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Take control of your future. Tailor your journey.

The Global Village will help you chart your path in your career and your life. Over just five weeks, you will learn about leadership, entrepreneurship, the positive impact of culture and diversity and the power of international networks.

Although the duration of the program is short, its impact is profound. Villagers express that the program changed their lives. Build strong connections to your peers and to the program that will last even after you return home.

Updated information about the Iacocca Global Village 2022 program and program application page will be available in late September.

If you have questions, contact Wagner Previato, Program Manager, Partnerships and Recruiting at or (610) 758-6887.

Section 1

Application Requirements

In addition to the online application, you must submit:

  • Educational transcript or latest job performance evaluation
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of English proficiency (example TOEFL, Cambridge Score, written letter from professor, proof of studies in English language school)
  • Copy of current CV or Resume
  • Application fee of $50 (Waived for GV2021)

You must submit your application online.

Section 2

When to Apply

Partner Institution Candidates

Deadlines for applications of candidates from our partner institutions vary based on the partner. Please check with your organization for its specific application requirements.

FLEX, YES, and A-SMYLE Alumni Scholarship Candidates

February 1

Independent Candidates

January 15: Early Admission

April 15: Final Application Deadline

Section 3

Selection Criteria

Your admission to the Iacocca Global Village depends largely upon how clearly you communicate who you are now as well as who you want to be in the future. We look for qualifications such as personal values and ethics, motivation, skills, the benefit that you hope to derive by attending and the contribution you would personally make to your colleagues in the program.

Candidates are evaluated in six core areas:

  • Leadership experience and potential
  • International experience
  • Business experience
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Vision and goals
  • Commitment to the service of others

Diversity is the foundation of the Global Village and each Villager must bring some unique thread to that tapestry. If the country, region or profession a candidate represents is already oversubscribed for this year’s program, he or she may be encouraged to apply again next year.

The average age of the Global Village participant is 26 years old and ages range from 19 to 35+. We recommend that students be at least 21, although we do consider younger applicants whose applications demonstrate exceptional ability, motivation and maturity.

Section 4

Program Fees and Scholarships

The Program Fee for the Iacocca Global Village is $7,500.

This fee includes individual mentoring, five weeks of interactive learning sessions and experiences, visits to New York City and Washington, DC, lodging in a dormitory on campus and most event meals.

If you have any questions about our Iacocca Global Village Program, our program fees and available scholarships please contact Wagner Previato, Program Manager, Partnerships and Recruiting at

Individual Scholarships

The Iacocca Institute offers individual program fee assistance through the Iacocca Scholarship. Application for the scholarship is submitted as part of the Global Village online application; no additional forms are necessary. Please be aware that scholarship funds are limited. The Scholarship Committee will give strong consideration to applicants who have raised a majority of their tuition. The average individual scholarship awarded is between $1,000 and $2,000. The scholarship may cover program fees only. It cannot be used to cover transportation to/from Lehigh or other personal expenses.

Click here to apply for Iacocca Global Village 2021.

FLEX, YES, or A-SMYLE Scholarships

Alumni of the U.S. Department of State’s Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) and Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programs are eligible for additional scholarships. To apply, return the ECA Statement of Eligibility form (pdf) with your completed application by February 1. The $50 application fee is WAIVED for FLEX and YES alumni applicants.

Click here to apply for Iacocca Global Village 2021.

Lehigh Student Global Village Scholarships

Lehigh students (undergraduate and graduate) are eligible to compete for a limited number of full program fee scholarships to the Iacocca Global Village. For 2021 we currently have available at least one full scholarship per college (Engineering, Business, Arts & Sciences, Education, Health).

In order to be considered for this competition, please identify yourself as a Lehigh University student when applying for the Iacocca Global Village 2021 program. Early application will increase your chances for the scholarship. The $50 application fee is WAIVED for Lehigh student applicants.

If you are selected to the program but are not awarded the full scholarship, you are still eligible for the 50% program fee discount (below).

Click here to apply for Iacocca Global Village 2021.

Lehigh University and LVAIC Discounts

Lehigh University and LVAIC Students (undergraduate and graduate) and Faculty/Staff (and their family members) are eligible for a 50% discount on Global Village program fees.

In order to be considered for this discount, please identify yourself as a Lehigh University/LVAIC student, faculty/staff (or family member) when applying for the Iacocca Global Village 2021 program.

Click here to apply for Iacocca Global Village 2021.

Partner Institution Discounts

The Iacocca Institute has partnerships with universities in many countries and offers students from these institutions a special partner discount on Iacocca Global Village program fees. Many partner universities also offer additional scholarships. Contact Wagner Previato, Program Manager, Partnerships and Recruiting at to find out if your university participates and what discounts or scholarships may be available.

Click here to apply for Iacocca Global Village 2021.