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Global Opportunities

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Summer 2019 Local and Domestic Programs

Summer Global Leadership Seminar: Philadelphia

Registration is now open for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia’s annual Summer Global Leadership Seminar, to be held July 8 through July 12 in Philadelphia. This year’s topic is “The Rise of Political Populism.”  Students will learn about the rise of both left-wing and right-wing populism in countries around the world through debates, a "crisis simulation," lectures from academics and policymakers, and case studies. The Seminar meets Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM daily, and on Friday, students will travel to Washington, D.C., for a full day of tours and meetings with foreign policy officials and diplomats. The cost is $245, and scholarships are available. More information is available at this link, or by contacting Dr. Sisserson or Kristin Hutchinson, Director of Student Programs at WACPHILA.

National Student Leadership Conference: Washington, D.C. and Connecticut

The National Student Leadership Conference invites current sixth- through eighth-graders to an exciting summer camp experience. Campers will live in dorms at American, Yale, or Georgetown universities as they explore STEM, leadership, international diplomacy, environmental sustainability, and more! The conferences are led by college professors and, in addition to classroom experiences, feature experiential opportunities like real-world simulations, field trips, and behind-the-scenes tours. The organization offers scholarships based on need. Find out more here.

Envision: Washington, D.C. and New York City

Envision offers high school students leadership-oriented summer programs in Washington, D.C. and New York City. At the Leadership Forum on National Security–Diplomacy, Intelligence, and Defense, students will gather in Washington, D.C. to meet national security experts and explore the latest intelligence strategies. At the Global Young Leaders Conferences in Washington and New York, students will experience simulations of international diplomacy and engage in cross-cultural communication exercises with peers from around the world. Programs offer college credit through George Mason University, and scholarships are available. For more information, click here.

Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World: Illinois

The Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) welcomes high school students for a 2-week intensive Elementary Arabic course. This is an introductory course in Modern Standard Arabic for high school students with limited or no prior knowledge of the Arabic language. In addition to classroom instruction, students will enjoy co-curricular activities like conversation tables, film series, cooking classes, calligraphy, Henna Tattoo, field trips, and more. During the program, students live in a residence hall located on the UIUC campus with Arabic speaking support staff, and are eligible to earn two college credits. Offered June 9 - 22. More information can be found here.

Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive: Pennsylvania

The Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive brings American high school sophomores and juniors (ages 16-17) together with international high school students from all regions of the world, June 30 - July 27, 2019, live and learn together at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Students learn about entrepreneurship, globalization, team building, project management, leadership and working within a culturally diverse environment. More information available here.

Summer 2019 International Programs

Pennington Program in Guatemala

Sipacate, Guatemala: Turtle Conservation

Pennington is offering an opportunity to volunteer with a turtle conservation group in beautiful Sipacate, Guatemala, a quiet beach town directly east of Guatemala City. Students will be accommodated in dormitory housing and will help with such activities as beach patrols, relocating eggs to hatcheries to protect them from predators, building hatcheries, and releasing hatchlings. June 16 through June 26, 2019. Estimated Cost $1,700. Interested? Email Dr. Sisserson at

Pennington Program in China

For the fourth year, The Pennington School is again providing a fully funded opportunity for five (5) students to travel to China for ten days in summer 2019 from June 12 - 23, 2019. All students from the Classes of 2019-2022 are invited to apply. Students will fly to Beijing and spend a few days there, then travel via high-speed train to Shanghai before departing from Hong Kong. They will experience the culture of China through hands-on experiences and will travel to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and other notable sites, including enjoying VIP tours of businesses in each city.

The trip will be chaperoned for the second year by Mark Ross, Pennington’s photography teacher, and his wife, Susan. Email Dr. Sisserson at with any questions.

Reach Cambridge: England

Reach Cambridge welcomes fourteen- through eighteen-year-olds to experience Cambridge University’s world-renowned academic, historic, and cultural offerings each summer. The residential program invites students to live in university dormitories while taking one, two, or three-week summer courses in subjects such as engineering, law, creative writing, physics, international relations, and drama. Some courses offer academic credit. The program’s mission is to offer high-schoolers a taste of life on an elite university campus, widening their horizons with world-class teaching supplemented by evening activities, social and athletic offerings, engaging speakers, and excursions to sites throughout England. More information can be found here.


Cambridge Immerse: England

Cambridge Immerse is an academic program welcoming thirteen-through-eighteen-year-old students from around the world to Cambridge University, in England, each summer. Intended to give high school students a taste of life on a global college campus, the program accommodates students in university dorms and offers them an abundance of extracurricular activities. The program offers several courses of study, including International Relations, in two-week sessions throughout the summer.  For further information, click here.


The School for Ethics and Global Leadership: London, England

The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) offers a five-week intensive program designed for high school students who want to change the world! Located in London, England, from June 22 to July 27, attendees will meet with NGOs, government officials, and think tanks as they hone their public speaking, debate, leadership and collaborative skills. The SEGL program is selective, and offers financial aid. For more information, click here.