Husky Leadership Initiative

February 29, 2016

Husky Presidential Ambassadors Leadership Institute Exploration Seminar


Visit the Study Abroad website to learn more. Application deadline is March 15!

Program Description

The Husky Presidential Ambassadors (HPA) Leadership Institute is a unique opportunity for current UW students and incoming first year Chinese international students to participate together in a cross-cultural leadership development immersion experience. Globalization has created a need for leaders with greater understanding of cultural differences and increased competencies in cross-cultural communication and practice. HPA Leadership Institute participants will gain valuable skills in intercultural communication, explore cultural perspectives of leadership and study leadership practices in a global setting. The HPA Leadership Institute is an innovative education model that will cultivate global leaders who think beyond boundaries.

Students selected as Husky Presidential Ambassadors will spend one week in academic preparation in Seattle (8/15-8/19) before traveling to Beijing, China for two weeks (8/21-9/3). They will spend the first week in Beijing, China visiting historical sites and being exposed to Chinese cultural surroundings. The cohort of incoming first year Chinese international students will join the current UW student cohort during the second week to participate in an experiential leadership development curriculum. Participants will connect leadership theory to practice by meeting with local and national government officials, business leaders and community change agents while also engaging in skill-building and self-reflective opportunities to accelerate their personal leadership development. In the fall, participants will continue this leadership education opportunity through a domestic-international student exchange program on campus.

Program details

  • Students will stay in dormitories at the prestigious Tsinghua University, an important international partner of the University of Washington.
  • Students will receive 5 GEN ST credits.

Pre-requisites/Language Requirements

  • This program is designed for current UW undergraduate students from any major and incoming first year international students from China who are interested in accelerating their leadership development in this cross-cultural exchange.
  • Proficiency in the Chinese language is not required.

Cost, Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • The cost to participate is $3,500 + $325 study abroad fee. This includes airfare, lodging, and most meals.
  • Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad.  You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • A $2,500 scholarship will be available to every Pell Grant/State Need Grant-eligible student accepted to this program.

Learn more and apply!

  • Visit the Study Abroad website to learn more about the program and get full details on credits and fees.
  • Information sessions will be held:

o    Friday, March 4 | 12-1 p.m. | MGH 258

o    Tuesday, March 8 | 4-5 p.m. | MGH 258


Application deadline is March 15.

Have questions?

Contact Fran Lo, Program Co-Director –


The Husky Presidential Ambassadors Leadership Institute is sponsored by the Husky Leadership Initiative, First Year Programs and the Office of Global Affairs.