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Frequently Asked Questions


How are applicants chosen for the Leadership Academy program?
Applicants are placed in the program on a first-come-first-serve basis. There is space for 20 students.


Who is eligible to apply?
Students who have completed an Economics for Leaders (EFL), Economic Forces in American History (EFAH) (formally Economic History for Leaders-EHFL), and/or Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy (EGE) in 2019 – 2021 and have not started their first year of college.


How long is the program?
Program participants arrive Monday afternoon and depart Friday morning.


Do I have to attend the entire program?
Yes. Applicants are expected to attend all sessions.


How much does it cost to attend the Leadership Academy?
Student participants are financially responsible for a $750 program fee, travel to and from the site, and any other personal incidental costs. The program fee includes room and board onsite at the college campus.


Does FTE offer financial assistance?
Yes! Scholarship funding is available. Visit our Costs & Scholarships page for more details about scholarship assistance.


How can I pay the program fee? 
Accepted applicants can pay online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). Payment directions can be found by logging in to your Self Service Center account.


What if I need to cancel?
50% of the paid program fee will be returned for all cancellations before May 20, 2022. After May 20th, refunds will no longer be given.


Can I earn college credit for the Leadership Academy?
The Leadership Academy is not eligible for college credit.


Who will be the on-site staff?
Participants are under the supervision of an Economics instructor, Student Administrator (SA), and Program Coordinators (PC). The SA oversees the students and the leadership instruction. The instructor, along with special guest speakers, will conduct the economic classroom sessions. The SA and PC’s are housed in the residence facilities with the students.


What should I bring to the program?
Participants will need to have clothes for warmer weather during the day and cooler evening temperatures. You will need a pair of comfortable walking shoes, as participants will do some sightseeing while in the city. A sweater or sweatshirt is also recommended – buildings in DC are notorious for turning up the air conditioners! Some of the other suggested items include:  laptop, notebook, camera, pencils/pens, and incidental spending money.


What if I have a special dietary restriction?
Please indicate this on your acceptance forms. We will notify university dining staff of any dietary restrictions.


What is the curriculum focus?
The program is an extension of economic reasoning learned in the EFL, EFAH and EGE programs to contemporary and historical leadership and decision-making. Program sessions, both in the classroom, and throughout DC, build on the economics and leadership topics taught in EFL, EFAH, and EGE.


Will I need spending money?
Students should bring incidental spending money as they will have the opportunity to visit some the capitol’s attractions.


Where will I stay?
Participants stay in traditional style, double occupancy rooms in a residence hall at American University. Bed and bath linens consisting of a blanket, a pillow, a set of sheets, a pillowcase and a bath towel will be provided.


What is the dress code?
Casual summer clothing may be worn. However, attention to modesty and decorum consistent with serious academic purpose and visits to government offices, museums, and other public institutions is required. Tank tops, revealing shorts, and clothing that show bare stomachs are inappropriate and should be left at home. Bring comfortable shoes. All students should be prepared to walk a great deal between subway stops, classrooms, and public institutions and should be prepared for heat and/or rain.


How will I get to the program from the airport?
The are many options when traveling to Washington, DC. Three area airports include Reagan National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). Because of the uncertainty with the current travel recommendations, FTE recommends waiting to purchase your flight until 2-4 weeks before your program starts. FTE is not responsible for any flight cancellations or airline fees. Transportation to and from the airport is the student’s responsibility. Best options include the Metro, Uber, taxis and Super Shuttle. The closest Metro station is the Tenleytown-AU stop on the Redline. From the station, students can take the AU shuttle that is located on the corner of 40th St. NW and Albemarle St. NW in front of Whole Foods.


Where will classes be held?
The program is not confined just to American University. Participants will travel to various location “classrooms”, including many of Washington D.C.’s museums and monuments.


How will I get to the different “classrooms” during the program?
At check-in, participants will be given a pre-loaded DC Metro (subway) card for travel to other venues.


What are the COVID-19 modifications for the Leadership Academy?
Our participants’ health and safety is of the utmost concern. FTE will be following all guidelines required by the college, county and Washington, D.C. Updates to these policies will be available as the program date approaches and current health guidelines are known.


What if the Leadership Academy is canceled due to COVID-19?
If the Leadership Academy is canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, participants will receive a full refund of the program fee. The Leadership Academy will not move online to a virtual format.