CCLP for Students

Cross Cultural Leadership Program for Students

What is CCLP?


WLSA created the Cross Cultural Leadership Program (CCLP) to actively engage and facilitate students in developing connections, developing themselves and acting on issues they find important.


CCLP is a truly global online program where you learn leadership skills through working together with students from all over the world. It is a course offered to WLSA Associate Schools where leadership is a natural progression goal for students.

Is CCLP for you?

  • Are you in your sophomore or junior year?
  • Do you want to learn what it means to be an empathetic leader?
  • Do you want to meet and work with students from all over the world?
  • Are you interested in exploring different cultures, different ideas, and how other people see the world?

If you're open, curious and proactive in learning about yourself and others, CCLP can provide a path for your personal development.


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How does it work?


CCLP is split into two 10-week terms of online learning followed by a capstone that you'll attend in person. With the guidance of a mentor and alongside 23 other students from around the globe, you'll use WLSA's newly redeveloped online learning platform to complete assignments and get to know the other students. To be successful in CCLP you need to be curious and willing to put yourself out there. By working together as a group, you'll develop your leadership skills as an individual.


The course culminates in a capstone where you'll get to meet everyone in person. Last year's capstone was held at the Korea International School Jeju Campus in Jeju, South Korea. The next capstone in 2020 will be held at McMaster University just outside of Toronto, Canada.

Term 1

30 September 2019  - 8 December 2019

The first term focuses on you.


You'll be put into groups with students from schools from around the world and get to know them through different online activities with the aim to reflect on yourself, your identity, what makes you tick, what you care about and how you can apply your strengths to everyday situations in school and at home. Weaving through the core curriculum of term 1 will be an introduction to different leadership styles.

Term 2

3 February 2020 - 12 April 2020

The second term focuses on active leadership.


You'll change groups and work with a new set of students on the course assignments. Term 2 has a stronger focus on leadership: you'll learn about different leadership styles and tackle moral dilemmas commonly faced by leaders. During this part of the course you'll also be expected to develop and practice your leadership skills by identifying a challenge in your school and delivering a project on it.


12 - 18 July 2020

Once you've successfully completed both terms you'll get to meet your fellow participants and mentor at the capstone, where you'll put your hard earned lessons to practice.The previous capstone took place at the Jeju Campus of the Korea International School at Jeju Island, South Korea.The 2020 capstone is going to be held at McMaster University in Hamilton, a short drive from both Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Working with a Mentor


As part of the program you'll be assigned a mentor to guide you through the course and support your learning. They'll be your main point of contact, lead the online working groups and give you feedback as you complete activities. They'll also be your sounding board as you develop your personal projects in the second term and your guide as you complete the program at the capstone.


Although CCLP participants and mentors are usually in different time zones across the world, in order to be successful in the program you must be diligent about staying engaged and responding to your mentor as soon as possible.


Highlights from the 2018 Capstone in Jeju, South Korea


How can you get involved?


Step 1 Hit the Apply Now button and submit your application before the deadline


Step 2 If you've been selected you'll hear back from us around mid-June 2019



The application deadline is 1 July 2019
What our students have to say

I think the most important thing is to lean into discomfort and put yourself out there, and you will get the most out of the trip – I really appreciated the leadership workshops & reflections because they allowed me to think about myself and how I can improve.

I realised that I am really interested in different cultures and have decided to study my history and culture in college.

By making the most of the time we had and putting my all into the things we did there, I think CCLP was a life-changing experience for me.

I would say the biggest take away for me was the connections made with other students.

The experience of meeting other students really helped my interpersonal skills as well as providing some awesome new friends.

I’m definitely a lot more open minded when it comes to getting to know others, especially those from different cultures who may do things differently to what I’d usually do. I also have benefitted from being more confident in myself, especially in front of an audience.

I've noticed that I'm more open to understand and accept other cultures, points of view or beliefs. I'm also more confident to express myself in English.

The most important thing that I've learned and I'm going to bring with me in my life is learning about other cultures and listening more different points of view of teenagers that even being so far away have so much in common with me.


The Requirements

Students are expected to:


  • Complete all tasks within the time framework provided
  • To communicate with the other students in the CCLP group they are allocated to
  • Keep in regular contact with their mentor
  • Should the CCLP term run outside of the school’s academic term the student is still expected to continue with the program and complete tasks assigned
  • Prepare and run a 6 week project in their school or community to test their leadership skills in action




While WLSA covers the cost of the course, students are expected to fund their own airfare, local transportation, food, lodging and personal expenses related to the capstone in Canada.


Food and lodging is expected to cost approximately 600 EUR.