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From 13 to 17 years old




Camilo José Cela University, Villafranca Campus, Madrid


From June 30 to July 6 of 2024

Discover, Create, Innovate: Welcome to a transformative journey for teenagers aged 13 to 17, where creativity, design, and innovation converge to shape the future. Our pre-college program is divided into two dynamic groups, ensuring a tailored and immersive experience for participants aged 13 to 15 and 16 to 17.

Our program is not just a course; it’s a gateway to a world of boundless possibilities. Delve into creativity, innovation, and design under the guidance of university professors, experts, and seasoned professionals. This is not your typical classroom experience; it’s a hands-on, minds-on exploration designed to instill curiosity, nurture creativity, and develop the leadership skills necessary for innovative thinking.

Key Features:

Multidisciplinary Approach: Immerse yourself in the multifaceted world of creativity and innovation. Our curriculum spans diverse fields, showcasing the profound impact of creative thinking across various industries.

Practical and Dynamic Learning: Move beyond theory with our helpful and dynamic approach. Engage in interactive classes, hands-on experiences, and learning circles that apply frameworks directly relevant to real-world challenges.

Expert-Led Sessions: Benefit from the expertise of university professors, industry leaders, and professionals who bring real-world insights to the classroom. Gain a firsthand understanding of the applications of creativity and design in different fields.

Beyond the Classroom: Our program extends beyond traditional learning environments. Embark on eye-opening visits, tap into immersive experiences, and participate in sports activities to foster leadership skills and creative thinking.

Empowering Future Studies: Equip yourself with the tools to navigate and define your future studies. This program serves as a launchpad for participants, providing a solid foundation and a unique perspective beyond the ordinary.

Join us for an unforgettable exploration of creativity, design, and innovation. Embrace the challenges, push boundaries, and emerge prepared to shape the future through the lens of innovation.

Defining Future Paths:

This program is designed to be more than just an educational experience; it’s a catalyst for participants to define the next steps in their academic journey. With esteemed faculty from Universidad Camilo Jose Cela, distinguished professionals and experts from Harvard, MIT, and various industries, participants will be guided by individuals at the forefront of their respective fields. The program also features insights from young entrepreneurs and leading brands and companies shaping the landscape of creativity, design, and innovation. This dynamic blend of academia and industry ensures a comprehensive and impactful exploration, empowering participants to chart an informed and inspired course for their future studies.

Are you ready to redefine the possibilities? Your journey begins here.

This dynamic pre-college program is meticulously designed for students aged 13 to 17 keenly interested in various disciplines, including design, innovation, architecture, engineering, business, entrepreneurship, arts, and creative thinking. Our ideal participants are young minds characterized by curiosity, creativity, and a penchant for critical and analytical thought. Suppose you’re a student with a restless spirit, eager to explore the intersections of diverse fields, and ready to immerse yourself in a transformative learning experience. In that case, this program is tailor-made for you. Whether aspiring to be an architect, engineer, entrepreneur, artist, or business leader, our program provides a unique platform to cultivate your passions and shape the foundation for your future academic and professional journey.

Embark on a Transformative Experience in Madrid with Universidad Camilo José Cela and Mindway:

Nestled in the heart of Madrid, a thriving global hub of education, Universidad Camilo José Cela stands as a beacon of academic excellence. As a pivotal institution within the esteemed SEK Education Group, our university is deeply rooted in a legacy of innovative learning that spans over a century. SEK, renowned for its commitment to fostering holistic education, has consistently paved the way for transformative learning experiences. In collaboration with Mindway, a cutting-edge school of design and innovation, Universidad Camilo José Cela further enhances its commitment to advanced education. This partnership brings an unparalleled dimension to the program, offering participants insights and methodologies from the forefront of design and innovation. 

Moreover, the program proudly boasts partnerships with disruptive companies and esteemed institutions such as MIT, providing an extraordinary platform for participants to engage with and learn from global leaders in creativity and innovation. In the dynamic city of Madrid, students at Universidad Camilo José Cela find themselves at the intersection of tradition and innovation, exploring study boundaries in collaboration with these influential partners. The university’s commitment to academic rigor and Madrid’s vibrant cultural and educational landscape create an environment where study boundaries are pushed, enabling students to explore, design, and innovate. This unique blend of historical significance, global perspective, and a dedication to progressive education makes Universidad Camilo José Cela an ideal destination for those seeking a transformative educational journey at the forefront of design and innovation.

Participants will be awarded a university certificate Upon completing this transformative pre-college program at Universidad Camilo José Cela. This certificate is a testament to their dedication, engagement, and the valuable skills cultivated during their immersive exploration of creativity, design, and innovation. This certificate serves as a mark of distinction, a recognition of their commitment to personal and academic growth, and a valuable addition to their academic portfolio as they embark on their future educational endeavors.

Program Venue: Universidad Camilo Jose Cela Campus, Villafranca

Immerse yourself in the vibrant academic environment of Universidad Camilo Jose Cela, nestled in the heart of Villafranca. Our sprawling campus provides the backdrop for a complete and immersive college experience. Participants will have exclusive access to our various schools, cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurial labs, state-of-the-art sports facilities, and extensive study resources. During the program, students will reside in our campus residences, offering a firsthand experience of university life. Program fees cover all stay aspects, including meals, materials, and transportation. Beyond the academic realm, participants will have the unique opportunity to forge connections and interact with like-minded international students worldwide, fostering a global perspective and lifelong friendships.

Week-Long Program Topics: Creativity, Design, and Innovation

Day 1: June 30 – Welcome and Networking


Welcome and Registration

Welcome Session: Overview of the Program

Icebreaking Activities

Networking Activity

Network Light Cocktail Dinner

Day 2: July 1 – Introduction to Creativity and Innovation


Overview of the Program

Icebreaking Activities

Introduction to Creativity and Innovation


Group Dynamics and Team Building

Understanding the Creative Process

Day 3: July 2 – Foundations of Design Thinking


Exploring Design Thinking Principles

Empathy in Design: Understanding User Needs

Introduction to Ideation Techniques


Ideation and Prototyping Workshop

Group Projects: Applying Design Thinking

Feedback and Iteration

Day 4: July 3 – Applying Design Principles


Principles of Good Design

Case Studies in Design Excellence

Introduction to User Experience (UX) Design


Hands-on UX Design Workshop

Group Projects: Applying Design Principles

Critiques and Feedback

Day 5: July 4 – Innovation in Action


Innovation Models and Frameworks

Case Studies in Successful Innovation

Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking


Designing for Impact: Social Innovation

Group Projects: Developing Innovative Solutions

Prototyping and Testing

Day 6: July 5 – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Creativity


Creativity in Science and Technology

Creativity in Arts and Humanities

Integrating Disciplines for Innovative Solutions


Interdisciplinary Group Projects

Expert Panel Discussions

Day 7: July 6 – Reflection, Integration, and Celebration


Final Learning Circle: Reflecting on the Week

Sharing Experiences and Insights

Goal Setting for Future Exploration

Wrap-up Class: Recap of Key Concepts

Preparing for the Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony: Certificate Awarding

Participant Recognition

Inspirational Keynote

Students resident in Spain
All SEK students regardless of their ID or country of residence.
Non-SEK students whose passport/ID/NIE is Spanish and/or that of their parents or legal guardians, or have at least one year of residence in Spain.

Price: 2.250€< Discounts:

  • 7.5% for SEK students and alumni
  • 10% for enrolment before 31 January 2024
  • 5% for enrolment before 30 April 2024. This discount is not cumulative with the special 10% discount for enrolment before 31st January.
  • 5% for groups.

Students not residing in Spain
Those who do not have a Spanish ID or NIE, nor their parents, nor can prove a year of residence in Spain.
Price: 2.700€

Both students who are resident in Spain and non-residents must fill out the following form and send it to Sofia Lloan or Estefania Garcia Silva


Students not resident in Spain
All non-EU students must process their student visa in their country of origin, before starting the course.
The School recommends that the visa process be carried out at least 3 months in advance.
The School may provide guardianship services or may recommend a provider.
Students not resident in Spain will need private health insurance.

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