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ILA 2018 Dates: January 6 - 20, 2018

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Are you interested in a career in international affairs?  Are you passionate about the future of the Americas? Do you want to discuss complex contemporary issues in a diverse academic setting? Are you eager to visit Santiago, a vibrant metropolis at the base of the Andes Mountains?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Institute for Leadership in the Americas (ILA) is the program for you.  Stand out in the competitive global job market and in graduate school admissions by gaining invaluable international experience this January!

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) has organized international academic programs for more than 25 years.  Our objective is to provide a rigorous academic experience, foster dialogues that cross borders, and create a global network of responsible future leaders.

ILA is a unique program that brings together approximately 50 students from throughout Latin America and the United States to study economics, political theory, and the bases for the rule of law and institutional governance.  Located in Chile - called an "oasis of progress" in South America for its economic growth and political stability - this program allows participants to study the foundations of Chile's progress and to learn about the political and economic necessities of a free society.  The classes, conversations, and debates that participants have at ILA will benefit their educational and professional development.

Our comprehensive package includes academic credit through the University of the Andes, a university known throughout the region for its academic excellence and its beautiful campus, as well as housing, most meals, a variety of notable guest lectures, cultural and social events, and opportunities for professional development and networking.

Students who complete ILA graduate into a global network of nearly 17,000 TFAS alumni. You can find TFAS alumni living and working in some of the world’s most exciting cities, including Washington DC, New York, London, Paris, Beirut, Hong Kong, Beijing, Buenos Aires, and Santiago, to name just a few. Graduates of our institutes are able to use this vast network to opens doors that have lead to life changing opportunities in various corners of the world.

Come join us this January for a once in a lifetime opportunity to study in the beautiful Chilean capital of Santiago!

The January 2018 program will be held from January 6 - 20, 2018. Get more details here and read about all of the exciting aspects of ILA.

"Truly, ILA changed my life, and gave me a new outlook on how I see the world as a student, and how I will see it as a professional after I graduate. I learned a lot from these great professors, and they have given me tools to be able to actually help those in my country that truly need help."

Daniel Sibaja
Mexico

January 6 - 20, 2018

Spend 2 weeks in Santiago, Chile with 50 students from South, Central, and North America who are all passionate about exploring the many complex political and economic issues facing today's world in general and the Americas in particular.  The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time with an exciting variety of academic, professional, networking, cultural, and social activities that are designed to being the best out of every student.

Program Format

ILA consists of the following major components:

  • Academic courses in Economics, Political Theory, and Comparative Systems of Government accredited by the University of the Andes
  • Guest lectures and panel discussions featuring visiting experts from government, think tanks, nonprofit foundations, and the private sector
  • Visits to well-known historical sites as well as government and academic institutions
  • Open discussions among peers to debate contemporary issues and build lasting relationships
  • Social & cultural events with your fellow participants

Your participation also includes these exclusive benefits designed to make your time in Santiago an experience to remember:

  • Housing in a four-star hotel in the heart of Santiago
  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • Roommate matching with students from different countries
  • Comprehensive orientation upon your arrival
  • Dedicated program staff members who are available to communicate with you about any issues related to funding, visas, and other general questions in the months leading up to the program
  • Continued staff support while you are in Chile to ensure that you have the best possible experience
  • Planned social and cultural events where you can connect with the other student leaders participating in the programs. These events may include tours of Santiago, visits to government sites in Valparaiso, a variety of planned social events, and a cultural presentations dinner
  • An active network of nearly 17,000 alumni worldwide to join upon successful completion of the program

"It is hard for me to express with words how much this program meant to me. I developed ever lasting friendships with people from around the world, and I learned from the best professors I’ve ever had. "

Michelle Umaña
El Salvador

Find Out More

Be sure to check out the menu tabs to read more about all aspects of the program. We accept applications on a rolling basis, so start your application anytime by clicking on the APPLY NOW link in the menu. Our staff is here to answer any question you may have – please see our Contact Us page for details on how to reach us.

Schedule

Sample Schedule: Week 1

Please note that the ILA schedule is subject to change.

Monday
9:00am - 1:30pm – Class: Political Theory

Tuesday
8:30am - 12:45pm – Class: Political Theory

Wednesday
Spend the day in Valparaiso at the Chilean National Congress
10:00am - 1:00pm – Class: Political Theory
2:00pm - 5:00pm – Lectures with Chilean Congressmen

Thursday
8:30am - 12:45pm – Class: Political Theory

Friday
8:30am - 11:15pm – Class: Political Theory
11:30am - 1:00pm – Exam: Political Theory

Saturday
Free Day

Sunday
Free Day