The GCI Seminar, from July 26 - 31, 2022 at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, is a 6-day residential program for secondary school educators and administrators.

• 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


WHO: 12 secondary school educators and administrators

DATES: Tuesday, July 26 - Sunday, July 31, 2022

  • Arrival: July 26

  • Departure: July 31

LOCATION: University of St Andrews in Scotland, with half-day excursions around the East Coast of Scotland

COST: US$3,900 covers lodging for 5 nights (double bed, en suite), meals, organized activities, workbooks, required reading and transportation between Seminar venues.     
**Round-trip travel to St Andrews is not included.

**A limited amount of financial aid is available.

*Subject to changes due to COVID-19


  • Online application (applicant information)

  • 3 questions

  • Short biography

  • Résumé or CV upload

  • Letter of employment upload

  • Headshot (optional)

  • Financial aid form and supporting documents (if applicable)

  • Application fee US$35

Application Timeline

November 22, 2022

12:00AM ET

Application opens

Applicants are encouraged to complete their application as soon as possible, as admission notifications will be sent on a rolling basis

March 30, 2022

11:59PM ET

Final admissions notifications sent

May 31, 2022

11:59PM ET

All forms due

March 18, 2022

11:59PM ET

Application deadline

All application materials must be submitted

April 18, 2022

11:59PM ET

Commitment to enroll due

*Harkness® is a registered trademark of Phillips Exeter Academy.


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