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Summer 2019

Summer Intercultural Communication and Global Leadership Program

A challenging and innovative 5-week summer study abroad program for the next generation of leaders:

Program starts: June 22, 2019

Program ends: July 25, 2019

Spaces are limited and filling up!

DEADLINE: Apply before March 31 to secure your space in the program.

Benefits for Students:

  • Develop a broader global perspective of the world
  • Understand other cultures and communication styles
  • Improve your leadership skills and achieve confidence
  • Gain international networking opportunities
  • Discover your professional and personal potential

This engaging and interactive summer study abroad program combines classroom instruction with high profile guest lectures, visits and excursions, as well as practical training elements in the area of goal finding, human rights, mediation, dispute resolution, social responsibility/peace building, and intercultural negotiation skills to prepare students for their future careers goals to become leaders in a globalized world.

Students are meant to be co-creators of this summer program, not consumers.
The instructors and guest speakers who will lead the program are the facilitators of student growth, not the providers of it.

Throughout the program, students will be motivated to step up and lead, question, engage, grow, commit, create community, and continue to develop as the unfolding leaders they would like to become. Attending class, being prepared and completing readings and assignments, and actively participating in class discussions and activities are not only expected but essential for every student’s individual success and growth through participation in this program.

Make a positive impact this summer on your future career!

Program Advisor

Are you interested in this program?

All majors are welcome to apply.

Please contact me if you have questions or would like to apply to the program:

Abigail Schleicher


What's included in the program?



Career Connection

Career Connection

Our Academic Director will help you leverage the skills you learned abroad.

  • Goal setting exercise at the beginning of the program
  • Meeting with political decisiontakers in Europe (Parliament members, US consulate) and business leaders in Germany and France
Guest lectures - Topics include:

Guest lectures - Topics include:

  • European Identity (or French/German Identity)
  • “Doing Business in France and Germany”
  • Euro-District – German/French Cross Economic Collaboration
  • Business development agencies in the Alsace (ADIRA) and in Germany (WRO Offenburg)
  • Peace Building and Conflict Resolution in Europe – current issues
  • The EU Social Charter
  • Executive Leadership Training Day, focus on business and politics
Professional Excursions

Professional Excursions

  • Various visits to international companies – meetings and discussions with company executives on HR topics and e.g. social and corporate responsibility
  • European Union Parliament in Strasbourg
  • Council of Europe
  • Cultural visits in and around Strasbourg, including museums, castles, and a concentration camp
  • Full day excursion to Frankfurt, Germany
Culture and Language

Culture and Language

  • Introduction to French and German Stereotypes
  • Helpful information about the “do's and dont's”
  • Intro to the French language (4 hours instruction)


Our instructors bring years of experience to the classroom, tapping into their own career achievements to mentor students to become successful communicators and leaders across different levels and cultures.

Each course requires 45 hours of in-class instruction and 90 hours of homework. This is an intense program and students are encouraged to complete some of the required reading ahead of time. Some Friday or weekend class/academic excursions will count as homework hours but the students will be intensely busy during the program. Although some Friday and/or the weekend time will be required for homework during the program, some weekends will be free for independent travel.


The University of the Incarnate Word is the School of Record for the summer program and will provide the transcripts for both courses.

Intercultural Communication SOCI 3332/BINT 3332 will be transcripted as:

SOCI 3332 Culturology & Cross Cultural Communication or BINT 3332 Culturology & Cross Cultural Communication.

The courses are cross referenced but the classes and course outlines are identical.  This allows the flexibility for both business and non-business majors to select which "prefix" (SOCI or BINT) best fits their major and transcript.

Global Leadership LDST 3340 is from the School of Professional Studies


Intercultural Communication
(SOCI 3332)

3 US semester credits
This course informs students of key concepts and theories surrounding intercultural communication. In our interdependent world, students of all majors need intercultural communication knowledge, skills, and sensitivities to be able to optimize their roles as citizens and employees.

Global Leadership
(BINT 3332/LDST 3340)

3 US semester credits
This class explores students' futures as international leaders in order to understand how to effectively work through systems in culturally appropriate and sustainable ways. Through readings, research, dialogue, and technology, we will explore what it means to be a cross-cultural leader in a complex and ever-adapting world. The course will focus mainly on leadership in the business and political sectors.

Additional Presentations

will be held by high-ranking guest speakers from prominent European Institutions such as the EU Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights.

Program Fee: $5,790

A $500 non-refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance into the program.

Program Fee Breakdown

  Tuition = 2 courses, transcripting, and credits*
  Cultural Program
and CEPA Services
  Housing & Meals
  Program Fee
Summer 2018 $ 2,350 + $ 1,770 + $ 1,670 = $ 5,790

Note: Transcripts will be issued by the University of the Incarnate Word.

Payment Schedule

Due by
Non-refundable deposit
$ 500 March 31
First payment or financial deferral request form $ 2,645 April 30
Final payment $ 2,645 May 30

  • Two courses = 6 US semester credits (Transcripts issued by: The University of the Incarnate Word)
  • Accommodations at the CEPA Study Center – Château de Pourtalès in twin rooms with shared bathrooms. (Single rooms or rooms with private bathrooms are available upon request for an additional fee)
  • All program components as listed on the website
  • Breakfast daily at the study center
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transportation for excursions included in the program
  • One group airport pick-up and transfer on arrival day
  • Public transportation pass
  • Excursions, special presentations, and guest speakers as described
  • Professional on-site support from study center staff
  • Extensive orientation and reflection sessions
  • Free use of wi-fi, laundry, and facilities at the Château

International health insurance is available through the CEPA Foundation for an additional fee.

Not included in the program fee: International airfare, insurance, visa/passport expenses (if necessary), additional meals, beverages, airport transfer on departure day, and misc. personal costs.


Extended Application deadline April 30
$500 non-refundable deposit Due within 7 days of invoice
Arrival in Strasbourg PROGRAM BEGINS June 23
Blocked Weekend - activities are planned on these days, please do not travel independently June 29 - July 1
Free Weekend -  you may travel independently during this time, no required activities are planned July 6-8
Blocked Weekend - Leadership coaching and training activities are planned on these days, please do not travel independently July 13 and July 15
National Holiday in France: Bastille Day July 14
Free Weekend -  you may travel independently during this time, no required activities are planned July 20-22
PROGRAM ENDS, check-out July 26
  • All majors are welcome to apply.
  • Students who have completed one year of college-level study will be prepared for the academic coursework.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the USA with 2.8 GPA or higher
  • Completed application form

Scholarships are available for this program:



Apply by


Emerging Global Leaders Scholarship 1 scholarship worth $2,500  March 1 CEPA_Foundation_Scholarships
The non-profit CEPA Foundation offers scholarships to qualified students who apply and are accepted to this program. 10 scholarships worth $500 each March 1 CEPA_Foundation_Scholarships
The non-profit CEPA Foundation offers scholarships to qualified students who apply and are accepted to this program. 5 scholarships worth $1,000 each March 1 CEPA_Foundation_Scholarships
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Up to $3,000 per scholarship Visit website gilman
Transcripts will be issued by the University of the Incarnate Word.

Important information for students who will receive transcripts from the University of the Incarnate Word: the course designators and numbers will appear as LDST 3340: Global Leadership and SOCI 3332: Culturology & Cross Cultural Communication
US citizens generally will not need a student visa to participate in the program because the program is less than 90 days,

However, all students are responsible for their own travel documents and associated costs. You must have a passport which is valid for at least six months beyond your departure date from France.

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