Summer Leadership Academy

A university course and field study experience at Widener University, in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C. - an exciting learning experience for students in grades 9-11.

Live and study on a US University Campus. Challenge yourself by taking a university-level course. Explore two great American cities. Celebrate Independence Day in the nation’s capital. Visit a half dozen US colleges and universities. Experience leadership in action by connecting and interacting with leaders in a variety of fields.

Learn about leadership and discover your own leadership potential -- and earn high school credit!

The first week of the program will find students and accompanying ACS Athens faculty on the campus of Widener University, in Chester, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, for a weeklong college learning (and living) experience. The academic work will focus on developing three core leadership competencies: leading self, leading others, and leading change. Led by faculty of the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener, class activities will be interactive. They will be supplemented by course readings, visits to important historical and cultural sites in the Philadelphia area. This part of the program will end with a special evening event at which each participant will share her/his leadership development plan and receive a Leadership Certificate from the Oskin Leadership Institute and Widener University.

Following their Widener experience, students will have the opportunity to experience leadership in action and up-close, as they travel to Washington, DC with their ACS Athens faculty instructors to meet and learn from leaders in politics, business, law, government service, science, the military, medicine, journalism and public interest lobbying: many of them graduates and friends of ACS Athens. Of course, exploring the historical and cultural sites of Washington, and catching a baseball game, will provide a memorable closure to the experience. Students and ACS Athens faculty will stay in hotel accommodations and make their way around the city by public transportation and on foot. While in Washington, students will also have the opportunity to visit the campuses of Georgetown University, George Washington University and American University. Students who successfully complete the program will earn one ACS Athens elective credit.

Washington, D.C.

  • What: Summer Leadership Academy
  • When: Widener University/Philadelphia: June 22 - 28, 2019

    Washington, D.C.: June 29 - July 7, 2019

  • Return to Athens: July 8, 2019
  • Tuition: 3000 euros (does not include food costs in Washington, D.C.)
  • Group Size: Minimum 10/Maximum 12
  • Registration Closes: March 29, 2019

    (Deposit 1000 euros required to confirm a place in the course.)


For more information, or to request an application, contact Ms. MaryAnn Augoustatos, Director of the Learning Commons,, tel. 30 210 6393 200

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