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The Ultimate Six-Month Networking Experience

Lehigh University Global Village for Future Leaders 2024

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.


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.

Throughout the program June through August, 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 2024 (Early Bird)
19 March 2024 (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 5,300 for students.

Without scholarships, the regular participation fee is $9,950.

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 ($4,975). 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.

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


E-mail Inquiries

General inquiries: going-abroad
Erasmus+ study abroad: erasmus-outgoings

Office Hours

(Only) Erasmus+ Study Abroad:

Office hours via telephone/zoom Hella Koschinski: by prior arrangement
Tel.: 0231 755-6247

Office hours in presence: only with appointment
Tue 9:00-12:00

General Inquiries - Outgoings (Studies/Internships/Short Programs):

Office hours via telephone / Skype (laura-hope) / Zoom (please send a link when you are online):  without appointment, open
Mon-Tue 10:00-11:30 & 13:30-15:00 (No Advising 27.5.-3.6.)
Tel.: 0231 755-4728      

Office hours in presence:  only with appointment
New appointments will be released 14 days in advance. If no appointments are shown as available, this means that all appointments for this time period are already booked.