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  • Locations: Strasbourg, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CEPA - Cultural & Educational Programs Abroad 
  • Restrictions: GC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2024 01/20/2024 01/20/2024 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:

Summer Leadership ProgramESC Website and Social Media
Spend your summer honing your leadership skills at the European Study Center in Strasbourg, France!

2023 Program Information

Please read everything on this page and especially the "Notes for GC Students" at the very bottom.

This comprehensive program includes housing at the Chateau de Pourtales (an 18th Century French Chateau), courses and transcripts, group excursions to cultural sites and government and business institutions in France and Germany, plus daily breakfast and some group meals, AND MORE!

Sidebar- ESC StrasbourgThis summer, develop your leadership skills classes at the European Study Center. This engaging and interactive study abroad program combines classroom instruction with lectures by high-profile guests, visits and excursions, as well as practical training elements in the area of goal-finding, human rights, mediation, dispute resolution, social responsibility/peace building, and intercultural negotiation skills.  The goal: prepare students like you to achieve their career goals and to become leaders in our increasingly globalized and interdependent world.

Course offerings are listed below.

The 2023 Summer Leadership Program Fee of $5990* includes:

  • 6-7 US course credits (All students take two courses; see options below)
  • Official transcripts and course registration
  • Housing, excursions, daily breakfast, participation in European Study Center events
** ALL accepted Georgia College students will receive a scholarship of $1000, making the program fee only $4990!

Dates: May 27 - June 24, 2023

Application deadlines:
  • April 1, but students are advised to apply before March 1 to be considered for the CEPA and GC study abroad scholarships!

  • Note that this program is popular, competitive, and fills early.

  • GC students are advised to ensure their place by applying before March 1.

  • For Course 1, students may choose to take either Intercultural Communication (3 hours) or Leading for Impact and Innovation (3 hours).
  • For Course 2, all GC students take Global Leadership/Leadership by Design as either GC2Y (4 hours) or INST 4950 (3 hours)
  • Course syllabi are found on the CEPA website.
  • Important: Talk to your GC Academic Advisor before selecting classes to ensure that they are appropriate for maintaining your academic progress towards graduation

COURSE 1: Students choose one of the below courses:

Option A: Intercultural Communication
  • This course is listed as "Intercultural Communication SOCI 3332/ BINT 3332" on the CEPA website.
  • When you complete your CEPA online application, you will indicate if you want this course to show as SOCI 3332 or BINT 3332 on the CEPA transcript.
  • On your GC transcript, after you complete the course, it will show as one of the options below.
  • Talk to your GC Academic Advisor if you are unsure what GC equivalency will be best for you
  • GC Course Equivalencies:
    • BCOM 4283 Global and Intercultural Business Communications (Prereq: BCOM 2285) or
    • BUAD 3500 Issues in International Business or
    • SOCI 3950 Special Topics in Sociology or
    • RHET 3320 Intercultural Communication (Prereq: RHET 1110) -- (Pending)
    • IDST 4950 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies
Option B: Leading for Impact and Innovation
  • LEAD 4950: Leading for Impact and Innovation (Prerequisite: admission to the GC Leadership Certificate Program) Contact Dr. Harold Mock, Director of the GC Leadership Program, for more information on this class at
  • INST 4950: Leading for Impact and Innovation, a GC International Studies elective, no prerequisites

COURSE 2: All students take Global Leadership/Leadership by Design
This course can be taken as either GC2Y (4 credit hours) or INST 4950 (3 Hours), which is a GC International Studies elective.

Housing and on-site Amenities:

During your summer program, you will reside at the Château de Pourtalès, an 18th Century French Chateau which is surrounded by a large nature park. The Chateau features many amenities including a french buffet-style breakfast served every morning, bikes available for student use, classrooms, lounges, a computer lab, wi-fi, a library, laundry facilities, and a student kitchen. There are recreational opportunities onsite, including tennis and volleyball courts, yoga classes, and a large park for exercise or relaxation (the Parc de Pourtalès). 

  • Dorm-style accommodation with shared rooms and bathrooms
  • Coordinator and Chateau staff will provide personal support prior to, during, and after the program
  • Wifi, computer lab, library, and free printing
  • International calling using the on-site landline phone (no charge)
  • 24/7 emergency assistance/staff on-call


  • Welcome reception and group dinner at the start of the semester
  • Delicious French breakfast buffet is included every day at the Château de Pourtalès
  • Tarte flambeé group dinner
  • Farewell group dinner at the end of the semester
  • Details can be found at the program website
  • One group pick-up (only) will be arranged for all students who arrive at Frankfurt International Airport on the official arrival day and time
  • Public transportation pass for Strasbourg for the duration of the program
  • All ground transfers for the official activities and excursions included in the program
Signature programs included in the ESC Strasbourg Summer Program:
  • Participation in the Sustainable Leadership workshop
  • Community volunteer and engagement opportunities at local organizations
  • Yoga classes are offered once a week at the castle
  • Professional development opportunities, visits to international businesses and intergovernmental organizations
  • Visit the website to learn more about the features of this program!
  • The program is open to undergraduate students from an accredited, higher education institution.
  • All courses are offered in English, there is no foreign language requirement.
  • All majors are welcome to apply.
  • 2.8 GPA or above. (Minimum 2.5 GPA)

Scholarships are available from the CEPA Foundation to students who qualify.
Apply online and visit the program website:
Need help with your CEPA scholarship application? Contact: 

This study abroad program is offered by the CEPA Foundation, a non-profit, family-run 501(c)3 organization.
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Notes for Georgia College Students

Application Info:
  • GC students apply with both GC and with CEPA. To begin your GC application, just hit "Apply Now" on this page.
  • The CEPA online application for this summer is found on the CEPA website. The CEPA scholarship application form will also be available soon. All GC applicants will be notified once the CEPA applications are available
  • Apply by March 1, but earlier is strongly advised. The CEPA and GC scholarship application deadlines are March 1. This is a competitive program that fills up early, so GC students are advised to apply before March 1.
Course Info: See above

Scholarships & Funding Info:
  • All accepted GC students will receive a $1000 scholarship from CEPA, which will be applied to the program fee. See notes above.
  • Students may also apply to the GC study abroad scholarships; the application for these is found inside the GC CEPA application. Once you hit "Apply Now", you will begin the GC program application and also be able to access the scholarship applications.
  • Visit the GC Scholarships & Funding page for general info on how your GC Financial Aid (like HOPE, ZELL, Stafford  Loans, or Pell Grant) can be applied.
    • Students should meet with their financial aid advisor to ask questions and receive specific advice about their FA packages and applicability
  • If you are a Pell Grant recipient, this program qualifies for the Gilman Scholarship.
Other Info:
  • GC students are required to purchase study abroad health insurance. Details will be provided inside your GC application.
  • GC students will be required to attend an orientation in late spring, after the application deadline, either on the GC campus or virtually. Details TBA in spring.

GC contacts for more info:
International Education Center

Dr. Harold Mock
Director of GC Leadership Programs