Frequently Asked Questions

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Fees and Payments

How much does it cost? The cost is 1250 USD per workshop. For more information check the page Fees

How do I pay? When you submit your application, you will be asked to pay the tuition amount in full via credit card or debit card. After you have completed the application form, you will be sent an email with a link to proceed to payment. The amount will vary depending on how many workshops you have signed up for. This automatically holds your place in the workshops but the application is completed when we receive your payment. If we don’t receive it the next 24 hours, your application will be cancelled. Please note that there is a non-refundable deposit if you decide to not attend.

What if I don’t have a credit card or if the amount is too high for a single transaction? If this is the case, you can reply to the application confirmation email you will be sent after completing the application form online and we will send you an invoice so you can make a bank transfer. There may be additional costs associated with this method of payment, which should be paid by you.

What is included in the tuition? The tuition fee covers the workshop and materials. It does not include accommodation, meals or transportation.

Is there financial aid or scholarships available? CIID is not able to offer financial aid or scholarships for this program. However, funding may be available from your home country. It is your task to research funding opportunities.

If I miss a day can I get my money back? We cannot offer a fee reduction to those who miss days for any reason, including illness.

Is there a discount for participants? Yes, please look at the Fee section. 

What is expected of me?

How much interaction design experience do I need? None, some or lots. We encourage a multidisciplinary class so we are looking for a diverse group of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. This approach enables peer-to-peer learning and interesting group discussions.

Do I need prior knowledge of specific software/hardware/electronics? Some applicants may already be experts in programming and electronics, others will have no experience at all. The idea is that skills will cross-pollinate across the group via teamwork and collaboration. If specific prior knowledge is required, this will be specified in the workshop description.

What kind of equipment should I bring? A laptop is required. The Summer School space will have WiFi access and a printer. Depending on your workshops, you will have access to the prototyping lab, which includes laser cutters, 3D printers, soldering workstations and a selection of electronic components.

Am I required to be present every day of the workshop or can I explore the city? The program will be intense as there is a lot to learn in a short period of time. Irrelevant of which course you plan to attend, you will be expected to be in the class every working day – unless another off-site location has been specified by the faculty. There will be a time in the evenings and weekends for socializing and urban explorations.

Does CIID cover health & safety insurance for participants? No. You are responsible for organizing your own insurance. This is important given that you could be using the fabLab and other machinery.

Summer School Interaction

Is there a Facebook group? Once you have paid your fee and created your profile, you will be invited to a Facebook group where you will be connected to other Summer School participants and faculty.

What is Airtable, and how do I use it? It is an online tool that will allow you to have a profile and see all information about the school. You will receive a link to your profile. Please take a look at this tutorial and download it to your mobile and your computer before the school starts.

What are other activities will happen?

You will have the possibility to mingle with participants from all workshops and there will be some joint social events in the evenings. From a team building perspective you will build close relationships with your peers – and of course, if you are doing multiple workshops, the weekends will be free for you to enjoy some time off in the city.


What is the Cancellation Policy? CIID will not refund workshops already paid. 

In case a visa is declined or not issued on time to enable the participant to join the Summer School we will fully refund the fee upon receiving proper documentation stating the decline or delay.

What if one or more of my workshops are canceled for some reason? In the unlikely event that any of your workshops are canceled, we will offer you the opportunity to participate in one of the other workshops. If you decide not to attend an alternative workshop, we will refund you in full for the canceled workshop.

Will I get a refund in case I don’t get my VISA on time? Yes CIID will fully refund workshops canceled due to a delay in the VISA process.

Travel and Accommodation

What are the best flights? When booking your flight, you will need to arrive at least one day before the start of the workshop to check in to your accommodation.

Are flights and accommodation included in the fee? No, this should be organized and paid for by the individual.

Where will I sleep? There are a number of relatively cheap options available including hostels, AirBnB, and small hotels. We will provide participants with a list of these. It is up to the individual to find and book accommodation.

Can I share accommodation? This is up to the individual – we will set up a closed Summer School Slack group for participants to get to know each other a little before their arrival in Kochi India. Room/apartment sharing can be discussed in there. Groups of people have shared in the past by one person taking responsibility to book a large apartment through airbnb or similar websites. This is a great (and often cheaper) option.

Our local partners got in contact with OYO Rooms, a local hotel chain, which will help participants to find accommodation. Fill out this form with your preferences and submit it. Here, you will find suggestions for your stay and you will get a discount for being a participant of the CIID Summer School programme. Please, remember this is an external party, therefore, we don’t take any responsibility and is not related to CIID.

Terms and Conditions

a) Disclaimer

I certify that the information concerning my educational, professional or personal background herein, is true and correct. Pursuant to the laws and regulations mentioned above (herein, the “Legislation” ) and in connection with your personal data that our Institute intends to review and store (herein, to “Use” ), we wish to let you know the following:

b) Use of your data

  1. The Use by the Institute of your personal data may include electronic means or other technology and may involve one or more operations permitted by the Legislation.
  2. Providing personal data is not mandatory, with a limited exception for those data that shall be supplied pursuant to laws and regulations other than the Legislation, including, by way of mere exemplification, the laws against money laundering.
  3. Your personal data will not be communicated to any third parties outside the Institute, with limited exception (if any) for certain Public Agencies (e.g. Agencies for Social Security) as provided by law.
  4. Your personal data shall therefore not be divulged to any individual or entities.
  5. The Legislation vests you with specific rights in relation to your personal data, such as those of requesting the Institute to confirm the existence of your personal data, to communicate them to you, to know their origin, to be informed on the criteria and goals on the basis of which the data are being used and/or kept, to request their cancellation, to immediately restrict the illegal use of any data, to update, modify, amend or supplement them anytime, to object to their use, based on legitimate reasons.
  6. Having acknowledged my rights under the Legislation, hereby, I expressly authorize the Institute to use any personal data that I will supply to it.

c) Enrollment

  1. Neither flights nor accommodation is included in the fee.
  2. We cannot offer a fee reduction to those who miss days for any reason, including illness.
  3. You are required to have a fluent level of English language.
  4. This is not an accredited course. Only a Certificate of attendance will be delivered at the end of your workshop.
  5. You are requested to obtain a visa in case you need it for the Summer School country.

d) Insurance

  1. No participants are insured neither by CIID nor the venue or our partners. Please makes sure you have a travel insurance, and all other relevant insurances. This is important given that you could be using the woodshop and other machinery.