Global Young Leaders Conference

Envision an Inspired Future

Ages: 15–19
Duration: 10 days

  • United States Washington, DC and New York
  • China – Beijing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai
  • Europe – Vienna, Prague, and Berlin 

About the Global Young Leaders Conference 

World Experiences for 21st Century Leaders

Set yourself apart in today’s globally competitive world.  At the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC), you will be inspired to expand your horizons and explore your future on a whole new level as you work among your peers, interact with leaders in your host country, and gain a fresh, new global perspective.

This 10-day leadership journey provides an out-of-classroom learning experience and rigorous curriculum that equips students from across the United States and more than 145 countries with the confidence, independence, skills, and global competiveness required of the next generation of future leaders.

Since 1985, the Global Young Leaders Conference has helped motivated students to fully explore cultural differences, gain firsthand exposure to the challenges of international diplomacy, build confidence, and enhance decision-making skills in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Choose from one of three exciting conference sites: the United StatesChina or Europe. You will return home with a broadened worldview and valuable perspective on your role as a leader in the international community.

By completing this program, you are eligible to receive college credit from George Mason University.

Experiences That are Truly Global

U.S. Program
Visit Washington, DC and New York City in the United States to see international embassies and sites of global significance, participate in fascinating Global Issues Workshops, study the art of cross-cultural communication, participate in a Global Summit simulation, and more.
China Program
In Beijing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai you will witness firsthand how a Communist nation embraces capitalism, see the challenges of moving from an agrarian-based nation to a thriving economy, reflect on the new opportunities open to China’s students, and project how China will use its new economic and diplomatic clout in the future.
Europe Program
Travel to Vienna, Prague, and Berlin—three of the most important cities in the heart of Europe—to meet with members of the Austrian Parliament and visit an international organization, such as OPEC. You’ll have the chance to learn about the role of global diplomacy and reflect on human rights in these dynamic cities. 

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An Academic Edge

Strengthen your scholastic credentials with international skills and gain a better understanding of the larger world picture.  GYLC gives you the edge you need to meet you future academic and career advancement goals. 

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Cultural Immersion

Immerse yourself in the culture, history, and world views of diverse people in the destination cities you choose. Visit the UN and the US Department of State in New York City and Washington, DC in the U.S.; the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China; and the Austrian Parliament and international organizations in Europe. 

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Interact with Leaders

Make new self-discoveries and international friends as you work side-by-side with peers and experts from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Learn from and exchange ideas with some of the world's top business leaders, policy officials, lobbyists, journalists, diplomats and academics.

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Real World Simulations

Hone your skills in communication, decision-making, goal setting, and negotiation and put them into practice in a real-world simulation. This is your chance to step into the role of a global leader, bringing people together to come to a consensus on an issue of worldwide importance. 

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2016 Program Details

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Washington, DC and New York, NY June 13-June 22 | June 20-June 29 | June 27-July 6 | July 4-July 13 | July 11-July 20 | July 18- July 27 Cultural Extensions
Europe June 26-July 5 Cultural Extensions
China July 12-July 21 Cultural Extensions

Tuition & Fundraising

Tuition for the Global Young Leaders Conference varies according to location chosen and extensions, and includes:

  • Housing accommodations
  • Conference materials
  • Two meals per day
  • English-speaking guided services (China and Europe)
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation between and within cities, including flights, train, and private motor coach (depending on location)

NOTE: Transportation to and from the program location is NOT included in tuition. 

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2016 Program Scholarships

Envision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic merit, leadership achievements and other factors.

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Let us show you how other students use fundraising to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Make fundraising part of your Global Young Leaders Conference personal success story.

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Payment Options

You may pay in full today or opt to enroll in our convenient  payment plan.

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"For me, that is the magic of GYLC: understanding cultural division, respect and coexisting with other people's beliefs." 

– via Twitter

"Claudia told us about her experience at the Global Young Leaders Conference, and we can witness how this has helped her grow as a person.  Not only has she learned a lot about international affairs, but has also established a great international network of friends and partners.  We are sure, after talking to her, that this experience will enhance her leadership skills, her use of the English language, her knowledge of this globalized world."

- Edistio C.

"Arslan defines the two weeks at GYLC as 'an experience like none other.' He gained valuable insight into the workings of major international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank, and developed friendships that he is going to cherish for the rest of his life. But foremost, he came to realize his responsibility as a global citizen. Arslan has become more resolute to make an active contribution... beyond the borders of his country."

- Khadija M.


  • Is the Global Young Leaders Conference right for me?

    This summer program is for you if you are a high-achieving student between the ages of 15-19 who has demonstrated academic achievement and leadership potential. The Global Young Leaders Conference is your springboard to investigating exciting career possibilities and leadership roles on a global scale. To attend GYLC, you must be between the ages of 15–19. Many of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations, Envision alumni, and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified students who want to make the most of this opportunity. 

  • What is included in tuition?

    Tuition for the Global Young Leaders Conference U.S. program includes housing, conference materials, two meals per day and private motor coach transportation during the program.

    Tuition for the China and Europe programs includes housing, conference materials, two meals per day, English-speaking guide service, entrance fees and transportation during the program.

    Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for one meal per day, souvenirs and other incidentals.

    Tuition for the optional Pre-Program Orientation (U.S.) and Cultural Extensions is separate from the main program tuition. Please see the Extensions page for more information.

  • What official government documentation to I need to attend the program?
    • If you are enrolling in the Global Young Leaders Conference program that takes place in Washington, DC and New York City, your passport information is required for special conference activities such as visits to government buildings and international embassies.
    • If you are a U.S. citizen attending the program in the United States, only your U.S. Social Security number and state of residence are required. Your passport information is not needed.
    • If you are not a U.S. citizen and you are attending the program in the United States, your passport details are required.
    • If you are applying to enroll in a Global Young Leaders Conference program that takes place in China or Europe, your passport details are required to secure your housing accommodations.
  • How will I be supervised?

    Your safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that you will reside in a safe, controlled environment. You will be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including faculty advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel and a program coordinator.

    For nearly 30 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other Envision safety measures include:

    • Maintaining an overall student-to-staff ratio of 17-to-1.
    • Attendance is taken throughout the program, and students are required to attend all program activities.
    • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms.
    • Staff member rooms are interspersed among student rooms on each hallway in residential housing.
    • A licensed nurse is available on site each day of the program.
    • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices.
  • Where will I stay?

    For the 2016 Global Young Leaders Conference programs, you will reside at hotels and universities in the United States and in hotels in China and Europe. Please confirm that you are enrolled in the desired location before making travel arrangements. 

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house two to four students, depending on the housing location. You will have your own bed. Your room will include fresh linens and towels (but extra blankets and towels are recommended). The bathroom is shared.

  • What is the dress code for this program?

    You should expect to wear professional/smart attire most days at the Global Young Leaders Conference. Professional/smart attire for women requires blouses and skirts (no denim), pantsuits or dresses.

    Shoulders must be covered at all times. Professional/smart attire for men requires jackets and slacks or suits with ties (no denim). You will have the opportunity to dress casually most evenings, which includes jeans and appropriate-length shorts. Comfortable dress and casual shoes are essential. You will be walking a great deal throughout the program.

    For more detailed information about the dress code for this program, visit your MyEnvisionExperience.com personal Web page, which will be available to you after you enroll.

  • What is the code of conduct for this program?

    Attending the Global Young Leaders Conference is fun, but it is also an honor. Like all meaningful experiences, you will get out of it what you put in to your time spent at this exciting summer conference. You are expected to conduct yourself as a responsible leader as you represent your school and community. You must abide by the Student Code of Conduct. You must also abide by and uphold all program rules.

  • Can I attend if I am a student with special needs?

    Yes. If you are a student with special needs or with disabilities, we encourage you to enroll. We may be able to provide you with auxiliary aids and services to assist you. Please call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your particular needs prior to enrolling in the program.

  • What is the pre-program assignment, FUEL?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete a brief pre-program assignment entitled Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders (FUEL). The FUEL assignment will be available on your personal MyEnvisionExperience.com web page after you enroll. It simply requires that you choose five mentors—teachers, coaches, youth group leaders or other trusted adults—to complete a short survey about your leadership strengths. You also will complete a short self-assessment as part of the FUEL assignment.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    Vegetarian options are always available. Kosher and Halal meals can be made available to you, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the conference. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

  • Can the Global Young Leaders Conference accommodate special religious needs?

    Yes. The Global Young Leaders Conference welcomes students of all religious and cultural backgrounds. We are happy to work with you. Please notify our Office of Admissions prior to the start of the conference so that we can prepare for your experience.

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