Summer Leadership Program

Leading for Impact and Innovation
Saturday, June 25 – Saturday, July 23, 2022
Earn 6 US Semester Credits

This program has enhanced my understanding of my flaws, strengths, and values. I feel more confident in my sense of self and have the tools to be an international leader

Jonah Harris, Georgia College and State University, Intercultural Leadership Program

  • Academic Field(s)

    Suitable for all majors.

    Course content focuses on business and political communication and leadership.

  • Tentative Dates
    Summer Session I

    Program starts on:
    Saturday, May 27, 2023

    Program ends on:
    Saturday, June 24, 2023

    Summer Session II

    Program starts on:
    Saturday, June 24, 2023

    Program ends on:
    Saturday, July 22, 2023

  • Destinations

    Based in: Strasbourg, France

    Field trip to: Heidelberg, Germany

  • Eligibility
    • Students of all majors are encouraged 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 with a 2.8 GPA or higher
  • Application Deadlines

    Session I

    Session II

  • Accomodation

    Housing and daily breakfast provided at the Château de Pourtalès

  • Program Fee

    One session: $5,990

    Both sessions: $10,900

    Scholarships Available

  • Included per session

    2 courses, professional development opportunities, field trips, local and international excursions, site and company visits

This engaging and interactive summer study abroad program combines classroom instruction with high-profile guest lectures, visits, and excursions, as well as practical training in the areas of stakeholder analysis, strategic planning, goal setting, mediation, social responsibility, intercultural negotiation, and leadership. At the end of the program, students will be better prepared for their future careers as leaders in a globalized world.

Throughout each session, 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.

Students can enroll in one or both sessions.

This program is organized in partnership with the Sullivan Foundation.

Chateau de Pourtales, European Study Center in Strasbourg France
  • Accommodation

    Housing and daily breakfast at the Chateau de Pourtales

    • Dorm style accommodation with twin rooms and shared bathrooms
    • Full buffet-style French breakfast provided every morning
    • 18th century French castle surrounded by large nature park
  • Academics

    6 credits (2 courses), transcripts, lectures, professional development opportunities

    • Intercultural Communications Course
    • Global Leadership Course
    • Multiple guest lectures addressing international relations, business, peace building, and communications
Flags of the European Union in Brussels
  • Excursions, Field Trips, and Immersive Learning Opportunities
    • Guided tours and professional visits to European institutions and international businesses
    • Multiple excursions and visits to companies and cities in France and Germany
Students on an Excursion at the European Study Center in Strasbourg
  • On-The-Ground Support and Assistance
    • Accessible and friendly on-site staff
    • 24/7 emergency service and support
    • Pre and post-departure assistance
    • Dedicated coordinator and helpful ESC Center staff

Session I

2 Courses, 6-semester credits

During your program, you will enroll in two courses taught at the European Study Center. The courses are 3 US credit hours each, for a total of 6 US credit hours for your program. The courses will include both classroom instruction and service-learning/professional development elements and excursions.

The course content focuses primarily on business and political leadership. The instructors are from American and European universities. This is an intensive program and students are encouraged to complete some of the required reading ahead of time.

Sustainable Leadership: Global Leadership by Design

Instructors: Dr. Harold Mock

This thought-provoking course takes students on a journey as they explore leadership philosophies and styles. Students will learn how to effectively interact in culturally appropriate and sustainable ways. Through readings, research, dialogue, critical analysis, and interactive learning, students will discover how to be global leaders in a complex world.

This course will be transcripted as Global Studies 3100.

See ESC syllabi for more information and specific learning outcomes. 

Dr. Harold Mock

Director of Leadership Programs and Assistant Professor of History
Georgia College

Harold directs the Office of Leadership Programs and teaches courses on principles of leadership at Georgia College. 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. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Atlanta Council on International Relations.

Cross-Cultural Communication

Instructor: Dr. Kevin Mac Gabhann

This course introduces students to key concepts and theories surrounding international and intercultural communication. In our interdependent world, intercultural communication is an asset to students of all majors as they require the knowledge, skills, insights, and sensitivities to be upstanding citizens and successful leaders.

This course is cross-referenced and can be transcripted as either
a business course BINT 3332 Culturology and Cross-Cultural Communication

or a communications course SOCI 3332 Culturology and Cross-Cultural Communication

See ESC syllabi for more information and specific learning outcomes. 

Dr. Kevin MacGabhann

Associate Dean of International Relations at EM Strasbourg, Managing Director of Hermes, Co-founder member CAN-IE
University of Strasbourg

Dr. Kevin Mac Gabhann has almost 20 years of experience in academic and senior management in international and higher education. Born and raised in Dublin, Kevin began his international career in the United States and Japan before settling in France in 2000.

Dr. Kevin Mac Gabhann is the Associate Dean of International Relations at EM Strasbourg Business School, Université de Strasbourg, Managing Director of HERMES an international network of 26 universities worldwide, and a founding member of CANIE – Climate Action Network for International Educators. Holding a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Strasbourg, Kevin is an Associate Professor in International Management.

Course Syllabi

Session II

Leading for Impact and Innovation

Instructors: Dr. Jody Holland and Spud Marshall

This course will introduce students to the emerging field of social entrepreneurship and innovation and begin to develop their individual and collective capacities to innovate and implement impactful, sustainable, and scalable methods of solving society’s problems. Each student will be responsible for developing an original blueprint for social innovation and change while working with local partners and enterprises.

This course will be transcripted as BMGT 3000: Leading for Impact and Innovation

See ESC syllabi for more information and specific learning outcomes. 


Dr. Joseph (Jody) Holland

Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy Leadership
The University of Mississippi

He received his doctorate from Mississippi State University in Public Policy and Administration. Jody Holland teaches public policy courses that range from general policy issues to specialized policies such as food policy, economic development, nonprofit organizations, grant writing, and leadership development.

Using a critical analysis perspective, Jody teaches solution-based strategies to enhance the implementation of public policy and leadership. In addition, he pursues an engaged scholarship agenda with nonprofit organizations regarding leadership and organization development. He has been associated with securing over $4 million in grant funding and producing over 20 peer-reviewed publications.

Jody is the Executive Director of the Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow (LOFT), which is the local community foundation that provides grants to local nonprofits. Also, Jody is the founder of Holland Consulting Group, which aids public, private, and nonprofit organizations on topics such as leadership training, policy analysis, grant writing, and organizational and program evaluation.

Spud Marshall

Social Entrepreneur and Creative Community Builder

He is the author of ‘Designing Creative Communities’ and founder of My Creative Community, which provides strategic support to organizations interested in designing engaging experiences for their communities.

He has launched numerous social ventures – including 3 Dots, the and New Leaf Initiative – all of which are physical spaces designed to spark innovation and connection in communities.

Spud Marshall – Cultivating Changemaker Communities (

Summer 2023 Tentative Dates

Application deadline Session IMarch 1 (Late applications accepted based on availability)
$500 non-refundable depositDue within 7 days of invoice or March 1, whichever comes first
First paymentDue by April 1
Final paymentDue by May 1
Arrival in Strasbourg PROGRAM BEGINSSaturday, May 27, 2023
PROGRAM ENDS, check-outSaturday, June 24, 2023
Application deadline Session IIApril 1 (Late applications accepted based on availability)
$500 non-refundable depositDue within 7 days of invoice or March 1, whichever comes first
First paymentDue by May 1
Final paymentDue by June 1
Arrival in Strasbourg PROGRAM BEGINSSaturday, June 24, 2023
PROGRAM ENDS, check-outSaturday, July 22, 2023

Fee Structure

 Courses, Credits, and Transcripts+ Cultural Program CEPA Services+ Housing, breakfast daily, and some group meals= Program Fee
Fall Semester 2022 $5,550$4,690$3,750$13,990
Spring Semester 2023 (Business Track, 15 weeks)$5,550$4,690$3,750$13,990
Spring Semester 2023 (Politics Track, 19 weeks)$5,580$4,720$4,190$14,490
Summer 2023$2,550$1,770$1,670$5,990
ESC Syllabi Library

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Submit your application via CEPA Foundation’s online application portal. We believe that study abroad should be accessible to all, that’s why our applications are FREE! If you have any questions about the application or the program, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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  1. Complete the initial application.
  2. After you are accepted, pay the deposit to secure your place in the program.
  3. Create an account and upload required documents.

Late applications will be accepted and be based on availability.

Once your initial application has been reviewed, a member of our team will contact you with next steps to proceed with your on-boarding and acceptance to the program.

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