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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Highly recommended

My six-week journey with iXperience in Cape Town was undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating and transformative experiences of my life. Meeting a diverse group of extraordinary individuals who share similar passions in such a short span of time was a revelation. The connections I formed with other students exceeded my expectations, and go beyond just professional networking.

The academic program and internship I engaged in providing me with invaluable knowledge and industry insights. My instructor and teaching assistants were unwaveringly supportive and resourceful throughout the entire six weeks. Thanks to this program, I feel significantly better prepared for the corporate world.

One of the most delightful surprises during this journey was the relationships I formed the iXperience staff. They went above and beyond to ensure that we, the students, had the most exceptional experience possible. Their willingness to provide career guidance and assistance with our internships whenever needed was truly commendable.

Reflecting on this incredible experience, I can honestly say that I can't imagine a more rewarding way to have spent my summer. I firmly believe that iXperience offers something of value to everyone. Whether it's the professional skills you acquire, the exploration of a new city, the forging of lifelong friendships, or even facing and conquering your fears, like taking that leap of faith by skydiving, I'm confident that this program holds something transformative for all. I wholeheartedly endorse iXperience and sincerely hope that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy it as much as I did.

  • The course and internship
  • Living in Cape Town for 6 weeks
  • relationships you build
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Learning and Adventure Combined

I recently had the privilege of traveling to Lisbon, Portugal, to attend iXperience's investment finance course. This one-of-a-kind program seamlessly blended learning with adventure, allowing me to gain valuable financial knowledge while also experiencing the best of what Lisbon has to offer.

My instructor, Taryn, was an expert in her field and made complex financial concepts like discounted cash flow easy to grasp. Her passion for teaching and her dedication to her students were evident in every class. I feel confident that the skills I learned in Taryn's course will prepare me well for my corporate finance course at UNC this semester.

Beyond my academic pursuits, I also had the opportunity to immerse myself in Lisbon's vibrant culture and cuisine. I savored every moment trying out local restaurants and bars, and I bonded with my iX peers as we explored the city's rich history and culture. We visited castles, surfed on beautiful beaches, danced at festivals, and played soccer with locals.

My time in Lisbon was truly transformative. It was an experience that I will cherish for a lifetime, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated in iXperience's investment finance course. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in learning about investment finance while also experiencing the beauty of Lisbon.

  • The city has the best food I have ever eaten at much lower prices than anywhere in the US
  • The nightlife is unlike anything I have ever experienced
  • The course prepared me for my classes at UNC
  • Lisbon has a lot of hills
  • I wish I could have stayed longer
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Great opportunity to travel and get work experience

iXperience was an amazing opportunity and a awesome study abroad program for anyone looking to travel and get work experience during the summer. The program directors were amazing and created so many opportunities to explore Europe while I was abroad in Lisbon, Portugal. From paint balling, to sunset cruises, to traveling to countries outside of just Portugal there was always so many great experiences to have, while also gaining valuable work and business skills and become a part of the iX network. Thank You iX!

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Amazing Experience, Highly Recommend!

Such an amazing 6 weeks, highly recommend the program to anyone interested in traveling abroad while also developing multiple hard and soft skills that will really make you stand out to recruiters. So happy I chose to apply!

I had the privilege of conducting insightful market and competitor research these past 4 weeks, aiding Dona Rosa’s future European expansion plans alongside my talented team. A huge thank you as well to Thomas Azcue and Tomás Noronha for their guidance and support throughout this experience!

  • Helpful Resume Workshops
  • Real-world hard and soft skills development
  • Unique travel opportunities
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iX Lisbon

During my time in Lisbon with iX, I was able to rapidly increase my professional maturity, improve my independence, and develop as a citizen of the world. The program consists of a two-week intensive course in your chosen subject followed by a four-week internship with a company either in-person or remote with project(s) pertaining to the content covered in the course. The course is taught by a successful professional in the industry and continues to meet twice a week throughout the internship for continued support and education. The program coordinators and other iX personnel were incredibly supportive throughout the course, internship, and program, and absolutely wonderful to spend time with on the many group excursions. Moreover, through the selective process of admission, fellow iXers will share a passion for education and success while bringing their unique backgrounds and histories to cultivate a fully eye-opening experience. Through the strong relationships formed with your professor, internship manager, program coordinators, and peers, iX Lisbon was a great investment for both my professional future, my knowledge of the world, and for developing strong friendships with people from all over.


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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

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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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