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International Leadership Program

Leaders without Borders: Strategic Approaches to Global Issues
Global Studies & Strategy for Young Leaders, Activists & Entrepreneurs

Experience what it is like to live like a Stanford University student! Stanford’s campus plays host to exciting seminars and workshops led by visiting university instructors and outside experts during this pre-college summer program.

Each day focuses on a new and exciting global issue: You will examine the state of international relations and global politics, learn the fundamental issues affecting tomorrow’s international businesses and entrepreneurs and address challenges to national security and environmental stability brought about by globalization and global climate change. For young leaders and activists interested in developing global perspective on international business, politics, government, or the environment, this is the perfect summer program.


During the course of the program, students participate in a core curriculum of daily seminars and workshops designed to promote global leadership. Core curriculum topics include:

International Relations and 21st Century Politics
Familiarize yourself with major trends in political, economic and cultural relations within the international system of the 21st century during this series of classes on International Relations. Lectures help students define the role world powers, international organizations and NGOs play in a variety of hot button topics including nuclear non-proliferation, terrorism and conflict-resolution.

Introduction to Public Speaking and Global Leadership
During this series of public speaking and leadership workshops students will learn key elements to public speaking and becoming an effective leader. Topics include constructing an action plan, peer mediation and negotiation, project management, networking and active listening and motivation techniques.

Introduction to Economics, International Business and Personal Finance
Learn about the fundamental relationships and important players in the global economic and financial arena and develop important life skills in personal finance and budgeting. Students will use simulations, case studies and real-life examples to analyze the current international economic environment while also learning how to create a budget and set their own financial goals.

US National Security
The events of September 11 shocked the consciousness of the American people and brought about profound changes in the domestic and foreign policy of the United States. This seminar covers new challenges to the security of the United States, such as terrorism, regional instability and nuclear nonproliferation. Discussions on "soft security" areas, such as climate change, the environment and the world population problem are also addressed.

Environmental Studies
Take on contemporary issues related to global climate change in this exciting and informative series of targeted workshops addressing our environment. Coursework will examine environmental problems in a broader context of international politics and U.S. interests. Key topics include global warming and climate change, sustainable development, green energy, biodiversity and conservation.


Campus Housing at Stanford University
Conveniently located on the internationally recognized Stanford University campus, Abbey Road’s Leadership Academy Program allows students to benefit from all the conveniences a modern college campus provides. Students live together on campus with supervision provided by Abbey Road Resident Advisors, and have access to all residence amenities, from wi-fi equipped lounges and study rooms to dining halls.


During the week, students take classes on the Stanford University campus. Outside of class time, students can participate in organized sports, recreational events and activities and enjoy free time in downtown Palo Alto as well as on the Stanford University campus. Most weekends the group will venture to downtown San Francisco and even enjoy a trip to the beach!

Sample Daily Schedule
9:00-9:30 Morning Group Meeting
9:30-12:30 Morning Workshop/Seminar
12:30-2:00 Afternoon Break and Lunch
2:00-5:00 Afternoon Workshop/Seminar OR Afternoon Activities
5:00-7:00 Student Free Time, Tri-Weekly Counselor Office Hours
7:00-8:30 Dinner: Restaurant, Stipend or Meal at Stanford Dining Hall
8:30-11:30 Evening Activities
11:30-12:00 Face-to-Face Nightly Check-in


Visits to the UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz campuses and their surrounding communities will compliment the academic component of the program. The group will also take a trip to San Francisco where they will visit the city’s many iconic sites including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Warf, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Union Square and more!


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