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International Relations & Diplomacy: An Envision Global Forum

Continuing the Legacy of the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP)

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The Envision Global Forum Advantage

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Imagine how much more impressive you will be in job interviews when you can share personal accounts of the day you received a briefing at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, debated and exchanged ideas with local Beijing students at the People’s University or went onsite to experience the inner workings of a Shanghai think tank.

These are the experiences waiting for you at the Envision Global Forum on International Relations & Diplomacy, a prestigious program for college students that continues the legacy of the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP). Discover new perspectives and gain the global skills and knowledge that will give you a competitive edge in the 21st century.

The Envision Global Forum on International Relations & Diplomacy Experience

The Envision Global Forum on International Relations & Diplomacy takes you to exotic destinations, introduces you to fascinating people and provides you with access to the diplomats, policy makers and advocates who are discussing, negotiating and developing the global connections of the future.

Join other collegiate scholars who have demonstrated academic success, outstanding potential and the drive to continue the exploration of international relations and diplomacy. Gather in China with peers from around the world to explore Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. Gain the professional, cultural and international insights you need to enhance your real-world experience and stand out as you compete for top diplomatic posts.

Discover your role in the future of International Relations & Diplomacy. Enroll today!

Interactive Curriculum

The Envision Global Forum on International Relations & Diplomacy is an interactive experience in which you play an important role. You will personally meet and network with Chinese leaders, government officials, foreign policy experts, students and professors while exploring the diplomatic models that are shaping the future of international relations.

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

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CULTURAL EXTENSION

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FEATURED ALUMNI

    Alumni of Envision Global Forums go on to be leaders for change in the world, no matter what they do. Meet our alumni.

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Network Globally
Network Globally
  • Interact with policy makers, diplomats and international affairs thought leaders in China.
  • Network with some of the brightest students from around the world.
  • Work with professionals in the international relations and diplomacy fields who can provide you with career advice and guidance on what it takes to succeed in this competitive field.
Enhance Your Cultural IQ
Enhance Your Cultural IQ
  • Advance your skills and knowledge with exposure to new environments: Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, China.
  • Grow in understanding and appreciation of Chinese customs and cross-cultural communication.
  • Explore fascinating sites, including the Great Wall of China, Tian’anmen Square, the ancient terra cotta warriors of Xi’an and the booming metropolis of Shanghai.
Explore New Careers
Explore New Careers
  • Experience international affairs through special access to global organizations and universities, lectures by top professionals, group discussions and the sights, people and places that make up the world’s most populous nation – China.
  • Discover the professional possibilities and cultural differences in emerging trends, foreign service, government careers, think tanks, global organizations and more.
  • Find your perfect fit in the careers of international relations and diplomacy.

2014 Summer Dates & Locations

International Reltations and Diplomacy Program in China
China
Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai
  • May 27 - Jun 6
  • Jun 3 - Jun 13
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Tuition & Financial Assistance

Tuition

Your International Relations & Diplomacy tuition is an investment in personal growth and critical skills development that will prepare you for school, college and career success.

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Scholarship

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Eligibility & Nomination

Is International Relations & Diplomacy for me?

This summer program is for you if you are a motivated college or university student who is ready to broaden your cultural horizons, learn with and from peers from around the world, and explore the global career options available in the fields of international relations and diplomacy.

To attend the Envision Global Forum on International Relations & Diplomacy, you must be a college student. Many of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified students who want to make the most of this opportunity

What happens after I enroll?

After you enroll, you will receive an enrollment confirmation email. A personalized URL will be created for you – your MyEnvisionExperience.com page – where you can find important program updates, the Mandatory Travel Form, the Student Information Form, a travel checklist, pre-conference assignments and a press release you can use to notify local media about your participation in this prestigious program. You will receive notification in the mail and via email with details about how to access your MyEnvisionExperience.com page.

What happens if the program is full? Is there a wait list?

Should the program be full, we will let you know. You will be placed on a wait list and your payment will not be processed. If space becomes available, we will contact you and confirm your interest to attend before proceeding with enrollment.

What is the code of conduct for this program?

Attending an Envision Global Forum program 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 a uphold all program rules.

Who participates in Envision Global Forums?

While the honor of being an Envision scholar is a singular one, you will find our forums are incredibly diverse in the age and level of academic studies of each participant. That said, your fellow scholars will have some things in common. All of you have strong academic records and leadership skills. Also, everyone must be at least 18 years old at the time of the Program and currently enrolled in a college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student or be a recent graduate from the class of 2014. All scholars must speak fluent English.

How are scholars nominated to attend?

Scholars come to the attention of Envision and are considered for nomination thanks to the input of a variety of sources, including:

  • Educators, student organization advisors and participating institutions
  • Alumni of previous ISLP delegations
  • Alumni of National Youth Leadership Forums
  • Alumni of Congressional Youth Leadership Council Conferences
  • Alumni of LeadAmerica Programs
  • Members of Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)
  • Members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Scholarship and financial aid services where students make their information available to colleges, universities and other approved educational organizations
  • Self nominations with a record of academic excellence and leadership experience

Career and Academic Benefits

Can I receive college credit for the Program?

Envision has partnered with nationally ranked George Mason University to offer college credit to any student who takes part in one of our international forums. George Mason University has been recognized for three years by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 "Universities to Watch" in the United States!

How will this help me achieve my career goals?

Each of our career-focused forums is designed to be a growth opportunity that will further your knowledge of and perspectives on your chosen field through personal and professional enrichment. Previous scholars have found the Program to be an incredible stepping stone to further develop particular interests in their field of study and to enhance their professional and academic résumé.

What are some of the benefits of the Program?

International educational experiences such as the Envision Global Forums provide global networking opportunities and insight into career fields. We are also more than happy to provide you with letters of participation that you may include in your applications for graduate programs, internships, jobs, scholarships, etc.

Equally important, Envision Global Forums safely expose scholars to the ins and outs of navigating foreign cultures, the complexity of travel logistics and the myriad of other skills necessary to travel and compete in an increasingly connected global economy.

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Is financial assistance available?

You can visit the Envision fundraising page for more information. Many students fundraise to pay for most or all of their tuition costs. Since fundraising will take time, we recommend that students begin fundraising as soon as possible.

What happens if there are no spaces available by the time I am able to accrue the full tuition amount by fundraising?

If you intend to fundraise to raise program tuition, we encourage you to enroll using our convenient payment plan. That way you will make sure you have safely secured your space in the program. It is always a good idea to contact our Office of Admissions once you begin your fundraising campaign



How will I be notified about my scholarship application?

You can expect to be notified by email. This usually happens about two weeks after the scholarship deadline date has passed. If you do not provide an operable email address, you will receive notification by mail approximately three weeks after the scholarship deadline date has passed. The scholarship deadline date can be found on the scholarships page.

What does the tuition cover?

Below is a list of general items covered by tuition.

  • All scheduled Program activities using air, ship, rail and chartered motor coach transportation
  • All accommodations (excluding laundry, telephone, etc.). Accommodations vary by country.
  • Curriculum materials
  • Meals provided during the Program vary by location.
  • Faculty Advisors who accompany each forum.
  • Full-time, professional travel managers who are fluent in English for programs outside the United States
  • All educational components, including speaker fees
  • All entrance fees for scheduled Program activities
  • All taxes, gratuities and tips
  • Basic emergency health coverage for the duration of the Program

How much spending money should I bring?

You will need to purchase at least one meal per day (average $10-20 U.S. dollars, depending on personal choice and destination) and miscellaneous small purchases, including laundry services, internet and telephone calls as needed. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs and enjoy leisure activities during scheduled free time. Once you are enrolled, we will provide additional resources on spending money and currency exchange.

Safety & Supervision

Should I be concerned about safety in a foreign country?

For more than 25 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing young scholars – like you –with a superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Your safety is our first priority. As a result, our programs are highly structured and thoroughly evaluated for quality and safety. We will not bring you into areas where we think your safety might be in question. If conditions exist or arise that make it impossible for us to offer a safe program, we will alter the itinerary and re-route the program to safer regions. Envision adheres to international travel advisories issued by the U.S. State Department and the in-country U.S. Embassy. All U.S. scholars are registered with the U.S. Embassy in the destination country prior to their departure.

Do I need any immunizations?

We suggest that scholars consult the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization current recommendations regarding international travel. The most current information can be found at www.cdc.gov and www.who.int. We also recommend that you check with your physician or local health care facility to inquire about any health concerns or immunization options.

Will there be an on-site nurse?

No. You should plan to bring any medication along that you think you might need (i.e. cold medication, anti-diarrhea, fever, etc.). Of course, in the rare occurrence that you may need medical attention; we will assist you in getting to a doctor or hospital.

Will I be expected to follow rules such as curfews on the Program?

Since this is an academic program, there is an established Code of Conduct. This exists to ensure the highest level of safety, education and enjoyment for all scholars. Further, we do ask that scholars take into consideration the intense academic nature of the Program, and as a result, we expect them to be well-rested and focused during the daily program. We ask scholars to remember that they are serving as ambassadors when they visit another country. As such, it is imperative that all scholars keep in mind the importance of their conduct when traveling. Our hosts and speakers are expecting prepared, motivated and well-informed high-caliber scholars. Please refer to the Information, Release and Agreement on the back of the Enrollment Application.

Who will meet me at the airport?

Envision staff will be at the designated airports to assist you with your arrival and departure. We will also ensure there is shuttle service for you to get you from designated airports to program sites one the first and last days of your program. The shuttle service fee is $35 each way or $70 round-trip. 

Note: More details about the designated airport, arrival windows and the airport shuttle service will be provided to you on your personal MyEnvisionExperience.com Web page after you enroll in the program.

Travel & Accommodations

What is the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan?

To protect and safeguard the investment that you and your parents make in travel and tuition costs, we strongly recommend that your parents take advantage of our Tuition and Travel Protection Plan. This plan is offered through Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. You may purchase this cancellation insurance when you enroll. You may also select this option when you complete the Mandatory Travel Form on your personalized MyEnvisionExperience.com page after enrollment. If your parents would like more specifics about the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan, please have them call the plan administrator, Nationwide, at (866) 282-3987.

Where will scholars reside during the Program?

Accommodations for the Envision Global Forums are modern, comfortable, well-located, air-conditioned, 3- to 4- star properties with an en suite bath/toilet.

BEIJING
Chang An Grand Hotel
27 Hua Wei Li
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100021 CHINA

XI'AN
Grand Noble Hotel
334 Dong Da Jie
Xi’an, CHINA

SHANGHAI
Holiday Inn Downtown
585 Hengfeng Street
Zhabei District
Shanghai 200070 CHINA

Hotel for Optional Extension to Hong Kong:

HONG KONG
Hotel Nikko Hong Kong 72 Mody Road,
Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon,
Hong Kong

*Accommodations are subject to change. If changed, housing will be replaced by accommodations equal of caliber.

When and where should I book my flight?

New Zealand - Australia

  • Arrival Window: 10am - 2pm
  • Departure Window: 11am - 3pm
  • Airports: Arrival - Christchurch (CHC); Core Departure - Sydney(SYD)

New Zealand - Australia Extension

  • Departure Window: 5:30 am - 11:00 am (A shuttle is provided that connects with N. America flight departures.) 
  • Airport: Cairns (CNS)

China

  • Arrival Window: 9am - 4:30pm
  • Departure Window: 11:00am - 5pm
  • Airports: Arrival–Beijing (PEK); Core Departure–Shanghai (PVG)

China Extension

  • Departure Window: 11am - 3pm
  • Airport: Hong Kong (HKG)

United States

  • Arrival Window: 10am - 4pm
  • Departure Window: 11am - 3pm
  • Airports: Arrival–Washington Dulles (IAD); Departure–NYC John F. Kennedy (JFK)

United States Extension

  • Departure Window: 11am - 3pm
  • Airport: Los Angeles (LAX)

Can I make a roommate request?

Yes, you are free to make roommate requests after enrollment through April 1. Interested scholars should contact the Office of Admissions after they receive their confirmation of enrollment.

How should I plan my international transportation to and from the Program?

Envision has partnered with MacNair to provide air booking services for Envision scholars. MacNair can handle all of your domestic and international flight needs. You may also book your flight arrangements on your own through Travelocity.com, Expedia.com, etc.

Contact MacNair's dedicated representatives and identify that you are an Envision scholar:

Am I allowed to extend my stay in the destination country?

Yes. Scholars are encouraged to take part in the Optional Extensions provided by Envision Global Forum. It is a chance for scholars to discover more of their host countries. Optional Extensions are Sydney, Australia for the New Zealand Engineering and Technology forum, Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef for forums ending in Australia, Hong Kong for forums in China and Los Angeles, California for the forum in the United States of America.

Scholars may also choose to extend their stay on their own for independent exploration.

How will I travel while in the destination country?

During scheduled Program activities, travel in your host country will be by plane or private motor coach except in China where a portion of the trip may be completed by train and the United States where some of the inner city travel will be via subway.

Will there be someone from Envision at the airport to meet me?

Envision staff will be at the designated airports to assist you with your arrival and departure. We will also ensure there is shuttle service for you to get you from designated airports to program sites one the first and last days of your program. The shuttle service fee is $35 each way or $70 round-trip. Note: More details about the designated airport, arrival windows and the airport shuttle service will be provided to you on your personal MyEnvisionExperience.com Web page after you enroll in the program.

Daily Life

Who facilitates the programs?

Your forum will be led by Faculty Advisors who are knowledgeable professionals with experience in the corresponding career field of their forum. Your Faculty Advisor will be responsible for implementing the curriculum, facilitating your briefings, debriefings and small group discussions, participating in all scheduled activities and supervising Program scholars. Envision also enlists in-country travel managers who function as guides, interpreters and points of contact in your host country. You can expect a scholar to staff ratio of 35 to 1 or less.

What is a typical day like?

Your typical day will begin with a group meeting and briefing session on the day’s scheduled events. While no two days are the same for any program, you will find almost all involve a mix of educational and cultural activities. Educational components may include distinguished speakers, panel discussions, group meetings and university and professional site visits. Free time is also built into the schedule for scholars to explore their host countries independently.

How many people make up an individual forum and group?

Depending on the restrictions of the individual program site, you will have between 30 and 120 scholars in your forum that will be part of a larger Program of students. Individual group sizes range between 18 – 30 students. 

Is there anything I should do to prepare for my forum?

Overall, you should do what you probably do anyway – keep up-to-date on current events and trends in your field of study through print and online media. You may also want to mention your upcoming experience to your professors or other advisors as they can often provide insights into areas that might be of special interest or importance to your career goals. Also, while we do not expect you to know everything about your host country in the weeks or months before your trip, we do believe that the more familiar you are with your destination’s culture and customs before you arrive, the more you will gain while you are there.

Keep in mind that once you are enrolled, you will receive further resources on the country you will be visiting as well as information to help prepare for the Program. This information will cover travel logistics, destination information and academic preparation materials.


What type of clothing should I bring?

For most professional activities, business casual is what you would want to wear. For example, men would feel comfortable in khakis or dress pants with a button-down shirt and women would be completely appropriate in a skirt or dress pants with a nice blouse or top. During certain program components, more professional attire may be required and during some cultural and leisure activities you may want to be more casual. 

Special Needs

Will there be vegetarian options at every meal?

Vegetarians should inform Envision of their dietary requirements prior to the start of the Program. We will ensure there are vegetarian options available, but the realities of foreign travel do mean that they are often limited. Many meals are buffet-style, and due to limitations, sometimes vegetarian options may be repeated throughout the Program.

Will there be kosher options at every meal?

Due to varying cultures in the various countries, we are not able to guarantee kosher options. However, there will always be a vegetarian option at meals. In some cases, kosher meals can be provided at an additional cost. Please contact the Office of Admissions to speak directly with a staff member for more information.

Will there be opportunities to attend any religious services?

There is time built into the schedule (day or evening) for scholars to do some independent exploration and you are free to use this time for religious purposes or other needs. However, these times do vary by day and country.

Is it possible for scholars with special needs to attend?

Yes. However, the first recommendation we would make would be that you speak directly to a staff member at our Office of Admissions to get a better idea of what potentially challenging activities your forum might involve so that together you might make the best decision about whether or not to attend and which Program would be best for you.

Traveling in a Foreign Country

How and when should I obtain a passport?

You do not need to have a passport before enrolling in the Program, but you will need to begin the passport application process to acquire one immediately after confirmation of enrollment. The charge for a passport and/or visas is not included in the program tuition.

For U.S. passport holders, information on how to apply for a passport can be found on the U.S. Department of State's web site: travel.state.gov/passport.

What assistance will be available to prepare for the Program?

Once you are enrolled, you can expect to receive communications with all the information necessary to prepare for your journey, including packing suggestions, suggested attire, currency exchange information, travel documents, academic preparation and useful travel tips.

Also, as we rely heavily on our web site to communicate important information, it would be a good idea once registered to stop by regularly to check for updates and drop by our Facebook page for additional information.

Prior to enrollment you can also contact us by e-mail at any time.

Will basic conversational language training be available during the Program?

While we do not expect fluency in your host country’s language or even basic proficiency, as all world travelers know, every bit of your host countries language that you do know will increase your overall experience. But again, the only language requirement is to speak fluent English and there is no language training offered during the Program. Bear in mind that each forum will have guides fluent in the host language during all professional visits, speakers and workshops.

Will there be access to Internet? Should I bring my cell phone or a phone card?

Each housing location will have Internet access via a business center, Wi-Fi in the lobby or in the sleeping room. Most properties now have in-room Wi-Fi available, but occasionally there may be an exception. Most properties do charge a fee to use the Internet and this fee is not included in the price of tuition. Keep this in mind if you need to use the Web during your travels. For telephone communication, most students now travel with a cell phone (check with your provider on rates as they can add up quickly) or a calling card. Another option for Internet or cell phone access is to purchase a local Wi-Fi device or local cell phone, upon arrival to your destination.

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