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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.

  • Programme at a glance
    Mode of instruction: On-site (2 weeks) 
    Academic dates: Sunday 25 July - Thursday 5 August 2021*
    Housing dates: Saturday 24 July - Friday 6 August 2021*
    Academic fees: €1350* read more about what is included.
    Housing fees: €450* and a €75 refundable deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.
    Early admission deadline: 1 February 2021
    Regular admission deadline: 1 April 2021
    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)

    *Dates and prices are tentative and subject to change, and will be finalised by 1 December 2020.   

  • Programme description

    This course 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 programme, students will gain an in-depth overview of the exciting fast-paced fields of business innovation and entrepreneurship. In the morning sessions, students will participate in theoretical lectures and discussions based on key texts that form the foundations of this field. In the afternoons, we will learn from inspiring guest lectures, or get out of the classroom to visit 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 a jury of entrepreneurs by the end of the course.    

    Our pre-university programmes are designed for high school students to experience studying in a competitive, international environment at the Graduate School of Social Sciences of 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. 

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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. 

Pre-University Honours Programme: Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Mode Short-term
Credits 0 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction English