Pre-College Programs

The Brown Leadership Institute

Leadership Development for High School Students

2016 Program Dates:

Two-Week Residential Sessions
June 26 - July 8, 2016
July 10 - July 22, 2016
July 24 - August 5, 2016

Note: Classes begin on Monday.


For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2016, with a minimum age requirement of 15 by the start of the program.

Fees: $4,086

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the enormity and complexity of the many challenges facing the world today. Problems such as environmental destruction, health crisis, wars, poverty, economic uncertainty, and social inequality demand the attention of every member of our global community.  But “to be the change we wish to see in the world,” we must start with ourselves, by questioning our assumptions, expanding our knowledge, and changing our behavior.

Leadership Institute courses can help you rise to all of these challenges, by creating a learning environment that encourages exploration, discussion, and personal growth.

We believe that informed and engaged youth can make a positive difference in the world; thus our mission is to help students develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership.

Important Announcement: May 12, 2016

The application for Leadership Institute Summer 2016 is now closed.

We have reached capacity in on-campus Leadership Institute courses.

Please consider online course Lessons in Leadership or other on-campus Summer@Brown courses.

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Students attending our 3rd session which begins July 24, will have an exclusive opportunity to attend An Evening with Malala Yousafzai, July 28 at 7:30 PM at the Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence. Malala was named one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2013 by Time magazine.

The Brown Leadership Challenge:

Understand Social Challenges

Students develop knowledge and understanding of complex issues through case studies, discussions, group projects, field trips, simulations, and debates. Student learning is stimulated by creative curricula, engaging faculty, and peers from around the world. Last year, we had students from 28 different countries and from around the U.S. Engagement with diverse perspectives is key to nuanced understanding of global problems and complex ideas.

Join an Engaged Learning Community

Students are housed in the same residence hall and have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with one another both within and outside of the classroom. Additionally, undergraduate Leadership Fellows serve as both Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the classroom and Resident Advisors (RAs) in the Residence Hall providing students with consistent and caring guidance throughout the program.

Develop Leadership Skills

Students will learn and apply the Social Change Model of Leadership Development in academic and co-curricular settings. Through engaging workshops, reflection activities, and an outdoor Challenge Course, students develop and practice leadership skills, such as public speaking, interpersonal communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, and teamwork.

Create an Action Plan and Take your Learning Home

But what happens after you leave Brown? How will you respond to the needs of your neighbors, your community, and the world? All of us share a civic responsibility to both understand complex social issues and apply what we know in service to others. During your course, instructors and peers help students develop an Action Plan focused on a pressing issue that they care about. Students develop these plans while they are here in the summer, present their ideas to their peers, and then work on the project when they return home. Leadership alumni return to their communities as part of a network of socially responsible leaders. Review student plans in our digital Action Plan library which contains examples of the work our students have done in the past.

Student Profile

The Leadership Institute is designed for highly motivated and intellectually curious students who are interested in social issues. We look for young people who are excited to learn and want to make a positive difference in the world. Applications are open to qualified high school students from 9th grade through graduated seniors.

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