Educators are critical partners in empowering global citizens from around the world as lifelong leaders of positive change. We collaborate with schools to bolster their global education offerings and provide opportunities for professional development using the GCI Method.


The GCI Seminar

for Educators

The Seminar is a 6-day residential program for secondary school educators and administrators. The Seminar's unique program not only exposes participants to an ethics-based leadership curriculum, but also to peers from around the globe. Since 2018, past participants have included educators from Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Jordan, Somaliland and South Africa, and more. During the program, participants will also engage with and observe secondary school students who are participating in the GCI Summit.



Secondary school educators and administrators are exposed to Discussion-Based Learning, Design Thinking and Human Connectivity (the GCI Method). This is an ethics-based leadership curriculum grounded on project and discussion-based methodologies, for educators who want to instill global competence in their students and:

  • Explore how to facilitate powerful communication skills—active listening, critical thinking, self-reflection, respectful debate—through the Harkness® discussion-based learning methodology from Phillips Exeter Academy faculty

  • Learn the basics of Design Thinking, the innovative problem-solving framework that focuses on better understanding and empathizing with the communities whose needs are meant to be addressed, resulting in more effective, appropriate solutions

  • Hear from inspirational speakers on topics related to social entrepreneurship, leadership, ethics and global citizenship

  • Share classroom experiences, best practices, challenges and insights while establishing meaningful relationships with other educators from around the globe



The Seminar is an intensive program combining interactive workshops, observation of students in action at the Summit and periods of reflection to consider integration of various techniques in the classroom.


  • Observe a Discussion-Based Learning class (Harkness® Session) in action

  • Participate directly in a Harkness® Session, Design Thinking Workshop and a leadership case study

  • Shadow students as they develop their "Glocal" Service Projects (GSPs)

  • Join a collaborative session on ethics

  • Engage in a sustainability-focused excursion

The format of this program is entirely in English. Sessions include group discussions and active class participation.

Harkness® is a registered trademark of Phillips Exeter Academy.


Who: 12 secondary school educators and administrators from around the globe

  • Small cohort to ensure highly individualized attention

When: July 2023

  • In parallel with the Summit

Where: University of St Andrews in Scotland​

  • Includes half-day excursions around the East Coast of Scotland

Cost: US$3,900

  • Tuition costs cover lodging for 5 nights, meals, organized activities, workbooks, required reading and transportation between Seminar venues

  • Round-trip travel to Scotland is not included

Financial aid is available on a limited basis

*Subject to changes due to COVID-19



  • Online application

  • 3 Essays

  • Résumé or CV

  • Letter of Employment

  • Headshot (optional)

  • Financial Aid: A limited amount of financial aid from GCI is available. We encourage you to apply for financial aid if you require assistance in meeting the cost of attendance.

  • Application Fee: US$35


Acceptance to the program is competitive and space is limited. Offers will be made on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible.

The application for the GCI Seminar 2023 will open in Fall 2022.

"As we educate the citizens of tomorrow, preparation for living in a global community, and for doing so in a positive, constructive way, is essential. Bravo to the Global Citizens Initiative for taking on these challenges."

Dr. Howard Gardner

Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education

Harvard University


Partner Schools

GCI collaborates with exceptional schools around the world to nominate potential Fellows. As our relationship grows, schools move from Exploratory, to Associate, to Partner - each tier denoting a higher level of commitment to the GCI network.



Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter, NH, USA



American School in Japan

Tokyo, Japan

King School

Stamford, CT, USA

Ravenscroft School

Raleigh, NC, USA

29 countries represented



29 countries represented
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