Hansen Summer Institute for Leadership and International Cooperation

Location:
United States
Term: Summer

Build leadership skills and a better cultural understanding, alongside receiving hands-on training in team-building, public speaking, negotiation, mediation and working together to address global conflict

Please note for 2022 competition: The 2022 Hansen Leadership Institute’s International Fellows were selected in early 2020. They have remained committed through two postponements, to come to the University of San Diego in July 2022. Therefore, the only search this year is for the United States students who will join these International Fellows.


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. Ten three-week Institutes take place in San Diego, California in July. This program has provided a unique University-based leadership experience and program in international cooperation. American university students gather annually and join students from a variety of developing countries and regions of social strife to learn from experts and one another about conflict resolution and social entrepreneurship.

A primary goal of the program focuses on creating 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. Fellows receive hands-on training in team-building, public speaking, negotiation, mediation and working together to solve international problems. Moreover, they learn to listen actively and to look for common interests and building realistic bridges of cooperation. Classroom training complements local excursions to San Diego attractions. Fellows meet and greet academic, political and business leaders to refine their own ideas and skills, while learning about the “American Way of Life.” Students leave San Diego with a “leadership toolbox” they can apply appropriately to their future challenges and endeavors. Participants have come from every corner of the globe, made life-long friendships and shaped their futures in a more positive direction.

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the Hansen Summer Institute, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

NON – U.S. STUDENTS: (from zones of conflict and/or social strife)

  • 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 at the start of the program.

  • Must have demonstrated leadership potential outside of the classroom in the community, nation or region.

  • Have an academic adviser verify in writing the candidate’s English proficiency

  • Have a valid international passport with U.S. visa if necessary by the time the program begins

  • Preference will be given to those who have never visited the United States

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

U.S. STUDENTS: (Students from any university in the United States)

  • 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 at the start of the program.

  • Must have demonstrated leadership potential outside of the classroom in the community, nation or region.

Fact Sheet

Discipline:
Arts and Architecture, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Eligibility:
Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Fellowships, Junior, Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Experiential, Public Service
Location:
United States
Term:
Summer

Dates & Deadlines

Summer
2022
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Notes: 
The portal will close at midnight Pacific Time on March 15, 2022. All application materials must be in by this deadline.