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The McDonough Center’s Leadership Study Abroad Program provides opportunities for all students on campus to travel abroad and learn more about leadership. Through these experiences, students are asked to expand their thinking about global leadership issues and to consider a more significant immersion (semester or year-long program abroad).

The Leadership Study Abroad Program offers three main types of experiences: (1) Travel to a Global Conference; (2) Exchange Visits; (3) Faculty-Led Study-Abroad Trips. If you would like to be involved in any of these experiences, please contact the Center via e-mail –

Global Conference

Every year, the McDonough Center organizes a group of students to attend the global conference of the International Leadership Association, Inc.  The Center provides grants from the Leadership Experiential Education Fund (LEEF) to help defray the cost of conference attendance. Recent trips: London, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Ottawa.

Exchange Visit

Through its many contacts overseas, the McDonough Center organizes student exchanges involving host institutions. A group of MC students can spend a period of time abroad under the direction of a faculty member. Recent trip: Research trip to the Hebei Finance University in China.

Faculty-Led Study-Abroad Trips

Every year after May graduation, the McDonough Center organizes a faculty-led study-abroad trip. These trips usually last two weeks and involve a mixture of visits to historical sites and guest lectures by local leaders. Recent trips: Costa Rica, Thailand, Cambodia, Belize.