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Leadership Programs for High School Students

Are you looking to work on your leadership skills while also adding to your resume and profile in a competitive manner? Check out some of the programs we have shortlisted for students across various subjects looking to work on leadership skills.




Program focus: Students can choose from four different areas of interest across three different sessions

Cost: $6,500

Eligibility: Current high school sophomore or junior

Location: Yale University (on-campus)

Dates: The program lasts 2-weeks and is offered across three different sessions between June 23rd and August 2nd

Deadline: Early Action: November 1

Regular Deadline: January 10

Cohort: Unclear


Program focus: Students learn about leadership in 21st century organizations through a dynamic and rigorous mix of classes with Wharton professors and business leaders, real-time business simulations, and team-building activities.

Cost: $9,899

Eligibility: High school students currently enrolled in grade 11 with demonstrated leadership experience and academic excellence of a 3.5 unweighted GPA or higher

Location: The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (on-campus)

Dates: The course is 2-weeks long and is offered across three sessions betweenJune 9 and August 10

Deadline: Priority: January 31

Regular: April 5

Cohort: Unclear


Program focus: Students are equipped with leadership skills and the ability to apply economic analysis to public policy decisions. 

Cost: $835 - $2,100

Eligibility: Current sophomore and juniors

Location: Online or various campuses based on preference

Dates: One week long programs offered between the dates of June 3 and July 29 depending on the campus chosen

Deadline: April 10

Cohort: Unclear



Program focus: The program will equip students with the civic skills and knowledge to analyze systemic social issues, work collaboratively, and emerge as change agents who can inspire others

Cost: $5,500

Eligibility: Entering grades 10 - 12 and must be 15 at the start of program

Location: Tufts University (on-campus)

Dates: July 7 - July 19

Deadline: May 1

Cohort: Unclear


Program focus: Students will learn about global issues across different fields

Cost: If you are admitted into this highly competitive program, students' tuition, housing, and meals will be paid by the University.

Eligibility: Current junior entering your senior year the year of application

Location: University of Notre Dame (on-campus)

Dates: June 20 - July 31

Deadline: January 22

Cohort: 100 students


Program focus: This course offers 20+ courses across various disciplines. Student engage in hands-on simulations, learn and interact with guest speakers, and gain leadership skills and training while networking with like-minded peers

Cost: $13,444 - $20,962 depending on the course units. The on-campus program fee includes the use of Penn academic facilities, on-campus housing, gym access, linens, three meals a day Monday–Friday, two meals on Sunday (no meals Saturday due to excursions/activities), extracurricular activities and trips, and student supervision.

Eligibility: High school students in good academic standing

Location: University of Pennsylvania (on-campus)

Dates: July 5 - August 9

Deadline: January 31

Cohort: Unclear


Program focus: Students understand what it takes to become leaders in their communities. Students learn about topics such as social entrepreneurship, women in leadership, leadership in refugee policy and health policy, and law and social change. 

Cost: $5,218

Eligibility: Students in grades 9 - 12 

Location: Brown University (on-campus)

Dates: The program is for two weeks and offered across two batches between June 25 and July 28

Deadline: May 12

Cohort: Unclear




To understand which of these programs is ideal for you, speak to your mentors at OnCourse who will be able to make the most effective recommendations keeping in mind your interests, your current academic standing and your resume. If you are not enrolled with OnCourse, reach out to set up a consultation meeting to understand more about our mentoring programs for students from Grade 8 to Grade 12. 

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