Innovation School at UC Berkeley

Innovation School at UC Berkeley

Study the sources of success in the heartland of true entrepreneurship.

Innovation School on hold for 2020

After three years of successful operation, Innovation School will be put on hold for 2020. Unfortunately, this means that we will not open up for applications fall 2019.

Innovation School has been a pilot, operating under a special permit from the Ministry of Education and Research, and we have gained invaluable experience from the three years of cooperation with UC Berkeley.

This experience will be put to good use as we develop a new generation of Innovation School. Effort is already underway to create a new programme that will be offered in the future, and hopefully, we can accept applications already next year for the summer of 2021. 

Innovation school

Innovation School is a collaboration between NHH and University of California, Berkeley in the U.S. It is a summer programme for students who are curious about what makes certain companies more innovative. What is the source of innovation and what can current companies do to become innovative?

The programme explores examples from Silicon Valley and other large organizations that have succeeded in creating a culture of innovation, and prepares programme participants for creating the needed cultural change for companies to operate and compete more effectively on a global level.

Photo: University of California, Berkeley
Photo: University of California, Berkeley
Photo: University of California, Berkeley
Photo: University of California, Berkeley

The programme is a mix of five critical areas:

a) Innovation and the anatomy of corporate culture
b) The process of taking an idea and accumulating resources to commercialize it
c) How to create and grow entrepreneurial organisations
d) New rules of effective leadership in an innovative culture
e) Sources of financing new ventures

Why do some companies attract a driven and entrepreneurial workforce?

How do some companies consistently out-innovate others in their field and what can a company learn from the Silicon Valley’s engine of entrepreneurship and innovation?

These questions are addresses by a combination of lecture, case discussion, guest speakers and class projects.

About the programme

The course is held at UC Berkeley and lasts ten weeks.

The programme includes one day a week with coursework at UC Berkeley and four days a week at a full time internship in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    You must be a student from NHH.

    If you are a bachelor student:

    • You can apply if you have completed 120 ECTS and your degree will be completed in the 2019 spring semester. However, master students are given priority.

    If you are a master student:

    • You can apply if you will NOT have completed your minor (22,5 ECTS) and all electives after the 2019 spring semester.

    You must be fluent in English, both oral and written.
    You need to be motivated and possess the appropriate qualities and attitudes.
    You need good academic results.

    Both Norwegian and international students can apply. However if you are an international student you are usually not eligible for loans and scholarships from The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen).

    It is not possible to combine Innovation School with a master level exchange semester, CEMS or Double Degree.

    Students who have already been accepted to a master level exchange semester in the spring of 2019 may apply for Innovation School, but if they are accepted they must withdraw from the exchange in order to keep their place at Innovation School.

  • Application Procedure

    Application Procedure

    Innovation School in 2020:

    After three years of successful operation, Innovation School will be put on hold this coming year. Unfortunately, this means that we will not open up for applications this fall.

    Application procedure

    • The application is scheduled to open on 1 October 2020

    You will receive the answer to your application in mid-November. There will be a short deadline for you to accept the offer.

    There are 40 places available. The applicants will be evaluated and assessed by the Section for Admissions. Your academic results, how far you have come in your education and your motivation will be emphasized in the evaluation. Relevant work experience is a plus.


    1. CV in English
    2. Motivation letter in English. This will also be used in the matching of students and innovation companies. Write two pages maximum. The letter must include:

    • Why you are applying for Innovation School
    • What you know about the programme
    • How you got to know about the programme
    • Why we should choose you
    • What you wish to gain from the programme (future plans etc.)

    3. List of preferred internship role/industry (non-binding)

    You do not need to upload a transcript of records.


    Upload your documents in one PDF-file. Other file types will not be possible to open, and will not be evaluated.

    Please upload only the documents we ask for. Other documents will not be taken into consideration and may instead cause a delayed answer to your application (work and voluntary experiences should be stated in your CV. Do not upload additional work certificates etc.).
    Make sure your documents are easy to read.

    Save your document as "LastnameFirstname.pdf".
    Example: "Kardashian.Kim.pdf".

  • Costs


    The cost of the program is estimated to be USD 10,450. This includes:

    • USD 7 450 for tuition, internship and field trips
    • Approx. USD 3 000 and upwards for housing

    Additional costs:

    • travel to/from the U.S.
    • visa
    • visa visit to the U.S. embassy in Oslo
    • insurance
    • other living expenses in the U.S. while participating in Innovation School
  • Funding


    Innovation School is approved by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund. Therefore, Norwegian students are eligible for funding from Lånekassen (Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund) to cover tuition and internship cost, two months of basic support and travel expenses.

    If you are an international student, you are usually not eligible for loans and scholarships from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen).

  • Accommodation


    Students have a choice between finding housing on their own or staying in accommodation arranged by UC Berkely in the Berkeley Campus area.

    Students choosing the Berkeley Campus option will be accommodated in apartments in the International House for nine weeks. On the 10th week, students will have to move to another accommodation also arranged by UC Berkeley.

  • Visa


    Once you are admitted to the program, UC Berkeley will help you and you will receive more information about the process.

    However, you need to be aware that you are responsible for getting a visa yourself. That includes among other things, arranging the required insurance, visiting the embassy in Oslo and covering the visa expenses (approximately NOK 2000).

  • Internships Placement Process

    Internships Placement Process

    When you apply, you will be asked to prioritize the industries and/or the roles you will possibly be interested in working.

    Based on your indications UC Berkeley will match your application with an innovative company.

    The process of internships placement requires among other things Skype interviews with potential companies.

  • Recognition


    Innovation School is an NHH program taught at UC Berkeley. Therefore, all credits are granted by NHH and will be incorporated as part of your master's degree on a pass/fail basis.

    The course is worth 30 ECTS and will constitute your minor (22,5 ECTS) and an elective course (7,5 ECTS).

    Students completing the New Business Development major have the option to integrate Innovation School as part of their major profile. Students cannot combine a major in NBD with a minor in Innovation School.

  • Innovation School and Gründerskolen

    Innovation School and Gründerskolen

    Innovation School is a program that complements the Gründerskolen program. Gründerskolen focuses on entrepreneurship and Innovation School focuses on innovation in already established companies.

    Students can apply to both programs but can only accept one.

  • Want to know more?

    Want to know more?

    You can find student evaluations from the 2017 Innovation School programme on the Canvas page "International Opportunities at NHH"

    If you have any questions concerning admission, please send an email to

    Any other questions please send an email to