24 December 2015

Call for participants: School of Leadership: Hansen Summer Institute (San Diego, California, USA - June 29 - July 25, 2016)

The Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation is an exciting international program funded by a generous grant from the Fred J. Hansen Foundation that aims to create an international community of young scholars who will use their summer experience as a foundation for creating lasting friendships and acquiring common practical understanding of a more peaceful future.

Location: San Diego, California, USA
Dates: June 29 - July 25, 2016 (to be confirmed)

Six Hansen Summer Institutes took place in San Diego, California in July between 2007 and 2015. The Institute provides a unique University-based leadership experience and program in international cooperation. For three weeks, young American men and women joined students from a variety of developing countries and regions of social strife. Between then and now, Hansen alumni have remained in contact via a variety of social networking sites and projects funded by the Hansen Foundation. We are happy to announce the Hansen Summer Institute will host its seventh group of young leaders in July 2016 at the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES).

The Summer School will be hosted in San Diego, California

Program elements will involve classroom instruction and hands-on training in the latest techniques of conflict resolution, mediation, and inter-cultural management. Classroom training will complement local excursions to San Diego historical attractions and cultural events including a fourth of July parade, a Padres baseball game, and a harbor cruise. Hansen Summer Institute training aims to provide participants a "leadership toolbox" for resolving conflict and building a better future for their respective countries.

2016 Application Deadlines

Non-US students - January 4, 2016
US Students - February 15, 2016

Eligibility requirements

  • Upper division undergraduate with 2 years of college/university or graduate student with a professional interest in international relations, diplomacy, international economic development or related fields.
  • Students must be between the ages of 20- 25 on July 1, 2016.
  • Must have demonstrated leadership potential outside of the classroom in the community, nation or region.
  • Have an academic adviser verify in writing the candidates English proficiency
  • Have a valid international passport with US visa if necessary by the time the program begins
  • Preference will be given to those who have never visited the United States

What if I have been to the United States before? 

Preference will be given to students who have never been to the United States before but all qualified students are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants must demonstrate leadership potential by having worked outside of class in community service, another public service, or in a non-governmental organization. A letter of reference from such a group or organization is required.

What is the cost of attending the program?

The Hansen Summer Institute is fully funded by the Fred J. Hansen Foundation. This includes international airfare, room and board and all programmatic costs. If selected the only cost to participants will be the fees incurred in obtaining a passport, a U.S. visa and spending money.