2017 Global Student Leadership Summit: June 7-10

Nov. 9, 2016

Webster Vienna: Many consider it one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with its idyllic setting on the Danube, vast green spaces that make up over half of the city, and combination of stunning imperial as well as modern architecture. 

The Summit will be held June 7-10, 2017, at the Webster Vienna campus in Vienna, Austria. For selected participants, the University will arrange for and cover the costs of airfare from your home campus, lodging, meals, and program fees. The first Global Student Leadership Summit was held in St. Louis in March 2015.

We're looking for a phenomenal group of approximately 30 student leaders from throughout the worldwide network to participate in this world-class leadership development experience. Our goal is to have a diverse cohort of students with strong leadership potential and the ability to work collaboratively across difference.

The Summit will provide a unique opportunity for Webster University student leaders to gain knowledge and skills, and create positive change in a global environment. By developing relationships with peers from throughout Webster’s global network, participants will gain a better understanding of the impact student involvement has on students and Webster University worldwide.

The Summit will include interactive sessions focused on leadership development, communication, intercultural competency, and social responsibility, plus an excursion in Vienna, and outstanding networking with your fellow students from throughout the Webster global network. Students will work in small groups with an assigned mentor to help achieve the learning outcomes. To prepare for the Summit, all participants will complete an online non-credit course from March-May 2017.

As a result of attending the 2017 Summit, student leaders will return to their home campus prepared to work collaboratively with their fellow students to increase the level of leadership involvement and enhance connections between students throughout the Webster global network. The Summit is a transformational experience that will further develop each student’s sense of mission and purpose.

Submit your application by January 20, 2017, in order to receive full consideration.

Selection Process

  • a review of the applications and recommendations
  • an interview held on your home campus

Your application must include:

  • A letter of recommendation from one Webster faculty or professional staff member
  • A letter of recommendation from one other Webster student (e.g., peer that you have worked with in an organization in which you held a position of leadership, or a peer who has observed either your leadership skills or your presentation skills)

Applicants must:

  • Have a valid passport
  • Plan to be enrolled at your home campus from August 2017 through May 2018
  • Be in good academic and judicial standing

Applicants must be enrolled at one of the following campuses who have committed to sending students to the Summit:

  • Webster main campus in Webster Groves
  • Webster Thailand
  • Webster Leiden
  • Webster Geneva
  • Webster Ghana
  • Webster Vienna

 To apply, go to: http://www.webster.edu/campus-life/global-student-leadership-summit/apply.html

Reactions From Past Global Summit 

Students took lessons from the 2015 
Summit and applied them to student life at
their respective campuses.



“Amazing things can happen when you bring talented people together.”

“I learned how to work with others to achieve one common goal.”



“Helped me make meaningful connections around the globe.”

“The GSLS motivated me and sharpened my leadership skills which gave me more courage and confidence to address a large group. In addition, it gave me a sense of belonging and understanding on what it means to be a global student of Webster.” - Marjorie Peters-Beltman, Leiden 

“"GSLS was essentially a hands-on crash course in effective leading and teamwork. We spent almost every waking hour with our group, putting time and effort in listening to each other, debating points about our initiatives, and most importantly, figuring out what each of our strengths and weaknesses were. Not only was it an introspective exercise, it also showed me how great it is when everyone in a group feels like they're contributing their best to a project.” - Joy Corthesy, Geneva

"The GSLS Summit in St. Louis was the spark which really kicked off the SGA’s activities here in Vienna. Motivated by the Webster environment in St. Louis, the four Vienna participants got together even before heading back and developed a strategy on how to engage more with students and serve their interests better. SGA in Vienna has grown by over 30% in participation and we’ve nearly doubled our events per semester." - Dennis Heumann, Vienna

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