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Economics for Leaders Virtual


In recognition of continued challenges faced by families because of COVID-19 and our desire to fulfill our mission of introducing future leaders to the economic way of thinking, FTE is offering the Economics for Leaders Virtual program for Summer 2023. The curriculum is highly interactive and covers the same key economic topics and leadership activities as the in-person EFL program. 


Economics for Leaders Virtual is a selective summer program that teaches student leaders how to integrate economics into the process of decision-making through an interactive online program.

Programs are taught by economics professors and leadership instructors selected for their expertise and teaching effectiveness. Interactive sessions introduce participants to the “economic way of thinking” and build an understanding of leadership skills in a fun-filled series of tasks and dilemmas.

The goal of EFL Virtual is to give promising students the skills to be effective leaders and employ economic analysis when considering difficult public policy choices. This course focuses on the introduction and application of economic concepts and economic reasoning skills and introduces students to leadership theory. Given the difficult public policy choices facing governments and their citizens around the globe due to COVID-19, teaching these skills to the next generation of leaders is essential to ensure future prosperity.

EFL Virtual is an unparalleled learning and growing opportunity. The program is competitive, with approximately two applicants applying for each available space. College admission officers have commented that students who attend selective programs, such as Economics for Leaders Virtual, make more competitive applicants.


Who Can Apply?

Students who are currently sophomores and juniors in high school are eligible to attend EFL Virtual programs in 2023.



Admission to EFL Virtual is competitive, with decisions based on leadership potential, maturity, and the applicant’s vision of their future. Above all, EFL Virtual participants are intelligent and articulate students who will benefit from this unique educational experience.

Applications are considered, reviewed, and accepted on a rolling basis. Space is limited for each week, so we encourage students to apply early to increase their chance of admittance to their preferred week. Approximately 30-40 students are accepted at each program. See our Sites & Dates page for more details.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis – click on the ‘Apply Here’ link at the upper right to start your application!

*Cancellation Policy: 50% of total tuition paid will be refunded until May 19, 2023. Refunds will not be offered for cancellations after May 19.



College Credit

Through a partnership with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), two semester hours of optional undergraduate credit are available to students attending EFL Virtual. There is an additional fee of $244 for the credits and students who opt to receive credit must complete additional assignments. Click on the College Credit for EFL Virtual tab on the right for more information. Details and registration instructions will be included in the orientation information provided to accepted students approximately four weeks before the start of their program.


Scholarships & Tuition Assistance

Scholarship funding is available for financially needy students. Please see our Costs and Scholarships tab to learn more.


Program Goals

  • Give students the knowledge to understand the economic concepts shaping the global economy
  • Foster students’ commitment to continued learning about economics and leadership
  • Help students discover their potential as they learn to develop and implement effective leadership skills
  • Provide a fun-filled, active environment rich with new friendships that can last a lifetime


Program Testimonials 

Click here to read comments about FTE’s EFL Virtual program from both parents and students.