Leadership Academy

International Relations, Leadership, and Diplomacy
Pre-College Programs
Emerson College, Boston, MA
Emerson College, Boston, MA

Option 1:
July 5 - July 18
Emerson College Dorm

Grades 9-12

Opt 1: 2 weeks
$4,095
$3,895
December 31st

For young people who have a serious interest in international politics and foreign affairs, the diplomats and leaders of tomorrow, this Boston 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!

No-Stress Travel Guarantee

Whether you missed your connecting flight, lost your luggage or encountered any other problem, rest easy knowing that our staff and travel agents will help you with all necessary arrangements, help you re-book your flights, find a hotel room and cover all necessary expenses, such as meals, clothes, personal items, and more.

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Zoe S.

What made you go looking for a summer program like Leadership Academy? Well, I am really interested in politics and different people’s views and opinions. I figured this program would give me the perfect opportunity to express my opinions and to hear other people’s. I also love Stanford and I figured it would be awesome to go there and spend time on the campus. Leadership Academy was your first experience with a leadership-oriented summer program, were your satisfied with the material that was covered? Were the daily lessons ...

  • Program Highlights
    • Live and study at Emerson College, steps away from the beautiful Boston Commons
    • Attend classes taught by graduate students, researchers and experts in their fields
    • Go on day trips to Boston College, Tufts University, Northeastern, Harvard and more
    • Benefit from a life-changing pre-college experience in one of America’s oldest and picturesque cities-and one of the best college towns!
  • Residential Life and Food

    Abbey Road’s Young Diplomat and Leader Program allows students to benefit from many conveniences a modern college provides. Students live together in college dorms, with supervision provided by Abbey Road Resident Advisors, and have access to air conditioned dorms, wi-fi equipped lounges, the dining hall and fitness center.

    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!

    You’ll be on the college “meal plan,” live in campus dorms with your Abbey Road peers and be expected to manage your daily schedule. Our staff will provide you with laundry detergent and house supplies. If you need anything – just tell us. We will get it for you.

    Each day provides new opportunities for students to gain practical knowledge that can be immediately applied to their college applications! Outside of class time, you can also take advantage of the excitement of college residential life and access to Boston’s city center, historic neighborhoods, waterfront and famous Theater district.

  • Daily Schedule

    Every student on the program takes 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 day Monday to Friday. College visits are 2-3 times a week in the afternoons. Weekends are spent having fun, shopping, movies, soccer in the park, concerts and more.

    Each day provides new opportunities for students to gain practical knowledge that can be immediately applied to their college applications! Outside of class time, you can also take advantage of the excitement of college residential life and access to Boston’s city center, historic neighborhoods, waterfront and famous Theater district.

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