Saudi Young Leader Exchange Program

A Texas-sized congratulations to the 10 Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program participants! We are thrilled to welcome you to a dynamic program set in the innovation capital of the United States.

The Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program is multi-phased leadership experience for Saudi university students and U.S. university students.

Phase 1 is a 3-week U.S. program. Phase 2 involves implementing learning through an innovative project you design while in the United States

You will cultivate an entrepreneurial profile through development of workplace and personal effectiveness competencies, in addition to polishing the soft skills necessary for career success. Over the course of your U.S. stay you will gain skills in leadership, creative program design, critical thinking, and community engagement while deepening your respect and appreciation for diversity.

The program will provide a dynamic experience for students and will be structured around following components:

  • Leadership Workshops - Members of the Leadership and Ethics Institute (LEI) at UT will conduct two interactive leadership development and training workshops. The goal of these workshops is to equip the students with personal leadership competencies, including personal leadership styles; goal setting; conflict resolution; and ethical leadership.
  • Professional Workshops - Various campus career experts, including those at the Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling, College of Liberal Arts Career Services, and more, will organize several workshops including: Resumes and Cover Letter Writing Workshop, Conducting the Perfect Interview Workshop, and Mock Interviews.

UT students from the Arabic Flagship Program will be join the SYLEP students for a Billiards and Bowling Night and the TX Union Underground.

The daily dress code for our program is business casual. Business Casual attire includes khaki pants, slacks, skirts, capris or dresses along with button-down shirts, polo shirts, and/or blouses. Traditional clothing is also welcome. The summers in Austin are hot and humid. However, our indoor areas are well air-conditioned. We recommend bringing a mixture of light, warm weather clothing along with some sweaters and jackets to keep you comfortable. For more packing tips, visit our Preparing for UT page.

You will participate in an morning of community service activities at the Mobile Loaves & Fishes Community First Village. The Community First Village is a planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and supportive community for the disabled and chronically homeless in Central Texas, You will have an opportunity to learn about the needs the community organization fills and how it operates, as well as actively participate in projects that will serve the Austin community.

Exposure to the diversity of U.S. culture and society is an important facet of this Fellowship experience. You will engage with the local culture through a number of planned activities such as: Sunset Bat Cruise and home stay weekend. During the program, you will spend one weekend living with a local family as a way to further engage with U.S. culture and build a personalized connection with members of the Austin community.

July 7 - 13 Orientation and Leadership Clinic (Washington DC), July 14- July 22 Community Immersion (UT), July 23 - July 27 Innovation Summit ( Washington DC).

You are responsible for obtaining adequate health insurance to cover any medical-related costs during your stay in the U.S. Bring a copy of your insurance policy with you, and carry a copy of your insurance policy/card on you at all times while traveling.

You will be housed in double rooms in Dobie Center, a private dormitory located adjacent to campus. Rooms will be fully furnished, and you will have access to a private bathroom and shower. The dormitory has wireless internet service, laundry facilities, computer lab, study lounges, and gym. A full meal will be provided to you to eat in the Dobie Center Dining Hall.

Your designated program coordinators are:

Angela Branigan, Assistant Director

Adnana M. Vikalo, Program Coordinator

You can read more about them here.

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