Benjamin Franklin Summer Institutes

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The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute fosters relationships among the younger generation of Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and an awareness of shared values. The summer Institute engages 45 teenagers from Europe and ten American teenagers (ages 16 - 18) in a four-week U.S.-based exchange program that aims to reinforce the transatlantic relationship.

During the Institute, participants will explore transatlantic relations, leadership development, critical thinking, diplomacy, community activism, and the media in order to unite young adults around common goals, using the legacy of Benjamin Franklin as a framework. American youth are eligible to participate in the institute, but do not travel abroad.

Program Length

3-4 weeks

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and 16-18 years old.

The application period is currently closed.

Administered by Wake Forest University

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