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Pre-University Honours Programme: Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship

This Pre-University Honours Programme is focused on Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It is designed for high school students (16+) who are interested to learn the foundations and implications of the dynamics of innovation. Students will learn about the process of effectively crafting, formulating, and implementing a strategic direction for a company. This on-campus summer programme will bring together high school students from across the world to study an important topic at the university level.

  • Programme at a glance
    Mode of instruction: On-campus (2 weeks) 
    Academic dates: Sunday 18 June - Thursday 29 June 2023
    Housing dates: Friday 16 June - Friday 30 June 2023 
    Academic fees: €1450 read more about what is included in the fees.
    Housing fees:  €425 and a €75 refundable deposit. Registering for housing is mandatory. Read more about university-organised accomodation.
    Early admission deadline: Wednesday 1 February 2023. Admissions will be processed throughout the year on a rolling basis. 
    Final admission deadline: This programme is closed for applications for summer 2023. 
    Who is this programme for?                                                                                             For current high school students (must be 16+) interested in business, entrepreneurship, economics, and the social and behavioural sciences (broadly). 
  • Programme description

    This summer programme is ideal for students who are considering pursuing a degree in business: however, no matter what you will study or the kind of career you are interested in, business innovation provides you with lifelong skills that are beneficial to numerous fields of expertise.

    Throughout the duration of the summer programme, students will gain an in-depth overview of the exciting fast-paced fields of business innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will participate in theoretical lectures and discussions based on key texts that form the foundations of this field, as well as learn from inspiring guest lectures, about start-ups and business incubators in Amsterdam: a hotbed for young business innovation in recent years. Students will also spend time on developing their own start-up ideas, which they will pitch to by the end of the course.    

    Our pre-university programmes are designed for high school students to experience studying in a supportive international environment hosted by the University of Amsterdam. The lectures and all course materials are in English. Participants in the course will develop study skills and become acquainted with learning methods that will give them an advantage as they continue their education at university.

  • Academic director

    Erik Dirksen (MSc) is a lecturer at the Amsterdam Business School. 

  • Explore our community

    Want to get to know more about studying at the University of Amsterdam? Follow us on social media and join our summer community. Get a feel for our summer school vibe and our academic and social community, and learn about studying with us through the eyes of past summer school students. 

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    Looking for an alumni perspective? Read this interview with Grace Forrest, who attended the Pre-University Honours Programme: Politics & Identity in summer 2018. 

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 0 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in June