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Dublin, Ireland Copenhagen, Denmark Berlin, Germany

Global Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Europe

Summer '25 Applications Open

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Program Overview

Embark on an inspiring entrepreneurial adventure across Europe!

From Dublin to Copenhagen to Berlin, discover three different markets and exciting business cultures. Explore what it takes to bring an innovative concept to market. Develop your own new business idea alongside other Global Navigators. Then, pitch it to a panel of professionals at the end of your stay! 

In this fast-paced program, fly from one city to the other and gain practical business skills like budgeting, pricing, promotion, and selling. Grasp the process of developing and marketing an idea from start to finish. Make business connections with entrepreneurs. Gather insights from their success stories about how to assess opportunities, requirements, and risks. 

Enjoy the local sights and flavors of these incredible cities. Turn the medieval corners of Dublin castle, wander along the royal gardens of Copenhagen, and reflect on the Berlin Wall Memorial. Get a taste of three distinct corners of Europe, each with their own cultures, languages, and unique food, and meet local teens, too. 

Academic Merit Award Available 

Only the Academic Merit Award is available for this program. The CIEE Global Navigator Scholarship (GNS) is NOT available. If you want to apply for the GNS based on your academic merit and financial need, check out our check out our Global Entrepreneurship program in Berlin or Global Entrepreneurship program in Dublin.

The Take-Aways

Real-World Experience

Sharpen your business savvy and experience the entrepreneurship process in three leading European capitals. Come home ready to take the next steps on your entrepreneurial journey.

Credentials for Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, and a Business Proposal showing off your entrepreneurial ideas.

Life Skills and New Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication and leadership skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and friends of different backgrounds from across the U.S.

45

Hours of Expert Instruction

3

Weeks Pursuing Your Passion

1

Life-Changing Experience

The Destination
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The Destination

Welcome to Dublin, Copenhagen, and Berlin, three of the best cities in Europe for entrepreneurs!

The capital cities of Ireland, Denmark, and Germany are all known for being at the forefront of startup scenes. Representing northern and western Europe, they are home to thriving businesses that attract young people and top talent each year. The European headquarters of the world’s tech giants are in Dublin, Copenhagen leads in green technology, and Berlin is renowned for providing many resources for startups.

Beyond creating the right conditions for businesses to succeed, all three cities have a strong focus on sustainability and maintaining a high standard of living for its residents. You’ll find large, clean open-air spaces all around. Spend your afternoons strolling Dublin’s huge green spaces like Phoenix Park, roaming past the brightly-colored houses along the Copenhagen canal, and visiting Berlin’s historical landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate. Revel in lively street life and delicious food markets where you can find dishes you can’t leave without trying, like Irish colcannon (mashed potatoes), Danish smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches), and German bouletten (meat balls).

Cultural Awareness

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Copenhagen, Dublin and Berlin

Daily Life

Daily Life

Monday–Friday   

Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places.     

  • Breakfast at the dorm/hostel or out in the community  
  • Experiential learning with expert instructors and business professionals  
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators   
  • Out and about for a Cultural Activity or Workshop   
  • Dinner at the dorm/hostel or out in the community  

Weekends   

  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites
  • Quality time with friends   

Check out the blog posts to discover more about daily life and excursions on program.  

Housing

Dorm/hostel, shared rooms with other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Weekly Learning Goals

Settle into Dublin. Visit local startups. Explore the processes and traits of successful entrepreneurs. Start collaborating with a group to develop concepts for a Business Proposal. Fly to Copenhagen.

Settle into Copenhagen. Interview entrepreneurs to help define a target market for your new business. Build a customer profile and test your ideas. Fly to Berlin.

Settle into Berlin. Through case studies and simulations, consider marketing strategies for your target customers, define your costs, and set your price. Develop an exciting pitch and present your Business Proposal to a panel of judges.

Program Blogs

From CIEE

It’s all in the details – Compare and Contrast Ireland and Denmark on our Multi-site Experiences – on to Copenhagen…

By Marina Tavarez at CIEE

This blog was created by Naomi McCloskey, another program leader on our CIEE Multi-site Global Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Europe Team. Hej (Hello) After a full week of exploring Dublin... keep reading

From CIEE

Irish Culture – Respect for History and Proud of Team Sports

By Marina Tavarez at CIEE

This blog was created by Naomi McCloskey, another program leader on our CIEE Multi-site Global Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Europe Team. There have been many historical experiences while in Dublin... keep reading

From CIEE

The entrepreneurial spirit begins!

By Marina Tavarez at CIEE

Top'O the mornin' to ya! Hello from Dublin! As the students gear up for their week of entrepreneurial immersion, the morning was off to a great start of orientation in... keep reading

Activities

Sample Activities

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Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Step aboard the Jeanie Johnston, a replica ship in Dublin's Docklands. Discover the remarkable stories of Irish people who embarked on a treacherous voyage from Ireland to North America to flee the Famine.
  • Take a canal boat and stop at Blox Hub, a vibrant, urban space for art and businesses.  
  • Get to the top of artificial skiing slope, Copenhill, a model of sustainable development built on the roof of a waste-to-energy plant!  
  • On a street art tour of stunning murals and graffiti, experience the largest open-air gallery in the world, covering a mile of the former Berlin Wall.  
  • Climb Berlin’s TV tower, Fernsehturm, and enjoy panoramic views from the city’s most visible landmark.

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience.  

What Students Are Saying

  • “I have made so many fantastic memories! I learned so much about the country and culture as well as myself and business. Everyone should do something like this if they have the opportunity!”

    Morrigan T., Global Navigator Alum

  • “It’s a fun program! The most memorable part was the business pitch that concluded the trip and consisted of all the new topics we learned related to business.”

    Nathan Y., Global Navigator Alum

  • “It is a great way to explore places you have never been to before and meet new friends. I obtained knowledge that I will continue to use throughout my life and future career.”

    Andrew H., Global Navigator Alum

  • “I enjoyed learning about entrepreneurship and being able to talk about what we learned with my peers! I have made friendships with people who I might have never met if it wasn't for CIEE.”

    Cassidy S., Global Navigator Alum

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Participants must be 14 years old and above.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
  • Only the Global Navigator Academic Merit Only scholarship is available for this program. The Academic Merit + Need scholarship is NOT available. For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our scholarship page

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Application Fee

$25

Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what's included with your tuition.

More questions? Find answers, get application support, sign up for virtual presentations or contact us.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Program Summer Sessions I, II and III 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date

What's Included

Interactive Classes

Housing

3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

Optional Flight Chaperone

(Flight Cost Not Included)

Pre-departure Advice and Orientation

Access to Local Phone and WIFI

All Cultural Activities and Excursions

Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection

24/7 Emergency On-site Support

Our Staff

Our Staff

Enda O’Connell

Center Director

Enda is responsible for overall management of CIEE Dublin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Primary Education Teaching from Dublin City University and the equivalent of a Master’s degree in...

Robert Cassidy

Center Director

Robert Cassidy brings a background in neuroscience and extensive leadership experience in higher education. Originally from New Orleans, Rob studied biology and neuroscience in Washington, D.C., before conducting research in...

Andrea Adam Moore

Center Director

Andrea Adam Moore holds a Master in Business Administration. Andrea was previously the Director of the Indiana University Europe Gateway in Berlin.

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