The London Social Enterprise Summer School in Hackney

Experience social enterprise in London this summer

Join us in Hackney this summer and experience the dynamic London social enterprise scene.

The London Social Enterprise Summer School (London SESS) provides international students a focused and immersive learning experience of social enterprises in Hackney over three weeks* in the summer.

*HCD also offers customised placements to learn about their work and associated social enterprises for government officials, professionals, university faculty etc. Please contact  Douglas Racionzer ( for further details.

We offer:

  • Immersive experiences (placements) at recognised Hackney social enterprises in London tailored to your interests.
  • Training and coaching from Ashoka fellow; Douglas Racionzer.
  • University credits (qualifications) related to local economic development, social enterprise, community development and urban regeneration.
  • Student accommodation with your own room providing breakfast and self-catering amenities.
  • Pick-up and drop-off at the airport.
  • Cycle-hire or bus passes.
  • A great social programme curated by local Hackney residents.

Deadline: 14th April 2019

When: Two placements of 21 days available -

  • Placement 1 = June 26th to July 16th 2019.
  • Placement 2 = July 23rd to August 13th 2019.

Where: Hackney, London, England.

Accommodation will be at Sir John Cass Hall

Training will be at 62 Beechwood Road,London,E8 3DY, England.

Social enterprise placements will be at one of our 300 social enterprises in Hackney.


  • National Students (including accomodation): GBP 1899
  • National Students (excluding accomodation): GBP 899
  • International Students: USD 2850

This will cover  teaching materials, field trips and living expenses.

Please note: International students will be responsible for the following expenses – visa, airfare, health and travel insurance and their personal expenses.

Who:  Students (either full or part time) in their undergraduate (year 3 or 4) or masters (year 1 & 2) can apply.

Interested students can apply directly or be nominated through their faculty coordinators. 

What we need from you: 

An email sent to Douglas Racionzer at which includes:

  • Application form (Can be found under downloads on the left side of the screen)
  • Official transcript
  • CV
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Motivation Letter stating what you expect to gain from this experience and what you can bring to a social enterprise placement
  • Copy of Passport


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