Global Scholar Summer Program for Young Global Leaders


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
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    Global Scholar is an intensive summer program that gives high school students the community, knowledge, and skills to launch their careers as global change makers. Programs for grades 9-12. Based at American University in Washington, D.C.

    We believe that youth are at a special moment in their lives when they are primed to explore and make their mark on this world. And the timing could not be more urgent, as you inherit a host of global challenges in urgent need of intervention. Over the past 12 years, Global Scholar has tapped into that energy and purpose, and graduated hundreds of leaders now pursuing careers in social change. 

    Are you ready to join us? We hope so: our world needs you!


    Join us next summer to: 

    - Explore urgent global challenges including security, poverty, climate change, refugees, immigration, global health, and human rights through seminars with experts working in government, think tanks, non-profit organizations, academia and more. Scholars also meet with embassies and Senate offices.

    - Build skills to be a bold and visionary global leader. Our popular Action Lab workshops give you advanced training you won’t get anywhere else, focusing on: Systems Thinking and Complex Problem-Solving; Diversity and Inclusion; Strategic Action Planning; Activating your Story, Values and Vision; and Empathy and Dialogue.

    - Do Big Things, Now. The world can’t wait for your brilliance, and neither can we. Throughout the program Scholars apply knowledge and skills to craft and launch a meaningful project around a timely and critical global challenge, including voting, climate change, immigration, and more. 

    - Launch your global career. Discover careers, schools and opportunities in international affairs through career panels, career mapping, and 1:1 conversations with professionals working in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, as well as representatives from scholarship, fellowship, and study abroad programs. We also visit local universities.

    - Explore beautiful Washington, D.C. and build inspiring friendships with peers equally motivated to pursue leadership opportunities and careers in public and international affairs. The broader AMP Global Youth family is thousands strong worldwide.


    Global Scholar is based at American University in Washington, D.C. Residential students live in secure AU dorms with experienced Global Scholar staff.

    We offer sessions for students entering grades 9-12 in fall 2020.                            

    Session 1: June 28 – July 10, 2020. Grades 11 - 12                              

    Session 2: June 28 - July 10, 2020. Grades 9 - 10                              

    Session 3: July 12 - July 24, 2020. Grades 11 - 12

    Session 4: July 12 - July 24, 2020. Grades 9 - 10

    Applicants should have an interest in global issues, but coursework or experience abroad isn’t required.Scholarships are available; in 2019 we awarded $20,000 in scholarships to over 40% of the class.Admissions is rolling, but we are a small program and strongly advise applying early.

    - Our Early-Bird Discount deadline is March 15, 2020. Now more than ever, youth need concrete tools for crafting a better world. Together, we’re building the next generation of young global citizens and leaders.

    Reviews (1)

    • Global Scholar 2020 Review
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      Reviewed on 27/11/2020 by Michelle

      I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend AMP’s Global Scholar program over the summer. Since AMP had done virtual seminars and programs in the past they were able to move the entire two week program online. As much as I would have preferred to be able to attend in person, I truly don’t feel like I missed out on any part of the program even with it being online. The program was conducted over Zoom with two different start times to try to minimize the inconvenience to people in different time zones. I was in the group that started at 8:00 am ET since I live on the east coast. My group would start our mornings with lessons and activities in the Action Lab (the more academic part of the program). After having lunch we would join with the other group that was just starting and listen to guest lectures and presentations. After that the morning group was done for the day and the second group would start the Action Lab for the day. We got breaks throughout the day and the program was so well done it didn’t really feel like a chore to be on Zoom all day.
      There were some things that we were unfortunately unable to do since we weren’t actually in D.C. like the meetings with senators and a tour of the World Bank but the staff made up for it. We took a virtual tour of the World Bank and they coached us through getting in contact with and calling senators to replace the in person meetings. All things considered I really enjoyed the program and how much the staff really cared about us learning and succeeding in the program. Considering how good the program was virtually I would definitely recommend it, especially considering it will hopefully be in person in 2021.

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