• Summer Intercultural Leadership Program

Intercultural Leadership Program

June 26 - July 29, 2017

A challenging and innovative summer study abroad program for the next generation of leaders:

Benefits for Students:

  • Develop a broader global perspective of the world
  • Understand other cultures and communication styles
  • Improve your leadership skills and achieve confidence
  • Gain international networking opportunities
  • Discover your professional and personal potential

This engaging and interactive summer study abroad program combines classroom instruction with high profile guest lectures, visits and excursions, as well as practical training elements in the area of goal finding, human rights, mediation, dispute resolution, social responsibility/peace building, and intercultural negotiation skills to prepare students for their future careers goals to become leaders in a globalized world.

Students are meant to be co-creators of this summer program, not consumers.
The instructors and guest speakers who will lead the program are the facilitators of student growth, not the providers of it.

Throughout the program, students will be movitivated 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.

Make a positive impact on your future career this summer!

Program Advisor

Are you interested in this program?

All majors are welcome to apply.

Please contact me if you have questions or would like to apply to the program:

Abigail Lynch


What's included in the program?



Career Connection

Career Connection

Our Academic Director will help you leverage the skills you learned abroad.

  • Goal setting exercise at the beginning of the program
  • International resume and cover letter writing exercise at the end of the program – comparasion of German and French CV versus the American
Guest Lectures - Topics include:

Guest Lectures - Topics include:

  • European Identity (or French/German Identity)
  • “Doing Business in France & Germany”
  • Euro-District – German/French Cross Economic Collaboration
  • Business development agencies in the Alsace (ADIRA) and in Germany (WRO Offenburg)
  • Current Human Rights issues
  • The EU Social Charter
Professional Excursions

Professional Excursions

  • Various visits to international companies – meetings and discussions with company executives on HR topics and e.g. social and corporate responsibility
  • European Union Parliament in Strasbourg
  • Council of Europe
  • Cultural visits in and around Strasbourg, including museums, castles, and a concentration camp
  • Full day excursion to Heidelberg or Frankfurt, Germany
Culture and Language

Culture and Language

  • Introduction to French and German Stereotypes
  • Helpful information about the “do's and dont's”
  • Intro to the French language (6 hours instruction)


Dr. June Nobbe

Dr. June Nobbe

She is the Director of the Office for Leadership Education & Development at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Nobbe provides oversight for the Undergraduate Minor in Leadership at the University of Minnesota and teaches the capstone course on global leadership. She has also led many global seminars on the topic of leadership and social change worldwide.


Dr. Wolfgang Glebe

Dr. Wolfgang Glebe

He is a german national, graduated with a PhD in Physics in the mid-80s. He then went into industry to do engineering work in different departments, R&D, quality and sales on an international level where he became a specialist in industrial project management in different companies in France and Germany. In 2006 he founded his own company (Project Management International) from where he gives talks and lectures in numerous universities in Strasbourg and Germany about cross cultural and project management for graduate and undergraduate students. In his free time, he enjoys travelling abroad in remote areas in the world.

Harald Leibrecht

Harald Leibrecht

President of CEPA Foundation, former Member of the German Bundestag (Member of Congress) and Coordinator for Transatlantic Relations (until 2014) will lead the full day Symposium on Current Issues in the EU.

Further presentations will be held by high ranking guest speakers from the European Institutions such as the EU Parliament, Council of Europe or the European Court of Human Rights.

Intercultural Communication (Comm 3050) – 3 US semester credits:
This course provides students with the key concepts and theories surrounding intercultural communication. In our interdependent world, students of all majors need the intercultural communication knowledge, skills, and sensitivities to be able to function as citizens and employees.

Global Leadership (Global Studies 3100) – 3 US semester credits:
This class explores where students plan to go in the future as global-citizen-leaders in order to understand how to effectively intervene in systems in culturally appropriate and sustainable ways. Through readings, research, dialogue, and technology that connects us to the world, we will explore what it means to be a global-citizen-leader in a complex and ever-adaptive world.

  • Course instructors are from the USA as well as European universities.
  • Each course is worth 3 US semester credits and requires 45 hours of in-class instruction and 90 hours of homework.
  • This is an intense program and students are encouraged to complete some of the required reading ahead of time. Some Friday or weekend class/academic excursions will count as homework hours but the students will be intensely busy during the program. Although some Friday and/or the weekend time will be required for homework during the program, some weekends will be free for independent travel.

Note: Transcripts and credits will be issued by CEPA Foundation’s School of Record.

Program Fee: $5,790

A $500 non-refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance into the program.

Program Fee Breakdown

  Tuition = 2 courses, transcripting, and credits*
  Cultural Program
and CEPA Services
  Housing & Meals
  Program Fee
Summer 2017  $ 2,350 + $ 1,770 + $ 1,670 = $ 5,790

Note: Transcripts and credits will be issued by CEPA Foundation’s School of Record.

  • Two courses = 6 US semester credits (Transcripts issued by: The College of New Jersey*)
  • Accommodations at the CEPA Study Center – Château de Pourtalès in twin rooms with shared bathrooms. (Single rooms or rooms with private bathrooms are available upon request for an additional fee)
  • All program components as listed on the website
  • Breakfast daily at the study center
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transportation for excursions included in the program
  • One group airport pick-up and transfer on arrival day
  • Public transportation pass
  • Excursions, special presentations, and guest speakers as described
  • Professional on-site support from study center staff
  • Extensive orientation and reflection sessions
  • Free use of wi-fi, laundry, and facilities at the Château

International health insurance is available through the CEPA Foundation for an additional fee.

Not included in the program fee: International airfare, insurance, visa/passport expenses (if necessary), additional meals, beverages, and misc. personal costs.

* The College of New Jersey is the School of Record for this program which is offered by the CEPA Foundation.

Application deadline and $500 non-refundable deposit due

March 31, 2017
Arrival in Strasbourg PROGRAM BEGINS June 26, 2017
Closed Weekend June 30 – July 2, 2017
PROGRAM ENDS, check-out July 29, 2017

*Dates are tentative until confirmed. Please check with the program director before booking your flight.

  • All majors are welcome 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 in the USA
  • 2.8 GPA or higher
  • Completed application form

scholarshipScholarships are available for this program:



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The non-profit CEPA Foundation offers scholarships to qualified students who apply and are accepted to this program. 10 scholarships worth $500 each March 1, 2017 CEPA_Foundation_Scholarships
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Up to $3,000 per scholarship March 1, 2017 gilman

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