To content
The Ultimate Six-Month Networking Experience

Lehigh University Global Village for Future Leaders 2023

The Iacocca Global Village offers the opportunity to gain unique experiences and further expand your personal and professional network: Live together with people from over 40 countries for five weeks next summer and work together on exciting interdisciplinary consulting projects for companies from all over the world. In the months before and after, you will get to know the group more intensively in the virtual program and have more time to also achieve your own goals and implement project ideas.

For more information, please see the program flyer. After the Village, you will become part of an active network of over 2,450 alumni from 140+ countries.

The program is open to students of all majors.

New in 2023: Combine the Global Village with an industry internship: two internships in Engineering and two in Journalism/Communications will be offered. 

Missed the presentation?

Check out the recording in Sciebo!

© Iacocca Institute​/​Lehigh University

The Global Village Experience

At the Village, you'll work in cross-cultural teams on real-world projects for organizations around the world, develop your personal leadership vision and plan, and build a lifelong network of global colleagues, mentors, and friends. Together, you will develop new visions for what leadership means in the future.

Your Village journey begins with a flexible virtual experience that can be adapted to fit your work or student commitments. Join an online community of other Villagers, mentors, faculty, and alumni and explore common challenges and goals as you share and learn with leaders from every continent and field. Start working on your leadership plan and set specific goals that will guide you during your personal residency.

Continue your journey with a full-time residency at Global Village on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Live and work with other Villagers in a diverse community of leaders. Conduct a team consulting project for an international company and continue to work toward your leadership goals. Participate in workshops, design challenges, community service, and meetings with community leaders, faculty, international professionals, entrepreneurs, and mentors. Site visits and events, as well as trips to New York City and Washington, D.C., round out the program.

Start a leadership project that you can implement in your community, business or college. Stay connected to your Village community by continuing to participate in virtual programs and have full access to Iacocca Institute staff, faculty, and the alumni mentor network.

For the first time in 2023, four Global Village participants will be able to extend their stay in the U.S. through an internship. The following internships will be offered:

  • 2x Engineering with The Stone House Group
    The Stone House Group is dedicated to "Building Stewardship". This manifests as a diverse list of services that help define strategy to improve building and the built environment. Typical services include green certifications, energy audits, life cycle and deferred maintenance studies, commissioning and renewable feasibility studies. Clients of SHG include many premier institutions primarily in the mid-Atlantic region. Some of the intern’s responsibilities may include: research (sustainability, carbon footprint, and energy conservation); materials analysis, energy audits, developing presentations and client proposals; visits to construction and development sites, possible overnight travels to Washington D.C., other projects as assigned. The successful intern will be able to thrive in a matrix organization and be able to ask questions and engage in the culture of the company. The company is based in Bethlehem, PA and is walking distance from Lehigh University. There is also an office in Washington DC.
  • 2x Journalism/Communication at PBS (Lehigh Valley Public Media: TV, Online, Radio)
    More information will follow

The Iacocca Institute will arrange the internships and issue the DS-2019 for the J1 visa.

Start date: Flexible, either before Global Village (e.g., end of May) with about 4-5 more weeks after the Village, or after Global Village with a duration of about 8-10 weeks.

The internships are not compensated. However, the PROMOS stipend for living expenses (350 EUR/month) can be extended. 

If you are interested in one of the internships, please indicate your interest in the application and, if possible, contact Laura Hope beforehand.  The company will select the interns.

More information will follow in December 2022.

Throughout the program May through November, you will also have the following opportunities:

Consulting Project: Work in a multicultural team on a project for an international or U.S. company. Learn cross-cultural leadership, teamwork, project management and presentation skills.

Workshops:  Discuss important topics with experienced speakers from around the world. Choose from more than 25 options to customize your program to meet your professional goals. Topics include Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Global Networking and Multicultural Understanding, Next Generation Organizations and Sector Knowledge, Personal Development.

Company Visits: Visit local organizations, from start-ups and family businesses to large global corporations and social enterprises.

Meet Leaders: Discuss with leaders of all types from large and small corporations, freelancers, family businesses, and start-ups. These leaders share success paths, lessons learned from failures, strategic partnerships, negotiation tips, and their visions for the future. 

Get to know New York and Washington, D.C.: Visit two of the most famous cities in the United States. Tour major multinational corporations and meet with executives from organizations such as Bloomberg, Google. Izar Capital Group, New York Stock Exchange, United Nations, U.S. Capitol, World Bank.

Cultural Events: Improve your presentation skills by showcasing your country's best business practices and culture and helping to shape the cultural evenings. 

Key Data

Exclusively for Germany, the TU Dortmund University is allowed to nominate students to participate in the program. In Europe, only one other university in France is offered participation in the program.

Application deadline at the International Office of TU Dortmund University:

15 January 2023 (Early Bird)
19 March 2023 (Final Deadline, if space is available)

Further applications can still be accepted until 19 March or until the space in the program is full. However, in order to have the best chance of participating and receiving the PROMOS scholarship and internship, apply by 15 January.

Interested students apply throughTU Dortmund University's International Office with the following documents (via e-mail as one PDF file):

  • the Online Application Form
    The online application form includes questions about you and your motivation to participate in the Global Village program. We recommend that you write out the answers beforehand and then type them in. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. When you submit the form, it will be sent to your e-mail address. Attach this file to your application.
  • Resume (in English)
  • 2 letters of recommendation from a teacher or employer (in English, can also be submitted later upon request)
  • Grade transcript (in English or German, e.g. BOSS PDF)
  • Proof of your grade point average (request from the Examinations Office)
  • Enrolment Certificate (in English)
  • Proof of English language skills, at least B2 level (e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge Score, DAAD Language Certificate)

The application fee is waived for students/employees/alumni of TU Dortmund University.

After all scholarships from TU Dortmund and Lehigh University, participation including lodging, workshops, activities, meals at events, sightseeing and excursions to New York City and Washington, D.C. costs about EUR 3,500 for students.

Without scholarships, the regular participation fee is $7,500.

At least two TU Dortmund students will receive the following scholarship benefits:

  • a "Partial Scholarship" of US $2,000 from the Iacocca Institute of Lehigh University (automatic for all TU students and alumni),
  • a PROMOS scholarship from TU Dortmund University in the amount of 2,100 EUR (only for enrolled students/doctoral candidates, at least two scholarships available)

TU Dortmund employees (not PhD students) receive a 50% waiver of fees ($3,750). The PROMOS scholarship applies to enrolled students only.

Further scholarships may be possible for participants who demonstrate financial need or participants from Africa.

The remaining food, transfer, and airfare costs must be covered by the student.

If you are currently working in an internship/job: Check with your employer for other funding options. Some companies would even welcome participation in the program as professional training and support you with the further expenses.

Former Villagers will join us on 15.12.2022 for a presentation and talk about their experiences in the Village.

Also, testimonials are available online. Please note that the hybrid program was first introduced in 2022. 

Contact

Calendar

To event list

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

 

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

 

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

 

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

 

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English)

Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Campus Lageplan Zum Lageplan