Mission & Vision

Who We Are

WLSA is a community of students, educators and leaders from secondary schools and universities around the world collaborating and learning from one another through innovative programs and networking.


WLSA mobilizes a growing network of secondary schools and universities seeking to encourage cross-cultural dialogue and help students on their path to becoming empathetic, responsible global leaders.


WLSA is committed to widening access, expanding understanding of global education and nurturing leadership towards an interdependent, sustainable and prosperous world.



WLSA believes that students of all income levels and backgrounds should be given the opportunity to learn, travel and develop as a global citizen.



WLSA programs provide students and educators with the tools to become global leaders.


WLSA gives students and educators in our network the power to make change, which positively impacts the greater world.

The Significance of Our Values

Words from WLSA Students

Samuel Buckley-Bonanno

Harvard-Westlake School


The best part of the WSLA conference is the people. In meeting students from every corner of the world, you realize how similar we all are as human beings, and make lifelong friendships that cross borders and cultures. Through every activity from sports to philosophy, being here makes you a part of bringing the world together.


Fatoumata Sow

African Leadership Academy


Diverse, Thought-provoking and mind-opening. During these few days, I have learned how to see potential in the smallest things and what we role we play in shaping the future we are going to live in. Thank you for inspiring me to become a better version of myself


Andy Yang (Zheqing Yang)

WLSA Fudan Academy


The student conference is really a very nice project, especially for the students who is a little bit nervous about communicating with each other. Before I came here, I was really worried about whether I can make friends with others, but after I came here, I found that there was really a lot of students who have same interest with me. I really enjoyed the conference and I thought the program was great.  

WLSA Strategic Plan

2020 - 2023

Skills & Training

Provide holistic courses and curriculum to member institutions through our online learning platform Spark by WLSA.

Research & Development

Bring together experts passionate about international education through our international events like the Global Educators Conference and the College Admissions Network Conference.


Provide a platform for educational professionals to come together and share ideas through events and publications.

Member Retention

As a member driven organization, understand and nurture member institutions. Learn more about our Associate Schools.

Financial Stability

Ensure that WLSA functions with financial stability.

Diversity & Access

Diversity our member base and include more international schools to help them reach their full global potential.

Community Inclusion

Seek our ventures for philanthropy and grow the WLSA Charitable Foundation.