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Students choose to attend intensive lectures on International Politics & Relations, Economics, Business Innovation & Leadership, or Global Perspectives & International Law. Each 2-week course is balanced with business visits allowing opportunities for interactions and networking.

2017 Ivy League Summer Institute Session Dates:

  • Session 1: Accommodated at Harvard Law School:  July 2-15, 2017
  • Session 2: Accommodated at Harvard Law School:  July 16-29, 2017

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International Politics & International Relations

Become an expert in foreign affairs. Participants will look at world societies and the interactions between them.  Instruction may cover such topics as: international relations theory, foreign policy analysis, and international law and organization. Students will participate in comparative studies of specific countries and regions and the theory and practice of diplomacy.



Business Innovation & Leadership

This concentration will equip students with the knowledge and skills to open their own business, as well as creatively think about problem-solving and strategy. Through simulations and case studies, students will expand their leadership skills and become more confident and experienced as they prepare for a career in the enterprising field of business innovation.

Global Perspectives & International Law

In today’s world, the way we think, communicate, do business, and govern can all vary by country and society. Students in this track will gain an understanding of the global economy, as well as distinct regions and cultures of the world and how they relate to international law and policies.


In this world, resources are typically scarce but the wants and needs of the population are boundless. The responsibility for figuring out how to best allocate these resources falls into the hands of those who study economics. Participants will focus on the systematic study of the production, conservation, and allocation of resources.  This elective will delve deeper into such topics as: economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and application to specific industries and public policy issues.

Program Features

The following are examples of excursions included for delegates in various sessions.

Volunteer at The Greater Boston Food Bank: Receive educational and team-building experience while sorting and packing food for those in need while you play a role in helping to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts.

Visit the John Adams Courthouse: Discover this historic courthouse and home to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court.

Salem, Massachusetts: Visit the Peabody Essex Museum to discover and explore unique works of art and culture from around the world. At the Salem Witch Museum, Students are given a dramatic history lesson using stage sets with life-size figures, lighting and a narration of an overview of the Witch Trials of 1692. Discuss historical leadership and laws of the past at our final visit, Salem Maritime a National Historic Site, we hear about the nation’s settlement, its evolution into a maritime power and its development as a major industrial force

Boston, Massachusetts: Enjoy the following experiences in the greater region around the Harvard Law School:

  • Boston City Tour, including the Freedom Trail & Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • College Tours, such as Yale
  • Explore Harvard Square
  • Academic and Cultural Evening Talks
  • Sports Activities such as attending a Major League Baseball game. Go Red Sox!