What are the IEU LABs?

Fully-tutored working spaces where students develop professional projects and work closely with companies and institutions. An excellent opportunity for students who want a hands-on experience, to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge and professional skills.

What types of LABs are offered?

There are three kinds of Labs: Start-Up Lab, IE Labs with Corporate Partners, IELabs with Institutional Partners and Independent Labs.

  • Start-Up Lab: Serves as an incubator for students´ business initiatives and guides them through the process of creating and starting a business. Students are given training in areas like marketing, funding, strategy and legal aspects, and are introduced to investors or to other entrepreneurs that share their experience.
  • IEU Consultancy Labs with CORPORTATE & INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS: Students work as consultants for companies, firms and institutions. These clients collaborate with IE University and call on students to carry out specific research projects and strategic analysis and deliver their findings, guided by the Lab Directors and experts. Clients belong to a variety of sectors, such as sports, finance, marketing, media, information technology, etc. IE departments or other IEU Labs can also become clients. Research and consulting is carried out in areas such as urban development, city marketing, legal issues, museum management, education, creativity and social behavior and many others. Every year more clients collaborate with the IEU Labs and new projects are added to the portfolio.
  • IEU Social Impact Projects: The Social Impact Lab does external consultancy work for NGOs or public institutions. The work of the Lab consists in helping them to reach their goals and objectives with professional criteria by developing projects that have a social impact. The Lab takes advantage of the multicultural origin of its participants and the synergies that their diverse educational background offers. This Lab offers the possibility to travel abroad during the summer to visit institutions working in the field in similar social projects. The trip is
    voluntary and the student will have to pay for it.
May students join a Lab that is different than their degree track?

Yes! Anyone can join any of the Labs offered regardless of the degree they are taking. In fact it should be encouraged so that they explore other areas of interest.

Who can join the IEU LABs?

The program is geared toward first and second year students, however, senior students can also participate.

How can I find out more specific information about the IEU LABs?

Three ways:

  • Go to CAMPUS ONLINE, look for General University Information / IEU LABs & Entrepreneurship / Labs 18-20.
  • Contact labs.university@ie.edu
  • Send an email to the Lab Director for more specific information (you will find the email in Campus online)
Will there be a Lab Director looking after us?

Yes, you will have a director, who will guide you and the rest of your group all along the way and who will monitor your work, give you feedback, help you whenever you have to meet with clients, and who will set up specific goals and deadlines.

When are the IEU LABs starting their activity this year?

There are two portions of the IEU LABs program: the Extensive Period and the Intensive Period.

During the 2019-20 Academic year, the LABs Extensive Period begins the week of January 27th and ends May 4th with a total number of 12 weeks of work. Students are expected to work 4-5 hours per week (Semana Santa is the week of April 6, there will be no LABs activity.)

The LABs Intensive Period will run from June 1st until June 26th with a total of 4 weeks. Students should work 4 hours a day from 10:00 to 14:00. Students´ attendance will be monitored. There will be a Director on campus each day in case students have questions or need guidance.

The closing event for the IEU LABs is June 26th. All students are expected to attend.

Where do the LABs take place?

The IEU LABs are offered both at our Madrid and Segovia campuses. Specific meeting locations will be told to you when the registration process is complete.

Can I do the extensive period in one Campus and the intensive period in the other?

In principle this will not be possible if the rest of your team does not change location. This can be explored during the first meetings of the Lab when the projects are assigned but it cannot be guaranteed in advance.

Can I sign up for only the extensive period or the intensive period?

No. You need to work both during the extensive AND intensive period.

Are the IEU LABs graded?

Yes, you will obtain a grade of 0 to 10 for your participation in the IEU Labs. Your grade will be determined by your performance and the reports you have to prepare for the client or your progress in the business idea.

Does the grade I obtain in the LABs count towards my GPA?

No, but It will appear in your European Supplement to the diploma as an extra academic activity.

Will I obtain credits (ECTs) and how many?

Yes, if your participation in the LABs is satisfactory you will be granted 3 credits (ECTs). Later on, you may opt for validating those credits for some elective course whenever that may be possible in your program.

Is there a fee?

Students do not pay anything extra for joining and working at the IEU LABs. Only later on, if you decide to ask for credit recognition to make up for an elective, you will have to pay for those credits (as you will do if you decided to enroll in an elective course).

How can I enroll?

Access the online enrolment platform https://ieu-enrollment.ie.edu/.

When can I enroll?

You can enroll from Monday, Nov 6 until Wednesday, Nov 22.

The enrollment platform doesn't work/ is not available.

If you are unable to add/ drop a lab through the enrollment platform, please contact: labs.university@ie.edu

How many LABs can I register for?

You may register for only ONE lab per academic year. To work in two LABs will be very demanding and will put at risk your academic performance.

Can I change/ drop LABs once I have begun working for one of them?

You will have the possibility to Add & Drop LABs in the following period: Monday, January 6th – Monday, February 15th, 2020.

After Feb 15th you will not be able to change your enrolment in the LABs. If your attendance in the Lab is not satisfactory, you will receive a Fail that will show in your transcript.

Is there limited space available in each Lab? How do you select students?

Yes, there is limited availability in each Lab. In general, students will be registered on a first come, first serve basis. That is why we encourage students to enroll as soon as possible. Only in the Start-up Lab, the selection criteria are different. You will have to present a brief summary of the business idea you want to develop.

If I missed the registration in November, can I still sign up for a Lab?

Yes, the enrolment online platform will open for Add & Drop Labs in the following period: Monday, January 6th – Monday, February 15th, 2020.

If I decide to drop the Lab (for instance, because I have other plan for the summer, I get an internship, etc) after the add & drop period is over, what will be the consequences?

You will receive a Fail that will show in your transcript. Working in a Lab is voluntary. When you decide to join, you acquire a commitment towards the clients, the university, your Lab Director and the rest of the team. The team will have to deliver in any case at the end of June. If you leave your teammates will have to do the extra work and the credibility of the university and of the IEU LABs project will be questioned.

If I have done a Lab in the past, can I enroll again? In the same Lab? In a different Lab?

Yes, you can sign up again.

  • If you are interested in a different Lab, you will have to attend the two portions of the new Lab (non-intensive and intensive). You will get 3 ECTs.
  • If you are interested in the same Lab, you have 2 options:
    • To do the full package (non-intensive and intensive) for 3 ECTs; or
    • To do only the non-intensive period for 1 ECT.

To enroll, get in touch with labs.university@ie.edu

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