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The Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation is an exciting international program funded by a generous grant from the Fred J. Hansen Foundation. Five Hansen Summer Institutes took place in San Diego, California in July 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014. The Institute provides a unique University-based leadership experience and program in international cooperation. For three weeks, young American men and women joined students from a variety of developing countries and regions of social strife. Between then and now, Hansen alumni have remained in contact via a variety of social networking sites and projects funded by the Hansen Foundation. We are happy to announce the Hansen Summer Institute will host its sixth group of young leaders in July 2015 at the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES).

A primary goal of the program focuses on creating an international community of young scholars who will use their summer experience as a foundation for creating lasting friendships and acquiring common practical understanding of a more peaceful future. Program elements will involve classroom instruction and hands-on training in the latest techniques of conflict resolution, mediation, and inter-cultural management. Classroom training will complement local excursions to San Diego historical attractions and cultural events including a fourth of July parade, a Padres baseball game, and a harbor cruise. Hansen Summer Institute training aims to provide participants a "leadership toolbox" for resolving conflict and building a better future for their respective countries.


"What's included?"

All participants are provided with:

  • Accomodation and meals for the duration of the program
  • Local ground transportation
  • Program materials

Non-US participants are provided with:
(in addition to all the above)

  • International airfare to and from their home city
  • Health insurance for the duration of the program

The program DOES NOT provide:

  • The cost of an international passport
  • US visa application, interview or issuance fees at the US Embassy or Consulate
  • Academic credit for participation in the program





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NON-US students: January 5, 2015
US students: February 16, 2015

The Hansen Summer Institute's Long-term Vision

The Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation, funded by the generous support of the Fred J. Hansen Foundation, has a number of long-term goals. Those goals reflect the vision of Fred J. Hansen, an immigrant entrepreneur who believed in applying sound business practices to improving society, and in encouraging cross-cultural platforms that involve young people from conflict-torn regions working with their American peers to share and apply best practices to reduce poverty and create hope. Mr. Hansen also believed it important for students from overseas to learn about the American social and economic system and adopt appropriate lessons for their own countries. Generational change lies at the heart of this program, creating cohorts of younger like-minded leaders as both a support-network and hub for international cooperation. Through a competitive selection process, we choose those who have demonstrated community service and done well academically to refine their peace-making skills in cross-cultural communication, mediation, conflict resolution, and social entrepreneurship. We now see our Hansen Fellows from Morocco to Rwanda to Uganda to Nepal applying their skills learned at the Hansen Summer Institute to improve their communities in a sustainable manner with social entrepreneurship programs vetted in San Diego and now operating with Hansen Foundation seed money. We look forward to planting more seeds of change through international cooperation in the years to come.

Ronald J. Bee, Managing Director, Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation