Courses in Global Studies & Strategy for Young Leaders, Activists & Entrepreneurs

“The only source of knowledge is experience.” Albert Einstein

Join in the tradition of innovation and inquiry that has come to establish Stanford University as one of the top institutions in the U.S. and worldwide. From studying the complexities of present-day international relations and the multi-faceted nature of climate change to learning how to share your thoughts with a class on the basics of public speaking, our Leadership 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!

I do feel like more of an adult and more mature after being treated like one. I feel more confident in expressing my views about various issues especially political issues. Jake S., Massachusetts

Residential Life at Stanford

Palm trees, Spanish architecture, parks, stadiums, sun, cafés, and the “ring, ring” of bike bells are just a few of the reasons we love the Stanford campus (parking permits, back roads, and construction around Tresidder Union…not so much). While at Stanford you will live in campus housing with your Abbey Road peers (along with our staff). From football, late-night pizza, and study sessions in the common room to using your Stanford meal card for the first time, this living experience is an authentic window into college life. After classes each day you will have a variety of activity options to choose from or free time to explore the campus (it’s really big) and surrounding town (within our safety guidelines of course).


I really loved it when we had group discussions because everyone would get fired up about their own opinion and it was fun. Also, the college essay and resume course was really helpful. Zoe S., Virginia

Leadership Academy Curriculum

Stanford has an academic legacy that has inspired generations of some of the world’s most innovative minds. Our Leadership Academy curriculum seeks to follow in this tradition. Every participant on the program takes the following classes led by Stanford graduate students, researchers, and visiting scholars: International Relations, International Policy-Making, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Public Speaking, Global Leadership, and Water Scarcity. You can expect to have 2-3 classes each day (of about 1 to 1.5 hours in length) leading up to the program’s final two-day Model U.N. summit meeting.

I loved visiting San Francisco every time we went there.The Giants game was a ton of fun and in one of the best stadiums in the Country and that’s coming from a guy who spends time at Fenway Park.Jake S., Massachusetts

Program Schedule

When you’re thinking about the daily and weekly schedule at Stanford keep these three things in mind: class days, campus visits, and day-trips. Because our program starts on a Monday and ends on a Tuesday for a total of 16 days we ignore the standard Monday through Friday schedule to make sure we can maximize our time. Here is how we do it:

Class days
On class days we get going around 8:30 with breakfast and classes at 9. Then, there is a midday recess for lunch and homework (as needed). Classes pick up again around 2 and end for the day by 5. We’ll give you some down time before dinner followed by organized evening activities with your peers (you’ll have at least two options to choose from).

Campus Visits
We’ll make two campus visits during the program to U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Santa Cruz by private charter bus. You will have a campus tour, get to eat lunch on-campus and have free time to explore the surrounding area.

During our two all-day excursions to San Francisco we play tour guide while you snap photos in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, try the caramel corn on Fisherman’s Wharf, explore the exhibits at the SF MOMA, hop on a street car at Union Square, and chill-out in Golden Gate Park after walking through the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Who knows, we may even squeeze in a Giants baseball game (or two). We slow down the pace while on our trip to the beaches of Monterey and Carmel and finally channel our inner thrill-seeker for a day at the Great America theme park.