Who is Leap Semester for?
You're in college. You want to gain experience outside of the classroom. You're thinking about internships or study abroad, but you need something different. You learn by doing and want to make something meaningful, meet brilliant people, and gain timeless skills.
Type of Person
The dreamers, thinkers, and the doers. You see problems as opportunities and want to learn by helping a company succeed and learning with bright & caring peers.
Stages of Life
College Sophomore, Junior, or Senior interested in gaining experience while earning college credit. Or Gap Year Student interested in global experience.
Fields of Study
- Business Development
- Social Innovation
You’ll start & end with Meetups in Chicago. The remainder of your semester could be spent at an apprenticeship in Buenos Aires, Santiago, London, Dublin, Sydney or Chicago.
Open Applications Winter 2016 CohortSeptember - December 2016
Pre-Launch CourseDecember 2016
MeetupEarly January 2017
Experience & Online CoursesJanuary - March 2017
What will you learn?
You'll begin by meeting your classmates in Chicago for a rigorous week-long Meetup. Together, with a group of instructors who have worked alongside Stanford, Kellogg, and an array of companies, we will focus on curriculum around five core competencies:
What will you experience?
Upon your acceptance into Leap Semester, Sage Corps will match you with pre-vetted high growth startups in select global cities. You will work full-time with a team based on your skill set and the startup’s needs. You may focus your work on verticals such as: Marketing, Sales/Business Development, or Product Development.Outside of your apprenticeship, you'll be immersed in the host city's entrepreneurial and business ecosystem. Sage Corps will help you attend networking events and round table discussions at venture capital funds, startup incubators and larger companies. All participants will have access to the Sage and Experience Institute Network–thought leaders and innovators who act as supporters throughout your Leap.
Tuition for this Fall or Spring Cohort of Leap Semester is discounted to $6,000 (originally $9,000) & includes:
Pre-Course focused on Ei's framework to design your learning
One-on-one support with Sage Corps to pair you with a 10-week Experience/Apprenticeship
Two-Week Meetup in Chicago around Five Interdisciplinary Competencies
Online Courses throughout the semester focused on the concentration of your choice
Weekly Coaching to offer support throughout your courses and experience
Ongoing co-working space in Chicago throughout your experience
Transcript from A.C.E for College Credit at your home campus
Final EXPO event to capture and celebrate your Leap Semester
- Housing (Optional)
*THE PROGRAM REQUIRES A $1,000 DEPOSIT UPON ACCEPTANCE AND MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY THE FIRST DAY OF MEETUP. HOUSING COSTS MAY VARY SLIGHTLY DEPENDING ON YOUR APPRENTICESHIP CITY. YOU WILL NEED TO SET ASIDE FUNDS FOR TRAVEL, FOOD, AND ANY FURTHER PERSONAL RESOURCES.