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Wharton's KWHS Launches Summer Program for High School Students

If you want to experience a top Ivy League education, sign up through for Wharton’s intensive two-week summer program.
BY Uttara Choudhury |   21-01-2015

The University of Pennsylvania’s KWHS is launching an intensive two-week summer program in May and June 2015 for students in high school. It will give you an opportunity to experience a top-notch U.S. undergraduate education, attend lectures from outstanding faculty, and hone your leadership, teamwork and communication skills. The program will also allow you to speak with successful leaders and explore iconic sites in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and New York’s humming Wall Street and financial district.

Window to America

Sponsored by Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS), the Global Young Leaders Academy program is created especially for students from India and South Asia aged between 15-to-18 who want to learn more about life at Wharton.

“India has been a key geography for us and we have been successfully running the India section of Knowledge@Wharton since 2006. The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy promises to give school students a head start on growing into leaders of tomorrow,” says Mukul Pandya, Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief, Knowledge@Wharton Network, in Philadelphia.

The program draws its content from lesson plans which have a laser focus on:

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Social Studies
  • U.S. college admissions
  • Interpersonal skills

The program offers opportunities to learn about leadership through a dynamic and rigorous mix of classes with Knowledge@Wharton professors and business leaders, and team-building activities.

Am I Eligible?

High school students aged between 15-to-18 are eligible to apply.


The two-week academic program will be held in May and June 2015.

How to Apply

Visit to find out about the high school transcripts and summaries that are required with the application and to apply online.

Applications should contain:

  • The completed online application

  • High school transcript/school certificate

  • A personal statement of 300 words highlighting:

    • Your personal/academic/extra-curricular background

    • How you will benefit from the program

    • Why you should be selected for the program

The application is available online but students can e-mail transcripts and personal statements to

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications for the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy should be submitted by April 15, 2015.

Tuition and Program Fees

The program fee is $7,500 and covers tuition, housing on the Wharton campus, meals, activities, and weekend trips.

It does not include international airfare, health insurance and visa cost.

Why Wharton?

Wharton is a brand that pretty much sells itself so it is no surprise that a veritable Who’s Who of America’s corporate elite have been waving some hefty job offers at the roughly 650 students in the Class of 2014, making freshly minted Whartonites among the most richly paid business undergraduates in the world.

Huntsman Hall, home of the famous Wharton Business School, will be your learning ground for the two-week summer program

“The University of Pennsylvania has produced the maximum number of
billionaire undergraduate alumni globally, and we are excited to bring to India and South Asia this great opportunity for high school students to participate in the Global Young Leaders Academy. This program also prepares students on American history and politics, admissions, career planning, goal-setting and social responsibility, while keeping them engaged through fun competitions, sports and field excursions,” says Harjiv Singh, Founder and Publisher of Braingain Magazine.

Wharton powered its way this year in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings into a three-way tie for first place with Harvard Business School and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Uttara Choudhury is Editor, North America for TV 18’s Firstpost news site and a writer for Forbes India. In 1997, she went on the British Chevening Scholarship to study Journalism at the University of Westminster, in London.



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