The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy will be conducted in four sessions:

SESSION A: Sunday, June 4th - Sunday, June 18th, 2017
(Seats now full)

SESSION C: Sunday, July 9th - Sunday, July 23rd, 2107
(Seats now full)

SESSION B: Sunday, June 18th - Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
(Seats now full)

SESSION D: Sunday, July 23rd - Sunday, August 6th, 2017
(Seats now full)

Organized by Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS), the Global Young Leaders Academy (GYLA) is an intensive two-week summer program for a select group of international high school students. Students must be at least 15 years of age (upon start date of the program) and in high school. The program introduces students to entrepreneurship and other business concepts, and allows them time to become immersed in the U.S. culture. The two-week experience features Wharton faculty presentations, in-depth learning from high school teachers in the KWHS network, residential activities, field trips, community service and relationship building with other teens. GYLA draws its content from hundreds of engaging KWHS lesson plans and online business journal articles.



Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS)


The mission of KWHS, a member of the Knowledge@Wharton global network, is to promote global financial literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership among high school students and educators by providing innovative educational content. KWHS publishes a free global online business journal for high school students interested in exploring all the ways that business touches their lives. In addition, KWHS creates opportunities for students and educators to explore their business-related interests both inside and outside of the classroom through lesson plans, summer programs and educational challenges.


The Wharton School


Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The school has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and a powerful alumni network of 93,000 graduates.



Knowledge@Wharton is the online business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The site, which is free, captures relevant knowledge generated at Wharton and beyond by offering articles and videos based on research, conferences, speakers, books and interviews with faculty and other experts on global business topics.


University of Pennsylvania


The University of Pennsylvania was established in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. It is one of the eight most prestigious Ivy League schools. With a consistent Top 10 ranking in the USA, Penn's acceptance rate is as low as 9.9%. Penn has four undergraduate schools: College of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing and the Wharton School.




BrainGain Magazine is the leading Study Abroad magazine for students, their parents, and mid-career professionals in South Asia. We are the definitive source of information for anyone interested in exploring and learning about Study Abroad opportunities outside South Asia. We provide content to guide students and their parents through the decision-making process when exploring options to study abroad. The topics covered help readers understand fields of study, admissions, financing, specific countries, regions or cities, student life, scholarships, job prospects for chosen field, socio-cultural environments, safety and visa issues. Told through lively interviews, photos, videos and podcasts, we provide an interactive platform that helps students realize their dreams.


KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy challenges you with rigorous classroom and extracurricular activities, providing you with a multidimensional experience in learning and leadership. Some 125 students from more than 19 countries have attended the program.


Financial Literacy and Business Classes

  • Economics and Finance
  • International Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Case Studies and Corporate Visit
  • Business Plan Simulation

Wharton Focus

  • University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Campus Tour
  • Workshop on American College Admissions

Interpersonal Skills for the 21st Century

  • Personal Leadership and Influence
  • Individual Goal and Organizational Capability
  • Business Analytical Skill
  • Social Responsibility
  • Public Speaking Skills

Field Trips and Excursions

  • Philadelphia City Tour
  • Visits to New York City and Washington D.C.
  • Six Flags Great Adventure
  • Community Service Projects

American Culture

  • American History and Politics
  • Baseball Game


Students apply to the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy online. Applicants will need the following to be considered for the program: online.


  1. A completed online application, including student details.
  2. High school transcript.
  3. A 500-word essay detailing:
    1. How will you benefit from the program?
    2. Why should you be selected for the program?
    3. Share briefly your understanding of entrepreneurship.
  4. One letter of recommendation from a teacher which is optional, not mandatory.



The fee for the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy is US $5,110 plus a refundable security deposit of US $500. The fee excludes airfare, visa costs and international travel insurance. It includes:


  • Tuition;
  • Accommodation at the University of Pennsylvania campus and hotel rooms in New York City;
  • Ground transportation during the program;
  • Most meals (Please make note that meals during travel and field trips are not included);
  • Only medical insurance during your stay at the program.




“It was an exhilarating experience which gave me invaluable insights in the world of entrepreneurship. My favorite thing about the program was the classes taught by the professors. I learnt to be independent, confident and also hone my oratory skills.”- PRIYAVRAT GUPTA, Vasant Valley, New Delhi

“This program was truly eye-opening and has changed my perspective about a lot of things. I learned a great deal not only about the taught subjects, but about life skills as well. But more importantly, I learnt how to be a leader, how to be tolerant and work with different kinds of people. I learnt that hard work is the only way to success and whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right!”- NATASHA BANGA, The Shri Ram School, Moulsari Campus, New Delhi

“Enriching and a must-do, it gives significant insights into life at University. I learnt how to stick to deadlines, how to live on my own, make my own choices, and function independently”. - ADIT MUKHERJEE, BOMBAY, Jamnabai Narsee International School, Mumbai

“I feel the program enlightened me to the smaller principles of business and helped me to expand the horizons of my knowledge. The classes were enriching, and being taught by the faculty of Wharton was a lifetime experience.”–MOHAMMED SALMAN MALLICK, Doon School, Azerbaijan

“I had the best time of my life, meeting people from different countries and attending amazing classes. I cannot thank Wharton enough for this experience. I learnt to really value friendship, and the importance of being together with people.” – MARINA RAUTER, St. Paul’s School, Sau Paulo, Brazil

“I had a very exciting time here, learned a lot and met many interesting people. I think the range of nationalities was the most extraordinary thing about the program, as I made friends in countries all over the world”. –SEBASTIANO DELL AQUA, Prem Tinsulanonda International School, Milan, Italy

“I chose this program because I’ve always been very interested in business and economics. The program was amazing. It gave me a taste of what it would be like to study in my dream university. My favorite class was ‘Introduction to Management’ by Jamie Potter. I definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in business in high school for the immense multi-distinguished experience this program gives you.”- SHATAKSHI DUBEY, Pathways ,Noida

“The program has been really brilliant. It has been so engaging and innovative. For me, the professors were the highlight of the program. Business textbooks cannot teach you this. Seeing different perspectives by staying with people from all around the world was also very exciting. It gave a different sense of the world.” – SAAGARIKA VERMA, Gems Modern Academy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

“My experience has been truly amazing. I made a lot of friends from different parts of the world. The campus was mesmerizing. Learning public-speaking, team-work and social responsibility and personal advices by the faculty at Wharton would really help in future. It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in business or not, this program will give you an insight into college life at USA.”- HELEN LI, Shanghai High School International Division, Shanghai, China

“I chose this program because I wanted to learn more about business. But this program taught me much more than business. I recommend this program to high school students to meet new people, learn about economics, finance and entrepreneurship. Here, I learnt skills for life”- ALEXANDRA PETROVA, American College of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria

“As I always was fascinated by the idea of studying business in college, I chose this program. It’s been great here. I had fears of being able to adjust and interacting with new people, but I met great people from all parts of the world who were so kind to me. Even though we all belonged to different cultures, we found so many similarities. I learnt to get out of my comfort zone and made friends for life.”- EZGI OKUTAN, American Robert College of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

“I decided to go for the program because my friends were going for it. Though I was not sure of what I wanted to do in future, I still decided to go considering it was a multi-dimensional program. I loved the program so much that if given a chance, I’d definitely come back and experience it all over again. – CAN CONGER, The Koc School, ISTANBUL, TURKEY.

Articles on our BGM Blog:

Advice from a girl who worked hard and got to choose between an Ivy League offer and a full scholarship - Marina Rauter - St. Paul's School, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Two Unforgettable Weeks at the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy! - Diotima Roy - West Windsor Plainsboro High School North , USA

A Program close to my Heart: Ana-Elena Karlova (17 years old, student at American College of Sofia, Bulgaria)

The Great Wharton Adventure: Ezgi Okutan (16 years old, student at Robert College, Istanbul)

KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy – An Incredible Experience, Aniketh Khutia, DPS Ruby Park, Kolkata


Knowledge@Wharton Global Young Leaders Academy Summer Program 2016 Oversubscribed

July 21, 2016 | India Education Diary
Young Global Leaders Learn to Think Like Entrepreneurs — and So Much More

June 09, 2016 | Knowledge@Wharton High School
Wharton Summer programme calls for entries

April 13, 2016 | Hindustan Times
Few Seats Left: KWHS Invites Applications from High School Students for Summer Programme

April 09, 2016 | Education World
Few Seats Left For Knowledge@Wharton High School Global Young Leaders Academy Summer Program 2016

April 06, 2016 | India Education Diary
Knowledge@Wharton High School is inviting students to participate in the Global Young Leaders Academy

April 05, 2016 | Education Times
KWHS invites applications from high school students for summer programme

January 27, 2016 | The Times of India
KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy Workshop 2016- Applications open

January 21, 2016 | Career 360
Summer programme for wannabe young global leaders

January 19, 2016 | Bangalore Mirror
K@W High School announces summer program for Indian students

January 6, 2016 | Education World

March, 2015 | Aspire
Summer School in the US

February 16, 2015 | Education Times
Knowledge@Wharton High School launches KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy

February 13, 2015 | Education World
Learn tricks of economics, biz @Wharton

January 22, 2015 | DNA
Summer programme for young global leaders

January 21, 2015 | The Hindu
Hindustan Times Piece on KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy

January 14, 2015 | Hindustan Times
KWS High School Announces Summer Program for High School Students

January 06, 2015 | Career India
Knowledge@Wharton High School Announces Summer Program for Students

January 06, 2015 | India Education Diary
KWHS Announces Summer Program for High School Students

January 06, 2015 | Education Insider
K@W High School announces summer program for Indian students

January 06, 2015 | Yahoo News
K@W High School announces summer program for Indian students

January 06, 2015 | Business Standard
K@W High School announces summer program for Indian students

January 06, 2015 | Sify News

Enquiry Form

Fill in the form below and we will get in touch with you.

Alternately, you can e-mail

or call +91 9999613734 for more information.


Corporate Headquarters:
555 8th Avenue, Suite 2210
New York, NY 10018, USA


Mailing Address:
A-85 East of Kailash, Ground Floor
New Delhi
India - 110065