APPLICATION PROCESS AND ADMISSION


When and how can I apply?
Applications open in December 2016 and close in March 2017.

How much does the Program cost? Are there scholarships available?
The participation costs to the Italia Innovation Summer Program amounts to 5.000 EUR.
The cost includes a Tuition Fee (3.000 EUR) and an Accommodation Fee (2.000 EUR).
Both full tuition scholarships and partial tuition scholarships are available. 

When is the application deadline?
There are two rounds of applications: the first round closes on Friday, 27th January 2017; the second round closes on Friday, 10th March 2017.

When will I be notified the admission?
If you applied in the first round, you will receive the admission notification by Friday, 17th February 2017. 
If you applied in the second round, you will receive the admission notification by Friday, 31st March 2017.

Is there a deadline for me to accept the admission?
Yes, the deadline to accept the admission is one week after the admission notification. 

What is the deadline to pay the accommodation and tuition fee?
You will receive the instruction for the payment and the payment deadlines together with the admission notification.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE
 

How many people are selected for the Summer Program?
The number of admitted participants each year ranges between 40 and 50. 

What Universities are participants coming from?
Participants come from a broad range of Universities, both Colleges and Business Schools, as well as Design Schools.  
Past participants were studying at institutions like Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Columbia University, New York University, Georgetown University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design and The New School, University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, London School of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, King’s College London, IESE Business School, Hertie School of Governance, Università Ca’ Foscari, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, National University of Singapore.

What is the background of participants?
We believe diversity of perspectives and approaches can contribute to creating outstanding creative projects. Participants are both undergraduate and graduate students with diverse backgrounds in management (finance, accounting, marketing and communications, statistics), design (industrial design, product design, fashion design, graphic design, strategic design and management), engineering (industrial engineering, supply chain management), social sciences (social anthropology, psychology, philosophy, arts, history, politics and economics), law (corporate law, international law, public policy), computer science. 

How many different nationalities are represented in the program?
The number of different nationalities for each session of the Italia Innovation Program is around 20, with participants comingliterally from the four corners of the globe.

How are the project teams formed?
At the end of the first week, after all the company presentations, teams are formed taking into account the participants preferences, their backgrounds and the skills needed to solve the innovation challenge, as well as the team balance and dynamics.

How many people are on a team?
Teams are composed of 4 to 5 people.

Is there any material I should read before the beginning of the Summer Program?
Yes, before program starts you should go through the companies dossiers. We will also indicate a reading list with an overview of the tools that will be employed in the program for your reference. 

Where will I find this material?
Participants will be given access to the material once they confirm their participation to the program.

What kind of businesses will be involved?
The partner companies are leading brands in the Made in Italy business sectors: Fashion, Food and Wine, Industrial Design, High-end Manufacturing, Healthcare, Arts and Culture.
Past challengers include: Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, United Colors of Benetton, Diesel Jeans, BonottoEditions, Italia Independent, Selle Royal, Molteni&C, Santa Margherita Wine Group, Nardini Distilleries, illycaffé, Domori, Rigoni di Asiago, La Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana.

Can I apply for a corporate internship after the program?
Some of the companies may have internship opportunities. 
The terms (period, duration, location, compensation) will be decided by the company according to their specific needs. There will be a separate application process but the Summer Program is a special chance for participants to directly interact with the company mangers.  

PROGRAM LOGISTICS
 

Where does the Program take place?
Be ready to travel, Italy is our campus!
The program activities take place in our creative studios in Treviso (Fabrica) and Milan (Palazzo Durini), as well as inside the corporate headquarters of the challengers. There are also several activities on the field (e.g. observations and customer interviews), mainly in historical big cities like Venice and Milan.

Where will I stay for the duration of the Program?
All participants stay in a four-star hotel in shared rooms close to the program activities. 

Which meals are covered in the accommodation fee?
Italian breakfasts (everyday) and lunches (weekdays) are included in the accommodation fee.
Some special dinners will also be offered throughout the program. 

Is local transportation included in the accommodation fee?
Yes, local transportation in the days of the program activities is included. 

TRAVEL NEEDS


Do I need a Visa to participate?
It depends on your nationality and on your country of residence. 
To be understand whether you need a VISA or not, you can check here: http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en 

Which is the best airport to fly to?
The best airport to fly to is Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE).
Another option is Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP).

If you cannot find an answer to your question, please email us at info@italiainnovationprogram.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.