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've worked alongside Stanford, Kellogg, and an array of companies, we will focus on curriculum around five core competencies:
Define your strengths and weaknesses, how you learn best, and what you need to perform at a high level.
Learn how to identify key individuals in life and work, and how to invite them into the creation and building of a new idea.
Explore how storytelling can transform the way individuals & communities think, feel, and behave. You'll learn the principles and mindsets that will shape how you tell stories during your Leap and beyond.
We'll dive into the tools and systems that help organizations turn vision and goals into sustainable business models.
Understand how to find solutions to the most complicated challenges using this creative process focused on listening, trying, and failing quickly.
As you Leap into your semester-long work experience, you'll choose one specific concentration to continue studying: Storytelling, Business Operations, or Design Thinking. Each week, you'll engage in online discussions with your cohort and a weekly Coaching Call with an Ei Instructor who will provide you with feedback and counsel on a regular basis.
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.
Spring Cohort Timeline
At the end of your semester, you’ll meet back in Chicago to present your experience and learnings to family, friends, and individuals from your community. EXPO is one-part TEDx talk and one-part thesis presentation wrapped up in one big, fun night.
Tuition for Leap Semester is discounted to $7,000 (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
- 12 Upper Division College Credits from our School of Record, Columbia College Chicago
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
Final EXPO event to capture and celebrate your Leap Semester