Leadership & Innovation USA



Travel. Learn. Innovate! 

Do something unique during your university break and study leadership and innovation in Raleigh, one of the fast growing cities for innovators and social entrepreneurs.  Join students from multiple countries and explore the intersection of leadership and entrepreneurship.  Program includes a course and internship with a startup or social enterprise. 

Select from 2-4 week program options:

January 2022

  • January 3-14, 2022 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

  • January 3-28, 2022 Extended program with Internship 

July 2022

  • July 1-15, 2022 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

  • July 1-30, 2022 Extended program with Internship 


Did you know? 

Participants in our program qualify for the HQ Raleigh University Fellow Program–a  six to twelve month paid fellowship at HQ Raleigh, the largest co-working space for innovators and social entrepreneurs in the Southern US. Two of our participants have already received it! Read about Preet’s Journey from GLP student to Community Manager.



ENTR350: Introduction to Entrepreneurship. Learn the steps that founders use to validate an idea or that innovative companies use to quickly solve problems. This dynamic, hands-on program is an opportunity to experience the steps of a design sprint in a real world scenario. Held at HQ Raleigh, this program will leave you with skills that you can take into any future company or project.

 What you will learn:

  • Develop life-long entrepreneurial mindset
  • Leading as an Entrepreneur
  • Design mapping
  • Framework for conducting expert interviews
  • In-depth market analysis
  • Individual and group ideation processes
  • Methods for lightning demos
  • Steps to build storyboards and prototypes
  • Presentation skills

​​Hands-on learning: you will also experience:

  • Conversations with local startups
  • Introduction to the B Corps process (think Patagonia and Etsy)
  • Tours of unique startups in Raleigh and Durham

This class is for people who want to create any project (nonprofit, social enterprise and for-profit business welcome) or become more innovative thinkers inside of an existing company.


ENTR364 Entrepreneurship in Practice (Internship)

Based on your findings from the design sprint, we will create internship deliverables that give you the chance to implement some of these ideas for this organization. Polish your presentation skills with weekly updates to this company’s leadership team and see what it is like to create valued based deliverables.


  • Articulate and apply principles learned in and outside of the classroom;
  • Complete assignments that encourage in-depth reflection of the internship experience;
  • Gain self-understanding, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills;

Did you know: Some of our students have been offered jobs when they graduate! For-profit, nonprofit and social enterprises internships available.


​All courses are upper-division, are taught in English and are fully accredited. Transcripts are issued by the University of Delaware. Each course is worth 3 US/6 ECTS semester credits, which can be transferred upon approval from your home university.



Program Format

  • Week one: Spend the first week diving into an intensive design process to help a social enterprise solve a problem. You will learn the steps of design mapping, how to conduct expert interviews, learn a variety of tools for the ideation process and deliver a final prototype.
  •  Week two: Spend the second week learning the theories of leadership: what are the best practices for leading as an innovator or for developing your intrapreneurial skills?
  • Weeks three and four: During the third and fourth weeks you apply the new knowledge and skills to your internship with a startup or social enterprise.



About Raleigh. As the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh offers truly hip communities mixed with tradition and government. One of the fastest growing cities in the US, Raleigh is a melting pot of people and ideas! Get plugged into this thriving area for innovation. What’s more, explore activities unique to the US: Durham Bulls Baseball game, Duke University, award-winning Raleigh City Farm, 4th of July celebration, museums, and of course, the pink mustache! And many, many other things you can explore on your own!



Learn from a thriving ecosystem of innovators. We are very fortunate to have unique access to wonderful innovators and social entrepreneurs who love to share their experience and knowledge!  Tour unique startups in Raleigh and Durham, meet with innovators, participate in local innovation meet-ups, and learn first-hand about the the entrepreneurial journey. 


Housing. Depending on the time of year, you may live at the ThinkHouse, a co-living space in Raleigh where new entrepreneurs launch scalable companies, or in a beautiful historic home on the same street. Rooms are double or triple occupancy.


Meals. Cook in your kitchen or eat out at the many restaurants that local foodies love. For lunch, you have access to HQ’s Raleigh’s full kitchen.

You’ll be living in the Boylan Heights – just 15 minutes from the downtown. You can easily walk to class. Explore our US town by bus, bike and your feet!



  • Two-week program (3 credits): $3350
  • Four-week program (6 credits): $5350


Tuition includes course credits, housing, field trips and cultural activities. Travel to Raleigh and meals are not included. A non-refundable deposit is required to secure a spot in program. Payment plans can be arranged. 




Optional Weekend Trip is 350USD and includes travel and housing.




Eligibility & Who should apply? Students who want to develop their leadership, cross-cultural, and innovation skills/knowledge. The program is open to all majors and to students from around the world. Typically participants in the program are university students ages 18-35. However, the program is also open to recent graduates, graduate students, and working professionals.




Applications are ROLLING ADMISSION.  We are expecting higher than normal demand for 2022 programs. 




Short on time and want to get the process started before you do the full application?  Submit your Interest Form first.






We understand that study abroad is an important investment in your intellectual and personal growth. Sometimes you need a little help, that’s why we offer a limited number of scholarships. Not full scholarships; but partial scholarships. Scholarships are primarily reserved for students from Eastern Europe and developing countries, but it never hurts to ask (it’s in the application).




Check with your school, too. Your study abroad, student activities, honors and/or financial aid office may have resources. Many of our students receive assistance from their universities or community. We will even give you a letter to help you out!





Welcome Y’all!



Next Steps:

  1. Submit your Interest Form to get the process started.
  2. Submit your Full Application(Don’t forget applications are ROLLING ADMISSION.   We strongly encourage people to apply early! We are expecting higher than normal demand for 2022 programs. 
  3. You may be contacted for a follow-up interview
  4. Spread the word to other high caliber students!

Can I attend multiple programs?  

Yes! Each program has unique courses and allows you to continue your leadership journey. Our current record holder, Virginia Campo, has attended 5 programs!  When you pair a 4-week with a 2-week program, you earn a discounted tuition rate and you earn a significant portion of the credits needed for the Sullivan Social Entrepreneurship Certificate.  Choose from:

  • July 1-30 Global Leadership Program Prague (20th Annual!)
  • July 1-30 Leadership & Innovation Program Raleigh (includes internship)


After 20 years of catalyzing the next generation of global leaders and change agents, we can’t help but celebrate!




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