Next to our summer school courses you can enjoy our social programme built around the courses. The festival programme includes keynote speakers, entertainment and social activities!

Summer programme

We will be adjusting our programme to the current situation and Covid-19 regulations. New highlights are being announced via our Facebook and Instagram page. You can also go to the specific course page to check the specific course schedule.

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CuriousU 2021 schedule: Week 1 (online)

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

Today CuriousU officially starts, welcome!

No Pants required
Time:21:00 - 22:30
Day:Tue. 03-08

Join this online game show that is just a littly bit silly! What is required from you? Speed, creativity, brainpower but not pants. Disclaimer: If you decide not to wear pants during the game, please, don't stand up!

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

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

Keynote
Time:09:00 - 09:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

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

Ymmärrätkö?
Time:19:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 04-08

Well, Finnish doesn't seem to be the easiest language, right? Let´s get introduced to different languages at this language café because the more languages you speak, the easier you are at home anywhere in the world.

Keynote
Time:09:00 - 09:30
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)

Workshop
Time:17:30 - 18:30
Day:Wed. 04-08

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

Join The Jury, Reach the Verdict
Time:20:30 - 22:30
Day:Wed. 04-08

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.

Dungeons & Dragons
Time:18:30 - 20:30
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.

Feel Good Yoga
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 04-08

You don't need to be good at sports what matters is that you are good to yourself.

Virtual Happy Hour
Time:21:00 - 22:00
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!

Escape the Room
Time:17:00 - 18:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

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

Disco Bingo
Time:19:30 - 20:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

If you are a music geek who can recognise a song by its first tone, can name its interpret, album name and the release date, then come to compare your skills with others. Dont worry, apart from Jonas Brothers, we will also play heavy metal and classical music.

No Pants required
Time:19:00 - 20:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

Join this online game show that is just a littly bit silly! What is required from you? Speed, creativity, brainpower but not pants. Disclaimer: If you decide not to wear pants during the game, please, don't stand up!

Virtual Happy Hour
Time:21:00 - 22:00
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!

Workshop
Time:18:00 - 19:00
Day:Thu. 05-08

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! (2/2)

Popcorn & Bed
Time:21:00 - 22:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

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

Dungeons & Dragons
Time:17:30 - 19:30
Day:Fri. 06-08

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

Did you know...?
Time:21:30 - 22:30
Day:Fri. 06-08

...what goes up and down, but still remains in the same place? Knowing the answer to this question could be very helpful in trivia but there is no other way to prepare than being a Curious person your entire life. Join our pubquiz!

Virtual Happy Hour
Time:20:00 - 21:00
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 year 2020 but you can talk about many other topics. Don´t forget your drink!

Online course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 04-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Online course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Popcorn & Bed
Time:19:30 - 21:30
Day:Tue. 03-08

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

Did you know...?
Time:21:00 - 22:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

...what goes up and down, but still remains in the same place? Knowing the answer to this question could be very helpful in trivia but there is no other way to prepare than being a Curious person your entire life. Join our pubquiz!

Disco Bingo
Time:19:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

If you are a music geek who can recognise a song by its first tone, can name its interpret, album name and the release date, then come to compare your skills with others. Dont worry, apart from Jonas Brothers, we will also play heavy metal and classical music.

Join The Jury, Reach the Verdict
Time:17:30 - 19:30
Day:Fri. 06-08

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.

A little party never ....
Time:21:00 - 22:30
Day:Fri. 06-08

It is difficult to resist singing along, right? After very hard yet exciting week, we all deserve to blow the steam off and have some fun at a virtual party. Yes, we invited a DJ.

Online course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 06-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Online course
Time:13:30 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 06-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Life-changing lunch
Time:12:30 - 13:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

You are the only one who can change your life, no one else can do it for you. But we may just gently push you ...

Online course
Time:13:30 - 17:00
Day:Thu. 05-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

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

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

Online course
Time:10:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 02-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Lunch: Don't waste it!
Time:12:30 - 13:30
Day:Mon. 02-08

Do your little bit of good and contribute to sustainable living.

Online course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tue. 03-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Lunch: Check-mate
Time:12:30 - 13:30
Day:Tue. 03-08

Checkmate or check your mate?

Dutch Lunch
Time:12:30 - 13:30
Day:Wed. 04-08

What do you like more: stroopwafel, pepernoten, frikadel or pindakaas? Do you celebrate Sinterklaas and Koningsdag? I guess you have no idea what we are talking about... So let's find out!

Lunch: Quiet your mind
Time:12:30 - 13:30
Day:Fri. 06-08

Slow down a bit because great ideas happens in calm minds!

Online course
Time:13:30 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Workshop
Time:17:30 - 18:30
Day:Mon. 02-08

Investing in your personal development is self-caring. Care about yourself and join this two-session personal development course! (1/2)

Virtual High Tea
Time:18:30 - 19:30
Day:Mon. 02-08

High tea is not only known in the United Kingdom but also in the Netherlands, however we definitely don't call it "hoge thee". Grab a cup of tea or coffee, glass of juice and meet your CuriousU fellow friends.

Escape the Room
Time:20:30 - 22:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

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

Capisci?
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

An Italian screenwriter Federico Fellini said: "A different language is a different vision of life." Join this virtual language café and and get a new vision of life.

Virtual High Tea
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tue. 03-08

High tea is not only known in the United Kingdom but also in the Netherlands, however we definitely don't call it "hoge thee". Grab a cup of tea or coffee, glass of juice and meet your CuriousU fellow friends.

Workshop
Time:18:00 - 19:00
Day:Tue. 03-08

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! (1/2)

Online course
Time:13:30 - 17:00
Day:Tue. 03-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Escape the Room
Time:18:30 - 20:00
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!

Online course
Time:13:30 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 04-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

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

If you are not sure how to get to our beatiful campus, have a look here. Travel safe and see you soon!

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CuriousU 2021 schedule: week 2 (on-campus)

Day
Free day
Time:09:30 - 19:30
Day:Sat. 14-08

This is your free day! There is no CuriousU programme but what about a trip around Enschede? Or have you already been to Amsterdam? Wash your hands, wear a face mask and have fun!

Breakfast
Time:08:00 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 15-08

Ready to depart? But first enjoy your breakfast.

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

Somebody once said: "Learn something new every day." This is your chance - join the morning session of one of our courses. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose: check our courses here.

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Departure day
Time:09:30 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 15-08

It´s time to say goodbye! Check out and make sure you don´t forget to take your belongings. Travel safe & stay in touch! Or shall we say "See you next year?"

Relax!
Time:17:00 - 17:30
Day:Mon. 09-08

Go for a walk, relax at the CuriousU chilling zone or get to know your coursemates.

Yes, it's Saturday night!
Time:19:30 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 14-08

Whether you are a party animal or you prefer a sloth party, we can ensure you that you won´t forget your last CuriousU night.

Opening CuriousU on-campus & Dinner
Time:18:00 - 21:00
Day:Sun. 08-08

Welcome to our beautiful University of Twente!
Have dinner and meet your fellow students, this time physically on the campus.

Arrival day: check in
Time:08:30 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 08-08

We can´t wait to meet you! Upon your arrival, please, register at the registration desk. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Free time
Time:21:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 08-08

Unpack, explore our beautiful UT campus, or just chill.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:00 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 09-08

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

Speaker: Nancy Beers (Serious Play)

Relax!
Time:17:00 - 17:30
Day:Tue. 10-08

Go for a walk, relax at the CuriousU chilling zone or get to know your coursemates.

Dinner
Time:17:30 - 19:30
Day:Tue. 10-08

What a productive day, right? Boost your energy for the social evening programme with dinner.

Course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 11-08

Somebody once said: "Learn something new every day." This is your chance - join the morning session of one of our courses. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose: check our courses here.

More information
Relax!
Time:17:00 - 17:30
Day:Wed. 11-08

Go for a walk, relax at the CuriousU chilling zone or get to know your coursemates.

Breakfast & Keynote
Time:08:00 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 11-08

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

Volleyball Tournament
Time:19:30 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 11-08

Team up! You don´t neccessary need to be born the best volleybal player what counts is that you aspire to be the best for your team.

Relax!
Time:17:00 - 17:30
Day:Thu. 12-08

Go for a walk, relax at the CuriousU chilling zone or get to know your coursemates.

Breakfast & Keynote
Time:08:00 - 09:30
Day:Thu. 12-08

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

Speaker: Khiet Triong

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.

Relax!
Time:17:00 - 17:30
Day:Fri. 13-08

Go for a walk, relax at the CuriousU chilling zone or get to know your coursemates.

Escape Reality
Time:19:30 - 23:00
Day:Tue. 10-08

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

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.

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.

Dinner
Time:17:30 - 19:30
Day:Thu. 12-08

What a productive day, right? Boost your energy for the social evening programme with dinner.

Dinner
Time:17:30 - 19:30
Day:Wed. 11-08

What a productive day, right? Boost your energy for the social evening programme with dinner.

Lunch: Robin Hood or Usain Bolt?
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Thu. 12-08

Do you prefer to be a legendary heroic outlaw or a world record holder in sprint? Or are you a follower of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya Yogi? That´s the question of today.

Big City Life
Time:19:30 - 23:00
Day:Thu. 12-08

Even though UT campus offers everything you need, let´s grab a bite in one of our favourite restaurants in the city centre and enjoy the Grolsh rock music festival together.

Lunch: Every artist was first an amateur
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 13-08

Can you appreciate and value a masterpiece? Or do you just stare at paintings for a couple of minutes pretending your interest? Whether you belong to the first or the second group, we are sure that you can be creative and make something extraordinary.

Dinner
Time:17:30 - 19:30
Day:Mon. 09-08

What a productive day, right? Boost your energy for the social evening programme with dinner.

Course
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tue. 10-08

Somebody once said: "Learn something new every day." This is your chance - join the morning session of one of our courses. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose: check our courses here.

More information
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.

Futuristic Lunch
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 11-08

We don't have a timemachine, at least not yet, but we can still take you to the near future without ageing. Doesn´t it sound promising?

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

Somebody once said: "Learn something new every day." This is your chance - join the morning session of one of our courses. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose: check our courses here.

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

Somebody once said: "Learn something new every day." This is your chance - join the morning session of one of our courses. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose: check our courses here.

More information
Farewell Ceremony
Time:19:30 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 13-08

This is it! This night we close off CuriousU 2021 summer school, you receive your certificate and say good bye to your new international friends.. but don´t get sad yet, enjoy tonight´s party and get ready for Saturday night.

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.

Lunch: Zero Gravity
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tue. 10-08

Have you ever wondered how an astronaut feels in space without gravity?

Play time
Time:19:30 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 09-08

Would you like to become a child again? We have a game that fits any taste. Come and check our curious chest full of games!

Lunch: Fit & Healthy
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 09-08

Invest in your health because a healthy mind and body is the cheapest but the most valuable gift that you can give to youself.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:00 - 09:30
Day:Tue. 10-08

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

Speaker: David Fernandez Rivas

Dinner
Time:17:30 - 19:30
Day:Fri. 13-08

What a productive day, right? Boost your energy for the social evening programme with dinner.

Breakfast
Time:08:00 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 14-08

Start your free day with a good breakfast that fuels you up.

Breakfast & Keynote
Time:08:00 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 13-08

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

Speaker: Daniël Poolen

How is the day organized?

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.

NOTE: Our 2021 summer school programme and social activities (including entertainment, sports and inspirational speeches) will be adjusted to the current situation and Covid-19 regulations. 

Speakers

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. All fired up, you can then get started on the morning session of your course for the day.

Entertainment

During CuriousU we will be offering entertainment for you to relax and have an even better time at our summer school!

Social Activities

We invite you to enrich your summer school experience by taking part in the social side of things, from day trips to sports and social gatherings. These activities provide the perfect opportunity for you to get to know your classmates better and to meet international students from other courses!

“It overcame all expectations by a million times. I would definitely love to attend it again”

Sport

With your CuriousU ticket you can enter the UT Sport Centre on campus for free. This building has sports halls, a large gym, a dojo and an indoor pool. On campus you can find a new running track, an outdoor pool with water heated by solar energy and a variety of different sports fields. We even have an outdoor climbing wall (29 meters high).

Tell your friends about CuriousU

Do you think your friends will be interested in CuriousU? Tell them about our summer school!

Campus & University

The campus of the University of Twente is located on the outskirts of Enschede, at fifteen minutes cycling from the city centre. 

3,000 researchers and 10,000 students are working and studying at the campus. All education and research buildings can be found here. Next to that, the campus has student residences and staff accommodation, sports fields, shops, a pub and a library. In short: it has everything a university needs.

Did you know that the University of Twente…

  • according to lifehack.org belongs to the best 25 universities in Europe (ranked no.7 out of 25)
  • provides an internet connection of 1 gigabit per second and a campus-wide wifi network
  • lies in the heart of Europe
  • is home to MESA+, one of the world’s largest nanotechnology research institutes
  • has been crowned most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands
  • is the finish line of the biggest relay race in the world the ‘Batavierenrace’

Read more about the campus!

Practical info & Registration

Read more information about the registration fee and accommodation options.