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Iacocca Global Village is an intensive, immersive virtual and in-person program on the campus of Lehigh University that teaches university students and young professionals of all ages entrepreneurship and leadership skills while preparing them to thrive in a global community.

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About Global Village

Enter a diverse world of cultures that you’ll be part of forever.

In this time of unprecedented global challenges and rapidly changing environments, we need leaders who can work and collaborate across boundaries of all kinds, who can excel in a complex and evolving global context and build trusted relationships across diverse sectors, disciplines and cultures.

The Iacocca Global Village experience is uniquely designed to meet the needs of these future leaders, bringing young professionals, entrepreneurs, and advanced university students from every continent to live and work together in an intensive and extremely diverse learning community.

“Global Villagers” work, learn and live among an international, culturally diverse group of 70-80 peers from more than 35 countries. In the Village, you work in cross-cultural teams on real leadership challenges for organizations across the globe, develop your personal leadership vision and plan, and build a lifelong network of global colleagues, mentors and friends. Together, you will create new visions for what leadership means in the future.

What To Expect

Build global competencies and improve professional skills and business knowledge. 

Develop your interdisciplinary teamwork and entrepreneurship skills.

Form partnerships with an alumni network of 2,330+ leaders from 141 countries.

Focus your career path while working with program staff to map an experience-based plan for success.

What We Look For

The Iacocca Global Village accepts highly motivated and well-rounded individuals with a vision and a sense of mission. Academic excellence should be balanced with professional accomplishments and leadership experience, as well as adaptable and open interpersonal skills, a propensity to give to others, a curiosity about diversity and cultural understanding, and a true desire to grow in the global arena.

Villagers are a mix of advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and experienced professionals with all different backgrounds and from around the world. Approximately 60-90 candidates are accepted to the program each year from 35-45 countries. A typical village will range in age from 19 to 40+ with a wide variety of academic and professional specializations.

 

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By the Numbers

About the Global Village

25

years of program experience

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2330+

leaders in the Global Village alumni network

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141

countries represented over the years

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The Global Village at Lehigh University

The Global Village at Lehigh University