KWHS GLOBAL YOUNG LEADERS ACADEMY
(Apply now for 2019! Limited seats available.)

IMPORTANT DATES

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

Session Start Date End Date Applications
SESSION A Saturday, June 8th Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 Now Open
SESSION B Saturday, June 15th Saturday, June 29th, 2019 Now Open
SESSION C Saturday, July 6th Saturday, July 20th, 2019 Now Open
SESSION D Saturday, July 13th Saturday, July 27th, 2019 Now Open
SESSION E Saturday, July 20th Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 Now Open

 

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 domestic (USA) and 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 provides cultural immersion. It 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.

 

ABOUT US

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

 

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

 

BrainGain Magazine is the event collaborator of KWHS on the Global Young Leaders Academy. BrainGain Magazine provides administrative support and KWHS is wholly responsible for reviewing applications and providing all academic content for the GYLA program. 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.

THE WHARTON EXPERIENCE

The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy challenges you with rigorous classroom and extracurricular activities, providing you with a multidimensional experience in learning and leadership. More than 510 students from 46 countries have already attended the program.

 

Financial Literacy and Business Classes

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Customer Analysis
  • Marketing
  • Case Studies and Startup Visit
  • Business Plan Simulation

Campus and American Culture Experience

  • University of Pennsylvania - Campus Tour
  • Residential Activities Organized by Current Penn Students

Interpersonal Skills for the 21st Century

  • Personal Leadership and Influence
  • Individual Goal and Organizational Capability
  • Teamwork
  • Social Responsibility
  • Public Speaking Skills

Field Trips and Excursions

  • Philadelphia City Tour
  • King of Prussia Mall
  • Six Flags Great Adventure
  • Community Service Projects

HOW TO APPLY

Students applying for the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy must submit their applications online.

 

  1. A completed online application, including student details.
  2. High school transcript.
  3. Your essay will cover the following points in 150-200 words each:
    1. By definition, entrepreneurship is launching and running a new business. It is often both exciting and risky. What does entrepreneurship mean to you? Have you or someone you know started a business? If not, have you read about entrepreneurs who inspire you? Be sure to use examples to illustrate your answer.
    2. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you would like to solve. Why was or is solving that problem important to you?
    3. How would your friends and teachers describe you? What experiences have you had with people who are different than you in some way?
  4. A completed and signed teacher recommendation form here or recommendation letter.
    (In case your school is emailing the recommendation letter or form directly to us, you can submit a word or PDF document stating the same in your application.)

 

TUITION FEES AND PAYMENT POLICY

The fee for the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy is US $5,115 plus a refundable security deposit of US $500. The fee excludes airfare, visa costs and international travel insurance. It includes:

 

  • Tuition fees;
  • On-campus accommodation and most meals (Please make note that meals during travel and field trips are not included);
  • Ground transportation during the program;
  • Medical insurance during the program.
  • Please see the FAQs for terms and conditions.

 

TESTIMONIALS

Articles on our BGM Blog:

Two weeks that changed my life completely - Parthsarthi Suri, Emirates International School - Jumeirah, in Dubai, UAE

How a summer program made me fall in love with a university - Megan Zhu - Victoria Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Canada

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General

Knowledge@Wharton High School – KWHS for short – is on a mission to provide high school students and educators around the world with a deeper understanding of business and personal finance and to equip them with the skills to excel in the global marketplace. KWHS is not a high school! KWHS operates an online learning library (kwhs.wharton.upenn.edu) that features hundreds of free business journal articles, videos and lesson plans, a comprehensive business glossary and other content to help introduce high school students to business concepts, personal finance and college and career preparation. KWHS also engages students through an investment competition and the Global Young Leaders Academy. KWHS is part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a world leader in business education.

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. The program, held on the Philadelphia campus of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, explores entrepreneurship and other business concepts, and allows students time to become immersed in the U.S. culture.

Braingain Magazine collaborates with KWHS to organize the Global Young Leaders Academy. Braingain Magazine provides administrative support and KWHS is wholly responsible for reviewing applications and providing all academic content for the GYLA program.

The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy is a program for international high school students. Students must be in high school and be at least 15 years of age upon the start date of the program.

The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy will be conducted in five 2-week sessions:

Session A - Saturday, June 08th Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Session B - Saturday, June 15th Saturday, June 29th, 2019
Session C - Saturday, July 06th Saturday, July 20th, 2019
Session D - Saturday, July 13th Saturday, July 27th, 2019
Session E - Saturday, July 20th Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

The fee for the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy is US $5,115 plus a refundable security deposit of US $500. The fee excludes airfare, visa costs and international travel insurance. It includes:

  • Tuition
  • On-campus accommodation and most meals (Please make note that meals during travel and field trips are not included)
  • Ground transportation during the program
  • Medical insurance during the program

The refundable security deposit covers the cost of damages to university property caused by the participant during his/her stay at the program (for example: lost Penn Card, lost room key, damaged shower heads) and for any charges (transactional charges, if any) deducted by the bank when you make the payment (Approx. 3% for credit cards and $25 for wire transfer). Additionally, fees sometimes vary for the university-provided medical insurance (typically US $115), and the adjusted costs will, if necessary, be deducted from the refundable security deposit. The deposit is refunded 90 days after the end of the program, as the program runs through the summer and we receive a complete report from the University of Pennsylvania after all programs end.

A certificate of participation will be awarded to all students who complete the program. This is contingent on students attending and participating in all required program activities and maintaining good behavior throughout the two weeks. KWHS reserves the right to withhold certificates if program rules are violated.

The admission process for the program is completely independent from that of Penn or Wharton. Participation in the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy does NOT guarantee admission into Penn or Wharton. However, the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy is a unique opportunity for high school students to experience life and education on an Ivy League campus. The program includes a session on U.S. college admissions to help students understand the nuances of applying to American colleges and universities.

Not at this point, but we anticipate the availability of scholarships in the future.

We typically welcome about 50-60 students per session. The GYLA accepts students from all countries. We have had students participating thus far from more than 30 countries.

No. Due to the intensive nature of the GYLA, we require students to commit to and participate in the full two weeks.

No. The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy is a non-credit program.

No. Although standardized test scores are often very useful in gauging an applicant's academic achievement and potential, we understand that some students will not have standardized test scores available by the time of application. We do, however, expect applicants who have received standardized test scores to report those scores to us.

Tentative agenda/schedule details are typically shared two weeks prior to the program start date.

Yes. We will help you connect to other participants through social media groups and WhatsApp closer to the program start date.

If you have a question or query about the program, feel free to reach out to us at wharton@braingainmag.com or +91 9999613734.

Application

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

  • A completed online application
  • High school transcript
  • A 500-word essay
  • A completed and signed teacher recommendation form

We have a rolling admission, and admissions are on a first-come, first-served basis, so applying earlier will increase your chances of acceptance.

The teacher recommendation form must be from a teacher in an academic subject or from a school counselor. We hope the recommendation will give us insight into the applicant's abilities and why he or she is a strong candidate for the GYLA. Please keep in mind that we will follow up with the teacher/counselor, if needed.

We review applications as we receive them. You will be notified of the status of your application within 10-14 working days of the submission of the application.

You can change your session subject to availability.

Applicants can check the status of all application requirements in real time by logging in to their online accounts. Please regularly check the "Alerts" tab on the top right-hand screen of your portal for updates about your application.

Travel

If you hold a passport from a country in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you do not need a visa to attend the program. In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S.-bound air or sea carrier.

The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy is a short-term, non-credit program, so international students can come on a B-2 Business Visitor visa for educational travel (a student visa is not required as B-2 permits enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree), which will allow them to participate in the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy, as well as tourist-related activities that are part of the program. It is each student's responsibility to obtain the necessary visas and meet the requirements.

If required, we will provide each selected candidate with a visa invitation letter, which can be used to apply for the B-2 visa. The visa invitation letter will be issued starting January 2019 after receiving your payment and signed forms, but the letter does NOT guarantee successful visa application.

Students have to plan their own travel. Students can either travel to the U.S. on their own or choose to travel with our GYLA group. If traveling on their own, they can meet us at the arrival airport or campus. We will provide shuttle service from Philadelphia airport to and from the campus. Detailed information will be provided post acceptance.

Yes, Braingain Magazine will send one chaperone per 15 students. KWHS will hire current Penn undergraduate students serving as GYLA Residential Advisors (RAs) for the duration of the program. Braingain chaperones will coordinate program logistics and provide administrative support while KWHS RAs will facilitate academic teamwork and organize residential activities.

Yes, you will be required to purchase a special medical insurance to cover you during your stay on campus. The US $ 115 that we have collected is the fee towards this medical insurance. Additionally, we strongly suggest that you also purchase international travel insurance from your home country to cover you during travel and off-campus stays.

No. We do not provide housing before or after the program dates. You can only arrive on campus on the program start date and leave the campus no later than the program's last day. The check-in time is 2 p.m. and the check-out time is 11 a.m.

LIVING ON THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CAMPUS

All students participating in the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy will be provided with accommodations on The University of Pennsylvania campus.

  • The dormitories are staffed 24/7 with security personnel. Students will need to swipe their Penn Cards and enter an access code to get inside the building. Students must sign guests in at the front desk. Overnight visitors are not allowed.
  • Housing assignments are made randomly; requests like housing in a single room/suite, housing with another student in another room, on another floor or in another building cannot be accommodated.
  • Students are placed randomly in single or double rooms in same-sex suites. A suite houses a maximum of four students. Each suite has a shared bathroom and kitchen. Each floor has a shared lounge. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and a single set of bed linen is provided.
  • All the accommodations have free washing machines. Students can purchase detergent from convenience stores on campus.
  • Lockers or safes are not available. Students need to keep their valuables locked in their suitcases and keep the rooms locked at all times. More detailed information about the dorms and building policies can be found here.

Yes. We recommend the Inn at Penn-Hilton and Sheraton University City. All bookings etc. will have to be done directly with the hotel. Other hotels are also available here.

Since our program is intensive and schedules are pretty full for the two weeks, we strongly recommend that parents limit their outings with students.

We suggest $55 per day for the meals. Other than that, spending money amounts are at your discretion. Please note, however, that students should not carry more than $5,000.

Yes, once the program ends you are free to travel as you like.

No, students cannot leave the campus after classes. If they must leave for some valid reasons, the participant needs to submit a "temporary leave" consent form signed by parents/legal guardians before he/she leaves the program and he or she has to be back by 10:00 p.m. the same day. The participant can only leave the program with an adult's company. We will NOT approve any "staying with friends" requests.

The program takes student safety and security very seriously. We provide 24/7 adult supervision. Students do have a nightly curfew and must be inside their rooms before 10:30 p.m. In order to maintain the safety of students at all times, we also designate a boundary that students may not move beyond without permission or staff escort. The boundary allows students access to most parts of the central Penn campus, as well as a number of shops and restaurants, including the Penn bookstore.

Yes. Students (above 16 years of age) can access the Pottruck Gym at Penn for $221 per person. This cost is optional for students. If they want to add this feature to their trip, the total fee will be $5,615 plus $221. The gym includes a swimming pool, a basketball court and a climbing wall. Outdoor tennis and squash courts require an additional fee. Students must have a signed waiver from their parents or guardians to be eligible for a gym membership.

Yes. University dining halls offer a buffet style of meals and can cater to personal dietary needs due to allergy restrictions or religious observances. The dining halls also offer a variety of vegetarian/vegan meal selections. We will be in touch with you regarding your dietary requirements once you have been selected into the program.

Yes. The program provides campus-wide wi-fi.

Yes. All participants are encouraged to have a U.S. mobile number or international roaming on their mobiles prior to reaching the U.S. You can also purchase a local sim card at the airport or on campus.

Portable technology (i.e. : a laptop or iPad) is required so you can take notes and complete the group project. However, using technology for unrelated purposes during classes is prohibited. A printing shop is available on campus, and you will need to pay for the service yourself.

A packing list will be shared with the students once they have secured a spot in the program.

You should carry any prescription medicines that you are required to take on a regular basis. You should also carry some over-the-counter medicines for colds, headaches, fever, minor pains, as well as band-aids, antiseptic, and the like.

OTHER IMPORTANT RULES AND REGULATIONS

Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited during the GYLA program. Any participant found possessing or consuming contraband substances, including cigarettes, alcoholic drinks and drugs, will be immediately expelled from the program at their own cost. No refund will be provided. The program will have the right to take legal action as they deem fit and as dictated by U.S. laws. Any related violations will be presented to the Admission Office of the University of Pennsylvania, which will greatly jeopardize future admissions to Penn.

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KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy welcomes your support to help fund financially-challenged high school students around the world to attend our programs. If you would like to pay the program fee for a student you already know, please contact Braingain Magazine (wharton@braingainmag.com). If you are interested in giving a gift, please contact Knowledge@Wharton's Director of Business Operations Dominic Johnson (domjohns@wharton.upenn.edu).

 

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