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!
What's included in the program?
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:
- 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
- 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
- Introduction to French and German Stereotypes
- Helpful information about the “do's and dont's”
- Intro to the French language (4 hours instruction)
Instructors and Courses
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.
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.
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.
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 $500 non-refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance into the program.
Program Fee Breakdown
|Tuition = 2 courses, transcripting, and credits*
and CEPA Services
|Housing & Meals
|Summer 2018||$ 2,350||+||$ 1,770||+||$ 1,670||=||$ 5,790|
Note: Transcripts will be issued by the University of the Incarnate Word.
||$ 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:
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
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.