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Leap Semester

Real-world experience meets timeless
curriculum, lifelong friends, and up to
a full semester of college credit. 

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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

  • Design
  • Business Development
  • Technology
  • Social Innovation
  • Engineering
  • Communications
  • Entrepreneurship

Location

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 Cohort
    September - December 2016
  • Pre-Launch Course
    December 2016
  • Meetup
    Early January 2017
  • Experience & Online Courses
    January - March 2017
  • EXPO
    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.

 
 

Program Costs

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

 
  • Tuition
  • $9,000
    $6,000
  • Housing (Optional)
  • $2,700

*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.

 

Join us for a LEAP SEMESTER or for the FIFTH class of the Leap Year Fellowship