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Leadership Study Abroad Program

Hannah Steketee ’17 studied in Barcelona, Spain, for the 2016 spring semester. She is double majoring in International Leadership Studies and Political Science, with a minor in Environmental Science.
The McDonough Center’s Leadership Study Abroad Program provides opportunities for all students on campus to travel abroad and learn more about leadership. Through these experiences, students are asked to expand their thinking about global leadership issues and to consider a more significant immersion (semester or year-long program abroad).
Click HERE to read about some of the most recent study-abroad experiences by leadership students.
The Leadership Study Abroad Program offers four main types of trips: (1) Travel to International Conferences; (2) Exchange Visits; (3) ILS International Experience; and (4) For-Credit Undergraduate Course. If you would like to be involved in any of these trips, please contact the Center via e-mail –
International Conference
At least once a year, the McDonough Center organizes a group of students to attend an international conference. The Center makes all of the travel arrangements, and a faculty member serves as the group leader. In some cases, faculty and students have presented papers together at an international conference.
Exchange Visit
Through its many contacts overseas, the McDonough Center organizes student exchanges involving host institutions. A group of MC students can spend a period of time abroad under the direction of a faculty member.
ILS International Experience
The McDonough Center assists students in the International Leadership Studies major as they seek to fulfill their required international experience – study abroad, internship, or community service project.
For-Credit Undergraduate Course
Every year after May graduation, the McDonough Center organizes a study-trip under LEAD 350 (Leadership Study Abroad). This for-credit trip allows a faculty member to take a group of students to study a country (or countries) experiencing significant changes.


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UPCOMING TRIP: Central America (May 2018)

We will take a group of students to Costa Rica and Belize to study conservation within the context of leadership. Through this trip, we will study the ways leaders work with followers within their culture to achieve the goal of ecological conservation and sustainability. Interested in joining us? Please send an email to



Explore the different parts of the world that McDonough Scholars have recently visited as part of the Leadership Study Abroad Program.


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