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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools Exploring Entrepreneurship

Course information

Target audience

This summer school is designed for students interested in entrepreneurship research aiming at a future career in research and informing their practice with deeper understanding of the process of entrepreneurship. Students of all educational programmes and levels are welcome to join this summer school.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.


We recommend participants to arrive on Saturday 17 August, to find your way around, get into the dorm and be on time to meet other summer school participants for a pre-summer school welcoming party. The school starts on Sunday 18 August with a city tour and welcoming drinks.

Monday to Thursday will be split between lectures, keynotes, workshops, and visits. On Friday, we will hold the final presentations by the groups and we will end with a gala dinner. Saturday can be used for a cultural program (e.g., visit Amsterdam) or as departure day.

A detailed course schedule will be uploaded in due course.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • Critically assess core theories in entrepreneurship
  • Select methodologies that fit your research question.
  • Understand the importance of context in entrepreneurship
  • Formulate and defend your own views on important issues in entrepreneurship based on research and practice

Preparatory (poster presentation): about 10 hours
Pre-school reading: about 10 hours
During summer school: about 40 hours

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 60 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.


The fee for students of the University of Groningen (NL), University of Twente (NL) or the National Research University – Higher School of Economics (RU) is € 250. For students from all other universities, the fee is € 500.

The fee includes:

  • Lectures and course materials
  • Selected lunches
  • Reception and celebration dinners

The fee does not cover travel to Groningen, accommodation and other meals. The application fee must be paid once the applicant has been accepted into the programme.


Housing (7 nights, from Saturday 17 August to Saturday 24 August), in an international student house is available upon request. For more information about accommodation, please see the central housing page .

Summer School and the University of Groningen

This summer school is organised by the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship. UGCE is based on three equally important pillars: engaged education, excellent research and active business development support.


Please submit the following documents with your application form:

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that applications will close once we reached our maximum number of participants.


For questions about the summer school programme, kindly contact Arjan Frederiks at a.j.frederiks For questions about logistics, accommodation, visas, kindly contact Evelien Ouwehand and/or Mirjam Berghuis at entrepreneurship

Last modified:03 July 2019 1.50 p.m.