How Do I Apply?

Click on the “Apply Now” button.  Log-in to create an account and begin completing the on-line application. 
Your application will not be reviewed by the selection committee until we have received the entire, completed application (100% in all sections, including transcripts and letters of reference).

When will results be announced?

The selection committee will begin reviewing international student applications in February and results will be emailed to all applicants in mid-March.

What are Evaluative Statements?

These are letters of reference (written on the organizations letterhead) from a person who knows you well and can explain why you are a qualified applicant for the program. All applicants must submit two (2) evaluative statements:

  1. from an academic adviser or professor. This person should be able to evaluate your English proficiency and;
  2. from a NGO or community organization with whom you have worked.

Click on the Request Sections button on your application dashboard to submit the names and email addresses for your referees. The system will send them an email with a link to your application. They will be asked to complete short questionnaire and be given directions on how to upload their letters of recommendation. If the letters are not in English, they should have them translated and can submit both the original and the translated versions.

In order to give your referees ample time to reply, you should request these letters as soon as you begin the application.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To participate in the Hansen Summer Institute, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

NON – US STUDENTS: (from zones of conflict and/or social strife)

  • Upper division undergraduate with 2 years of college/university or graduate student with a professional interest in international relations, diplomacy, international economic development or related fields.
  • Students must be between the ages of 20- 25 on July 1, 2016.
  • Must have demonstrated leadership potential outside of the classroom in the community, nation or region.
  • Have an academic adviser verify in writing the candidates English proficiency
  • Have a valid international passport with US visa if necessary by the time the program begins
  • Preference will be given to those who have never visited the United States

What if I have been to the United States before?

Preference will be given to students who have never been to the United States before but all qualified students are encouraged to apply.

US STUDENTS: (Students from any university in the Unites States)

  • Upper division undergraduate with 2 years of college/university or graduate student with a professional interest in international relations, diplomacy, international economic development or related fields.
  • Students must be between the ages of 20- 25 on July 1, 2016.
  • Must have demonstrated leadership potential outside of the classroom in the community, nation or region.

Successful applicants must demonstrate leadership potential by having worked outside of class in community service, another public service, or in a non-governmental organization. A letter of reference from such a group or organization is required.

Do I need a U.S. visa to submit an application?

No, you do not need a U.S. visa to apply for the program. If you are selected as a participant, we will provide all the necessary documentation to assist in your U.S. visa application, including a letter of acceptance, a letter defining our financial support, a DS-2019 issued by the University of San Diego and a receipt for your paid SEVIS fees. (You will be responsible for any application and issuance costs associated with obtaining a U.S. visa)

What is the cost of attending the program?

The Hansen Summer Institute is fully funded by the Fred J. Hansen Foundation. This includes international airfare, room and board and all programmatic costs. If selected the only cost to participants will be the fees incurred in obtaining a passport, a U.S. visa and spending money.

How do I verify my English proficiency?

When you submit a name and email address for your academic referee, they will automatically receive an email with instruction to log in and answer a questionnaire to complete to verify your English proficiency. This verification will be submitted with their letter of recommendation. This is an automatic process; there is no extra information for you to provide.

What are the dates of the 2018 program?

The approximate dates of the 2018 program are June 30 to July 21, 2018. Note that, if selected, you will travel to the United States a few days earlier than the start date. ALL FELLOWS MUST ATTEND THE ENTIRE PROGRAM. No participants will be allowed to arrive late or leave early.

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