KWHS GLOBAL YOUNG LEADERS ACADEMY - FINANCE
(Apply now for 2019! Limited seats available.)

IMPORTANT DATES

The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy - Finance will be conducted in three sessions:

Session Start Date End Date Batch Status
SESSION 1 Sunday, June 23rd Saturday, July 6th, 2019 Hurry - Last few Seats left!
SESSION 2 Sunday, July 7th Saturday, July 20th, 2019 Hurry - Last few Seats left!
SESSION 3 Sunday, July 21st, Saturday, August 3, 2019 Hurry - Limited Seats Available

 

Organized by Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS), the Global Young Leaders Academy - Finance (GYLA) is an intensive two-week summer program for a select group of domestic (USA) and international high school students. Students must be at least 15 years of age (upon start date of the program) and in high school.


The Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) Global Young Leaders Academy - Finance is the latest addition to the successful KWHS summer program. An alternative to the existing GYLA sessions that teach business and entrepreneurship, this latest module launched in 2019 provides current high school students from around the globe with a two-week summer experience at Wharton focusing on finance and investment. With the guidance of Wharton faculty and PhD students, participants will explore all aspects of finance, from the time value of money and corporate finance, to ethics and investment decision-making. Students will trade on Wharton's Online Trading & Investment Simulator - using real-world market data without risking real money - and develop and deliver a team-based investment project. In addition to rigorous course work, GYLA students collaborate closely in smaller teams, experience campus life, develop relationships with classmates from around the world, and discover Philadelphia and other local destinations.

 

ABOUT US

Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS)

 

The mission of KWHS, a member of the Knowledge@Wharton global network, is to promote global financial literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership among high school students and educators by providing innovative educational content. KWHS publishes a free global online business journal for high school students interested in exploring all the ways that business touches their lives. In addition, KWHS creates opportunities for students and educators to explore their business-related interests both inside and outside of the classroom through lesson plans, summer programs and educational challenges.

 

The Wharton School

 

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The school has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and a powerful alumni network of 93,000 graduates.

Knowledge@Wharton

 

Knowledge@Wharton is the online business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The site, which is free, captures relevant knowledge generated at Wharton and beyond by offering articles and videos based on research, conferences, speakers, books and interviews with faculty and other experts on global business topics.

 

University of Pennsylvania

 

The University of Pennsylvania was established in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. It is one of the eight most prestigious Ivy League schools. With a consistent Top 10 ranking in the USA, Penn's acceptance rate is as low as 9.9%. Penn has four undergraduate schools: College of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing and the Wharton School.

 

BRAINGAIN MAGAZINE

 

BrainGain Magazine is the event collaborator of KWHS on the Global Young Leaders Academy - Finance. BrainGain Magazine provides administrative support and KWHS is wholly responsible for reviewing applications and providing all academic content for the GYLA program. BrainGain Magazine is the leading study abroad magazine for students, their parents, and mid-career professionals in South Asia. We are the definitive source of information for anyone interested in exploring and learning about study abroad opportunities outside South Asia. We provide content to guide students and their parents through the decision-making process when exploring options to study abroad. The topics covered help readers understand fields of study, admissions, financing, specific countries, regions or cities, student life, scholarships, job prospects for chosen field, socio-cultural environments, safety and visa issues. Told through lively interviews, photos, videos and podcasts, we provide an interactive platform that helps students realize their dreams.

THE WHARTON EXPERIENCE

The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy - Finance challenges you with rigorous classroom and extracurricular activities, providing you with a multidimensional experience in learning and leadership. More than 510 students from 46 countries have already attended the program.

 

Program Highlights:

  • Time Value of Money
  • Net Present Value (NPV)
  • Stock Valuation
  • Capital Structure
  • Risk and Return
  • Financial Reporting; Company Analysis
  • Ethics and Investment Decision Making

Academics:

  • Business discussions with Wharton faculty
  • In-depth learning on core business concepts and skills from select Wharton Ph.D. candidates and KWHS high school teachers
  • Applied learning sessions to explore practical applications of new concepts
  • Interactive college-admissions workshop
  • Conversations with Wharton alumni
  • Group work in Wharton's signature Group Study Rooms (GSR)
  • Team-based investment project and presentation

Student life:

  • On-campus housing
  • Bonding with select Penn undergraduate students who serve as residential advisors and teaching assistants through group projects and college activities
  • Teamwork
  • Field trips to Philadelphia scenic spots
  • King of Prussia Mall and Six Flags Theme Park

HOW TO APPLY

Students applying for the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy - Finance must submit their applications online.


Eligibility: Current high school students (9th to 12th grade) with demonstrated academic accomplishments and a strong interest in finance. Students should have some prior knowledge in economics and business. Students must be at least 15 years of age upon start date of the program - no exceptions will be made.

 

    Application materials:

  1. A completed online application. APPLY NOW.
  2. A high school transcript.
  3. Proof of English proficiency. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 is recommended.
  4. A completed and signed teacher recommendation form.
  5. Responses to three short-answer questions:
    1. Why do you want to apply to this program? What sparks your interest in finance? Be sure to use examples to illustrate your answer.
    2. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you would like to solve. Why was or is solving that problem important to you?
    3. How would your friends and teachers describe you? What experiences have you had with people who are different than you in some way?

      *The admission process for the program is completely independent to that of Penn or Wharton. Participation in the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy - Finance does NOT guarantee admission into Penn or Wharton.

      Application deadline: May 15 for all applicants. However, we review applications on a rolling basis and decisions are usually released within 14-20 business days after a full application is submitted.

 

TUITION FEES AND PAYMENT POLICY

The fee for the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy is US $6,000 plus a refundable security deposit of US $500. It covers tuition, activities, housing, most meals, ground transportation and medical insurance while at the program. However, it does not cover airfare, international travel insurance or visa costs. Financial aid is available.

 

Application fee: KWHS waives the application fee in hopes of encouraging students from all backgrounds to apply for the program.

 

 

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

Articles on our BGM Blog:

Two weeks that changed my life completely - Parthsarthi Suri, Emirates International School - Jumeirah, in Dubai, UAE

How a summer program made me fall in love with a university - Megan Zhu - Victoria Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Canada

Advice from a girl who worked hard and got to choose between an Ivy League offer and a full scholarship - Marina Rauter - St. Paul's School, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Two Unforgettable Weeks at the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy! - Diotima Roy - West Windsor Plainsboro High School North , USA

A Program close to my Heart - Ana-Elena Karlova (17 years old, student at American College of Sofia, Bulgaria)

The Great Wharton Adventure - Ezgi Okutan (16 years old, student at Robert College, Istanbul)

KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy - An Incredible Experience, Aniketh Khutia, DPS Ruby Park, Kolkata

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General

Knowledge@Wharton High School - KWHS for short - is on a mission to provide high school students and educators around the world with a deeper understanding of business and personal finance and to equip them with the skills to excel in the global marketplace. KWHS is not a high school! KWHS operates an online learning platform (kwhs.wharton.upenn.edu) that features hundreds of free business journal articles, videos and lesson plans, a comprehensive business glossary and other content to help introduce high school students to business concepts, personal finance and college and career preparation. It is a tool for educators, and content is created specifically for high school students. KWHS also engages students through its annual KWHS Investment Competition and its Global Young Leaders Academy summer program. KWHS is part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a world leader in business education. To stay informed about all KWHS programs and opportunities, including new competitions and workshops that are under development, register here(http://kwhs.wharton.upenn.edu/register/) to receive updates.

Braingain Magazine collaborates with KWHS to organize the Global Young Leaders Academy. Braingain Magazine provides administrative support and KWHS is wholly responsible for reviewing applications and providing all academic content for the GYLA program.

We will select 200 students for this program.

No

The admission process for the program is completely independent from that of Penn or Wharton. Participation in the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy-Finance does NOT guarantee admission into Penn or Wharton. However, the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy-Finance is a unique opportunity for high school students to experience life and education on an Ivy League campus. The program includes a session on U.S. college admissions to help students understand the nuances of applying to American colleges and universities.

The refundable security deposit covers the cost of damages to university property caused by the participant during his/her stay at the program (for example: lost Penn Card, lost room key, damaged shower heads). The deposit is refunded within 90 days after the end of the program.

A certificate of participation will be awarded to all students who complete the program. This is contingent on students attending and participating in all required program activities and maintaining good behavior throughout the two weeks. KWHS reserves the right to withhold certificates if program rules are violated.

No. Due to the intensive nature of the GYLA, we require students to commit to and participate in the full two weeks.

Agenda/schedule details are typically shared two weeks prior to the program start date.

The refundable security deposit covers the cost of damages to university property caused by the participant during his/her stay at the program (for example: lost Penn Card, lost room key, damaged shower heads) and for any charges (transactional charges, if any) deducted by the bank when you make the payment (Approx. 3% for credit cards and $25 for wire transfers). Additionally, fees sometimes vary for the university-provided medical insurance (typically US $115), and the adjusted costs will, if necessary, be deducted from the refundable security deposit. The deposit is refunded 90 days after the end of the program.

LIVING ON THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CAMPUS

All students participating in the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy-Finance will be provided with accommodations in Drexel University dormitories, which are 15 minutes of walk from the program classroom.

  • The dormitories are staffed 24/7 with security personnel. Students will need to swipe their ID cards and enter an access code to get inside the building. Students must sign guests in at the front desk. Overnight visitors are not allowed.
  • Housing assignments are made randomly; requests like housing in a single room/suite, housing with another student in another room, on another floor or in another building cannot be accommodated.
  • Students are placed randomly in double rooms with same-sex roommate. Each floor has a shared lounge. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and a single set of bed linen is provided.
  • Lockers or safes are not available. Students need to keep their valuables locked in their suitcases and keep the rooms locked at all times.

Yes. It includes a sheet set, towels, washcloth, pillow and blanket.

No, students cannot leave the campus after classes. If they must leave for some valid reasons, the participant needs to submit a “temporary leave” consent form signed by parents/legal guardians before he/she leaves the program and he or she has to be back by 10:00 p.m. the same day. The participant can only leave the program accompanied by an adult. We will NOT approve any “staying with friends” requests.

The program takes student safety and security very seriously. The staff to student ratio is 1:15. Students do have a nightly curfew and must be inside their rooms before 10:30 p.m. In order to maintain the safety of students at all times, we also designate a boundary that students may not move beyond without permission or staff escort. The boundary allows students access to most parts of the central Penn campus, as well as a number of shops and restaurants, including the Penn bookstore.

Yes. The program provides campus-wide wi-fi.

Portable technology (i.e.: a laptop or iPad) is required so you can complete the group project. However, using technology (a laptop, iPad, or cell phones) during classes is strictly prohibited, unless instructed otherwise by program faculty. A printing shop is available on campus, and you will need to pay for the service yourself.

Yes. Students (above 16 years of age) can access the Pottruck Gym at Penn for $221 per person. This cost is optional for students. The gym includes a swimming pool, a basketball court and a climbing wall. Outdoor tennis and squash courts require an additional fee. Students must have a signed waiver from their parents or guardians to be eligible for a gym membership.

Eligibility

The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy-Finance is a program for high school students. Students must be in high school and be at least 15 years of age upon the start date of the program (June 23, July 7 and July 21 depending on your session). No exceptions will be made.

No, we do not offer this program to college or university students. All participants must be at least 15 years of age upon the start date of the program (June 23, July 7 and July 21 depending on your session) and be in high school.

No. Unfortunately, no age exceptions will be made due to a university-wide policy. You are always welcome to apply next year.

Yes. We encourage past GYLA attendees who are still in high school to apply!

Application

We do not require official score reports from the College Board. Please report your unofficial scores directly in the online application.

Someone who knows you well in an academic setting. For example, you can ask one of your teachers in an academic subject, a counselor, an academic advisor, a school principal, and so on.

Yes, standardized test scores are optional. You will not be penalized in any way for not submitting standardized test scores.

OTHER IMPORTANT RULES AND REGULATIONS

Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited during the GYLA program. Any participant found possessing or consuming contraband substances, including cigarettes, alcoholic drinks and drugs, will be immediately expelled from the program at their own cost. No refund will be provided. The program will have the right to take legal action as they deem fit and as dictated by U.S. laws. Any related violations will be presented to the Admission Office of the University of Pennsylvania, which will greatly jeopardize future admissions to Penn.

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