Program Description

The Benjamin Franklin Summer Institutes are academic programs hosted by a U.S. college or university. These programs focus on global issues, leadership, and community service. American youth participate in these programs, but do not travel abroad.

During the exchanges, students and educators participate in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, leadership development, and focus on a specific theme, such as conflict resolution, social entrepreneurship, or environmental stewardship.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Please visit Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Benjamin Franklin Summer Institutes information page to find information about eligibility and the application process.

Program Contact Information

For more information about this program and all other education  programs offered by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs website.

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