CuriousU International summer school (Europe)

Are you looking for an inspiring way to spend your summer 2020 in Europe, the Netherlands?

Check out our summer courses and get inspired by the wonderful University campus in combination with the best festival style summer university programme in Holland! You wouldn’t want to miss it on 8-17 August, 2021. This is definitely the only and best festival style summer school in Europe! 

What is 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 at the leading entrepreneurial University of Twente. Our summer school package includes: academic courses, music, sports, social programme, inspirational speakers and accommodation at the campus of the University of Twente. 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 takes place at the University of Twente campus (Enschede, The Netherlands) between 8-17 August, 2021.

What does it Cost?

We offer you a complete package including course participation, the festival programme, food and accommodation on UT campus located in the heart of Europe! Read more about the accommodation options, our courses and the participation registration fee & conditions

Undecided?

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Registration deadline

Registration is open until 5th of August 2021. Make sure to register as soon as possible because our courses seats and housing options are filling up quickly! You can also sign up for our newsletter.

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Summer courses

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  • Design the Future

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    New advances in technology are shaping the ways we act as societies, raising new needs and problems. Designers need to think about the future and use technology to respond to these challenges.
  • EntrepreneurialU

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    The challenges modern society is facing requires people to seize opportunities, innovate, initiate and co-create impactful solutions. Learn the skills you need to become an entrepreneur of tomorrow.
  • English for Academic Purposes

    certificate10 days125 Hours100% English
    The use of English is becoming increasingly widespread in the academic world, so it is essential to understand academic English well. This course will help you achieve that goal!
  • Evaluating Future Health Technologies

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    New medical technologies keep emerging. To make informed decisions on the development of these technologies, early assessments are needed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of new devices or drugs.
  • Exploring the Dutch identity: Education, History, Culture and Art

    certificate10 days125 Hours100% English
    This course will offer you a taste of the country, education, culture and history and help you get a full picture of how your student life may look like if you decide to study in The Netherlands.
  • Finance Bootcamp for Smart Businesses

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    In a changing world, knowledge of financial management makes a difference as it contributes to smartly managing investments & financing decisions, earning profit and realising business goals.
  • Gis & Earth Observation

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    This course will walk you through the fundamental aspects of land spatial modelling and combine aspects of Geographic information systems and remote observation simultaneously.
  • Health and Happiness

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    Learn about different applications and methods of how to improve happiness and well-being and also develop you own interventions, through interactive methods and challenge based learning.
  • Industry 4.0 Disruptive technologies

    certificate2 ECTS100% English
    The progress in technology is continuously creating big waves of change that ten years ago many people couldn’t even imagine.
  • Leaders of Innovation and Impact

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    Become a change agent and leader of innovation and impact by developing the essential skills to host workshops with peers and share knowledge within an interactive educational setting.
  • Mix & Match

    certificate10 days125 Hours100% English
    Can’t choose only one from all the awesome courses we offer? Then you don’t have to choose just one, you can mix and match!
  • Personalised eHealth Technology

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    The use of Information and Communication Technologies in healthcare (eHealth) is a promising strategy to improve healthcare worldwide and create sustainable and innovative solutions for chronic.
  • Robot Interaction Design Experience

    none10 days2 ECTS100% English
    Explore robotics design, ideation methods, brainstorming and low-fi prototyping, scenario based design, mid-fi prototyping, playtesting and high-fi prototyping using (social) robot hardware.
  • Smart Cities

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    Study Smart Cities through the lens of sustainable energy, climate change and discover smart ways to deal with the challenges caused by the growing needs of our world and society.
  • Technology & Society

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    This course will help you understand, evaluate and get a clear view on the options and limitations of the conscious shaping of technology in a socially and ethically responsible way.
  • The role of citizens in the energy transition

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    The way that the energy transition takes place is important for us citizens because it shapes our future in many ways. This future is about secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy.
  • Thru Climate

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    Worldwide, climate has become an everyday news item. If it were from wildfires in australia, heat-waves across europe, flooding in dubai to famine in southern africa.
  • Water

    certificate10 days2 ECTS100% English
    With growing population, climate change and new contaminants, water challenges are omnipresent. This course discusses and compares technologies that provide potential solutions to these problems.

WHERE AND WHEN WILL IT TAKE PLACE?

CuriousU takes place at the University of Twente campus (Enschede, The Netherlands) every summer between 8-17 August, 2021.

A summer university festival?

Yes indeed! CuriousU offers a unique festival-style summer school experience in Europe, the Netherlands. Besides our academic courses, there will also be inspirational speakers, entertainment and social activities for all the participants. There will for example be a band night, a beach volleyball tournament and a movie night. This all takes place at the lively University of Twente campus

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.

Admission & language 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!

Festival schedule 2021 (to be updated)

Our festival 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 over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning 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 the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. After lunch you’ll dive back into your course. The evenings are devoted to the festival with plenty of fun and socializing.

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CuriousU 2019 schedule

Day
Lunch: C-the future of research & Dance Workshop
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can do one of the following lab tours: Behavioral Management and Sciences LabWearable Robotics Lab, combined tour in AeroAcoustic WindTunnel & Rapid Prototyping LabNanoLab or the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine. Enjoy our dance workshop too!

Course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 14-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Geke Ludden
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 15-08

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

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 17-08

This is your day off. There is no CuriosU programme today but you can arrange your own city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 17-08

Breakfast served!

Farewell Ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2019 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Breakfast & keynote: Miriam Iliohan & Mélanie Droogleever Fortuyn
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 12-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspirational speech!

Course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Escape Rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing escape rooms.

Course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course and have some discussion and exercises on the topic.

Course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: ExploreU & VR Parachuting
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests ! Do not miss the chance to try the VR Parachuting experience!

Quiz Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 17-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Beach Volleyball Tournament
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

Enjoy a unique volleyball tournament together with your fellow CuriousU participants! Are you gonna be the winning team? Let's find out!

Course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 13-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

We serve you a fantastic dinner!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Dinner City Centre
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 15-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Cherishing Memories & Pinatas
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. Here is the chance to lock all the memories you made the last days into pictures! During that lunch break you also have the chance to break some pinatas!

Breakfast & keynote: Peter Joosten
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 18-08

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

Breakfast & keynote: Elizabeth Mix
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Th. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

City Centre Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 15-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment at Grolsch Summer Sounds.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 18-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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CuriousU Participants Departure
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 20-08

The last day: please check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm (online refund).

Jogging & sightseeing campus
Time:15:00 - 21:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both! Jogging around campus will start 15:00 and 17:00. During the sightseeing activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide. Tours start at 16:00 and 21:00.

Dinner ΒΒQ
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

Lunch: Playland
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 15-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.This is one of the most popular lunch activities where together with your fellow participants you can enjoy some outdoor games in the main festival area! Join us!

Course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Curious about your future?! & UT students wonders
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the chance to get to know the programmes of our university and speak with representatives from our admissions office in case you are interested in continuing your studies here! During this lunch activity, you can also get to know the different student teams of our university.

Breakfast & keynote: Neil Sheridan
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 19-08

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

Game night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

During this evening activity you can join our lean simulation game, dungeons and dragons and many more!

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & keynote: Sofie Berghuis
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 14-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our inspirational speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 12-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

Check our courses.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Lunch: Dutch Olympic games & Graffiti Workshop
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a sand castle competition and a graffiti workshop!

Breakfast & keynote: Peter-Paul Verbeek
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 13-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Music Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent! Next to that, a dj to play music and karaoke activity are planned for you!

Lunch: Taste the Netherlands & Speed Friending
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can try different delicacies from the Netherlands and of course make some new friends!

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 20-08

Have a breakfast first.

Course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 16-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

Check our courses.

More information
Course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 15-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

Check our courses.

More information
Course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 19-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

Check our courses.

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Course
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

How to get to the University of Twente 

Find here more information and plan your itinerary and arrival at our campus in the best possible way!

Tailor made programmes / student groups

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.