Rome, Italy –International
experience can help young people gain a competitive edge in
today’s tough job market. For students interested in
leadership and international experiences, the International Leadership Semester (ILS),
a program founded by a Legionary Priest, can offer that
ILS program is offered through the European University of Rome
and founded by ILS Executive Director Fr. Nathaniel Haslam, LC. The program is accredited by the European University
of Rome and managed by the Swiss School of Management
(SSM), based in Rome, Italy.
Becky Thomas, assistant dean for ILS,
said the program has been in existence for three years. “This ILS program is focused on personal growth
and leadership,” she said. “It’s for students that are interested
in understanding diverse perspectives, and want an idea of what
kind of leader they have the potential to be.”
The ILS program aims to
make its participants into universal leaders -- leaders in all
fields and dimensions of human and social life.
Participating students can choose from a
semester in the fall or spring, or a 3-week program
in the summer. They will take three leadership
courses, and two electives, one of which is usually Italian.
ILS courses focus on
developing the “five pillars” of leadership, including “Excellence, Authenticity, Faith,
Tenacity and Teamwork.”
students go back home, they can apply the leadership principles
that ILS has given them and make a positive impact
on society,” said Fr. Nathaniel. "Leadership programs in the past
were typically reserved for executives and didn´t always take personal
growth into account. The ILS creates a paradigm shift in
leadership development through a holistic approach facilitated through student assessments,
leadership mentors, corporate visits, community service leadership projects as well
as creating and monitoring a personal development plan that they
can take back to their universities."
|The Swiss School of Management in Rome|
A key part of the program is
the "Service Leadership" aspect. Each student is required
to conceptualize, organize, plan, and carry out a community service-related
project as part of their experiential learning.
Another benefit of the program, for
those who want it, is the spiritual component since the
Legionary priests are studying in the same building.
The priests are available to offer spiritual direction and the
Catholic sacraments to those interested.
Students from US universities including Belmont Abbey, Harvard, Duke,
University of Chicago and Texas A&M have participated in the
Go to the ILS website http://www.ssmrome.com/ils/ or
email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Click here for a program overview flyer, here to
access the program brochure, and here for the brochure
on summer program only.