Come join a global and connected network of young changemakers!

The Global Leaders Program at Wheaton College brings together high school-age changemakers from around the world to learn the basics of social entrepreneurship and gain insight into college life at a top-rated U.S. college of liberal arts and sciences.

Through engaging lectures, workshops, discussions and field trips, students will learn how to craft a business plan, find investors and build an organization or initiative that will effect change in their communities. They’ll also learn about choosing an area of study, what it takes to succeed in a competitive classroom environment, and how to market themselves and grow their career networks while exploring the rich culture and history of the greater Boston area.

Eligibility: High school rising juniors and seniors

Program dates: Monday, July 6 – Saturday, July 18, 2020

Program cost: $3,500 (includes tuition, room, and board and local travel for the program). Limited need-based financial aid is available for qualified applicants.

Application deadline: the priority application deadline is April 1, 2020.

Apply now to the Global Leaders Program

Academic overview

The core portion of the program will be a five-day seminar on “Innovation and Social Change,” led by President Dennis M. Hanno, who has led similar seminars for thousands of students across the world. Students will be guided through a process of turning their ideas into action.

Other sessions will introduce students to several of the subject areas they might pursue in higher education and provide an overview of the kinds of services and support available for students at liberal arts and sciences colleges such as Wheaton. Students will return to their home country or state with a deep understanding of how they can make the most of educational opportunities available to them in the United States.

Housing and student activities

Under the guidance of Wheaton student advisors, you will live in the brand new Pine Hall (opened in August 2019) on the Wheaton campus in Norton, Massachusetts (rated among the Top 10 Safest Cities in the U.S., according to SafeWise). Located between two major metropolitan cities—Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island—Wheaton has been named a Top 15 Most Beautiful College by Best College Values and a Top 50 U.S. Liberal Arts College by Times Higher Education and the Wall Street Journal.

Along with getting a taste of the true residential campus experience, you will enjoy fun, educational off-campus trips. Previous programs have included visits to the Museum of Science and Boston universities (including Harvard and MIT) as well as participation in an off-site ropes course challenge.

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For more information, contact:

Isabelle Byusa
Wheaton College

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