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.

    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.

  • Tentative Dates
    Summer 2024

    Program begins:
    Saturday, May 25, 2024

    Program ends:
    Saturday, June 22, 2024

    Apply by: March 1

  • 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 Deadline

    Extended until March 15

  • Accomodation

    Housing and daily breakfast provided at the Château de Pourtalès

  • Program Fee


    Scholarships Available

  • Included

    2 courses, professional development opportunities, field trips, local and international excursions, site and company visits, housing, group pick-up and transfer on arrival day

Spend this summer in Strasbourg, France at the European Study Center. Improve your leadership and communication skills, learn about European cultures, and explore France and Germany.

This engaging and interactive summer study abroad program combines classroom instruction with high-profile guest lectures, visits, excursions, and practical training. The academic courses examine leadership from Political Science, Sociology, International Business, and Management perspectives. At the end of the program, students will be better prepared for their future careers as leaders in a globalized world.

Throughout the program, students will be motivated to step up and lead questions, engage, grow, commit, create community, and develop into the unfolding leaders they want to become. Attending class, being prepared, completing readings and assignments, and actively participating in class discussions and activities are expected and essential for every student’s success and growth through participation in this program.

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

    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)

  • Academics

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

    • Cross-cultural Communication (3 semester credit hours)
    • Sustainable Leadership (3 semester credit hours)
    • 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 to international and European companies and organizations and cultural sites in France and Germany
    • All-day corporate leadership workshop
    • Orientation program
    • Lectures, workshops, and professional seminars
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
    • Personal support from on-site team in Strasbourg
    • Local public transportation and select meals during excursions

Summer 2024

Saturday, May 25, 2024 - Saturday, June 22, 2024

Students are expected to be in class each weekday Monday – Friday, with class times in the morning hours (i.e., 9:00 – 12:30)

Application deadlineExtended until March 15 (Late applications accepted based on availability)
$500 non-refundable depositDue within 7 days of invoice or March 1, whichever comes first
First paymentDue by Monday, April 1
Final paymentDue by Wednesday, May 1
Pre-departure Webinar (required)TBA
Arrival in Strasbourg PROGRAM BEGINSSaturday, May 25, 2024
Blocked Weekend - activities are plannedTBA
Free weekend for independent travelTBA
Blocked Weekend - activities are plannedTBA
PROGRAM ENDS, check-outSaturday, June 22, 2024

Fee Structure

 Courses, Credits, and Transcripts+ Cultural Program CEPA Services+ Housing, breakfast daily, and some group meals= Program Fee
Summer 2024 $2,550$1,770$1,670$5,990
Fall 2024 $5,580$5,220$5,190$15,990

Spring 2025
(Business Track, 15 weeks)

Spring Semester 2025 (Politics Track, 19 weeks) $5,580$5,220$6,190$16,990


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Eliana Rafael

Program Manager

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. 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.

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

(3 semester credit hours)


Dr. Harold Mock, Director of Leadership Programs and Assistant Professor of History at Georgia College and State University

Course Description:

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.

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

Course Description:

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.

Course Prefix

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.

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