Young Diplomat and Leader Academy at Stanford University

International Relations, Leadership, Environmental Studies and Diplomacy

Pre-College Programs

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Palo Alto - Stanford University, USA


July 5 - July 18
Subject to confirmation




Stanford University Residence


Grades 9-12

Day Trips

San Francisco, Berkeley, Carmel, Monterey, Great America and Santa Cruz

For young people who have a serious interest in international politics and foreign affairs, the diplomats and leaders of tomorrow, this Stanford-based program is a perfect fit. You will prepare for a college major in International Relations and potentially a career in the Foreign Service, learn about diplomatic history and protocol, negotiations and strategy. You will also acquire leadership and public speaking skills that will serve you well whatever your future interests might be.

From understanding the current challenges to international security, such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation or environmental degradation, to acquiring public speaking and negotiation skills, the Young Diplomat and Leader Academy will have you fully prepared to take on the problems affecting today’s world. If you’re passionate about making a difference, this program is perfect for you!

Jake S.,

What your main academic and personal goals and how do they relate to your participation in Abbey Road’s Leadership Academy program this summer?
 I’m definitely planning on going to college. Five years from now, I’m not sure maybe [I’ll be] in graduate school. I love to learn new things [especially] things that are applicable in the real world. I really wanted to check out Stanford [and] I have always been interested in International Relations, maybe even as a profession. The Abbey Road Leadership Academy seemed like a great mix of ...

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Program Highlights

  • Live and study on the beautiful Stanford campus, the birthplace of Abbey Road!
  • Enjoy its parks, rolling hills, spectacular Spanish courtyards, Olympic swimming pools, tennis courts, and other first class facilities
  • Attend classes taught by Stanford alumni, graduate students, researchers and visiting scholars, top experts in their fields
  • Go on day trips to San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Berkeley, Santa Cruz and other Bay Area landmarks
  • Benefit from a life-changing pre-college experience in one of America’s most spectacular spots

Residential Life and Food

Palm trees, Spanish Revival architecture, parks, stadiums, and outdoor cafés are just a few of the reasons we love the Stanford campus. From volleyball in the Main Quad to a barbeque party by Lagunita Lake to a visit of the Rodin sculpture garden, this living experience is an authentic window into college life. After classes each day you will have a variety of options to choose from, including some time to explore the campus and the neighboring community.

You will live in a University dorm on the Stanford campus, in the vicinity of the Main Quad. Each bedroom is shared by two students, with shared bathrooms on each floor. Staff members live down the hall in the same dorm. The residence will have a common area, a living room, and a shared kitchen.

You will be part of our Abbey Road family, making new friends, learning to be independent and self-reliant, to share responsibilities with your peers, manage your time, and getting ready for college years!

The students and staff will share meals at the Stanford cafeteria. Our staff will provide you with additional groceries (bread, cereal, water, milk, fruit, etc.) and house supplies. If you need more food or house supplies – just tell us. We will get them for you.

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Daily Schedule

Every student on the program takes the major course on International Relations, Leadership and Diplomacy. The core curriculum covers diplomatic history and protocol, contemporary issues in international security, environmental sustainability, leadership and public speaking.

The classes meet every morning Monday to Friday, while electives meet three afternoons a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Majors: International Relations, Diplomacy, Environmental Studies, Leadership

Electives and Workshops: Negotiations and Diplomatic Protocol, Model UN, College Research and Essay Writing, SAT Prep, Athletics and Recreation

Stanford University, the birthplace of Abbey Road, has an academic legacy that has inspired generations of some of the world’s most innovative minds. Our Leadership Academy curriculum seeks to follow this tradition.

You will have plenty of opportunities to attend the many workshops, excursions and fun activities, such as:

  • group dinner and movie night in Palo Alto, Stanford’s neighboring community
  • swimming in one of Stanford’s several Olympic pools
  • outdoor volleyball in the Oval, facing Stanford’s sumptuous Main Quad
  • a music concert at the Memorial Chapel
  • a hike and a picnic in the Stanford Foothills
  • a trip up the Hoover Tower with a dazzling view of the campus
  • college night with students and staff at the Tresidder Union and the Coffee House
  • Ultimate Frisbee in Arguello Park

Weekend Day Trips

San Francisco is arguably America’s most beautiful city (yes, we are biased!) During our two all-day excursions we will be your guides while you take pictures in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, try a caramel corn on Fisherman’s Wharf, explore the exhibits at the SF MOMA, hop on a street car at Union Square, and relax in Golden Gate Park after walking through the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Who knows, we may even see a Giants baseball game at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

You will fall in love with California on our day trip to the beaches of Monterey and Carmel, and enjoy many thrilling rides at the Great America theme park.

We’ll make two campus visits to U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Santa Cruz by private charter bus. You will have a campus tour, have lunch and enjoy free time to explore the surrounding area.

Some of the other favorites include:

  • Volleyball game in the Marina, with a dazzling view of Alcatraz and the Bay
  • Discussing science at San Francisco’s Exploratorium
  • Visiting the Palace of Fine Arts, home of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition
  • Strolling down Lombard Street, with a postcard view of the Bay Bridge and downtown
  • Enjoying Modern Art at the SF MOMA and Yerba Buena park
  • Trip to the Monterey Aquarium and a picnic on a beach in Carmel
  • Watching the sunset from the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and Peer 39 together with fellow visitors
  • Outdoor art show and concert in North Beach, with its Italian-themed cafés
  • Tasting chocolate at Ghirardelli Square
  • Riding a cable car, San Francisco’s signature transport
  • Exploring Berkeley’s trendy Telegraph Avenue, and many more!

Your leadership summer study program is very compelling. I am considering applying for the summer of 2016.

sam Sheeder
2015-02-20 16:02:35

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