ANSWERS TO YOUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a business idea when I apply?Click to Open
No. Our eLab Emerge program is perfect for people who are searching for the right idea or need guidance to help them develop an idea. Idea generation is part of the curriculum, so if you haven’t settled on an idea yet, don’t worry.
Do I need a business plan when I apply?Click to Open
No. The fourth week of our eLab Emerge program is completely dedicated to developing a comprehensive business plan, with all the elements investors want to see.
Do I need a university degree?Click to Open
Yes. We require eLab participants to have graduated from or be close to graduation. We accept any type of degree; it doesn’t need to be business-related. In our programs, you can learn specific business skills and select from a series of specialization workshops, depending on the area, you would like to gain knowledge. Learn more about eligibility here.
I haven’t graduated yet, what do I do about the degree scan?Click to Open
Ask for a signed letter that specifies the exact date of your expected graduation, major, and degree type (bachelor’s, master’s, etc.). Upload this instead of your diploma - you can email us a degree scan after you graduate.
Can I bring a teammate?Click to Open
eLab programs are open to anyone who meets our eligibility requirements.
What if my English isn’t perfect?Click to Open
We can help, with a 20-hour business and professional English course you can take on-site at eLab. It could be the perfect way to ramp up your business and professional English skills -- learn more.
I’m not sure how to get a visa. Can you help?Click to Open
Yes! For decades, CIEE has been helping participants all over the world travel from country to country for life-changing experiences – and we’re happy to help you, too. Send us an email with your questions anytime.
I can’t get my passport ID photo to upload.Click to Open
If you are still having trouble after following all of the instructions, email your photo to eLab@ciee.org and we can help.
I don’t currently have a valid passport. Can I still apply?Click to Open
Yes! You should apply for a new or renewed passport right away so you don’t have to pay extra to expedite it later on. You’ll need to enter something so you can complete the application task, so enter information from an expired passport, or enter “123456789” as a placeholder passport number and today’s date for the passport dates. You can upload a receipt from your new passport application in place of the passport scan. Email a scan of your new passport to your coordinator as soon as it arrives.
Do I need a visa?Click to Open
It depends on your nationality. Citizens of the European Union don’t require a visa at all. Residents from US, Canada, Australia, do recquire a visa.
Students who are not residents from the European Union/Lichtenstein/Iceland/Norway/Switzerland will need to make sure that they have the necessary documents to enter and remain in Germany/the United Kingdom for the duration of their stay. Please click on the links provided to see our student visa information:
What kind of schedule will I have?Click to Open
Your schedule each week will consist of up to 10 teaching hours, mentoring sessions, group work and company visits and fireside chats. Classes are frequently scheduled in the morning (9:00am-12pm), with group work and excursions taking place in the early afternoons (1:00 to 5:00pm), and networking events and fireside chats in the early evening (6:00pm to 8:00pm). As you can see, it’s a very diverse schedule and you will definitely have gaps in your day, these good opportunities to work individually but also to mingle with team mates and to relax in a café or explore a new part of the city.
Does CIEE offer scholarships to eLab participants?Click to Open
Yes! We want to help as many people as possible to benefit from eLab. You can learn more about scholarships and funding here.
What does the program fee cover?Click to Open
Before arrival, participants get a first insight into startup culture through an online orientation that includes a look at future global entrepreneurship trends. Upon arrival, eLab provides an orientation to introduce you to your new city and peers. Your eLab program includes classes, workshops, mentoring, fireside chats, guest speakers, company visits, workspace, and use of all CIEE facilities. It also gives you access to our global network of CIEE staff members around the world – happy to provide valuable connections – and our vast alumni network. Our program fee also includes health insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext Global Explorer Plan and 24/7 emergency on-site support. Consider us your information center - ready to help with any issues that might arise.
Are housing, flights and visa fees included in the program fee?Click to Open
Every participant comes from a different place and has his or her personal preferences for housing. For this reason, permanent housing, flights, and visa fees are not included in the program fee. However, we have arranged attractive housing options close to eLab, surrounded by startup culture and in the middle of the city. For more information please see below on this page. We are also happy to help you get your Visa sorted. Just send an email to eLab@ciee.org with your Visa questions.
What if I confirm and pay, but need to cancel before the program starts?Click to Open
We understand that sometimes plans have to change. Registered participants can cancel in writing via email up to 16 days before their program start date and receive a 50 percent refund (not including deposit). For more information on withdrawal and refunds, please see Program Regulations at the bottom of this page.
Do I need to give away shares if I have developped a business idea at eLab ?Click to Open
No, eLab is not an accelerator, but an independent program and does not take shares of business ideas developped by participants
Who owns participant work?Click to Open
Scholarly work by participants is owned by the participant. If the participant is hired to do work, any work directed by the employer (including faculty) is copyrighted to the employer.
So, a participant doing independent research does not own their data (just as a faculty member does not own their data). In fact, no one owns the copyright on data. However, the participant’s manuscript of their independent project is theirs.
Faculty need to get permission from participants to copy and distribute their works just as they would any other copyrighted work. Some faculty address this issue by having participants sign a waiver at the beginning of the class.
Do I need international health insurance?Click to Open
Our program fee includes international health insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext Global Explorer Plan and 24/7 emergency on-site support. Learn more.
Does eLab offer housing?Click to Open
Yes, we offer participants two housing options, studios and shared apartments, in both locations. All housing is carefully selected by CIEE and located no more than a 20-minute commute from our eLab facilities. Participants may also find housing on their own. Contact us to learn more.
How do I choose housing?Click to Open
Participants complete a booking form with their application, indicating whether they want to book housing via eLab. We notify participants with their placement, which depends on availability. It’s best to complete the housing booking form as soon as you can.
When will I find out my housing assignment?Click to Open
You will be notified when booking is complete and payments are made.
Housing alternativesClick to Open
Find out about other accommodation options by checking out our alternative housing list.