Global Leadership Academy UK

An award-winning, experience-based leadership development program for international teens ages 12-18

We know that all youth are powerful but often lack skills such as confidence, leadership, and global perspective necessary to be effective leaders of their own future success.

This Global Leadership Academy is designed for youth ages 12-18 from around the world, with a curriculum that supports them in building the skills they need to make a change in themselves and their communities. Select activities and projects will differ based on age, with ages 12-14 participating in Junior GLA activities and ages 15-18 participating in Senior GLA activities.

Our engaging 2-week summer leadership program for youth is packed with hands-on activities and challenges, impactful community service, fascinating historical sights, and new experiences in the Suffolk area of England. No day is the same at the Global Leadership Academy! Participants are constantly being challenged in new ways to get out of their comfort zones and realize their unique potential as individuals and leaders.

The program tuition includes all program materials, emergency health insurance, and airport transportation as well as 6 months of post-program online coaching to ensure youth continue their personal development they committed to during the program.


GLA (ages 12-18) – 2 weeks

This 2-week leadership academy is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to develop individual community leadership projects with the intention of creating positive change. Students spend the first week focusing on skill building, teamwork, and gaining confidence, with the second week dedicated to better understanding themselves, the world around them, and how exactly they want to make a difference. Then, with the support of our coaches, they make a step-by-step plan to do just that, along with a presentation to share their vision.

GLA (ages 12-18) + Best of England Tour – 3 weeks

The Best of BC England offers an action-packed, activity-filled tour program after the Global Leadership Academy concludes. Tour participants stay in both the Bury St Edmunds area (2 nights) and the London area (3 nights) and enjoy exciting daily adventures including visits to museums, beaches, famous shopping streets, historical sights, universities, and top local attractions. We recommend the GLA + Best of England Tour package for any international participants interested in extending their visit and exploring more of England with us!

The GLA Experience

  • Self-Discovery

    Identify your passions

    Realize your unique leadership skills

    Better understand your strengths 

  • Expand Your Comfort Zone

    Make friends from other cultures

    Try a variety of new activities

    Be challenged in new ways

  • Provide Meaningful Service

    Complete 5-10 hours of community service

    Develop your own community impact project (Senior GLA)

    Learn how to solve the issues around you using design thinking (Junior GLA)

  • Join a Global Community

    Meet other talented young leaders from around the world

    Be supported by international leadership coaches

  • Improve University Readiness


    Presentation & Public Speaking Skills

    Research and Planning

  • Experience the Best of England!

    Explore the English countryside

    Learn about British culture

    Visit historical sights

What do GLA alumni have to say about the program?

What makes the Global Leadership Academies such a unique and valuable experience?

  • Combine the best of an abroad experience, summer camp, pre-university program, and leadership academy all into ONE program!
  • Build your leadership skills through engaging, hands-on activities
  • Learn and have fun in an intercultural environment, supported by cultural competency training
  • Develop time management skills and learn goalsetting tools to be able to take ideas from passion to action
  • Get personalized support from our passionate international staff, with one leadership coach per 5-6 students
  • Our experience-based learning approach is open to local and international students with no mandatory minimum English language requirements
  • Earn a certificate that details 60+ hours of leadership training and community impact, including personal feedback from your leadership coach
  • Each participant is offered 6 months of post-program leadership support, including a 1-hour virtual coaching session
  • Potentially earn course credit or approved service hours for requirements such as: International Baccalaureate CAS, National Honor Society, Duke of Edinburgh Award, and more

2024 Dates and Tuition Costs


Contact us! We would be happy to give you more information about our leadership programs for youth, answer any questions you may have, or help you make travel arrangements.