Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply to the program?

Current university students, master's-level graduate students and those who have graduated from university within approximately the last one to three years.

You must be at least 18 years old to participate, and must able to read, speak and actively converse in English in order to ensure that everyone gets the maximum benefit from the Institute.

Participants should be interested in social change in their communities, have experience with community involvement and/or volunteerism, and demonstrate why they are motivated to learn about social change leadership.

Please see additional Eligibility Criteria here.

What makes for a competitive application?

Participants are selected based on the quality of their application and essays. The most competitive applicants demonstrate a commitment to social change through volunteerism and involvement in the university and community, particularly in leadership roles.

When is the Institute?

The Institute begins with team-building activities on Sunday, July 13, 2014, and concludes by the evening of Friday, July 25, 2014.

NYU dormitory housing is available for check-in between 3:00pm and 8:00pm on Saturday, July 12, and participants must check out on Saturday, July 26, by 11:00am.

How much is tuition and what is included?

The tuition for the 2014 Global Social Change Leadership Institute is $4,500. Participants who apply for Early Admission and are accepted will receive $100 off their tuition. 

Tuition includes all instruction fees and materials, housing for the duration of the Institute, subway travel, continental breakfast and snacks, and entry fees for cultural site visits. Normal program fees are based on double occupancy dorm rooms. A limited number of single occupancy rooms are also available for an additional $370 per person.

Tuition does not include: travel to and from New York City, visa application fees, transportation to and from the airport, and lunch and dinner.

Are scholarships available for people who cannot afford the full cost of tuition?

Six partial, needs-based tuition scholarships covering up to a maximum of 40 percent of the cost of tuition will be offered each year. Awards are based on financial need, the strength of the application, funding availability and the potential contributions the applicant can make to the GSCLI program and his or her employer, school or community back home.

Click here to learn more about applying for partial, needs-based scholarships.

These scholarships are offered for those who would greatly benefit from the program but cannot afford the total cost.

We strongly encourage scholarship applicants to include in their applications whether they have funding support from their academic institution or employer.

Scholarship recipients are still responsible for covering the cost of travel to and from New York City, any visa fees, all airport transportation, lunch and dinner and the remaining tuition of the program. Tuition includes all instruction fees and materials, housing for the duration of the Institute, subway travel, continental breakfast and snacks, and entry fees for cultural site visits.

A scholarship application should be submitted with your admission application to receive consideration.

What is the tuition for people who live in New York City and/or don't require housing?

The tuition for people living in New York City and/or who did not require housing is $3,786 for the 2014 program.

Where do participants stay?

Participants stay in an NYU dormitory. Each participant will be placed in a double-occupancy dorm room with another participant. (Single occupancy rooms are available for an additional fee.  Please select single occupancy on the payment form.) 

NYU dormitory housing is available for check-in between 3:00pm and 8:00pm on the Saturday before the program begins  and participants must check out by 11:00am on the Saturday it concludes.

Each residence hall is staffed by a full-time Residence Hall Director, who is assisted by a staff of specially trained student employees. Each residence hall also has 24-hour security provided by the NYU Department of Public Safety. All residents receive a temporary ID card upon checking in and are required to present this ID card upon entry into the residence hall.

Wi-fi is accessible in the courtyard, lobby, and several lounges throughout the building; there is computer-access in one lounge.  There are no refrigerators in the dorm rooms, but a microwave for use in the lobby.  Linens will be provided to students in the dorm.

Institute participants are accompanied by Student Coordinators, who guide the group to the site visits, organize night activities and stay with students in the dorms.

Am I allowed to have visitors or guests?

Summer housing short-term participants are unable to sign in guests at any time, including overnight guests.

What does a typical day involve?

A typical day at the Institute begins with a continental breakfast at NYU Wagner (a ten-minute trip from the dorms).  Breakfast is followed by morning reflections led by the Institute Directors.  Reflection is followed by morning courses and workshops, which typically last until lunch.  After participants return from lunch on their own, the group typically travels to an afternoon site visit, or may have another afternoon course.  Evenings are free for participants, who are welcome to make their own plans or join in various cultural activities that the Student Coordinators schedule.

Will I have homework?

This is a rigorous academic program. Students should expect to complete assigned readings before the institute begins and complete one to two hours of homework a day.

Does the Institute have classes or activities on the weekends?

No, there are no classes or activities planned by the Institute on the weekend.  However, Student Coordinators will be planning optional, cultural events on the weekends for students to take part in.

How do I submit my deposit or tuition?

Once an applicant has been accepted to the program, they will be sent a link to an online payment form.  Payment will be accepted by credit card only. 

What is the cancellation policy?

Participants can cancel on or before June 4, 2014 and receive 50% of their payment, less a $75 processing fee, refunded to their credit card.

There will be no refunds given for cancellations after June 4, 2014.

Have additional questions? Please email us at: leadership.institute@nyu.edu.