Admissions Criteria

Our admissions committee looks for well-rounded students who demonstrate ambition, strong academic performance, leadership ability, maturity, and involvement in campus and community activities. We prefer applicants who have a solid academic record, a strong letter of recommendation, relevant professional or volunteer experience, and a well-written writing sample. Please see below for specific admissions criteria related to individual institutes.

Admissions & Enrollment Timeline

The Admissions Committee reviews applications on a rolling basis. Applicants will be accepted, declined or alternated within approximately 4-6 weeks of completing an application. We will notify you of your decision via email and regular mail as soon as it is available.

If you are accepted to the program, you will be given 2-4 weeks to accept or decline the offer of admission (depending on when you are accepted to the program).

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Those who apply early will receive first consideration for both admission and scholarship decisions.

Chile – Institute for Leadership in the Americas

Early Deadline: September 15
Final Deadline for applicants who require a visa to enter Chile: October 15
Final Deadline: November 1

Hong Kong – Asia Institute for Political Economy

Early Deadline: December 1
Final Deadline: February 15 – extended to March 1

Czech Republic – American Institute on Political and Economic Studies

Early Deadline: January 31
Final Deadline For Participants Needing a Visa for the Czech Republic: 19 March
Final Deadline: April 16

To qualify for a deadline, you must submit the online application form before midnight Eastern Standard Time the night of the deadline.

Application Checklist

Please click the links below for pdf versions of the application material checklists for each institute:

American Institute on Political and Economic Studies (Prague)
Asia Institute for Political Economy (Hong Kong)
Institute for Leadership in the Americas (Chile)