2019 GLF Participant Application

Applications Are OPEN!!!


Early Bird Registration (- $500) ends February 16

Welcome to the 2019 Global Leadership Forum application! At GLF, we believe in the power of risk-taking among youth and a desire to see a fair world. We offer opportunities that will challenge your current understanding of the world. Through our carefully organized educational experience, you will be empowered by with ideas to tackle some of the problems in your community.

6 Part Permission Form

Health Form

Teacher Recommendation Letter

What do we look for in GLF participants?

We seek participants who have demonstrated leadership or who have an interest in developing leadership skills, and who are interested in or have been involved in:

•   Social Justice Project Development
•   Service Learning
•   Global Community Building
•   Constructive Engagement of Conflict
•   Outdoor Adventures

We welcome everyone to apply as we will review all 2019 short course applications. There are no academic requirements to attend the Global Leadership Forum. We integrate a variety of learning styles and pedagogical practices during our program and focus on experiential education. Participants, however, must be able to independently participate in 4-5 high altitude hikes during the course, as wilderness challengers are a strong component of this course for this year. Be prepare to engage, participate, and have lots of fun! 


The Application Process:


1.  Complete and submit an online application (including requested forms and $50 non-refundable application fee). You may save and return later at any point during the application. 

2. Wait to be contacted by the GLF Director regarding your acceptance status.

3. If accepted, register for the GLF summer program, submit all health forms, arrange travel, and pay the program tuition. Registration information will be sent upon acceptance.

About Financial Aid:


1.  Partial and full financial aid is limited for qualifying applicants.

2.  Financial aid ONLY applies to the Short Course tuition (DOES NOT cover travel, visa, or insurance)

3.  UWC-USA and GLF may request additional financial information to accurately award the best financial aid package and information detailing the financial aid package will be sent in the Acceptance Packet.


Dates: 30 June – 20 July 2019

Application Fee: $50 Non-refundable

Application Deadline: Non-US Citizens 12 April 2019; US Citizens 3 May 2019

Program Tuition: $4,000 (Limited financial aid available)

Location: Montezuma, New Mexico

Ages: 14-18



"The Global Leadership Forum offers an amazing platform to formulate opinions as well as debate with other people in a safe environment. As a youth living in a rather small town, I am so grateful for the opportunity to nurture a sense of identity in a space of diversity. The experience was truly life-changing, and helped to me really begin finding the direction I’d like to head in life. I would recommend the Global Leadership Forum to anyone who is prepared to see the bigger picture and learn more about the world around them."

- Ani Laing, Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA, GLF 2017

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UWC-USA is one of 17 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Thailand, and Wales.


UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.


UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.


Students don’t apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.


Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.


Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%


UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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