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Summer Intercultural Communication and Global Leadership Program

Dates: June 6 - July 10, 2021

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

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:

Eliana Rafael


What's included in the program?

2 Courses for 6 credits

2 Courses for 6 credits

Students will enroll in:

  • Global Leadership
    (3 US semester credits)
  • Intercultural Communication
    (3 US semester credits)
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 decision-makers 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 self leadership
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)


Courses Instructors

Global Leadership (LEAD 3000)

Dr. Harold Mock

Director of Leadership Programs, Georgia College and State University

Dr. Harold Mock directs the Office of Leadership Programs at Georgia College and State University, and teaches courses on principles of leadership. A specialist in international affairs and transatlantic relations, he is currently writing a book entitled Dangerous Power: An International History of German Unification, 1969-1993. Dr. Mock's research and teaching interests include civil-military relations, particularly related to nuclear strategy and defense planning in western Europe. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia, where he previously served as Bradley Research Fellow. Additionally, Dr. Mock holds a master's degree in history from Virginia and bachelor's degrees in political science and history from Georgia College. 

Intercultural Communication (SOCI 3332/BINT 3332)

Dr. Kevin Mac Gabhann

Associate Dean of International Relations at EM Strasbourg Business School, University of Strasbourg and Associate Professor in International Management

Dr. Mac Gabhann teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in International Human Resource Management, Intercultural Management, International Negotiations and Cross-Cultural Issues in Human Resource Management, and Diversity Management in Healthcare. His research interests include Intercultural Management, Intercultural Education, Cross Cultural Training and Diversity management. He holds a PhD in Management Sciences from the University of Strasbourg, a Masters degree in international business from the University College Dublin, and completed his undergraduate studies in the USA. He teaches internatlionally in the USA, Ireland, UK, Italy, Mexico, Australia, Austria and has lived in Ireland, USA, Japan and France. He is a certified intercultural practitioner. 

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 2021$ 2,250+$ 1,970+$ 1,570=$ 5,790

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

  • Two courses = 6 US semester credits (Transcripts issued by: The University of the Incarnate Word)
  • Accommodation 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)
  • 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.


Application deadlineMarch 1
$500 non-refundable depositDue within 7 days of invoice or May 1, whichever comes first
First payment: $2,645Due by May 15
Final payment: $2,645Due by May 30
Arrival in Strasbourg PROGRAM BEGINSJune 6, 2021
Free Weekend -  you may travel independently during this time, no required activities are plannedTo be announced
Free Weekend -  you may travel independently during this time, no required activities are plannedTo be announced
PROGRAM ENDS, check-outJuly 10, 2021
  • 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 Scholarship1 scholarship worth $2,500 March 1Learn more
The non-profit CEPA Foundation offers scholarships to qualified students who apply and are accepted to this program.10 scholarships worth $500 eachMarch 1Learn more
The non-profit CEPA Foundation offers scholarships to qualified students who apply and are accepted to this program.5 scholarships worth $1,000 eachMarch 1Learn more
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 scholarshipVisit websiteLearn more
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 will appear as LEAD 3000: Global Leadership, and SOCI 3332 Culturology and Cross-Cultural Communication OR BINT 3332 Culturology and Cross-Cultural Communication. The class and course outline which is identical for both courses. This allows the flexibility for both business and non-business majors to select which "prefix" (SOCI or BINT) best fits their major.

When applying for the program, students will select the appropriate course designator required for their transcript.

LEAD (School of Professional Studies) SOCI (College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences > Sociology Department ) BINT (School of Business and Administration)
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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