Established in 1999!

Before “social impact” was a popular phrase, we’ve been modeling the idea of creating programming centered on “Impact” — creating programs that catalyze the social fabric of the community and well-being of individuals. Leadership exCHANGE is an educational organization dedicated to providing young people with the skills and opportunities they need to become active and responsible citizens in this global community. Programs run throughout the year in Prague and Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Social Impact

Our Why

Transform the next generation of leaders, global citizens, and change agents.

Our How

Be bold. Be transformative. Be authentic. Inspire others. Model the Art of the Impossible: the seemingly impossible task of “improving ourselves and the world.” (Vaclav Havel)

Our What

Design life-changing study abroad programs (and sometimes we bring the study abroad to you!), ranging from 1 to 6 weeks that include academic courses, workshops, leadership training, customer service, and cultural activities.

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How We Are Unique

International Participants

2018 marks the 19th anniversary of the Global Leadership Program (GLP)! To date, we have already taught and trained students from more than 80 countries. Each program typically includes students from 10 to 20 countries. By living and learning alongside young people from around the world, you will have the unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge not only of the country where you are studying but a wide range of cultures. In this environment, you will discover the true meaning of global citizenship.

Recognized in the Leadership Community

Learn where it all started: the founding of the Global Leadership Program is featured in Learning Leadership and chapter 7 of Kouzes and Posner’s best selling book The Student Leadership Challenge (2nd and 3rd editions) as an example of extraordinary leadership, breaking the boundaries of traditional leadership programming. Three of our alumni (Angel Acosta, Elliese Judge, and Madeline Price) are featured in the book!

Dynamic Instructors

Our instructors are handpicked for their expertise, their interactive approach to teaching and their experience in the world at large. They will provide you with the ability, the passion and the skill sets you need to create progressive and lasting change in our world. Passionately committed to the principles of constructive engagement, they practice what they preach. Take Petra Hejnova for example. A co-instructor of the Women and Leadership Program, Petra is the former director of the Prague Gender Studies Centre and has delivered reports to the United Nations regarding the status of women in the Czech Republic. Heather McDougall, the founder of Leadership exCHANGE and a professor who has taught in numerous programs, has an extensive background in social reform, leadership initiatives, women’s rights, and cross-cultural communication. Christopher Gergen, an instructor in the Raleigh program, is the co-author of Life Entrepreneurs.

Commitment to Academic Excellence

Knowledge is the key to becoming a global citizen. That’s why we offer specially designed courses that focus on issues of global importance. Each course will challenge and stimulate you as you explore and analyze ideas of great significance and relevance to the world we live in.

We believe education should be interactive, not passive. Instead of simply listening to lectures, you will play an active role through experiential learning, guest lectures, and field trips.​

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Our dedication to academic excellence draws students from a wide range of countries, cultures, and backgrounds. They have been scrupulously selected and carefully chosen from some of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions, including: ​

  • Adelphi University
  • Albany College
  • American University of Egypt
  • American University in Kosovo
  • American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
  • Australian National University
  • Azerbaijan State Oil Academy
  • Birzeit University
  • Blaise Pascal University
  • Bluefield College
  • Boston College
  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Business Academy Aarhus
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Campbell University
  • California State University – Sacramento
  • Chapman University
  • Charles University Prague
  • Christopher Newport University
  • City College of New York
  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado University Boulder
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Concordia University
  • Cornell University
  • Czech Technical University
  • Denver University
  • Drake University
  • Duke University
  • Elon University
  • Emerson College
  • Emory University
  • Ferrum College
  • Florida A&M University
  • Florida State University
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Furman College
  • George Washington University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Griffith University
  • Grosmont College
  • Guilford College
  • Harvard University
  • Haverford College
  • Hunter College
  • Illinois College
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University
  • Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
  • Javeriana de Cali
  • Lafayette College
  • Lawrence University
  • Macquarie University
  • Madras University
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Metropolitan University Prague
  • Miami University Ohio
  • Michigan State University
  • Middlebury College
  • Mississippi State U
  • Moorpark College
  • Murdoch University
  • National University of Defense Technology
  • National University of Ireland
  • National University of Singapore
  • New York University
  • Newcastle University
  • North Carolina State University
  • North Carolina Wesleyan College
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwestern University
  • Occidental College
  • Ohio State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru
  • Quality Leadership University
  • Queen’s University of Canada
  • Regent University
  • Ripon College
  • Rollins College
  • Salem College
  • San Jose State University
  • Seattle University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Skidmore College
  • Sofia University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Southern University and A&M College
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Spelman College
  • Stetson University
  • Susquehanna University
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Temple University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Townson University
  • Trent University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • Union Institute & University
  • Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo
  • Universidad Icesi – Cali
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alaska
  • University of Albany
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of California San Francisco
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Florida
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Maine
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Monterrey Mexico (UDEM)
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of New York Albany
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Richmond
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of the Cumberlands
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • University of the Redlands
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • University of Wyoming
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Tennessee
  • Victoria University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wabash College
  • Washington College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Winthrop University
  • Wittenberg University
  • Yale University

Not your typical study abroad program!

Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

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Courses

Leadership exCHANGE

The 21st Annual Global Leadership Program (GLP) in Prague is a 4-week academic leadership program that includes: university courses, cultural activities, and leadership r ... [+]

21st Annual Global Leadership Program

The 21st Annual Global Leadership Program (GLP) in Prague is a 4-week academic leadership program that includes: university courses, cultural activities, and leadership retreat. Study leadership abroad and cultivate your potential!

“By the bittersweet end of your GLP program experience, you will feel encouraged to go back home and implement all of the things you learned and said you wanted to implement.” Olivia Brink, University of Delaware

Did you hear? Our Prague alumni include the Founder of Mati Tea, the One Woman Project, Domi Station and have gone on to become Supreme Court Justice Interns, Dalai Lama Fellows, and Gates Cambridge Fellows!... [-]

USA Raleigh Czech Republic Prague
June 2020
English (US)
Full-time
4 weeks
Campus
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Leadership exCHANGE

Develop your leadership and innovation skills in one of the fastest-growing cities in the USA: Raleigh, North Carolina. Join females aged 18-35 from around the world for ... [+]

Calling all #FierceInnovators!

Develop your leadership and innovation skills in one of the fastest-growing cities in the USA: Raleigh, North Carolina. Join females aged 18-35 from around the world for this 2 or 4-week program that explores women as leaders and innovators. Students learn about the key theories, current trends, and the most effective techniques for creating and implementing your vision. Our partnership with HQ Raleigh and e51 makes this program a unique opportunity to access to women entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders in the Raleigh/Durham community. Due to housing restrictions, this program is only open to female students.

Choose from two-week or four-week options:... [-]

USA Raleigh
January 2020
English (US)
Full-time
2 - 4 weeks
Campus
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