Thumbnail

iXperience

About

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.

Read reviews, get detailed information, and speak to our Admissions team at https://ixperience.co/for-university/ix-summer-abroad

Website
ixperience.co
Founded
2013

Reviews

Default avatar
Annika
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

Default avatar
Reed
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

iXperience- Cape Town 2022

There is no other program I would recommend more than iXperience. It was the absolute best 6 weeks of my life being in Cape Town. It is a beautiful city with a never ending list of things to do. One day I was on top of a mountain, the next day I was on a beach with penguins, and the day after I was skydiving. It is truly incredible. Not only did iX offer some of the greatest life experiences to me, but they also provided hands on training from industry professionals. My coursework consisted of learning in depth financial modeling that was presented in a way that made sense by an industry expert. #ExperienceIsEverything

Default avatar
Oriana
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

UX/UI iXperience

iXperience Cape Town truly was a life-changing experience. During my six-week stay, I learned so much about myself through introspection with my coach, career exploration at my internship, a hands-on project in class, and interactions with other students in the cohort. It was my first time working closely with people my age in the workface and it helped me really see my strengths and weaknesses. In general, the class and internship showed me a new career path after being confused about what I wanted to do with my life for a VERY long time. It really was what I needed to start this new chapter of my life. I may have had to make the 15-hour trip to Cape Town to do so, but it was soooo worth it and I have no regrets. Cape Town is an absolutely beautiful city with so much to do. Through group excursions, I saw penguins at Boulders Beach, went wine tasting for the first time, got to surf in the Indian Ocean, hiked multiple trails and so much more!! I had the best time exploring the city with people I can truly say I will stay connected with. If you're looking for a productive, yet fun program to complete over the summer, I wholeheartedly suggest iXperience.

Default avatar
CJ
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

iX Cape Town: Absolute Greatest Summer for a college student!

iXperience was quite simply the greatest 6 weeks I have ever had. Cape Town is a stunning city, with so much to do- We could surf before work, climb a mountain after, then play padel or soccer under the lights at night. The staff was incredibly supportive, always suggesting new things to do and often spending their free time helping us see more of the city! The education made me feel very comfortable with the basics of Management Consulting, and Byron, my teacher, was so helpful and consistently met outside of class to discuss the material. Finally, the internship was awesome: I worked for a corporate wellness startup, helping design Mindfulness and DEI courses, doing market research, building a pitch deck, and creating short and long-term strategy plans. Cannot recommend iX enough for a motivated and adventurous student!

Pros
  • Unlimited Outdoor Activity
  • Incredible Business Education
  • Great Cultural Experience
Default avatar
Alexander
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best 6 weeks of my life!

I just finished the 6-week program in Cape Town and to be honest I really think I just had the best 6 weeks of my life! Coming in to the program I did not know what to expect but let me tell you this: YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! I was looking for a program that let me experience another culture as well as give me good education and lets me do an internship at the same time and I got EXACTLY that! I did the software engineering program and the teacher Jacques was incredible! The way he explained things made learning React super fun and easy. After the first 2 weeks I got placed into my internship and I really was able to learn a lot from it! Let's not forget about the fact that I was in Cape Town for 6 weeks which allowed me to really immerse myself into the culture. The iX staff was super super helpful with sharing their local knowledge but they also did an amazing job with organizing all the events for us! We did kayaking, we did hikes, we explored Cape Town and the vicinity and so so much more! The housing was also at a new and modern hostel and it was great! Whatever minor problems we had, the iX staff were more than happy to help out. I also met the coolest people I've ever met in my life (shoutout to them, I miss you guys)! Overall I don't think I could've had any more fun anywhere else while also being super productive! 10/10 would recommend. If you're thinking about doing it - DO IT!

Pros
  • Great education
  • Super fun activities
  • Useful internships

Programs

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

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.

Thumbnail

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!

Professional Associations

NAFSA Logo