Don´t forget your drink!

Teams
Time:17:30 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 11-08

You don't have to dream to escape reality, you just need to make your mind flow.


Activity: 

- Meet our student teams (E-sport Team, Solar Team, Electric SuperBike Team)

Meet up
Time:17:00 - 17:30
Day:Wed. 11-08

Researchers proved that there are so- called "social-seekers" among us even in 2021. If you belong to this group, we have great news for you! Join this informal chit-chat where you can not only share your tips on how you survived year 2020 but you can talk about many other topics. Don´t forget your drink!

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.