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China Emerging Leaders

Students attending high school in China who are in 10th grade are eligible to apply for a scholarship to participate in a one-week long, remotely taught online course, "Choosing Leadership: Learning and Leading in the 21st Century.”

Through readings, lectures, discussion, and hands-on application of course material, students will learn from leading faculty across a range of departments.

All questions should be directed to Linqing Wang at

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"Before this program, I didn’t consider myself a leader. But from the textbook and activities, I found my own power in leadership”
- Yi Z., 2020 China Emerging Leaders -

Course Description

What does it mean to be a “leader” to you personally? How does one choose to be a leader? How can you create a better future for yourself and your community by leading with courage, capacity, and wisdom? In this one-week introductory course, students will learn about the importance of leadership and civic discourse from a variety of academic and social perspectives. The objective of this course is to help students develop essential leadership skills and create open dialogue and debate through lectures with UChicago faculty, thoughtful exercises, and hands-on activities.

“Through this program, I not only got to learn about leadership but also about UChicago and Chicago – the city and culture itself. Now I’m even thinking of applying to UChicago in my senior year.”
- Alyssa H., 2020 China Emerging Leaders Participant -

Course Programming

Through readings, lectures, discussion, and hands-on applications, learn from leading faculty across a range of departments and get introduced to a vast range of topics. Several examples include:

  • Discovering what it means to learn and lead in the 21st century from a global perspective
  • Understanding and building skills in leadership, communication, and cultural competence
  • Exploring the College's distinctive Core Curriculum and understanding free expression through texts by John Stuart Mill and Frederick Douglass
  • Improving presentation and oral communication skills for further success in high school and beyond
  • Diving into experiential learning activities focused on growing collaboration, teamwork, and problem solving skills
  • Learning about the highly selective admissions process and pursuing workshops on admissions-related topics

Become Part of a Community

Through activities with your peers, become part of a close-knit community and get exposed to the kinds of opportunities available in a large urban center for academic work, professional development, and fun!

  • Take in amazing downtown architecture and Chicago history on a virtual river boat cruise
  • Learn about "Yes, and..." through an improv comedy workshop
  • Make Chicago-style deep dish pizza in your very own home via an online cooking class

Application Requirements


Applications will be accepted online beginning in January. There is no application fee to apply.

To be considered, applicants must complete an online application, provide an updated high school transcript, and respond to a short essay.

Applicants must select “Enrichment Programs,” and then they will be able to select this program.

English Proficiency Requirements

The University of Chicago Summer Session only admits students who have demonstrated a superior level of English language competence. Admission to our scholarship programs is highly competitive. UChicago does not offer an ESL program for summer students. All students participating in this program are expected to be fluent in academic English, and there is no ESL support provided as part of this program.

  • Applicants are invited to submit scores from any English proficiency examination they believe represents their English language ability. Applicants who choose to submit English proficiency scores may share either official or self-reported scores. Any applicants who provides self-reported scores may be required to submit official score reports if they are admitted and choose to enroll in the program.
  • If an applicant feels as though mastery of the English language is already represented throughout the application, then they are not required to submit formal exam scores for this particular program. For the application, if you do not have any test scores to report, then please enter 555 for the section that requests Duolingo test scores and today’s date under "Test Scores" in order to submit the application.


Applications will be accepted online beginning January 3, 2023. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023. All application decisions for this program will be released at the same time in mid-April

Program Dates

This program will take place virtually from July 24-28, 2023. Most sessions will be hosted between 8AM and 5PM China Standard Time.

Costs & Fees

Selected program participants will receive a scholarship to cover the costs of the course. Students will only be expected to pay a non-refundable $300 program fee to confirm their enrollment in China Emerging Leaders.