Summer Leadership Program

Leading for Impact and Innovation
Saturday, June 25 – Saturday, July 23, 2022

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.

  • Dates

    Program starts on:
    Saturday, June 25, 2022

    Program ends on:
    Saturday, July 23, 2022

  • 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

    April 1

  • Accomodation

    Housing and daily breakfast provided at the Château de Pourtalès

  • Finances

    Program fee: $5,790

    Scholarships Available

  • Included

    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 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.

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

2 Courses, 6 US 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.

For the first two weeks, students have a choice between two different courses to take, either ‘Leading for Impact and Innovation’ or ‘Intercultural Communication’. For the final two weeks, all students will participate in the ‘Leadership by Design’ course.

Course 1 // First Two Weeks:

Leading for Impact and Innovation

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 & change while working with local partners and enterprises.

– – OR – –

Intercultural Communication

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 an upstanding citizens and successful leaders.

This course can be transcripted as either a business course or communications course. See ESC syllabi for more information and specific learning outcomes. 

Course 2 // Final Two Weeks:

Global Leadership/Leadership by Design

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 a global leader in a complex world.

This course will be transcripted as a leadership course. See ESC Syllabi for more information and specific learning outcomes. 

ESC Syllabi Library

Summer Dates

Application deadlineApril 1 (Late applications accepted based on availability)
$500 non-refundable depositDue within 7 days of invoice or April 1, whichever comes first
First paymentDue by May 1
Final paymentDue by June 1
Arrival in Strasbourg PROGRAM BEGINSSaturday, June 25, 2022
Blocked Weekend - activities are planned on these days, please do not travel independentlyTBA
Free Weekend -  you may travel independently during this time, no required activities are plannedTBA
Blocked Weekend - Leadership coaching and training activities are planned on these days, please do not travel independentlyTBA
Free Weekend -  you may travel independently during this time, no required activities are plannedTBA
PROGRAM ENDS, check-outSaturday, July 23, 2022

Fee Structure

 Courses, Credits, and Transcripts+ Cultural Program CEPA Services+ Housing, breakfast daily, and some group meals= Program Fee
Summer (5 weeks)$2,550$1,770$1,470$5,790
Fall Semester (15 weeks)$5,250$4,590$3,650$13,490
Spring Semester (Business Track, 15 weeks)$5,250$4,590$3,650$13,490
Spring Semester (Politics Track, 19 weeks)$5,250$4,590$4,150$13,990
ESC Syllabi Library

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Submit your application via CEPA Foundation’s secure 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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Once your application has been reviewed, a member of our team will contact you with next steps to proceed with your onboarding and acceptance to the program.

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Eliana Rafael

Program Director

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