Designed for undergraduate students, 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.
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
Based in: Strasbourg, France
Field trip to: Heidelberg, Germany
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
Session I – March 1
Session II – April 1
Housing and daily breakfast provided at the Château de Pourtalès
One session: $5,990
Both sessions: $10,900
Included per session
2 courses, professional development opportunities, field trips, local and international excursions, site and company visits, housing, group pick-up and transfer on arrival day
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.
Housing and daily breakfast at the Château de Pourtalès
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
(Rooms are limited at the Château and based on first-come, first-served. Additional housing will be arranged, should the Château fill up)
6 credits (2 courses), transcripts, lectures, professional development opportunities
Cross-cultural Communication (3 semester credit hours)
Sustainable Leadership: Leadership by Design (3 semester credit hours)
Multiple guest lectures addressing international relations, business, peace building, and communications
Leading for Impact + Innovation (3 semester credit hours)
Students will enroll in two courses taught at the European Study Center during each session. The courses are 3 US credit hours each, for a total of 6 US credit hours for your program. Students may enroll in both sessions. The courses will include both classroom instruction and service-learning/professional development elements and excursions.
The academic courses examine leadership from the perspectives of Political Science, Sociology, International Business, and Management. 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.
May 27 – June 24, 2023
Apply by March 1, 2023
Apply for Session I
Biography - Dr. Mock
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.
GOVT 4399 ST – Sustainable Leadership: Global Leadership by Design
(3 semester credit hours)
Dr. Harold Mock, Director of Leadership Programs and Assistant Professor of History at Georgia College and State University
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.
Dr. Kevin MacGabhann 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.
Biography - Dr. Lepicovsky
Marketa comes from the United States where she obtained a BA from Ohio State University and an MA at Ohio University. Prior to joining CEPA, Marketa managed international education and study abroad programs in Germany and in the Czech Republic.
She also had the chance to live in Taiwan where she obtained a Ph.D. at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Marketa enjoys travel, experiencing different cultures, and learning about different languages. Besides English, which is her native language, Marketa speaks German and Czech fluently. She also has a basic command of French and some Mandarin.
SOCI 3332 Culturology-Cross-Cultural Communication – BINT 3366 Intercultural Communication
(3 semester credit hours)
Instructors: Dr. Kevin MacGabhann, Associate Dean of International Relations at EM Strasbourg, Managing Director of Hermes, Co-founder member CAN-IE, University of Strasbourg
Dr. Marketa Lepicovsky, Academic Director, CEPA Foundation
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 can be transcripted as either SOCI 3332 Culturology-Cross-Cultural Communication OR BINT 3366 Intercultural Communication.
The class and course outline is identical for both prefixes. This allows the flexibility for both business and non-business majors to select which “prefix” (SOCI or BINT) best fits their major.
Students must pre-select the course designator (academic discipline) on the application form.
June 24 – July 22, 2023
Apply by April 1, 2023
Apply for Session II
Biography - Dr. Holland
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.
BMGT 4399 ST – Leading for Impact + Innovation
Instructor: Dr. Joseph (Jody) Holland, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy Leadership, The University of Mississippi
This course will introduce you to the emerging field of social entrepreneurship and innovation through a leadership framework. You’ll develop your individual and collective capacities to implement impactful, sustainable, and scalable methods of solving society’s problems. By the end of the course, you’ll create a personalized leadership report to help you understand how you can uniquely lead others.
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 co.space and New Leaf Initiative – all of which are physical spaces designed to spark innovation and connection in communities.
BINT 3340 Experiential Learning in Europe: Designing Creative Communities
(3 Semester credits)
Instructor: Spud Marshall, Social Entrepreneur and Creative Community Builder
This course will teach you how to effectively engage with a community and identify solutions to pressing local problems. You’ll learn creative storytelling techniques and approaches for how to bring an idea to life from a grassroots perspective. During the course, you will be responsible for developing an original blueprint for social innovation & change while working with local partners and enterprises.
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The European Study Center (ESC) at the Château de Pourtalès is the premier location for an academic year, semester, and summer study abroad program in France. The ESC program is operated by the CEPA Foundation.
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