Why choose iXperience?

Bootcamps. Internships. Travel. See the world. Get ahead this summer with the highest ROI Summer Abroad program in existance.

iX Summer Abroad is a unique 6-week program that combines a career-focused bootcamp with a hands-on internship in that field, all in an incredible city abroad.

iX focuses on four key career paths: Data Science, Management Consulting, Investment Finance, and Software Engineering. Choose between our campuses in Lisbon, Portugal, or Cape Town, South Africa, and join students from around the U.S. accelerating their careers while exploring a new city.

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A Transformative Experience in Lisbon: Unforgettable Study Abroad with Ageas Internship

I recently had the incredible opportunity to participate in a study abroad program in Lisbon, Portugal, and I can confidently say it was a life-changing experience. The program not only immersed me in the rich culture and history of Lisbon but also provided a unique professional edge through an internship at Ageas.

From the moment I arrived in Lisbon, I was captivated by the city's charm, warm hospitality, and vibrant atmosphere. The study abroad program seamlessly blended academic rigor with cultural exploration, allowing me to gain a deeper understanding of Portugal's history, language, and contemporary issues. The well-structured courses were taught by knowledgeable and engaging professors who facilitated thought-provoking discussions, making learning both enjoyable and intellectually stimulating.

One of the highlights of this program was the internship at Ageas, a leading insurance company. The opportunity to work in a global corporate environment provided invaluable insights into the professional world and allowed me to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world scenarios. The Ageas team was incredibly supportive, fostering a positive and collaborative work environment.

The internship experience at Ageas was not just about acquiring skills but also about personal growth. I had the chance to work on meaningful projects, collaborate with talented professionals, and gain exposure to the dynamics of the insurance industry. The hands-on experience complemented my academic studies, enhancing my overall understanding of business practices and global markets.

Living in Lisbon was a joy in itself. The city's picturesque landscapes, historic architecture, and diverse culinary scene made every day an adventure. The study abroad program organizers went above and beyond to ensure our integration into Portuguese culture, organizing cultural excursions, language immersion activities, and networking events that allowed us to connect with locals and fellow students.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Travel around in Europe on the weekends and take advantage of the resources that they provide (career bootcamps)
  • networking
  • professional development
  • traveling
  • costly
  • bad for introverts
  • independent
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Best 6 Week Internship Abroad Program!

I joined the iX Management Consulting Abroad program this past summer in Cape Town, South Africa. Since returning to the United States, I realized that it was the best way I could have spent my summer! I loved the diverse cohort of students from various universities and I made so many new friends. Also, the weekly cultural excursions taught me about my surroundings and gave me new areas to explore. The industry expert who taught my course was incredible and she has continued to help me with my recruiting efforts since coming back to the U.S. My internship with a fantastic local startup gave me great work experience to add to my resume and leverage in future job interviews. Overall, I would highly recommend iX’s programs to those who want to pursue a unique, non-traditional internship while prioritizing a fun summer with travel!

  • Safety
  • Amazing internship
  • Expert teaching staff
  • Food is not included
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iX Cape Town Review

Had an absolutely amazing time here. While the bootcamp was definitely fast-paced, the instructors did not overwhelm us with homework and allowed us to have the time and opportunity to explore the city and culture. The instructors themselves were all super knowledgeable and top notch. One of them had their own firm and another was from McKinsey. Internship wise, I had the opportunity to work with a former co-founder of Google and someone who was on the Forbes 30 under 30 so it was truly an amazing experience.

  • Good Teachers
  • Great and unique cultural experinece
  • A little short in my opinion. I wish the program would have lasted 8 weeks instead of 6
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Best Summer Experience

Cape Town is probably one of the best cities in the world for college students to explore. There is so much to do outdoors, socially, culturally, there is something unique to do each and every day. Couple that with a great internship experience, which provides excellent career building skills and resume boosters, and you have iXperience. iXperience truly created something so great for college students who want a study abroad experience, while also something professionally advancing. Additionally, you create so many new friendships that last a lifetime.

  • Sightseeing
  • Career-building
  • Friendships
  • Costs
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iXperience was an amazing abroad program

iXperience was an amazing part of my summer. I was exposed to an entire new industry by doing the management consulting course. The professor and TAs were continuously enthusiastic about our learning and growth which made the experience even better. The internship was incredible and I was able to work directly with the founder of the company with the rest of my internship team. Aside from learning and the internship, the opportunity to travel to Lisbon was absolutely amazing. It was my first time in Europe and I instantly loved it. The beaches, food, and hikes were out of this world (see photos!!). I met some of my favorite people and still talk to them daily:) I'm beyond happy that I did this program and got exposed to a new career path, as well as an entire new country.

  • Lots of fun activities (hikes, rock climbing, boating, beach excursions)
  • Program directors are amazing
  • Friendly students
  • Spent money going out to eat


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Ayman Siraj

Ayman is currently majoring in Chemical Engineering at the University of Southern California.


Why did you choose this program?

It was the last year I could really pick my 'own' intern destination and I wanted to experience a new country I had never been to. Next year I'll be a junior which means I'll be at the mercy of companies to place me.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The application process is pretty straightforward. You apply, do an interview and wait for your acceptance. They provide all the documents you need if a visa is required. The stuff I organized on my own is the weekend excursions with other interns.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Take a travel adapter that works in South Africa, some of the travel adapters you buy from Amazon don't work there. Plan out weekends so you don't waste the weekend planning what to do. South Africa has too much to offer so know what you want to do.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

You have class twice a day, each session is 1.5 hours. Time between and after classes is spent finishing exercises/projects, and nights are usually spent working or eating/going out with others. During the internship you're pretty much free to do what you want after work!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

The only fear I had was not being picked up from the airport, but I was! Other than that the rooms and internet speed could use some improving.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Russell Cunningham

Job Title
VP Global Operations
Russell Cunningham

Russell's experience stems from 7 years as a Naval Officer, complemented by formal education in the Industrial Psychology sphere - bolstering iXperience's operational portfolio in each international location through high attention to detail, a keen understanding of human motivation in the world of work, and a general love for travel and adventure.

What is your favorite travel memory?

As a Rotary Youth Ambassador, I exchanged at a High School in Chaska, Minnesota for my senior year in 2004. This was a series of firsts for me - my first flight in an airplane, first time experiencing snow, and first stint 'out of the nest'. This was also a time before Facebook and Skype, so the 17-year-old version of myself was not tethered to my homeland and I was truly able to immerse myself in all that foreign travel has to offer. I still consider it one of the most formative experiences of my life.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

With my foundation combining the rawness of the military with the awareness of human sciences, there was little room to be exposed to tech. Joining iXperience has opened my eyes to the sheer power that technology has on the world of work today. I now consider having a basic understanding of digital platforms to be a form of professional literacy, and it has shaped my ability to strategize, plan and track all of my efforts, both within my role at iXperience and within my personal life.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

It is always special to hear testimonials from students about how their experience with iX has impacted their lives. I have been fortunate enough to have heard many such stories, but one that really resonates with me is from a student that came to iX without fully understanding what to expect from this journey. He left some weeks later having made meaningful friendships and falling in love with Cape Town - so much so that he decided to take the leap and make a permanent relocation to work for the international tech-based company that he interned for.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Currently living in Cape Town, I may be a bit bias, but this place is truly special to me - within a 50-mile radius, there is truly so much to see and do. From mountain ranges to wine farms to world-class surf to safari's to amazing food and stunning scenery, this place really does have it all. These are just a few of the many reasons that launched the success of our first location.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are truly a team of A-players that have banded together to create something meaningful within the international education space. Our passion for unlocking human potential through challenging the status quo aligns us, and our rich tapestry of backgrounds keeps our vantage points unique and fresh. I am always the proudest just before we gear up for the arrival fo our first batch of students for the summer - this is when I get to witness what ot really means to be a team, with everyone contributing, caring and focussing on delivering a world-class product.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Being people-centric. I believe that emphasizing the happiness and feeling of fulfillment of the men and women that make up a company is the cornerstone of success. Yes, there is loads of literature that supports this notion, but it can be practiced in many different ways - finding which way supports your companies vision and having everyone buy into it is crucial, and this dovetails with hiring people that will embrace the companies policies. Ensuring that all staff gain some form of intrinsic reward in their roles means that their personal success will be aligned with the companies success. I believe that iXperience does this incredibly well!

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